Pouring out your frustrations online? Posting pictures of the wild party that you had? Hold on ...
41% - candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs
40% - candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information
29% - candidate had poor communication skills
28% - candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee
27% - candidate lied about qualifications
22% - candidate used discriminatory remarks related to race, gender, religion, etc.
22% - candidate's screen name was unprofessional
21% - candidate was linked to criminal behavior
19% - candidate shared confidential information from previous employers
1. Clean up digital dirt. Make sure to remove pictures, content and links that can send the wrong message to a potential employer before you start your job search.
2. Update your profile regularly. Make sure to include specific accomplishments, inside and outside of work.
3. Monitor comments. Since you can't control what other people say on your site, you may want to use the "block comments" feature.
4. Join groups selectively. While joining a group with a fun or silly name may seem harmless, "Party Monsters R Us" may not give the best impression to a hiring manager. Also be selective about who you accept as "friends."
5. Go private. Consider setting your profile to "private," so only designated friends can view it.