Echoes of Posts Past & Spooks in Friends’ Clothing

There are two primary concerns with lettin’ it all hang out on social networks.

“Plenty of Fish” did not find this profile pic to be amusing. : (

Business Insider recently wrote about the issue of losing a job or a job offer due to indiscreet postings, and BetaNews and other sites have consistently issued warnings about inadvertently providing personal information to marketers and scammers and thieves who may try to steal your identity, or at the least make you a target for spam. When filling out social network surveys, consider that your first pet’s name might be a good clue as to your password.

But at the real heart of your livelihood, a recent CareerBuilder survey found the number of hiring managers who check social networking sites to be up to 60% in 2016 from 52% in 2015 — and up 500% in the last decade.

Just think though, what a dull prospect social media would be if everyone were reluctant to divulge their true feelings for fear of marketers, measuring words against future employers’ potential peeping, agreeing via silence in order to create the illusion of acquiescence. Prudence in posting is wise, but all-happy posts from behind smiling and obedient masks makes for a boring network. And as a hiring manager, I would be just as suspicious of a perfectly shiny, spotless, happy profile as I would be one filled with hate-speech and vitriol.

Entrepreneur blogger Manish Bhalla, recently posted a blog with five suggestions for mixing business and social media, among them making use of monitoring tools and carefully considering implications of your interactions before posting that one-off.

TMI? CSO ponders the effects of social media on business policy, suggesting devoted and dedicated employees with deep reach into a broad base of followers and fans should be an asset — but might sink ships.

What’s the best worst story you’ve heard about a social media post coming back to haunt a job hunter?

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