8 Types of Social Media Posts That Could Turn off Your Future Employer
What you post might come with a price—and it could be your dream job
Business or personal? Separating the two is easier said than done…especially when social media is thrown in the mix. It’s the reason people are iffy about adding family members on Facebook, are on the fence when they get a friend request from a former client or feel uneasy when they get a follow from their boss on Instagram. Herein lies the challenge: deciphering which posts are “safe” to go up.
This isn’t a task that should be taken lightly. Employers today extend their process of “weeding out” hopefuls to social media, taking their applicants’ online persona, habits and attitude into consideration. A study conducted by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) states that as of 2015, 84% of employers made use of social media to recruit new hires. 43% of employers utilized social media to screen their job candidates as well.
Another 2015 survey showed that 87% of employers looked through the Linkedin accounts of their potential employees while 55% looked at Facebook accounts and 47% checked on Twitter. You can bet that since then, Instagram snooping has been integrated in the search as well.
It’s easy to impress when you know to put your best foot forward at the face-to-face job interview. But what happens when that falls away as soon as you feel the urge to rant about your current colleague’s lousy work ethic?
It’s only right that employers factor in social media when they hire. They deserve to know who they’re really welcoming into their work family. Don’t run the risk of losing your future/dream job like these folks did:
Make sure you eliminate these types of posts from your social media accounts:
#1: Posts where you talk smack about your fellow employees or worse, your boss.
It’s one thing to come across a catty, aggressive person who loves confrontation; it’s another to encounter a drama-loving passive aggressive person who speaks ill of his/her teammates. And you can bet being either one is undesirable to a future employer.
They are looking for potential new members who can cultivate a healthy working relationship with others in their company. This definitely does not include counterproductive backbiting and airing out dirty laundry on social media.
#2: Grammatically incorrect tweets, status updates and captions.
One yardstick used to measure the effectiveness of a new hire is communication:
“I can think of several other reasons that grammar is important, in spoken English as well as in the written word. When you speak, you project your level of intelligence and thoughtfulness,” says Susan Adams on Forbes. “You also demonstrate how organized you are, in your thoughts and in your intentions. If you can get your sentences straight before you say them, you’re promising that you’re more likely to master tasks at work. In addition to good grammar, it’s best if you can scrub your speech of awkward pauses, ‘ums’ and ‘uhs.’ The other thing eloquence suggests is that you are listening closely to the other person and you’re serious about what you want to convey to that person. Good grammar and clear sentences suggest respect.”
#3: Pa-funny posts about procrastination or being late.
Do away with tweets like “Lol late again huhu I can finish knitting a sweater in this traffic I swear” or “should be writing copy but the new Modern Family episode is calling out to me!”
These essentially give future employers a preview of what’s to come. And a person who doesn’t respect the company’s time isn’t an asset to the company.
“Staff usage of social media reflects on the company even if staff members aren’t officially managing that organization’s social media channels,” says Chris Lee, head of digital strategy and training consultancy Silvester & Finch in London. “Employees can easily let slip confidential information or their opinions could reflect negatively on their firm.”
Along those lines, there’s also…
#5: Referencing the use of illegal substances.
#6: Sharing drunk photos and sabog drunk tweets.
This one’s a no-brainer. Picking fights with total strangers online and behaving like a total troll will definitely make you look bad to your potential employer. It also makes you a terrible person.
#8: Posting receipts.
Check yourself before you wreck yourself! You go ahead and pride yourself for being the queen or king of keeping receipts, but posting screenshots of things like your emails with clients or bosses can not only get you in trouble, but your entire company.
Here’s an easy reference: The folks at YouGov.com took the liberty of ranking the types of social media posts that turn off employers. Check out the photo you can keep handy below!
Source: YouGov. via World Economic Forum
Don’t just keep your accounts clean when you’re looking for a job. Make it a habit to maintain squeaky clean social media channels, whether public or private. You’ll thank yourself later for it.