70% of employers have made negative hiring decisions based on online information!
Yesterday was the 4th annual Data Privacy Day and of course there was a plethora of articles both on line and in print media about privacy. Folks I have news for you – there is no privacy anymore. Your whole life online is a postcard; this leads me to the headline above – and this article about the impact – both positive and negative – of what you post on line on your job hunt. I have written before on how important it is to be smart about what you post on the Internet – so consider this a gentle reminder.
1. pictures of yourself drunk, drinking or indulging in anything you wouldn’t do at work or in front of your mother
2. comments about how wasted you were last night, last weekend, or on New Year’s Eve
3. anything sexual or relationship based – nobody wants to hear about how you “hooked up” with that hottie in the bathroom
4. that you are hungover and then call in sick
5. pictures of yourself at a baseball game after you called in sick
6. announce to your friends that you are taking a mental health day
7. anything related to religion or political views unless you are a member of the clergy or running for office
8. details of the fight you had with your mother, father, sister, aunt or sundry other relatives or friends
9. how much you hate your boss – or their spouse
10. how ugly|stupid|lazy your coworkers are
*** ALL of these have been done and the offenders been caught/fired/shot at dawn ***
Do think carefully about the brand that is you – in the coming weeks I will be doing a series of posts on personal branding and how to build up your “professional-me”
Common sense is the new privacy!
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Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is the founder and Chief Career Strategist of CareersDoneWrite, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.