7 Twitter behaviors to immediately stop

Engaging in negative conversations, tweeting too much, and tweeting an unfocused stream are just three ways you can ruin your career on the social network.

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If all you do on Twitter is retweet celebrities, upload photos of tasty meals and devise hilariously embarrassing Throwback Thursday tweets, then you might be interested in these statistics: 77 percent of employers use social media to find job candidates, and 20 percent of them use social media to screen applicants.

Twitter is bound to affect your career, whether you use it for your career not. It’s important to consider how employers might view the content you post.

Stop committing these seven major faux pas:

1. Tweeting about controversial issues.

Would you walk into a job interview, hold out your hand to the person behind the desk and say, “Hi, I’m [your name], and I’d like to talk to you about this nation’s gun laws.”

Of course you wouldn’t. Yet if you post about polarizing topics on Twitter, this is essentially what you’re doing.

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