Misuse of social media use can cost you a job

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DENVER -- You only get to make a first impression one time. In today’s highly competitive market, you don’t want to blow it.

With social media in the mix, you don’t want to blab it either, according to the downtown Denver staffing firm of Robert Half. It serves thousands of clients.

Its job is to get people jobs. Division director Eric Kimble said a positive digital presence is a must.

“Nowadays it’s no longer just about the interview, the resume and the references. Companies are looking at your digital reputation, going online and tracking you down.," Kimble said.

According to research from Office Team, a division of Robert Half, it found 45 percent of human resources managers said posting negative or inappropriate comments is the most common social media mistake.

“All you’re saying is a bunch of negative things vs. positive things. I think companies are looking for people who are more enthusiastic and positive and not just haters," Kimble said.

The second biggest mistake, according to the study, is the posting of inappropriate pictures. Kimble said skip the negative posts and welcome to the wonderful world of employment.

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