NYT bestselling author Jon Acuff says the basic rule of thumb is this: don’t be an idiot online!
But if you’re looking for some more specific guidance, here are a few things you should know when it comes to your career and your online activity.
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How employers use social media in the hiring process
According to a 2015 report by a recruiting software company, employers are increasingly using people’s digital footprint to help them in the hiring process. Here are a few key points from the report:
- 52% of recruiters say they always search for social media posts during hiring
- 55% of recruiters have reconsidered hires based on social activity
And here are the sites recruiters are using most to find out a little more about you:
- LinkedIn: 92%,
- Facebook: 66%
- Twitter: 52%
3 ways your online activity can kill your career
It’s not just during the job search process when this matters — but what you post online can have a huge impact on your current job and even your career in general.
According to Acuff, there are three things you should never post online if you want to give yourself the best chance at a successful career:
- Never complain about your current job: Someone you work with will probably find it, some way or another.
- Never complain about a previous job: Don’t burn bridges, because you never know whose help you may need in the future.
- What you do online, stays online: Just because you delete something, or block someone, doesn’t mean what you put out there is invisible.