If you participated in the trending topic we reported on earlier, #CraziestPlaceIHadSex, you probably want to double check that your tweets are protected. Because if they're not and you're tweeting about doing it on a plane, it could make it very difficult to keep your job-and to get a new one. A recent survey from the company Reppler found that a whopping 91 percent of hiring types said they use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like to screen potential employees. And nearly 70 percent of them said they had rejected a candidate because of something they found on their social media search, according to a report on the survey on Forbes.com.
By Zoë Ruderman
What makes hiring managers most likely to lose your resume is if they turn up something that doesn't match up with what you told them about yourself-like how long you'd worked at your last job or the college you went to. 13 percent of those who used social media as a way to find out about potential employees rejected the candidate for just that reason. So the lesson is: Don't lie on your resume. And if you're going to, make sure you also lie on your Facebook page.
But there are other less obvious reasons you might not get the job. Here are the top offenses that cost wannabe workers the job:
-Posted inappropriate photos
-Posted inappropriate comments
-Made discriminatory comments
-Posted content about them drinking
-Posted content about them using drugs
-Posted negative comments about a previous employer
-Shared confidential information from a previous employer
-Demonstrated poor communication skills
Yikes. The first seven on the list didn't surprise us, but "Demonstrated poor communication skills"? We have to admit that we never considered the fact that someone in HR would really and truly hold that against an interviewee. Think about how many people write incomprehensible, spelling error addled, grammatically incorrect Facebook posts every single day. To think that just a few of those could mean the difference between getting an offer and not getting the call for a second interview is kinda crazy.
Your best bet is to make your Facebook page private, your tweets protected, and your Tumblr either appropriate or not linked to your real name. Of course, you shouldn't ever be posting hateful status updates or pictures of yourself in a drug den, but this way you don't have to worry about the occasional "your" verus "you're" slip-up.
Related: Three Signs That You Might Get Fired
Are you surprised that nearly nine in 10 hiring managers look at social media? Or are you more surprised-like us-that one in 10 isn't looking at social media? Are all of your online profiles private/protected?
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