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Social media and it's affects on job prospects.

Updated on April 11, 2014

unemployability by 'social media suicide'.

We are not talking about making yourself unemployable by posting/tweeting about suicide on social media sites, we are talking about the affects on your job-finding and promotional prospects by the inappropriate use of social media.

In this day and age almost everyone will have an account on social media sites such as 'Facebook', 'Linkedin', Twitter' etc. and will post up info and images about just about anything and everything. People will also strive to have the most 'Facebook friends' or 'Twitter followers', but how many of these people actually stop to think about what affects their posts can have on their future employment ?.

Whilst the majority of older computer users are fully aware of the dangers and take to locking-down their accounts, the younger generation do seem less caring about what the world sees of them.

They go out and get drunk & them post about it without the slightest of thoughts as to whether or not their boss gets to see it or not.

In this day and age a huge number of employers will not only check-out the social media profiles of job applicants, but also of their own employees. Indeed, some encourage their employees to 'friend' their managers on Facebook as a means of communications. Such 'spying' may seem unethical but it can help weed-out employees who may be undertaking out of work activities that may well bring the Company into disrepute.

A good case of this is the well-publicised case of Milton Keynes Council's Head of Regulatory Compliance, Karen Ford. In a previous role within the Council's Trading Standards department, she posted gloating comments on her Facebook profile regarding cases she and her colleagues had won. This came back to haunt her and she was forced to resign from her £55,000 a year job.

Other instances of Facebook costing people their jobs include several where someone has phoned-in sick only to then post a photo of them down the pub or out shopping after forgetting that they had 'friended' a fellow workmate (who then shared the post around the office).

An extra consideration has to be that even if you lock-down your accounts, you can still be 'tagged' on photos shared on friends accounts, so may still show-up in a search.

Of course, such sites as Linkedin are designed to allow you to 'sell' yourself to any potential employer and so should be the first ones on the top of the search list when you Google yourself.

Other sites such as Facebook and Bebo should not even appear on the first 10 pages if you have done your job right when it comes to your profile settings

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