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How Blogging and Social Networking Can Impact Your Job Search


Employees have been fired when their employer construed their blog posts as sharing confidential information, making inappropriate comments about the company, or both. Posting company news, pictures, and even making positive comments about a company have cost bloggers their jobs.

MySpace, Facebook, Web Site, and Blog Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t include a link on your resume to any site which includes inappropriate content that is not appropriate for a business audience.

Be very careful what you put online. If you have a MySpace or Facebook account, people you won’t want to be reading your profile may be able to access it, even if you think nobody will read it. Make your account private, so only your friends can access it. Be extra careful, and don’t post anything that you don’t want a prospective employer (or your mom!) to read.

Post in haste, repent in leisure. Remember that a hastily written blog post critical of your job or detailing your wild night with a hot date can be read today, regardless of when it was posted. You may not even remember posting it, but, a potential employer will certainly keep it mind.


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03/16/2009 - Posted by | job search | , ,


  1. The new case of the private password protected MySpace discussion group that got workers fired when an employee showed it to the boss is very interesting and very grey line.

    Comment by Ecommerce Job ... Where Are You? | 03/17/2009 | Reply

  2. It’s an interesting dilemma. One should always assume that anything posted online can be seen by anyone at some point. Cached web sites can bring back content long thought to be deleted. Case in point: read “EPIC readying federal complaint over Facebook privacy policy” at

    Comment by Bear | 03/17/2009 | Reply

  3. I think a few days later, Facebook decided to rethink their new policy. No? Regardless, very grey. Is Facebook an online tool equivalent to paper or a database they own that you’re entering data into?

    Comment by Ecommerce Job ... Where Are You? | 03/17/2009 | Reply

  4. Be sure to read “How to Tweet Your Way Out of a Job” at

    Comment by Bear | 03/19/2009 | Reply

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