Way to Go! 5 Social Media No-No’s That Ruin Careers

In this day and age, it is becoming more and more difficult to keep your work and personal life separate online. It is unavoidable that journalists, potential future constituents and your opponents will look through your social media profiles in order to decideif you are a good candidate for the job. Here are a few things to watch out for.

    • Vulgarity and Obscene Language

Your social media is a reflection of who you are as a person, and therefore a good way of seeing how you interact with others in real life. Using vulgar language might portray you as uneducated and unprofessional. People often see politicians as reflections of their district, state and country.  Moreover, if you are seen to get into petty fights with people online, this makes you look immature, and unworthy for high office. 

    • Compromising images/posts

You probably don’t want a journalist to find out how drunk you got, or the inappropriate costume you wore to parties at college. You should be checking all of your photographs and posts, even if they are from a very long time ago. When in doubt, it’s probably best to remove the photos and posts altogether.

    • Being too controversial

As a politician, you are expected to have strong opinions, however, some of those are better kept to yourself. Just because you have a platform to say it, doesn’t mean you should. You don’t want people debating one of your controversial posts when they should be focusing on your policies. 

    • Thinking no one will find your profile

Finding information about someone is a lot easier than it seems. Most people don’t realize that their profile isn’t private. Unfortunately, the American political climate is very contentious at the moment. People will go looking for reasons to take you down,so don’t give them any ammunition. 

    • Not preparing for the skeletons in your social media closet

We have all done some stupid things in life. With the advent of the internet, many of them are now documented on the internet, and the internet never forgets. Someone might remember a post you posted, or have a screenshot of it. Be ready for things to come out of the woodwork. Remember, as a public figure, it isn’t only your profile you have to worry about. It’s your friends and family too.