Social Media Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Career in Malaysia


In the era of technology, it is not surprising that social media is one of the main places where people socialize. The world of social media is so huge and diverse with positive but also negative things. In fact, most employers do check employee’s social media profiles before hiring them. According to a 2015 study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 43 per cent of employers check on a job applicant’s social media presence and look them up on search engines. On top of that, 84 per cent of employers utilize social media to recruit for positions. While a positive online presence can help you get the job, it could disqualify you as a candidate also. In fact, the same SHRM study found that 36 per cent of companies have disqualified candidates based on what they found through an online search or on their social media profiles. Therefore, here are the social media mistakes that could cost you your career in Malaysia.

Social media mistakes that could cost you your career in Malaysia

Social Media Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Career in Malaysia: You're vulgar or offensive

You’re Vulgar or Offensive

While most people understand this is a given, it occurs enough on social media to warrant a mention. According to SHRM, one in five candidates post derogatory comments on social media. This speaks volumes about a potential candidate’s maturity level and level of professionalism – or lack thereof. Never forget that once you post something online, it’s out there for everyone to search.

Social Media Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Career in Malaysia: You're under the influence

You’re Under the Influence

It doesn’t matter whether you’re off the clock or not, unprofessional behaviour is just that. The SHRM study found that almost half of candidates, or 48 per cent, have photos and/or information that details them being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While it’s your prerogative to do what you want after work, you don’t need to share these things online. Hiring managers are looking to hire candidates that positively reflect their company. Therefore, a sloppy social media presence isn’t doing you any favours.

Social Media Mistakes That Could Cost You Your Career in Malaysia: You're too private

You’re Too Private

While you may think that putting your accounts on private gets rid of the online presence issue altogether, that’s not always the case. Potential employers may view this as you having something to hide. They might also think that you have nothing to say – neither of which are good impressions to give off. A better plan is to create both personal and professional accounts, keeping your personal account private. There are also restrictions you can put on your accounts to pick and choose what a potential employer is able to see.

You Complain About Work

You Complain about Work

SHRM also reports that 33 per cent of candidates use social media as a platform to vent about their job, workload, or other job-related issues. Hiring managers will undoubtedly see this as a turn-off – if you complain about this job, what’s going to stop you from badmouthing your next employer online? Nothing will – or at least that’s what they’ll assume – which is exactly why you’ll likely get passed over for the position. Steer clear of airing your dirty work laundry online.

Your accounts are stale

Your Accounts are Stale

Signing up for online accounts is no longer enough. When searching your online presence, employers want to see how you utilize them to network, build engagement and your personal brand. Instead of creating accounts and allowing them to just sit there, commit to posting, sharing, and reposting weekly. In this day and age, hiring managers will find it fishy if someone has an online presence with no actual information. It’s a useful tool to show off your skills and personality, so try to use it to your advantage.

You're all about selfies

You’re All About Selfies

While the occasional selfie is excusable, it’s important to be mindful of how frequently you post these photos. It can give off a narcissistic impression and can seem unprofessional. This can happen especially if the photo is in any way sexual in nature. It’s also important to keep in mind that you shouldn’t post provocative photos, which is another red flag to employers.


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