Aussie Bosses Are Checking Your Facebook Profile

It’s an issue we’ve discussed around these parts before: can your public social networking profile influence your job chances? A recent survey of Australian bosses by Telstra suggests the answer is yes — but the outcome isn’t always negative.

Unsurprisingly, the worst thing you can do in career terms is say something negative about your workplace (which 44 per cent of bosses found a turn-off), followed by discriminatory comments (37 per cent) and inappropriate images (31 per cent). Oddly enough, just 14 per cent of bosses said they would specifically check Twitter, though given its prominence in search results it might well show up anyway if they just search on your name.

With that said, an increasing number of jobs now include online interaction, so being able to demonstrate skills in that area could be helpful. Around a third of the bosses surveyed said they had hired someone after gaining a positive impression of them from their internet activities.

Have you gained or lost or job because of your online behaviour? Tell us about it in the comments.


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