What Not to Post on Social Media When You're on the Job Hunt

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 9, 2019

Jul 9, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

These days companies rely on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram during the hiring process to get a better picture of who a prospective employee is and how they represent themselves. So, If you're on the job hunt, saying and sharing whatever you want on your social media can seriously hurt your chances of getting hired.

Here's a guide on what not to post on social media when you're looking for a job.

1. Don't Post Anything Negative About Your Former Employer

When you have a bad experience with an employer, the temptation to go on social media and blast your former employer may be strong. But this is the last thing you should do if you want to get hired somewhere else.

If a prospective employer sees you saying negative things about your former employer, they'll assume you'll do the same if you're unsatisfied with them, which doesn't make you an attractive choice. 

If you want to make a post or add a life event about leaving a job, make the post generic and don't say anything but nice things about your experiences with your former employer.

2. Don't Post Risque Photos

Social media is the main way we keep our friends and family updated on what we're doing with our lives. Because of this, you may not give a second thought to posting photos of your fun and wild moments.

But that photo of you wasted at the club, or attending a show barely clothed, or using marijuana products (even if it's legal in your state), can hurt your chances of being hired. If your social media accounts represent you as a party animal or someone who regularly engages in questionable activities then a prospective employer might assume that you're not very reliable. 

A good solution? Set these photos to private or friends only while you're on the job hunt. 

3. Don't Post Tasteless Posts or Comments

When potential employers are looking at your Facebook page and other social media accounts, everything you say can come under scrutiny.

This includes those posts and comments you posted sarcastically or as a joke. You may think that inappropriate meme is hilarious, but when you're looking to get hired just don't share it. The same goes for getting into comment wars. If you make an insulting or tasteless comment on someone else's status an employer can find that too.

The bottom line: be kind and appropriate on social media while you're on the job hunt. And it should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway: don't post anything that could be interpreted as bigoted against any particular group. Employers don't want to hire bigots.

4. Don't Post Just About Your Social Life

If you're looking to get hired somewhere, it helps if your social media accounts show that you're passionate about the work you do. Share some articles about your field that you find interesting. And if you have a business website be sure that's on all your social media accounts as well.

Wondering if you need a website for your professional life? The answer is a resounding yes, especially while you're job hunting. Including your professional website on your social media accounts gives your employer another point of reference for who you are as a person and an employee. 

What Not to Post on Social Media Matters 

You might think that how you represent yourself on social media is your own business and that it shouldn't impact the hiring process. Unfortunately, that's just not the world we live in.

Social media accounts are the best way for a prospective employer to get a whole picture of who you are, so that's what they're using. That's why it's so important to pay attention to what not to post on social media accounts while you're trying to get hired. 

For more advice on what you can do to increase your chances of being hired, check out our other job related posts.