Avoid discussing extreme opinions on politics on social media
When a company takes on an employee then they are also hiring someone who represents that company. Unless you work for Burger King or McDonald’s or Walmart or whoever, you may not actually have to wear company shirts, or a uniform, or a ball cap with the company logo prominently displayed on it, but – whatever you wear – you do still indeed represent the company.
It’s the same for what you say. Obviously America is a truly great democracy and people are fully entitled to hold their own political views and to vote in whichever way they choose or to support whatever causes they choose – be it abortion, gun control or whatever.
Many employees freely publish stuff about the company they work for on their social media pages such as Twitter, Facebook or whatever. As such, whatever you personally post or publish on your social media page will often be reflected on the company itself. If you care about keeping your job, you need to seriously think about this any time that you post or tweet extreme content of any kind.
Typically, political opinion that swings too far left or right will be flagged as totally inappropriate by a company. It may not seem appropriate for any company to judge you based on your strongly held political beliefs, but it does still happen. Imagine you worked for one of Donald Trump’s many companies, and then you started tweeting your support for Clinton! This probably wouldn’t go down too well with the boss!!
Or if you believe in the freedom to smoke marijuana, and the legalisation of that substance, but you work for a respected pharmaceutical company.
Seriously folks, often the very best thing to do is to simply keep your personal political views totally off social media. That is — if you want to get your new job.