Caution: Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Job Search

Using online social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter can both hurt and help your chances of finding work!


  • Create an inappropriate online profile with photos, posts and updates that can make you look bad.
  • Use offensive, derogatory, slag or poor language in your profiles.
  • Avoid advertising political, religious or controversial interests and affiliations.


  • Run a Google search on your own name to see what information comes up – that’s what an employer might do!
  • Increase your privacy settings to make sure personal information and content stays personal.
  • Clean up your profiles by removing dangerous photos, deleting negative posts and creating a more professional image.
  • Use your accounts to research companies you are interested in working for by following their promotions, liking their Facebook pages and commenting on blogs or updates they post.
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