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A Teacher's Accidental Lesson in How to Hurt a Career

If you're in the middle of a job search, or if you just landed a job, you've likely heard and read all sorts of advice about having a strong social media presence because it may help you get the job.

Angry RantAnd you also may have heard how you could scuttle your shot at a job if an employer were to find something on a social media site that put you in a not-so-flattering light.

Presenting exhibit 1 in "How to damage your career by mouthing off on the web." A science teacher in Cohasset, MA, resigned last week after posting comments on Facebook that reportedly called residents of the town snobby and arrogant. She was also reported to have said she was "so not looking forward to another (school) year."

Oops! It looks like she knocked everyone from her employer to her employer's customers.

Why did this happen? She believed that only friends she approved of could view her Facebook page, The Boston Globe reported. She said she accepts full responsibility but is worried the remarks could ruin her career.

Therein lies the lesson for all job seekers. More employers are using the web to look for qualified candidates, even more so as the economy struggles to recover. Also, social media is becoming an increasingly important tool for job seekers who want to boost their careers and get employers to notice them.

It's a lesson we've offered before, but it bears repeating: Don't put anything on a social media site that would undermine your chances of getting hired. Specifically, don't diss your employer, your co-workers, or your employer's customers.

Do you discuss anything related to work on a social media site such as Facebook? What suggestions do you have? Tell us.

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