/ Asked by Michael
With the prevalence of social networking, I’ve been told that having little or no online presence is bad. Is this true? I do not show up prominently in web searches or participate/comment on any social networking sites. Is this good or bad? What do employers want to see when they “Google” you?
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, May 6, 2014
While having zero online presence won't get you in trouble, it may not help you increase the opportunites for recruiters or others to contact you or become familiar with your career goals and aspirations. A well curated online presence can be an edge during the hiring process so take advantage.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Having a well rounded online presence can be an added benefit to you in your job search. Many recruiters use social media as an avenue to search for individuals with the relevent skills and experience for their open position(s). There are numerous online communities and groups for various areas of expertise, so I would recommend developing your presence and engaging in some of the excellent networking opportunities available to everyone.....don't let others have the advantage in this arena!
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 7, 2014
While I don’t think having no or little presence is technically bad, I do think using social media can be used as an advantage to network with recruiters from various companies and get your name out there. Using various social media sites, especially LinkedIn, can be a great way to learn about companies and job opportunities that you might not have been aware of beforehand and to also network with recruiters and establish relationships. There are also opportunities to join groups online, whether it is within a functional interest, an alumni group from a school you may have attended, or a group created by a company so you can keep up to date with any relevant news or job openings.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 9, 2014
While having an extenmsive web presence is not necessary, I would recommend having a moderate web presence, particularly on sites such as LinkedIn.  Many employers now use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates, therefore, having a good profile there could be very beneficial for you.  In addition, it will allow you to build a professional network of individuals who can help you in numerous ways throughout your career.
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