If you are searching for a job or applying to a college or even just hoping to keep the job you have you should be very careful what you say and post online. Four out of five recruiters regularly run web searches to screen job applicants. Potential employers and colleges may find your online profile and make judgment calls based on what they discover. With all of the innovative websites popping up it’s getting easier than ever to screen students and candidates online.
One recruiter I recently spoke to says that she went as far as to set up rss feeds by certain keywords to facilitate the candidate screening process. More and more employers are starting to monitor the online behavior of their employees. A good rule to live by is “Don’t share anything online that could come back to haunt you later on.” Mentioning how you get drunk every night or how many times you’ve lied on your resume won’t make you an attractive candidate for potential employers.
We ran a simple online twitter search and easily found hundreds of examples of things people have said that could either get them fired or prevent them from being offered a job in the future. It was hard, but we narrowed it down to the Top 30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter.
Tweet about failing your random drug test.
Announce you are sleeping with your boss’s daughter.
Talk bad about your boss on Twitter.
Tweet about how unprofessional your company is call your boss a complete idiot.
Call you boss names on Twitter.
Brag about lying to your boss on Twitter.
Tell the Twitterverse that you slept with your boss.
Tell everyone on Twitter how you lied to get out of working.
Keep Tweeting at work even after the boss has warned you.
Brag about almost getting caught Tweeting while at work.
Brag about goofing off at work on Twitter.
Talk about your co-workers on Twitter.
Tweet about how you lied to your boss to keep from inviting him to your party.
Tweet about lying to your boss.
Brag about lying to your boss on your first day at your new job!
Admit to lying on your job application or resume.
Announce you are quitting on Twitter.
Tell everyone you are quitting your job as soon as you find another one.
Tell your followers when you plan on turning in your resignation.
Threaten to sue your boss on Twitter
Share that you got fired on your very first day at a new job.
Write a message to your co-workers telling them how stupid they are and mention you hate them.
Describe what you stole from work.
Brag about cheating your company out of hours on Twitter.
Tell everyone how how your stupid boss screwed up the payroll.
It may not seem important to you now, but what you post and share online could come back to haunt you someday when you least expect it. Everything on the internet can be archived, which means it is also searchable. Your online profiles might be just for friends now, but later on, your online content might keep you from getting that scholarship, the job of your dreams or even prevent you from running for public office.
Think before you post – especially before you post to social networking sites or blogs. If you just can’t help yourself and you must tell someone at least use @secrettweet.
If you have other examples of outrageous postings online you would like to share, please add them in comments.