Expert: Selfies reveal personality traits that could turn off employers

 

The selfies you take and post on social networking sites may reveal unflattering personality traits that could cost you a job.

"In a career sense, it can really impact your brand," said certified career coach Hallie Crawford.

Research is currently underway at the University of Georgia to determine why people take selfies but psychology professor W. Keith Campbell Ph.D. said previous research gives him an idea of what he'll find.

"There seems to be two big motives. One is narcissism, which is doing stuff to get attention from people. To look better than you are," said Campbell.

The other motive for taking selfies is to maintain friendships, according to Campbell.

Whether you like it or not, career counselors said employers who scour social media sites of potential job candidates will likely use those selfies to determine whom to hire.

Crawford said an employer may assume someone who snaps a lot of selfies is self-absorbed and won't be a team player or possess self-control.

"[Employers may wonder] do you get the line between private versus public and might you share something about their company if you worked there that was inappropriate?" said Crawford.

Taking selfies cost a middle school teacher in Savannah her job this summer. WTOC-TV reported that one of Lekeshia Jones' students stole her cell phone and posted her provocative photos online.

Celebrities' nude photos and selfies were recently released after it's believed someone hacked the cloud, a file storing service.

Risque or not, the more selfies you share or are inadvertently exposed, the more material employers have to judge.

"Perception is reality," said Crawford. "We've got to be extra careful in the career realm because people are now looking and so much can get out there that we don't want to."

Crawford suggested job seekers reduce the number of selfies on their social media sites to four or five, leave only those photos that portray you as a well-rounded person, and add articles or blog postings that relate to your potential occupation or field.

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