Career suicide: courtesy of social media!


“Congratulations! You’ve impressed our selection committee in the first two rounds of interviews – and now, we just have a few more questions…”

Don’t we all want to hear this during an interview?

Music to our ears surely! But then what if this comes next…

Social Media where you least expect to find it:

Social Media - Twitter

 “You’re familiar with our corporate policy on substance abuse? Good. In light of that, I wonder if you could explain this entry we found in your personal blog on”

Social Media where you least expect to find it:

Or this…

Social Media - Facebook“With regard to our policy on harassment, we wondered about this picture of you on”

Or (my personal favourite)…


Social Media - instagram

“This picture on         …err, is that a ferret?” 




We’ve all read the stories about people being fired for:

  • inappropriate
  • foolish
  • illegal
  • or just plain dumb

…posts on their social media profile!

and we all know tales of the guy who telephones in to the office, too sick to come in… then posts photos of himself, out on the tiles with his friends, on his Facebook profile.

Or the woman who tweets about how she’s going to get a promotion as a result of an upcoming merger… when the news isn’t public yet!

You didn’t really think your online life was private did you????

Remember, the very same Social Media networks that keep friends & family in touch with your life, are a generous feeding-ground for smart prospective employers too!

 Social Media icons

5 tips to avoid Social-Media-based career suicide:


1. Think! Social thinking

No matter how much you believe you’ve taken steps and locked down your privacy, don’t forget that retweets, shares and comments from others won’t necessarily afford you the same protection.

Social managing2. Manage!

Many employers now do background checks routinely. Don’t be fooled into thinking your secrets are safe.

3. Conform! Social conforming

Many businesses now have formal guidelines regarding use of social media during work-time and also what details it is permissible to share.

4. Stop! Social Stop!

Use common sense when venting your spleen! If you post nasty comments about your employer, they WILL find out! Many companies actively monitor social networks.

5. Time-out! Social Time-Out

Don’t allow social media, blogs or networks to take over your life! Some businesses now block employee-access to specific sites. Just because you know how to hack into your company’s network or you can bypass it all with your iPhone, doesn’t mean you should!

  • Will you be in hot water should your boss see it? DON’T POST IT!
  • Don’t want others knowing specific things about you? DON’T POST IT!
  • You don’t know whether the timing or content is ok? DON’T POST IT!
  • You have a complaint; talk to someone appropriate! DON’T POST IT!
  • Posting instead of fulfilling your work responsibilities? DON’T!

Ultimately, it all comes down to this simple test: take a dispassionate look at your profiles, then ask yourself if you would employ this person.


Social Media Success

Frustrated With Your Current Job?

Bored and frustrated in your current job? Looking for a new direction?

Unless you really enjoy what you are doing, at some point in your job or career you will find that you yearn for something new. Most people starting out are usually excited but mostly relived to land their first job. Their thoughts are likely to be on what it will be like to work for the company that has just hired them and where and how they will “fit in” to the organization. As you grow in to the job you may find that the initial challenges that you faced with excitement have become everyday mundane tasks. Perhaps it’s time to think about moving on.

What you need to consider

There are a number of important components that you should be aware of while searching a new job. The first key component is ‘You’. Your ideal job should be something you like doing so ask yourself will this job give me a sense of accomplishment? Is it pleasurable to be doing the daily activities associated with this post? What makes you happy when you are working is major component that can make you more productive and help you achieving your career goals.

Other components include your skills, interests, abilities, motivations and your previous experiences. Your next job should align with things you have discovered you like doing to get a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated.

Find out what you like doing

While searching for a job, it is important that the job you are looking for is not just means for you to earn more money. Although this is high on most people’s search criteria. You should also make sure that it allows you to utilize your skills, interests and your personality traits. Before surfing through internet for your ideal job, consider completing some career based quizzes to help you find your strengths and areas for improvement. Generally, these quizzes contain important questions that are designed to help you find out what you like and don’t like doing as well as what you are good at.

Found something you like doing? What’s next?

So you’ve found a job that you think will be a good fit for. What’s next? You now need to do some research on the company so you can prepare yourself for the interview and selection process. Your education, skill and experiences make you eligible for this job but interviews are the main hurdle which you have to overcome proficiently. Questions which are usually asked during an interviews revolve mostly around you. Why you want this job? What makes you different? Why should they hire you? In more senior posts they will also include what you have achieved and how you went about getting results.

Other areas that you need to consider are: What are your professional strengths and weaknesses and how efficiently you can use them in various conditions? What are your experiences and professional achievements in regards to available job? How extensively do you know about the company or institute that you are looking to join? You should be well read and have thorough knowledge so you are able to respond to questions confidently.

Preparation is key. This will show that you are motivated, confident and have what it takes to do the job. Top Suffolk jobs gives can help you – join here and start searching for your dream job.