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Include These Social Media Myths to your Job Search Tips Arsenal

Posted By Jay Buerck

social-media-mythsSocial media remains an elusive landscape for job seekers, full of potential landmines that could destroy a candidate's reputation in an instant and also full of opportunities that could send a rising star straight to the top with the right exposure. All you need to avoid these landmines and set your sights on success is to break away from the following social media myths for job seekers.

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Eliminate Dirt from your Facebook Page even the NSA Can’t See

Posted By Jay Buerck

social media dirtThanks to modern technology, it doesn’t take a shovel or any backbreaking to unearth the dirt in your Facebook profile. With the app Facewash, you can do so without even getting your hands dirty – unless it is time to wash your smartphone (which it probably is).

The app works by searching the comments posted on your wall as well as status updates, photos you’ve uploaded, things you’ve “liked” and comments on photos you’ve been tagged in to find “dirty” words and potentially dangerous to your reputation for photos. Additionally, you can put the power in your own hands by using the app to search for specific terms you think might be offensive that you’ve written and posted (since you know better than the app what your favorite dirty words are).

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The Importance of Personal Branding for Job Seekers

Posted By Jay Buerck

personal-brandingYou’ve put the finishing touches on your resume, pressed your professional wardrobe, prepared yourself adequately for in-person networking and interviews, put your eye on your online reputation and cleaned it up, but you still feel like you’re missing a step in your job search. That one final finish you’re in need of is a personal website, or yet another way to promote you and personal branding.

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How Twitter Can Serve as a Job Search Tool

Posted By Jay Buerck

Twitter for Professionals

Although Twitter messages are short and snappy, the uses of the micro-blogging site are seemingly endless. You can find accounts for celebrities or news sites or ones dedicated completely to corny jokes. But as a job seeker, you may not be using the social networking site to its full potential in your job search, so here are some tips for how to do so.

Make sure you maintain an active presence on the site

Tweet things that are meaningful to both you and future employers, ensuring they are professional, grammatically correct, inoffensive and current. Tweet just enough but not every time you breathe, because you don’t want to become overbearing before you’ve even got your foot in the door. Once you ensure you are actively tweeting, you can begin to partake in your industry’s presence on the site.

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How to Use Social media for your Job Interviews

Posted By Jay Buerck

investigating-job-seekerIt’s time to stop using social media searches to stalk your exes, former classmates and friends and put your CIA-style skills to better use – or at least put such activity to the side for a minute to use social media to help in your job-hunting prospects. Social media provides a wealth of information for your upcoming interviews, as you can comb through a company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages to build a level of knowledge that makes prospective employers feel like you’re already part of the company.

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