Online Reputation: Think Before You Tweet

by Yumi Matsuo · November 3, 2011

    When it comes to the internet, what you post will last forever. Fortunate for employers, and unfortunately for those looking to be employed, this can affect your career. (Especially for those who are a little too comfortable sharing their lives online.) Mashable took the time to figure out all the stats, of who doesn't get hired and who gets fired. Check out our breakdown of the numbers.

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    Here's what you need to know:

    The Truth About Employers

    For those of you who don't want to continue being unemployed.

    - 48%  check out personal websites - 78% check your name in search engines - 63% check social media sites - 70% have rejected someone over information found online

    Yes, that means it's time to take down the picture of your weekend raging at the hunt.

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    For Those Already Employed

    You're not necessarily in the clear. You never know if your boss is the one checking your tweets every morning. Creepy, but still harmful in several ways. So whether or not your boss has a twitter, let's choose not to pull an Anthony Weiner and post naked twitpics.

    - 8% of companies have fired someone for content on social media

    Examples of celebs fired found on Business Insider:

    Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the voice of the Aflac duck, was fired by Aflac for making jokes about the earthquakes in Japan on his twitter.

    "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."

    "Japan called me. They said 'maybe those jokes are a hit in the U.S., but over here, they're all sinking.'"

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    Nicole Crowther, a recurring extra on Glee was fired when she tweeted some plot spoilers she overheard on set. Interestingly enough, she was fired via twitter when the show's producer, Brad Falchuck re-tweeted,

    "Hope you're qualified to do something besides work in entertainment."

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    Perks Of A Good Reputation

    Your online self has the advantage of being able to think out your words and censor your images. Why do you think double chins don't exist on the internet?

    - 86% of recruiters reported that a positive online reputation influenced the candidate's application

    And according to Ragan's PR Daily:

    - 65% of companies have successfully hired via Social Media

    So reach out to people by messaging them, but by no means spam them.

    Keep Using Protection

    - Do provocative and inappropriate things. Don't post them.

    - Would you give the street vendor your phone number and address? Exactly, it's PERSONAL

    - Post your own information on a regular basis to flood the internet with only your good side

    - Use an alias and make sure it doesn't trace back to you