You may have spent hours making sure you are using just the right action verbs in your résumé, and crafting the perfect cover letter to catch the attention of your future employer, but if you haven't spent the time to clean up what's on your Facebook page, all that work could be for naught.
Not only do social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allow you to connect and network as you search for a job, but they give you a platform to sell yourself < or shame yourself < to future employers.
The following social media tips can give applicants the best chance of getting the job they are hoping for:
Use your LinkedIn profile to share your experience and expertise, and post anything of interest that you may have authored on all your social media profiles.
"Some may lament that by accessing your profiles, employers can dig farther into your personal life than you would like," says Schmitt. "But these platforms give you an unprecedented opportunity to market yourself to prospective employees and make connections to other professionals."