Don't Make This Mistake at a Holiday Party

By Martin Buckland - Executive Career Management Professional

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We’re in a world of instant messaging. Gone are the days when what happened at a Christmas or New Year’s party stayed at the party. With a click of a button, you can capture a moment in time at the party and instantly share with your network on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even YouTube. It might seem funny at the time but a picture or video of you chugging beers at the office party, or even a family gathering, could haunt you later when you’re on an active job search.


Don’t even try to justify your behaviour and lack of judgement. Prudent career management is a 24/7/365 activity. I don’t want to hear “but I’m on holidays” or “Heh, what I do on my personal time has no impact on my employability” because it does! In fact, social media plays a key role in the hiring process and affects your personal brand message (


According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 national survey of US hiring managers, over 52% of employers in 2015 used social networks to screen candidates. This was a 13% increase over 2013 and I expect this figure will again see double digit growth in 2016.


Forty-six percent of survey respondents indicated they would reject a candidate after finding inappropriate pictures posted on social media, and 40% replied they would consider rejecting a candidate after viewing content related to drinking or drugs. These were the top 2 reasons for rejecting a potential job seeker. While you may be in control of what you personally share on social media, you’re not always in control of what others may share. Google yourself. Did you find any digital dirt? Here are some tips to help bury your digital dirt:


As we approach Christmas and New Year’s Eve, enjoy the holiday season but do so responsibly. We all know not to drink and drive. Now you also know not to click and share your seasonal silliness, or you could give a future employer the wrong impression of the qualified candidate you certainly are.



Martin Buckland, President of Elite Resumes, is a leading resume writer, career coach and job search strategist with a global clientele. Martin currently holds the following certifications: Certified Professional Branding Strategist, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Employment Interview Professional, Job and Career Transition Coach, Certified Job Search Trainer and Co-Pilot Executive Coach. Visit my website at

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