You posted what on Facebook?
In a new infographic titled Fired for Facebook (shown below), you can see why it’s absolutely critical that you’re careful about what you publish online. Three out of four recruiters are now required to conduct online investigations of all job candidates, and 70% of recruiters have rejected job candidates based on what they found in their online investigations.
Workers in a wide variety of industries have been fired for their online conversations and activities. From police officers and college professors to physicians and firefighters, workers in all industries should expect that their employers will see their online content and activities. This is particularly true on social networking sites like Facebook where even the content published in a private profile could become public as friends share it.
While many U.S. workers argue that laws which protect freedom of speech should safeguard them from being fired for their online content and activities, companies can intervene when an employee posts questionable content during work hours or the employee’s content endangers the company.
The reality is that seven in 10 adult internet users are active on social networking sites like Facebook, and that number increases as an employee’s age goes down. Facebook users spend an average of 15.5 hours on the site each month. Unfortunately, one in four Facebook users don’t manage their profile privacy settings. Considering that six out of 10 workers claim to be unsatisfied with their jobs, it’s safe to assume that people are complaining about their jobs and companies on Facebook.
If you want to keep your job or find another job now or in the future, you need to review your online reputation to make sure it communicates the right story about who you are. And keep your complaints about your current or past employers or coworkers offline.
Source: Online Paralegal Programs