4. Are you plagiarizing content?
If you’ve ever read a thought-provoking bit of advice, text or quote online and felt tempted to claim it as your own, you know what it’s like to walk the fine line between plagiarism and honesty. However, if you actually followed through with claiming something as yours when it wasn’t, you’re doing something illegal and lying in the process. If you were a company owner, would you hire someone like this? Whatever you post on social media should be posted in your own words and not lifted from someone else’s websites or profile.
5. Are your privacy settings set up properly?
When you’re searching for a job, you can rest assured that employers screen prospective employees by taking a look at their online social media profiles. It’s important that you don’t end up sharing too much of your personal life online that can hinder your ability to get employed. Always check, in fact, double check your privacy settings, and ensure that you’re creating the proper boundaries between your professional and your personal life.
6. Are you someone guilty of vaguebooking?
Things at work may get out of hand and you may be desperate to blow off some steam by shouting and throwing a temper tantrum. Of course, most of us never end up doing that, but what we do end up doing is posting about it on Facebook. If you’ve ever posted about how bad your workplace is directly or indirectly hinted at your troubles, then you’ve committed the crime of vaguebooking. It may all seem innocent enough, but what you’ve actually done is alienated yourself from potential employers. In addition to looking like a negative prospect for a position at your chosen company, you may end up hurting your relationship with friends and family as many see your negativity as an inability to handle conflict or your emotions.
7. Are you sharing too much information about your personal life?
Meanwhile, discrimination is illegal, it doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. Employers want to hire people that are going to be capable in the workplace and many companies have preconceived notions as to what kind of candidates they’re looking for. This may mean that someone with an illness, disability or family problems may be overlooked for a certain position. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t share too much information on social media in regards to your personal life and health issues.
8. Are your profile pictures reflective of your maturity?
The number one way to paint yourself in a negative light is to upload the wrong pictures to your social media profiles. If you’re a professional, it’s important to be seen as one, even on your days off from work. Taking pictures of yourself half-nude, drinking too much or partying with friends is definitely not the way to be seen as a mature candidate for any job. When in doubt, just don’t! It’s better to have one profile picture that makes you appear professional as opposed to five that don’t make you look competent.
The sad fact is that we’re all guilty of spending too much time on social media and oversharing. In fact, most of us have done at least one or two of the negative things outlined above. If you’re looking for a way to further your career, it’s important that you really understand the impact that your social media profiles can have on your ability to get hired. Ignoring the facts one too many times can paint you as incompetent, immature, and not professional enough for any job!
4. Are you plagiarizing content?