A Word to the Wise on Social Media — Think Before You Post

In my role as your career mentor, I’m always looking for helping life and career success advice. I saw a little piece in USA Today last week that is worth sharing.

Jobvite.com surveyed over 1,855 recruiters and HR professionals. They asked if they ever changed their mind about a candidate as a result of viewing his or her social media presence. 55% said that they did. But of those 55%, 61% said that they changed from being positive on a candidate to negative as a result of his or her social media presence.

To put this into perspective. Over half of recruiters and HR professionals say they have changed their mind about a candidate based on social media. Of that group, over 60% said that they revised their assessment of a candidate from positive to negative based on what they saw on social media.

The point here? Social media can greatly help or hinder your job search. So be thoughtful about what you post. Before you post something ask yourself a simple question.   “Is this something I would like a potential employer to see?” If the answer is “yes” go ahead and post it. If not, hit the delete key.

The decision on what to share on social media is yours – and it will vary from person to person. I’m not telling you what to post, but I am suggesting that you think about the potential consequences of your social media posts.

As they say, “like a diamond, the internet is forever.” You want your social media presence to help, not hinder you in your life and career success journey.

You don’t want to end up like the young woman in Pennsylvania who almost lost her teaching job after she posted a picture of herself drinking a beer while dressed as pirate at the Halloween party with the caption “Drunken Pirate.”

Your career mentor,


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