I think of myself as a private person. I do have social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn. What I share on those accounts is a lot about the things I like, rather than a lot about myself. For example, I love art, nature, running and my family. I will share articles about those subjects and some photos of our family but that’s about it. I stay away from political and religious posts. And, with the exception of LinkedIn, I say absolutely NOTHING about my employer. It’s not that I don’t like my employer, it’s just that I want that separation between my person life (as limited as that is) and my professional life. At my work, most employees are locked out of social media platforms on our work-issued devices. So it was a little surprising to me that my employer asked employees to share some content about some initiatives the organization was doing. It was voluntary of course. But with the rules and regulations around our work’s social media policy, I don’t participate. Additionally, when I’m done with work tasks, I do not want to use my personal time on work-related postings.
However, in writing this article, I realize that I should not be too concerned about this. As I mentioned from the start, my posting habits are fairly generic, and I do not post a lot of personal information online. In the article, “90% of Employers Consider an Applicant’s Social Media Activity During Hiring Process” the author outlines what type of postings employers look for when screening new hires. The social content that employers take into account are:
- Any type of hate speech
- Images of illegal drug use
- Illegal or illicit content
- Negative comments about previous jobs or clients
- Deceptive, scammy posts
- Threats to people or past employers
- Confidential or sensitive information about people or previous employers 
The fact that people do post these types of things on their page lets me know that people have a false sense of security, or don’t care, or feel invincible when posting online. I think it’s important to maintain a professional “appearance” online, even if you have no intention looking for a job. My line in the social sand used to be against employers looking at applicant/employees’ social media, but knowing that people are this careless goes to show that they may not be the decision maker or how to control their temper or it shows them being an all-around awful person. Be a descent human and you have nothing to worry about. I’d like to think that I have nothing to worry about and if my employer asks us to share content again, perhaps I’ll give it a second thought since my line has moved. Where do you draw the line?
 “90% of Employers Consider Applicant’s Social Media ….” https://smallbiztrends.com/2020/05/social-media-screening.html.