The rise of social media has cost plenty of people their jobs because of ill-advised updates, writes Sam Fiorella. To avoid joining their ranks, be careful not to swear on branded social channels, bad-mouth your company or fellow workers, or make off-color jokes about current events. "Social media provides an excellent opportunity for showcasing your professionalism, intelligence and maturity, which can set you apart from the competition. Unfortunately, it seems the allure of making a fool of yourself through social channels is greater than the need to acquire and/or retain a job," he writes.

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