Social media users fear how posts will affect their employment status

Social media users fear how posts will affect their employment status



During the job search, there are many tools at individuals' disposal, such as an aptitude test. While the results of this assessment can be helpful, job seekers should not ignore the impact everyday actions can have on the odds of finding work. For example, something as simple as updating their Facebook status could move their resume from the top of the pile to the recycling bin.

Based on the results of a recent survey from the legal information website, a large number of social media users fear that what they post could hurt their chances of being hired or keeping a position. This was true of 29 percent of individuals between the ages of 18 and 34, who had accounts on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

"People love using social media to share their thoughts and life experiences," Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney editor at, said in a press release. "The drawback is that many comments, photos and other information may not be looked upon favorably by employers."

While many users remove certain content after feeling remorse for posting it in the first place, it is possible for comments and photos to linger on the Internet. For this reason, Rahlfs advises individuals to assume everything they share is permanent, which will force them to think before they click.

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