Why post it, if you don’t want someone to read it, watch it, look at it, or hear it?  Do you know who your Audience is… when you post?

Facebook and other social media platforms, are worrisome. I worry about the implications that could come about from what I post. I have accounts on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, …and the list goes on.

I look at my former colleagues Facebook posts, and I wonder, will their post be what keeps them out of an interview for a competitive job?
Spacebook Facebook, Storm Trooper moaning about boss Darth Vader by artist unknown

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I use Facebook for posting photos of my family to my parents back in the USA, and my wife’s family in Australia. It helps me keep connected. But, I don’t use social media to show off all of the content I create. I don’t post photos of myself, or colleagues from social gatherings, mainly to protect their privacy. I might post something relaxing from a holiday, but I tend to post them to my inner circles, and not to all of Facebook.

Jacquelyn Smith of states in her article,

A third (34%) of employers who scan social media profiles said they have found content that has caused them not to hire the candidate. About half of those employers said they didn’t offer a job candidate the position because of provocative or inappropriate photos and information posted on his or her profile; while 45% said they chose not to hire someone because of evidence of drinking and/or drug use on his or her social profiles. Other reasons they decided not to offer the job: the candidate’s profile displayed poor communication skills, he or she bad mouthed previous employers, made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, or religion, or lied about qualifications.

What you post matters.  It could be the difference between you winning your next job, or not. But, there are tools like that help to remove your social media ‘mistakes’.  It may be a good idea, when you look for that next teaching position, to have a look at your profiles and see what may be questionable.


  1. Dan Hallwood April 30, 2014

    You have to be totally naive if you have not realized that once your finger hits the send button that is it.The party is over. The content is out of your control and usually can’t be taken back. It all comes down to choices. You could choose to put everything out there for all to see or you could choose to create another Facebook account using a different name totally separate from what your future employees might look at. Unfortunately I have known people who have made the wrong choice when it came to posting their info on social media networks. I know my school director and our principals definitely look at social media sights before offering contacts to teachers they have doubts about. Last summer my uncle, who is an attorney, mentioned that his firm decided not to offer an employee a junior partnership because of pictures he posted of himself on Facebook. The guy was drunk and urinating in his friend’s garden They felt the fact that he posted this material showed poor judgement and they did not want someone that like in their firm at a more senior level position. Aside from the fact that is shows poor judgement to post incriminating pictures I think it also says something about ones personality type. Why do some individuals feel they need to showoff and be noticed?

    “To Post Or Not To Post. That Is The Question!”


    • Art Schultz May 1, 2014

      Dan, That is exactly the point I was getting at. People need to be concerned with the image that is portrayed of themselves online. They choose what they post, and what audience can see it. Your online identity takes just as much effort to cultivate as your in person relationships. Thank you for your example, it is something that a person could also could look to use to clear out bad posts.


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