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Looking for work? Keep social media sites clean

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Social media seems pretty ubiquitous these days, but if you think friends and family members are the only ones checking you out online, think again. Companies often use it to make hiring decisions.

When it comes to social media, most people have posted about a moment better left in the archives of the past -- but photographic faux pas can end up costing job-seekers a lot.

"I felt a little dumb about it," admitted Hunter Monk, of Austin Texas.

Monk spoke with FOX 9 News through FaceTime about a time when he thought it would be funny to tweet a self portrait just before a Skype interview with an investment firm in Dallas.

"My case is unusual because I found out that was the reason. Most people don't ever hear that back, but I can confirm it does happen and they do look at social media, he said."

The problem with Monk's picture was that it let his employer see his full attire -- rather, his lack thereof.

Although Monk had donned a suit coat and tie for the interview, he decided pants were optional. After an employee of the firm saw his Twitter account, the company rescinded the job offer they had made.

Monk is far from the only person whose job prospects have been put on the line by a picture. A new report shows one in 10 people between the ages of 16 and 34 have been turned down for a job because of photos or comments posted to social media sites.

"It's very common and I don't think people are as aware it's as common as it is," said Anne Warfield, who coaches clients on interview skills for a job.

Even so, the study found two thirds of young people still don't care that their posts could affect their employment efforts -- but Warfield warns that companies not only look at social media profiles of applicants, they often give them more weight than resumes.

"A resume is something you prepare, like dressing up for a party," she explained. "Your media presence is how you interact every day, which comes to the office."

Warfield recommends removing inappropriate posts and pictures from social media profiles before applying for any position.

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