Facebook Faux Pas
Here are seven things you should leave off your Facebook page if you want to protect your career.
"Look at all your pictures and videos and assume that your parents are looking over your shoulder and watching them," Dessi said. "If you are not comfortable with your mom or dad seeing it, get rid of it."
Keep it clean
"I don’t think it is ever appropriate to curse on social media," Dessi said. "To me, it seems to show that you can't think of the right word to fit the situation. It dilutes your own brand equity and intelligence in the eyes of others."
Sexual references are also a big red flag.
"Keep anything along those lines out of the conversation," Dessi said.
Careful who you associate with
"Check the groups that you belong to, because they display on your Facebook page," said Rachael Wachstein social media creative director at Fishman Public Relations. "If you are a part of 'Drunk and Horny Times' or 'I Hate My Job' or 'Let's All Get Smashed,' which are all real groups, that is obviously not something that will look too good."
"You want to make sure that pictures of yourself posted on other pages would be ok for your boss to see," Wachstein said. "Unfortunately, most people do not think of checking photos where they are tagged."
Stop playing around
"Another thing to think about is the applications and games you play, since those will show up on your recent activity," Wachstein said. "You may not want things like 'Gangster Wars' or drinking games showing up in your recent activity."
In addition to showing up on your recent activity, these games can also give bosses an idea of what you are really doing to pass the time at work.
"You should never post anything negative about your boss, existing or potential clients, or your job in general," said Katy Lynch, president of social media agency, SocialKaty. "These networks are public information that anyone can see. If there is something on there that is negative, it can be very detrimental to your image in a number of ways."
"You need to think how you want to be perceived online," Lynch said. "You want to highlight as many positive things about yourself and if someone sees something negative it just can be detrimental to your reputation and image."
Don't give TMI
"Avoid posting anything that is considered 'TMI' or extremely inappropriate," Lynch said. "For example, you should definitely avoid posting a video like 'check out this video of me getting wasted on 15 shots of Patron.'"
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