More employers now use social media in the recruitment process, as well as means of keeping an eye on the online presence of their current employees. As a result, so is the investigation of any potentially damaging to the company image information leaks, character flaws, personal and professional misconduct.
Based on articles by CareerBuilder and Mashable Social Media, MindFlash.com has created a beautiful infographic that details the information employers are interested in digging out about you, before considering you for the job or worse -getting you fired.
Mashable Social Media reports that a staggering 35% of employers found content on social sites that caused them to NOT hire a candidate, as follows:
53% Provocative/inappropriate photographs or information
44% Content about alcohol and drug use
35% Bad-mouthing previous employers, c0-workers or clients
29% Poor communication skills
26% Discriminatory comments
24% Lies about qualification
20% Confidential information about candidate’s previous employer
How can you ensure you do not fall into the trap of a social media scandal or disaster?
Clean up your mess ASAP. Erase all potentially harmful to your profession information on the social media sites. Clearing up your image without delay could save you your job and make you more appealing to future employers. Portray yourself as a professional at all times.
If you need to rant about your co-workers or employer, seek a career mentor you can trust or engage in therapy.
Worse comes to worse and you find yourself out the door, learn from your mistakes and work on reviving your career. This time more wiser and tactful.
Have you got any social media horror stories? Are you an employee who is currently under surveillance or an employer who likes to know your employees online affairs?
All findings are displayed on the infographic below (click on image to display at full size).
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