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9 Things You Post on Social Media That Might Have Cost You a Job

Last Update: March 2, 2020

Looking for a job? You probably have profiles on social media. In that case, this concerns you greatly. Have you ever given a thought about how does it affect your job chances? Does it affect at all? Well, yes. Things you post on social media might help you but they might also cost you a job. The steaks are higher than you think. When hiring managers are searching for a job candidate, they are very likely to reach out to social media and do some research.

So brush through your social media profiles and make sure you don’t have any of these things:

1. Provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information

provocative selfie

There might have been moments you were feeling yourself and felt confident and comfortable enough to post pictures that are provocative on social media. It is great that you are confident, but it is arguable whether this is appropriate. Unless you’re Kim Kardashian that lives off of these things, nude selfies probably aren’t the best thing to post on social media. The pictures don’t necessarily have to be nude, they might just be revealing enough to be considered as distasteful.

If you think that some hiring managers like to hire attractive people and your pictures show exactly that, you’re probably right. But the chances that you are going to run into them are very small, considering that the vast majority of them is against such behavior.

2. Pictures, videos or information about you drinking or using drugs

man drinking cocktail

So you’re out on Friday night, having fun, drinking and partying with your friends. It’s all fun and games and you are taking pictures, posting them, tagging each other, laughing and feeling carefree. Okay, this is a pretty normal scenario. Let’s fast forward to the day after. You grab your phone and see tons of notifications. Your friends are liking and commenting the photos posted yesterday, where you were a shotgun drinking champion. We bet it was a fun event, but your potential employer probably won’t care about how much fun it was.

It would be smart not to post these pictures from the start. But we get it, it’s easy to get caught up in a moment. When tomorrow comes, untag yourself from these pictures. If you are looking particularly sloppy and the pictures are nasty, ask your friends to take them down. If you were the one posting them, it’s clear what you need to do. Save these pictures for private collections that will reminisce you of the good party times you’ve had. Not everyone needs to know that yesterday you partied like you’re gonna die young.

3. Discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion

man talking about people

It’s not surprising that you shouldn’t post on social media these things, but some people still do. If you’ve done it in the past, sit down and scroll all the way until you’re sure there’s nothing like that left on your profile. Most hiring managers want a job candidate that is tolerant and sees everyone as equal. Hiring someone who discriminates people based on their race, gender or religion equals to making sure your company gets some lawsuits in the future.

However, it’s not only discrimination that might set your potential employer off. It may be the best thing not to let your political affiliation be seen on your profile at all. It can be a touchy subject and it may be a wise decision just to stay neutral on these things, at least when it comes to your social media profiles.

4. Bad-mouthing your previous company or fellow employees

man typing fast

This is also something that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bad-mouthing is never a good look on anyone. It is possible that your previous boss or colleagues really were terrible and you were in the right, but it is still not a good idea to talk bad about them publicly. Keep your chin up and be the bigger person. The best look that you might get from it is if you rise above it all. If your potential employer sees that you gladly talked bad about your previous company, they will one hundred percent be asking themselves are you going to do that as well, in case they hire you.

Social media isn’t for venting. We all have bad days, our bosses and colleagues can sometimes get on our nerves. They might be extremely unpleasant. Either way, don’t vent about it on social media. It might seem like a good idea at the moment, but it definitely isn’t.


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