5 Times You Should Press Pause on Social Media -

5 Times You Should Press Pause on Social Media

Social Media is becoming more and more of a prominent factor in our lives, it’s allowed for a global connectivity that has never before been so easily accessible.

People can talk to and share parts of their lives with others who they will probably never meet. But there is a downside to this, as potential and current employers can also see this information, which isn’t always a good thing. We’ve all seen the stories in the media about people in positions of trust posting inappropriate comments and later being forced to resign.

Whether you’re in a high-profile position or not, risking your job for the sake of updating your social media account is not worth it… Here are five times you should press pause before posting on social media.phone1

  1. When you’re talking about work

We all have bad days at work, no matter how much you love your job. There are days where you get home and need a good wind down following your hectic day. This is the joy of life and the working world, and something everyone goes through, however, the social world doesn’t need to know how bad your day was, as I can guarantee, you’re not the only one.

I see it far too often on my own Facebook feed, people complaining about their job, counting down to the weekend on a Monday morning (!!) and generally complaining about their work/co-workers. I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean.

Now imagine if this was you, and your manager saw these posts? Or if the hiring manager of a prospective employer saw your posts, would this hinder, or add weight to your application?

If a recruiter went on your profile and saw that you have been complaining about work, why should they invest in you?

Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry, what will you gain from posting negative comments about your employer? Whereas holding back from posting may assist you in landing your dream role in the future.

If you feel your post is turning negative or paints people in a bad light – don’t share it.

  1. When you’re using offensive language

To many of us, it may seem like common sense not to swear on your social media profiles, but as a general rule- if you wouldn’t say it to your Nan, don’t post it publicly for the world to see!

It may feel like the norm that day to day language contains swearing, but there’s a limit. If you wouldn’t curse in a job interview don’t do it in front of the world.

  1. When you have done/shared something some would see as inappropriatephone2

Fact:  I have seen people refused from jobs because of their social media activity, both in my career in recruitment and with friends and family.

If someone searches your name on the internet, and your profile is filled with questionable images and posts, what impression does this give them?

If you insist on sharing and posting about things that are perhaps not work-friendly, send it to your friends directly or consider making your profile private, so that only people you are friends can see your posts.

  1. When you’re shouting too loudly

I once heard an analogy where social media was referred to as ‘shouting in a crowded room’ which is quite truthful when you think about it. Looking at your social media profile, are you shouting too loudly or too often?

Now we aren’t here to tell you when you should post to your accounts, but if you’re posting throughout the day when you should be working, how does this look to your fellow colleagues/employers? You should also bear in mind how this makes your employer look to the outside world- would you see a company as serious professionals if you knew their staff were scrolling through social media all day?

This also applies if you’re looking for a new opportunity, if a potential employer knew you were in work but posting about what you’re having for dinner, it doesn’t give off a good impression, nor does it tell them you’re a hardworking individual who’s willing to go the extra mile!

  1. When you have a score to settle with an individual/company

In a social media driven era, more and more complaints are being posted on Facebook and Twitter. Now I’m not saying this is bad, as it gives companies a chance to show off their customer service skills and often, their personality along the way. However, badmouthing both individuals and companies is a different matter, and can be classed as bullying.

I’m sure we’ve all seen plenty of articles on trolling, and how it affects individuals and companies. I’ve had first-hand experience where a small business was affected really badly by trolling. Handle your complaints like a professional, and you will be treated as one.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you leave a job on bad terms, the worst thing you can do is head to your Twitter or Facebook accounts to say your piece. Explaining your departure to future employers will be difficult enough but if they also see your negative comments on a public forum 9 times out of 10 they won’t want to take your application any further.


I appreciate your social media accounts are your own, and you may think these suggestions are too strict, or hindering your online presence.productivity If this is you, my advice would be that if you are looking for work, privatise your accounts. It’s easy to do, and it means only your friends/followers will see what you post.

Obviously, there are plenty more examples of times you should press pause on social media as it becomes more and more prominent in our day to day lives. Let us know if you have any other suggestions!

For work seekers looking for their next role, or wanting advice on how to make their social media presence more work-friendly, please give me a call on 01254 239363 or email maria@cumminsmellor.co.uk

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