Painful lessons learnt from social media

Half of employers check current employees' social media profiles while over a third have reprimanded or fired an employee for inappropriate content on their pages. PHOTO| FOTOSEARCH

What you need to know:

  • A 2017 study by CareerBuilder (a career website based in the US) found that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates, up from 11 percent in 2006.
  • Among many other factors that could be working against young people in their search for jobs include compromising photos or inappropriate comments.

Social media is one of the clearest examples of what a double-edged sword looks like – on the one hand, one can use it to promote their career and social life, and on the other, it might just be what crumbles your career and social life.

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