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5 Ways Your Social Media Profile Could Sabotage Your Next Medical Job Application

Social Media Profile

Social media is a powerful tool for healthcare professionals. It can educate, help engage, and inform. However, it is now commonplace for employers and recruiters to run searches on social media before making a final employment decision. While AHPRA, and many professional organisations have provided formal guidelines on the use of social media, there are some more career-oriented practices to be mindful of.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, these five things would likely torpedo a job application for a doctor, dentist, nurse, or any healthcare professional.

1. ‘Badmouthing’ Your Employer Or Colleagues

It’s okay to have a bad day at work, especially in a high pressure, stressful healthcare setting. However, it’s not okay to publicly shame your employer or colleagues. Even one post of this nature can cast doubt on your professionalism and loyalty.

2. Posting When You’re Supposed To Be At Work

Posting a picture of the #awesome #swell on Instagram, when you’ve taken a sick day is not advisable, and you may be called in the next day to explain. Not only will it be #awkward, it may haunt you when it is time for a reference check.

3. Selfies With Patients

This is a dicey one, and there are a whole range of consent and privacy issues involved. Aside from that, if a prospective employer is searching through your social media posts, it is possible that they may take it out of the intended context.



4. Embarrassing or Inappropriate Content

This covers a lot of areas, but it pays to be conservative on social media when you’re a medical professional. Some things to avoid might be:

  • Pictures when drunk or otherwise compromised
  • Political rants
  • Content of a sexual nature
  • Taboo or ‘touchy’ subjects

A basic rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t say it in front of a patient, don’t put it on social media.


5. Old Or Inaccurate Information

This issue is less damaging than some others, but it’s important to keep your social media up to date (especially for professional social media like LinkedIn), and remove out of date information. This will enable future employers to see all of your achievements in full.


Although it’s easy enough to delete a Facebook post or a tweet, there’s always someone faster than you ready to take a screenshot. Once you post it, consider it on your permanent record. Of course, the safest way is complete abstinence from social media, but if you can’t live without it, make sure it’s not going to harm your medical career.


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