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While your résumé may mold you as the perfect fit, your frequent use of the four-letter-word — among other offenses — on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites may extinguish your hopes for a desired position, Mashable reports.

To get a better overview of their candidates, 40 percent of businesses evaluate their applicants through their usage of social media sites, according to a survey conducted by JobVite. Nearly 65 percent of companies will not hire a candidate who uses profanity on their network. Sixty-one percent of potential employers believe that horrendous grammar and spelling mistakes reflect poorly on the applicant.

The top two social media offenses that will cause an employer to ditch applications are illegal drug use and sexually explicit posts. They turn off 83 and 71 percent of job recruiters, respectively. Pictures of alcohol consumption (51 percent) and a passion for guns (47 percent), although still very lethal to your employment future, lie on the bottom of the list as the least-negative social media offenses.

However, there is one thing that will make you a favorable candidate in the eyes of many companies: volunteer work. A picture of you hammering away for Habitat for Humanity or serving Thanksgiving dinner to the poor reflects very highly on your character. Sixty-five percent of employers will hire you for your philanthropic endeavors.

But don’t completely shy away from your social media account. While avoiding all the aforementioned offenses, you should still be actively engaging on your profile. According to a source reported on MN, “Social media plays a major role in many careers and when employers view a future employee’s profile, they want to see that they know how to use the site.”

You can still play it safe by expressing your strong political or religious views on social media networks because, according to JobVite, they only elicit a neutral reaction from job recruiters. Remember, you are being monitored by not only your Facebook friends and Twitter followers, but someone that may hold the key to your better future.

Are you being more careful online?

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