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How To Overcome Over-Sharing on Social Media

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Greensboro, NC - Former Representative Anthony Wiener, Brett Favre, Representative Peter Nehr and William Saunders have all been accused of sharing inappropriate pictures online.

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William Saunders resigned from Page High School Friday after inappropriate images of him surfaced on one of his social media accounts.

These photos will always be online, even if sounder's deleted his Instagram accounts and when he goes to look for a new job, he may have a tough time explaining why he left his job.

Experts say, when it comes to social media slip-ups, employers will find out.

"If that does hit Google, and is something he can Google, or can be researched on him, he clearly will have to deal with it in some way," explains Ronnie Grabon, career coach. "In that case I would say these were private photos they were intended for a private audience and I didn't have my privacy settings handled correctly but I do that now in the future."

Ronnie Grabon is a career coach and says potential employees, like Saunders, want employers to look at their entire resume and not just one mistake.

She says it is possible to overcome over sharing online. She suggests being upfront, open, and showing the employer you've learned from your mistake.

"There is certainly a way to get over it, you just have to be a little upfront, be very careful in your future, be real clear about explaining and if you can network your way into your next job or connect it or do it through some other connections, that is really very helpful," said Grabon.

In our digital age it's difficult to separate your online life from your professional life but to stay employed, experts say it's necessary.
"As a user I would say knowing your privacy your settings and understanding the social networking that your using and regardless of what you post digitally, whether it's on social network, whether it's on text, whether it's via email, it's out there and once you send it, it's out of your hands," said Danielle Hatfield, Owner, Experience Farm.

William Saunders is not the first person to post a questionable photo online and he won't be the last. To avoid any controversy, Danielle suggests using this rule of thumb: Don't share anything you wouldn't mind your mother seeing.

"Number one, you have to own it, it's out there it's not going away, address it. Maybe through a blog post that's public. Explaining what the photograph was, you know what the intention was, so you know whatever the potential employer comes across that information make sure you're very honest with them instead of letting them find out on their own because every single employer does a Google search for potential employees and that's your digital resume," said Hatfield.

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