How Social Media Reflects Your Career

Recruitment companies use social media to assess their candidates (Photo: iStock)

Social media can hurt your career. Over the years, social media platforms have grown to be one of the most trusted livelihoods for people around the world.

However, it is assumed that what you post on social media could be for your private network of followers and friends. This notion is misleading because “private” activities are open to the public, including a potential employer.

So, from presumptuous posts to inappropriate images, social media can sabotage your career in many ways or, in other cases, prevent it from taking off.

A 2016 study by Jobvite showed that 96% of recruiters and companies use social media to assess candidates, with 55% of recruiters reconsidering candidates based on what was found on their social media profiles.

A New York Times article reads: “Your social media presence — and, indeed, your entire digital footprint — is no longer just an extension of your resume, adding that “social media use is now a norm of the hiring process, and there is little chance of returning to it.

So to make social media work for you rather than against you, here are some expert tips on how to avoid such blunders.

Pictures speak a thousand words, and what you post says a lot about the kind of person you are. Posting inappropriate photos only sends a negative message about your personality, especially when looking for a job.

Michael Ball, the founder of Career Freshman, told NBC News, “In college, getting drunk is rewarded. But when you are in a workplace, the consequences are different.

Most employers want to know the type of person they will be working with, and social media makes that easy. Always make sure to maintain a clean profile; you never know when a potential employer will show up.

Vicki Salemi, career expert at, says, “Your social media accounts reflect where you are in your career and how you present yourself to the world. Profiles can have a positive impact on your status as a job seeker if you post things that show you’re an influencer in the space, knowledgeable, and friendly.

However, on the other hand, Salemi adds that if you regularly post “sarcastic things with a somewhat negative tone, it doesn’t bode well for you when an employer tries to get a fuller picture of you as a person.” potential hire beyond the one-dimensional CV.

Brent Curves, CEO of Stir Communications Group, notes that “there is so much misinformation and confusion about ‘privacy settings’ on social networking sites these days, so a good rule of thumb is to operate assuming everything is public, period. ”

Always be careful what you post, because that comment might not cost you the current job, but will haunt you while looking for another one.

Are you the grumpy critic who doesn’t hesitate to make abusive and offensive remarks? The open-minded person who comments on almost any subject, from politics to religion? As someone with a professional career, you might want to calm down.

Salemi says, “These can be seen as a reflection not only of who you are, but also of the potential inability to manage yourself professionally.”

Avoid sharing your latest job openings. While it’s natural for someone to get upset when they land a job offer, it’s important to take note of what you post or sometimes not to post the offer until the job is done. offer becomes official.

Finally, don’t post on social media when you should be working.

David Haisha Chen, CEO and Co-Founder of says, “Are you blogging or Facebooking during work hours when you shouldn’t be? Your vindictive and mean boss or co-worker can easily pick up on you, land you a warning or a meeting with the HR department.

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