What Not to Do Online Part III

What Not to Do Online? Lie about your reason for taking time off, like Kevin Colvin did. Busted!

It’s important to be careful about our dealings with social media, particularly in matters concerning employment.  If you don’t value your job anymore, here’s some great ways to lose it by misusing the internet.

What Not to Do Online Lesson #7: Slack At Work

We get that the Facebook game, FarmVille, is addictive with over 82 million players throughout the world.  There’s a time and a place for play, however, and on the company’s clock is not one of them.  Several Bularian City Council members were caught on Farmville during a meeting and were lectured about wasting company time.  One politician, Dimitar Kerin, just couldn’t kick the habit and lost his place on the committee.

What Not to Do Online Lesson #8: Lie About Time Off

If you need to take time off work, don’t lie about what it’s for.  Back in 2007, a bank intern for Anglo Irish Bank, Kevin Colvin, asked for time off to go to New York for a “family emergency” and then was busted by an incriminating photo uploaded to Facebook from a Halloween party he ditched work to attend.  Even if you do everything you can to fabricate the perfect story, you never know who will tag you in a photo on Facebook during your personal “emergency” and bring it all tumbling down.

What Not to Do Online Lesson #9: Tweet About Job Offers

Conner Riley, also known as @theconnor, tweeted about getting a job offer: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”  Shortly thereafter, she received a reply from Tim Levad with Cisco Alert, saying, “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”  All it takes is one errant thought to tweet yourself out of a job.  Better to play job offer cards close to the chest.

To learn better what not to do online, earn an English degree online.  It will help you understand the power and effect of your words, effectively preventing you from making mistakes like these so you can keep your job and enjoy a long and prosperous career.

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Sarah is a social media manager and image consultant originally from Vancouver, Canada. After executing her first makeover in the seventh grade, she has been helping people look and feel their best ever since. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys practicing yoga, shopping on Etsy, and watching Grey's Anatomy.

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