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What to consider when you’re looking for a job

Legally social media accounts cannot be used to influence hiring decisions

Federal contractors are prohibited from using social media to evaluate candidates - so it takes it out of our equation. Non contractors can look at social media...

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Better safe than sorry, however

The safest approach is to always assume that employers absolutely will search applicant’s social media profiles. In many cases, a social search / review may even be included in the formal background check process.

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Better safe than sorry, however

The best advice that I can give to you have questions about your postings then I would suggest that you remove them or not post them. Follow your gut. Some employers do look at social media and it can influence hiring decisions.

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Privacy settings are not foolproof

There are privacy settings that could limit the publicity of your profile on various sites, but there isn't a guarantee that it will be 100% fool proof.

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Search yourself to see what appears

Google your own name and make sure your friends haven’t tagged you in embarrassing photos or blogs.

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Ask yourself, "Would I show this post to Grandma?"

I always tell people, if you have things on your profile that you would not want your grandmother to see then take it’s probably not appropriate!

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Social media can give hiring managers a sense of who you are, good or bad

[H]ow you "show" on social media sites can also tip recruiters off on what kind of judgment or common sense you have.

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