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Jobseekers: Beware of Social Media Regret

Have you ever posted something on Facebook or Twitter and regretted it the next day? You're not alone.
Have you ever posted something on Facebook or Twitter and regretted it the next day? You're not alone.

A new survey finds a whole lot of young people out there are worried that something they posted will come back to bite them some day.

In a new survey sponsored by the website findlaw.com,  29-percent of 18 to 34-year olds said they have posted a photo, comment or other personal information on social media that they worry could some-day cost them their current job or disqualify them from a new job.

And 21-percent of social media users say they've taken down a post because of fear of repercussions from an employer.

All this worry comes despite a pretty widespread understanding of social media privacy settings.

82-percent of users say they pay at least some attention to those.
And only 6-percent pay no attention and only use the default settings.

It turns out, young people do have reason to worry.

A Career Builder survey conducted last month found that more than 40-percent of employers who use social media to research prospective employees said posts caused them to not hire a candidate.
That number was up from 2012.

But online profiles can also work in your favor.

19-percent of managers told career builder that posts that showed off a candidate's personality, creativity, or communication skills led to a new hire.

The moral of the story? Think before you post...but don't stop posting all together.

(Alison Kosik, CNN)

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