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Saturday, March 17, 2012

How Facebook could cost you your job!

Next time you start to upload pictures of nights out on to Facebook, or moan about your day on Twitter, bear in mind that you could be risking your career.

One in five bosses have rejected an applicant because of their profiles on social networking sites, according to a UK company's report on the technology industry.

Jobseekers are being warned to be far more vigilant over what they reveal online, as it could cost them that coveted role.

Even job-hunters who have passed any online screening to land their dream role should not relax.

Increasing numbers of workers have been sacked for careless social media posts - so however strong your privacy settings, take note of these cautionary tales:

Infamous Facebook firings:

- An 18-year-old Buckingham Palace guard was fired ahead of the royal wedding after he allegedly called Kate Middleton a 'stupid stuck up cow' in a Facebook post.

- Kimberley Swann, 16, was fired after three weeks as an admin assistant for writing on Facebook about how bored she was with her job. Her status updates included: 'first day at work. omg!! So dull!!'

- Stephanie Bon was fired from her role as an HR assistant at Lloyds after posting a comment about her boss earning more money than her. She wrote: 'New CEO gets £4,000 an hour. I get £7. That’s fair.'

- Prison officer Nathan Singh, who worked at HMP Leicester, was sacked for gross misconduct after becoming Facebook friends with current and previous inmates.

- Thirteen Virgin Atlantic cabin crew members were fired after posting comments on Facebook labelling passengers 'chavs' and claiming there were cockroaches on the planes.

- Emma Short, a travel agent from Coventry, was fired after using her Facebook page to say of a colleague that she wanted to 'smack the brown-nosing cow in the face'.

- Housing association manager Adrian Smith was demoted after writing on Facebook that gay marriage would be ‘an equality too far’.

- Ashley Payne, a high school teacher from Georgia, was forced to resign after posting pictures of herself drinking on the social networking site. The 24-year-old was told her page 'promoted alcohol use' and 'contained profanity'.


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