Social Media Sabotage Part 2: Online Content Affecting Job Opportunities

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MAINE - More and more employers are turning to social media to screen out potential employees. Despite the sites being personal pages, employers are using your public content to measure things like responsibility or maturity. In part 2 of a special report we look at how you can clean up your current pages, and how you can post for success from now on.

 

2 out of 5 companies are using social media to screen job candidates*. A third of those employers say they've found content that led them to pass on a potential hire.

 

Experts say to get in the habit of posting positive things online like charity walks you take part in or community events you attend. Job-seekers are also encouraged to do a Google search, set privacy settings high, and if necessary hire a professional.

 

But most importantly, remain vigilant. As the saying goes, "in this world nothing is certain except death and taxes". But today, Ben Franklin might revise that to read: death, taxes, and that nothing you do on the internet is ever private.

 

To watch part 1 of this special series click here.

 

*According to a CareerBuilder Study.

Kristin Hosfelt

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Kristin Hosfelt joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in September of 2012. Pursuing a career in TV news has been a dream of hers since she first stepped foot in a news studio at 12-years-old. She has a true passion for storytelling and loves knowing each day working in the field, will be different than the day before.

She's a California native and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in broadcast journalism. She previously worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer for SJSU's student-run newscast, and interned at KCRA News in Sacramento, CA and NBC Bay Area in San Jose, CA.

When she's not in the newsroom she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She's a Packers Shareholder, a cross fit junkie and she's always looking for the best place to get Mexican food.

She's thrilled to be here on the east coast and if you see her around be sure to say hello!

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