(KPLR) - Social networks are a good place to share what`s happening in our lives and connect with friends.
But what you post may also cost you your next job.
Rich Demuro explains in Wednesday`s Tech Report.
Rich Demuro says: "We love being ourselves online and posting just about anything and everything to sites like Facebook and Twitter. But take note, a recent poll asked 300 employers if they check the social media sites of job applicants, and 91 percent said yes."
Tim Chatarangsu says: "I was fired from California Pizza Kitchen for using twitter to complain."
The keystrokes he couldn`t take back.
Tim Chatarangsu says: "It`s the internet, it only takes 2 seconds for it to spread everywhere."
As Tim chatarangsu quickly learned, venting in the virtual world about his dislike of new staff uniforms may not have been the smartest way to blow off some steam.
Tim Chatarangsu says: "In the handbook, you`re not allowed to publicly bad mouth the company on any public forum I didn`t think anyone important was going to see the tweet, but the right person saw it, or the wrong person saw it."
According to a 2013 survey by find-law-dot-com, four percent of American adults say that a social media post resulted in negative employment consequences.
Anthony Zaller says: "As long as it`s not an illegal reason for the termination, it`s legitimate use of information to use."
While every company has their own policies when it comes to social media and hires, there are some universal digital 'don`ts' to keep in mind. Don`t put a company`s image at risk. Remember this photo that went viral of a taco bell worker who seemingly licked a stack of shells? While the public cringed, the bold employee`s time at the bell was cut short. Don`t say things online you would never say in public -- even if your page is private.
Anthony Zaller says: "Whatever you put out on the internet is out there for everyone."
A special education teacher in Torrance was removed from the classroom after posting on her Facebook page that she was about to enter a meeting with quote, 'crazy parents,' to talk about an autistic student she described as quote 'a hot mess.'
Madelyn Alfano says: "Think about what you`re putting out there, because your word becomes your reputation."
As a boss-who-browses, Maria’s Italian Kitchen owner Madelyn Alfano always reminds her staff to be savvy with social media.
Madelyn Alfano says: "If you want your reputation to be as integrous as it should be, then you should really be thoughtful about what you`re posting."
The same advice applies to those who are hunting for a new nine-to-five.
Anthony Zaller says: "Everything on the internet is kind of your resume now, when you`re applying for a job."
So make sure your web history won't put you at a disadvantage.
Tim Chatarangsu says: "You should definitely be careful of what you`re tweeting about, what your Facebook updates are, you never know who might see a picture, or who might read your update where you`re complaining about your boss."
RICH DEMURO says: "Students should also post with caution. Now the schools we talked to said they don't routinely check social media sites as part of the application process. But they will look at an applicant's page of an incident draws attention to them. With your tech report, I'm Rich Demuro."
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