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Careless or Useful? How your social media profile could make or break your next job opportunity

May 4, 2012

Facebook is no stranger to anyone these days. Every employer has one; almost every company now has a fan page. We need to be careful what is being posted online and what we would want potential employers to know about us. I have always been told, “whatever you upload to the internet is there forever, there is no such thing as deleting.”

According to the 2012 annual technology market survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide, “Almost one in five technology industry executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person.” Previous Eurocom Worldwide surveys had found almost 40% of the survey respondents from technology companies review job candidate’s profiles on social media sites.

Here are a couple tips to use your social media profile to avoid being rejected by potential employers:

Facebook: Don’t use to your Facebook profile to vent about your job, work, someone you don’t like or your company. Leave it off of the internet. If you need to vent, do it to someone who will listen. You should also not express your love for partying. This is not the place to update the Facebook world about your night last night. Think of your Facebook profile as the front page of a newspaper; don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want on the front page because most likely a recruiter will be able to dig up anything. Privacy settings mean nothing.

LinkedIn: Use this social media profile as an electronic resume. Have this represent yourself and all of your skills that you can possess for a company. Be sure to write a sufficient summary, list all of your qualifications and be sure to be detailed in your accomplishments for each positions that you have held. This is also a good opportunity to connect your personal websites and blogs so employers can see your personality.

Twitter: Use your twitter to connect with your interested industry. This will show your potential employer that you keep up on trending topics and are up-to-date with news.

What do you think? Agree with these statements? We want to know your comments!

-Amanda

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