6 Social Media Missteps That Could Cost You a Museum Job

There are a number of things museums consider when deciding whether or not they want to hire you. Your employment history, your personality, your performance in interviews and your resume all play important parts in landing you a job. But in today’s world, there’s one more thing that recruiters look at – your social media profiles. They use your profiles to learn things about you that your interview might reveal. With this in mind, here are some social media mistakes that could cost you a job offer.

Ranting about your colleagues or superiors
If you think your Twitter profile is a black box where you can vent and complain about your work situation, think again. In a survey performed by CareerBuilder in 2014, 36 percent of recruiters admitted they refused candidates who had spoken negatively about their colleagues or their bosses over social media. Ranting about your work situation on Twitter or Facebook raises a red flag for potential employers. After all, if you’re complaining about your current company, maybe you’ll complain about your new one too.

If you’ve been guilty of this in the past, go back and clean your profile of any negative work-related posts. In the future, make sure you only talk about your company or your employees in a positive light. If you want to vent your anger, do it when you’re having some beer with friends.

Treating your social media profile as your diary
Social media profiles are supposed to be platforms which allow you to air your thoughts. Your willingness to share personal details with a bunch of strangers over the Internet doesn’t elevate your status among potential hires.

Talking about marital issues, intimate problems or other topics of a sensitive and personal nature over social media isn’t the best policy if you’re looking for a new job. Try to put yourself in your employer’s shoes. If you’re able to find what problems someone is having with their spouse from a quick glance at their Twitter profile, wouldn’t it affect the way you treat them in the future?

Lying blatantly or contradicting yourself.
You can’t tell your boss you’re taking the day because you’ve got the flu, and have pictures of you jumping into a pool appear on your Facebook feed an hour later. You just can’t.

Treat your social media profile as part of your resume. Anything that can cause a prospective employer to be taken aback doesn’t need to be there.

Typos and grammatical mistakes.
It’s OK to write something like “Will b l8 2day” on your Twitter profile occasionally. Twitter is a largely informal medium, and sometimes you have to make some creative adjustments to fit your message into 140 characters. Even so, don’t get into the habit of stuffing SMS lingo into your sentences. One place where you absolutely shouldn’t write sentences like that is on your personal blog. In a 2014 survey performed by Jobvite, 65 percent of recruiters said they have rejected candidates who displayed an improper grasp of English.

Grammatical mistakes and typos show carelessness. Every word-processing software and CMS has a spellcheck feature. Just use it before you hit send.

Vulgarity and controversial content.
In the 2014 Jobvite survey, recruiters considered profanity, alcohol or drug use and sexual content all to be warning signs. The odd curse word or drinking photo won’t get you into trouble. But if your entire Facebook album is pictures of you drunk and/or passed out at parties, you will be sidelined by recruiters.

The way you carry yourself outside work is indicative of your ability to make choices. If you aren’t making good life choices, how can you make good choices for the company?

Racism or cyber-bullying.
In the 2014 CareerBuilder survey, 28 percent of recruiters said they had rejected candidates due to bigotry or racist comments on their social media profiles. There are certain situations in which you might not have meant what you said, or you were making a joke about racism; but since your employers don’t know the context for your humor, you can come across as racist.

Employers have begun to look at social media profiles as a part of the recruitment process. Conduct yourself with dignity on Twitter, Facebook or whichever platform you like to use. With the right social media profile, you can give yourself an edge over your competition. The good karma you gain by being a positive presence on the Internet doesn’t hurt either.

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