A Jobvite social recruiting survey reported that 89 percent of U.S. companies plan to use social media in their employee searches. You can bet that what you put online will eventually be put “on file” when you’re applying for a job or after you get it.
Social media provides an excellent opportunity for showcasing your professionalism, intelligence, and maturity, which can set you apart from the competition.
Unfortunately, it seems the allure of making a fool of yourself through social channels is greater than the need to acquire and/or retain a job. Here are 12 examples of spectacular job losses due to social media stupidity.
1. The Weiner
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York tweeted a lewd photo of himself in June to a young college student in Seattle, which he later tried to justify by saying it was supposed to be in a private DM and not a public tweet. Two weeks later he called a press conference and resigned—amid cheers, jeers, and cries of “pervert.”
2. The Chrysler F-Series