Remember: Employers Can See What You Say Online

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When you’re using social media, remember that what goes online has a nasty habit of staying online, even if you think you’ve removed it. That can make your job search more difficult, since many employers check out candidates by looking up their social profiles.

Some companies use tools to scrape the Internet for everything you may have said or done online over the last several years. They can find examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: evidence of racist remarks, references to drugs, sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos, flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

One hint: It’s not comments or affiliations that lead to the most problems, but rather photos and videos. That problem can be made potentially worse when you allow friends to tag you, which puts identifiable images of you online that you may not even know about.

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3 Responses to “Remember: Employers Can See What You Say Online”

August 06, 2014 at 4:26 pm, jelabarre said:

Well, that’s why you need a few aliases and bogus emails….

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August 06, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Chaz Chappy said:

Most employers (or their HR people or their recruiters) don’t have time to verify college degrees. How do they have time to check out social media? I guess because they make time for the fun stuff.

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August 09, 2014 at 10:15 pm, Teddy Burriss said:

To minimize risk & fear using social media adopt this edict, “Never do, say or engage on social media in any way that you don’t want to be seen, heard or perceived in life.” Furthermore, set all of your privacy settings to 100% public. Social media will create value for you in life, career, business and community if you Present correctly, Connect wide and relevantly & Engage with and on content that is relevant to who you are and what you do. Thanks for this article folks @ Dice.

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