July 29, 2013
Posting emotionally charged or questionable content on social media sites can come back to haunt you during your job search, Mashable.com reports.
According to the legal-information website FindLaw.com, 29 percent of young adults, ages 18 to 29, reported that they have published a photo, comment or other personal information to a social media network that they fear could compromise their current or future job prospects.
While 75 percent of 18 to 34 year olds have removed something to avoid a “negative reaction” from an employer or prospective employer, only 36 percent of adults, ages 35 to 64, report that they have deleted content.
“Taking down or removing a post or photo may not be enough, as the information may continue to live on in other parts of the Internet,” Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney/editor with FindLaw.com, said in a release. “It’s best to assume that anything that you post could live on the Internet forever, and to think accordingly before hitting the ‘Post’ button."