What You Post on Social Media can Destroy a Career Before it Starts!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

It was just another phone call with a prefix I did not recognize.  Not unusual since we take our cell numbers with us when we move.  I was just pulling into town and was in moderate traffic.    "Probably another telemarketer", I thought, "or a bot hangup".

Gotta answer it though...right? Could be the next big deal!  That has actually happened more than once.

"Good Afternoon, this is Mike McCann ... Mach1 Realty",  and hallelujah... there was a voice on the other end.

This person identified them-self and quickly asked about hanging their real estate license with my company. 

(I am in the process of growing the company with rural agents who will work the farm and ag land markets.) Hint hint

We chatted for a while and we talked about this person's goals and Mach1 Realty company goals.  We came to the quick conclusion that this person wanted to join a company that sells homes in town through the MLS and does not want to do ag land.

I gave them the name of a great Broker who, it turns out, they had already talked with and had gotten my name from.

Although I do not care if my agents sell houses in an MLS town, we do not belong to the MLS...(on purpose but that is a story for another time)...which makes it hard to work with home buyers and sellers in the larger towns...fair enough.

Back to the original headline: I did a little due diligence on this individual when I got back to my computer mainly because I had referred the person on without knowing anything about them.

It was easy to search for the individual because of a few comments they made plus I had their number and you can search via phone number on the State Commission website.

I confirmed it was the right person. And then went to social media...which is how I usually vet a person.

What I saw on social media can only be described as voyeurism and something I had never seen before and did not know even existed. But the first photo and accompanying comment thread absolutely made me very confused and instantly a red flag went up. There were numerous photos and comments from this person and others on their FB page including specific requests for certain types of photos and private messages. I felt very uncomfortable which is unusual for me.

I thought maybe I was over reacting and asked my wife her thoughts...she was as puzzled as I was.

I personally do not care what a person does behind closed doors as long as it is not illegal and I believe what I saw was legal...but very strange.

I do however, strongly care what a person does publicly that can adversely impact my family, friends, work life, and my company. The FB page was open to the public.   Bad, Bad, Bad idea.  It had photos that this person probably thinks are innocent but if I perceive them as bad...I guarantee you I am way more open and understanding than 90% of my potential customers. That is not who I want to have working for me.

We all walk a fine line with social media as we all control what others perceive of us. But if you do not own the company...what you think is okay may not fly with the owner or with the person hiring...which in this case...is both.

Until next time...remember what you post online can come back to hurt you in the future...and destroy a career before it gets started!!

 

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Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker This has been Mike McCann...Nebraska Land Broker...Coming to you from the Farm Land of Nebraska and America!! Visit me at www.mikemccann.com to learn more about the agricultural and farm land for sale market. 

Many farms For Sale in Nebraska are not listed publicly...please call, text, or e-mail with your questions, wants, and needs!

Mike is your Ag, Farm, and Auction expert throughout Nebraska!

308-627-3700 and 800-241-3940 call or text me at these numbers or

mike@mikemccann.com for easy e-mail access! Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker

 

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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
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Hi Michael Jacobs    I agree.  And when you have a 2nd business that you work...that can also send up red flags.  It is truly a fine line we walk and most of us fall off once in a while.  Thanks for stopping by.  

Sep 12, 2019 08:02 AM #3
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Shirley Coomer
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I worry about our young people who put their lives of FB and other places.  Once on the world wide web, you can't take it back!  Very wise to vet this person!

Sep 12, 2019 08:32 AM #4
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi 1~Judi Barrett ...Thanks for stopping by!  I think court records are good. I also check out where they live and how they live.  It is hard to council folks to clean up and repair/replace if you are not very clean yourself and everything is broken.

Sep 12, 2019 09:11 AM #5
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
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HI Shirley Coomer I am guilty of probably putting too much out there myself.  But everything I do put out there I would not be afraid to show my wife or our local Priest,  or others I am trying to have as clients and customers.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Sep 12, 2019 09:13 AM #6
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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I'd definitely suggest this individual "clean up" his social media content, and be sure to restrict his questionable antics in the future. It's a good idea for all of us to look at our content to see if certain posts were meant for private eyes...

Sep 12, 2019 10:37 AM #7
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Great post thank you for sharing this with us. It is a good idea to watch what you post. Once it is out there it is not coming back. 

Sep 12, 2019 11:04 AM #8
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Toby Barnett
KW North Sound - Marysville, WA
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A perfect example of improper reputation management.

Sep 12, 2019 11:21 AM #9
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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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Hi Mike it's so important to vet people - especially those wanting to work for you. Folks who don't understand or even think about how their presenting themselves  online or how they are perceived by others are going to wish they had later.

Sep 12, 2019 11:29 AM #10
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker

I vet all new clients and I will pay a service if I have to.  You won't find anything that is not plain vanilla on my website.

Sep 12, 2019 12:30 PM #11
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Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
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Facebook has been known to sink careers, as well as college careers, before they've started.

That ubiquitous Red Solo cup figures prominently in many of those.

It's wise to be circumspect about what you post online, because what you post on the internet can be forever.

Sep 12, 2019 03:06 PM #12
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty Your second sentence is a great one!  We all need to make sure we keep our social media reasonably clean...myself included.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Sep 12, 2019 03:07 PM #13
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
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Hi  Laura... Thanks for stopping by!  I agree ...there is a photo of me I have tried to get removed for over five years and have not been successful.  It is not even me...just my name and that persons name from the local paper from almost 10 years ago.

Sep 12, 2019 03:10 PM #14
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Toby Barnett I think you have a new one: IRM - improper reputation management.   Thanks for stopping by and sharing your IRM thought!!

 

Sep 12, 2019 03:11 PM #15
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Thanks for stopping by!!  I have a part time agent who is also a Captain at his County Sheriffs office. I think I will need to talk with him about future agents.

Sep 12, 2019 03:13 PM #16
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Margaret Goss
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WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN?? It seems I come across stories like this all the time - how is it possible?

I'm wondering - did you tell him how you felt about what he posted?

Sep 12, 2019 03:43 PM #17
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker ,

Its such a shame that so many people just don't understand EVERYONE is reading what they post. A good rule of thumb..if your mom wouldn't like it and you wouldn't want her to read it it's probably not appropriate! LOL!

Sep 12, 2019 05:42 PM #18
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Hi Mike- I remember when Facebook first came on the scene and we were warning our children about what they posted for fear their college antics would not be seen in a good light by future employers. 

Sep 12, 2019 07:48 PM #19
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Gordon Crawford
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Mike, very relevant post.  We are all doing more vetting to make sure people are who they say they are and their social media confirms or negates that image.  Like Kathy Streib, remember when college graduates were editing their Facebook accounts when entering the job market.

Sep 13, 2019 04:43 AM #20
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John Henry
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I think the handling of social media is one of the worst social phenomenons of this generation.

Sep 13, 2019 09:00 AM #21
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Tom Bailey
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As coach Herm Edwards always said on ESPN “ think long and hard before you hit the send button”

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