Treat Facebook like a resume

Because chance are a prospective employer will look you up on it.  

According to a study published in 2009, Harris Interactive found that 45% of all employees use social networking to screen candidates.  That number jumps to 53% for professional services such as law firms.  The top three social networking sites for employer screening are Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace.  

Employers reported that 35% of the time they found content that discouraged them from hiring candidates with the top three red flags being inappropriate photos, evidence of drug use or excessive drinking and badmouthing a previous employer.  However, they also found content on those sites that made them more likely to hire someone, for instance a profile that documents the candidate’s relevant skills and talents or that the candidate’s personality seems like a good fit.

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