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Top 5 Tips: Using Social Media for Your Job Search

1. Social networking creates and publicizes YOU. Make sure you keep this in mind when you post, tweet, and upload pictures of yourself and/or friends. Employers will often search a candidate's Facebook profile to get a better understanding of the candidate before and even after the interview. You want to make sure you are sending the right message about yourself.

2. Employers are increasingly using social media sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to recruit and find potential candidates. You want to make sure your profile picture and the content within the profile section positively reflects you.

3. Once information gets posted online, it’s technically out there forever—even if you “delete” the content. If you wouldn’t want a potential employer, your family, or a spiritual leader to read the content (or see a photo), then don’t post!

4. Facebook and Twitter change their privacy settings frequently—check your settings often to ensure you have your profile set to how you wish.

5. Be smart with your posts & tweets. If you are looking for another job and your current supervisor is a follower or FB friend, then don’t post that; if you just had an interview and your current supervisor is a follower or friend, then don’t post that; if you have something negative to say about your current workplace and your supervisor is a follower or FB friend, then don’t post. It’s safe to say that if you have to think twice about posting something, then just don’t post it!