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We’ve been saying it for years:  “What you post on social media DOES matter.”

Last year I wrote about how our social media platforms have become our on-line resumes.  This is a key for background checkers when one is trying to get a job, a scholarship or even a promotion.

That hasn’t changed.  In fact, it’s probably in the limelight even more now.

Recently Abbie wrote about whether or not it is okay for employers to monitor employees’ social media.

Like it or not – it has become a realistic factor in continued employability across many industries.

Recently a Phoenix Police officer was terminated for his posts on social media.

This week, the Cleveland Browns cut defensive back Jermaine Whitehead after a Sunday Twitter tirade in which he fired off a series of threatening tweets that caused his Twitter account to be suspended.

The Browns were put in a position they did not want to be in and issued a statement saying the team “in no way condones that type of language or behavior,” that Whitehead’s tweets were “totally unacceptable and highly inappropriate” and that the matter would be “further addressed internally.”

Whitehead was a good player for the Browns, having started in every game this season.  But, when your employer issues a statement indicating the issue will be “addressed internally,” it means go look for work somewhere else.

And that could be in just about any industry.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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