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Facebook Faux Pas That Could Cost You A Job — Dave’s Diary

 At KIT we staffers each post to our website a couple times a day and to Facebook at least once each per day.  Posting is part of our corporate philosophy and part of our KIT mission to keep you informed and entertained. 

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Here’s something about your Facebook page you might not have realized–it isn’t as private as you might think.

95% of employers say they use social media sites to find out more information about prospective job candidates. If those employers don’t like what they see, then you can forget about getting that dream job. Reppler, a company that offers a tool for scrubbing social networking accounts of job-damaging material, recently commissioned a survey of 300 hiring managers to find out how they are using social networking sites — from Facebook to Twitter.

69% of employers surveyed said they have rejected a candidate because of what they saw about that individual on a social networking site. 7 in 10!  Do you want to fight those odds? In addition to drunken photos and disparaging remarks about previous employers, what could you possibly post on Facebook that would make an employer reject you? Thanks for asking.  Here it is.

  • 13% lied about their qualifications
  • 11% posted inappropriate photos
  • 11% posted inappropriate comments
  • 11% posted negative comments about a previous employer
  • 11% demonstrated poor communication skills
  • 10% posted content about using drugs
  • 10% made discriminatory comments
  • 10% posted content about drinking
  • 7% shared confidential information from a previous employer

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