Friday, February 13, 2015

Tips on Avoiding that Embarrassing Social Media Faux Pas!

You may have heard a story earlier this week about a teenager who was fired from her job at a pizzeria—before she even started!—because of a post on social media. She sent out a tweet to express her negative feelings towards starting the job the next day, and when a co-worker saw the post and showed the owner of the establishment, he tweeted back at her, firing her.

Situations like this are definitely embarrassing, but they can also be damaging to your personal and professional reputation. Even if your privacy settings are as tight as they can be, you still never know who in your network may be showing others what you’re up to. And in a time where things are screen-shotted and shared incredibly quickly, even cleaning up your posts and profiles may not be entirely fool-proof. That’s why we have our “Social Media Do’s and Don’ts” tip sheet, which you can check out by clicking here. Take a look and see if your online persona is up to snuff!

When in doubt, if you feel even the slightest bit unsure about the photo, tweet, or status you’re about to post, just don’t! For more info on how to use social media properly in your job search, come ask us at The Career Center.

Happy Posting!

Amy Smith,
Assistant Director

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