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Is Your Online Profile Ruining Your Career Opportunities?

In this day and age it is becoming more and more difficult to keep your work and personal life separate online. It is unavoidable that your potential employers will look through your social media profiles in order to decide if you are a good candidate for the job. Could your social media be ruining your career opportunities? Here are a few things to watch out for.



Vulgarity and Obscene Language

Your social media is a reflection of who you are as a person, and therefore a good way of seeing how you interact with others in real life. Using vulgar language can lead employers to think you speak that way outside of your profiles. No one wants to hire someone who can’t communicate in a professional manner. Moreover, if you are seen to get into petty fights with people online, this makes you look immature, and even more unprofessional.


Negativity

No one likes a negative person being a part of their team. Try to avoid showing negativity online. You can actually get terminated due to negative comments or derogatory remarks in the workplace, so better not publish them for the entire Internet to see.


Compromising images/posts

You probably don’t want your employer to know how drunk you got at parties in university, or about the inappropriate costume you wore to party. You should be checking all of your photographs and posts, even if they are from a very long time ago. When in doubt, it’s probably best to remove the photos/ posts all together.


Being too opinionated

We all have opinions, some of which may be slightly outside the norm. However, posting them on your profile may be a big mistake. When you work for someone, you represent their business, and no employer wants a bad reputation due to their employees.



Thinking no one will find your profile

Finding information about someone is a lot easier that it seems. Most people don’t realise that their profile isn’t private. So before you apply for any job, google yourself. Whatever you are seeing, your employer is too.

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