MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Have you ever posted something on social media, then thought maybe it was a bad idea? A new survey finds a lot of young people are worried that something they posted to Facebook or Twitter will come back to bite them some day.
It found about 30 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds said they have posted a photo, comment or other personal information on social media that they worry could some day cost them their current job or disqualify them from a new job.
And more than 20-percent of social media users say they’ve taken down a post because of fear of repercussions from an employer.
As it turns out, young people do have reason to worry. A Career Builder survey conducted last month found that more than 40 percent of employers who use social media to research prospective employees said posts caused them to not hire a candidate.
But online profiles can also work in your favor. Nearly 20 percent of managers told Career Builder that posts that showed off a candidate’s personality, creativity or communication skills and led to a new hire.