Having a flimsy social-media presence.
If Googling your name leads a recruiter or employer down a NSFW rabbit hole—or if you can’t be found online at all—you’re sending the wrong message. Safeguard your Twitter feed and Facebook timeline. “Before you post a comment online, think: Is it stupid, thoughtless, and insensitive? How will this affect my company? How could this be interpreted by someone who doesn’t know me?” says Andrea Kay, an author, career consultant, syndicated columnist, and speaker. “And remember that anything you write—emails included—can be easily forwarded and read by someone you may not have intended read them.”