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10 ways to lose a job before you get it

Don't manage social media presence
Don't manage social media presence © Northfoto/Shutterstock.com

Your skin-baring selfie photo, political joke or snarky celeb observation might make friends laugh, but oversharing on Facebook or Twitter doesn't impress potential employers.

"Our weakening sense of privacy is the job seeker's Achilles' heel and the employer's windfall," says Michael Haaren, co-founder of RatRaceRebellion.com, a site focused on work-at-home options and projects. Even these require an appropriate online resume.

"In the past, hirers had to send investigators door to door to get the information that Google gives for free in five seconds," he says. "Pretend you've got a blind crush on your first date. Don't post anything you wouldn't want him or her to see. Assume hiring managers are terminally stodgy."

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