With the rise of social networking among high school, college, and professionals in the field, it has become necessary to recognize the importance of what messages you are putting out there for others to see. A rising percentage of companies are using social networking sites to check out candidates. Even colleges are beginning to use these sites to find out more about their applicants.
Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook offer opportunites to post a host of personal and professional experiences, information, and even photos. You can also block information and make it available only to those you select to be able to view what you have posted.
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals and provides an opportunity for them to connect and communicate with people working in specific fields of interest. LinkedIn also offers an opportunity to connect with people who know people you know in your network. As social networking sites grow, it becomes more important than ever for those posting on these sites to do so with care by being cautious not to divulge information that might be harmful in your college and/or job search efforts.
- Facebook and Professional Networking
- MySpace and Job Searching
- LinkedIn Job Search
- College Admission Officers Use Social Networks to Conduct Background Checks
- Corporate Recruiters Use Social Networks to Conduct Background Checks
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