Using social media for job search is top of any careers advisers’ list.
However should we be issuing caveats about job search despite social media being here for the long run?
As far as job search goes it should certainly be something that you seriously bear in mind; any and all your contributions from whatever age will survive on the internet. Your footprint as far as your job search goes could be well and truly poorly framed. This is to the detriment of your job search and future career.
Those of you leaving school or college must think seriously about locking down your security settings and ensure that only your friends can access the dubious photographs and inane conversations which lead to dodgy outcomes. Potential employers think nothing of checking surreptitiously through Facebook pages to reference applicants.
LinkedIn should be the place where you have intelligent dialogues and your contributions show you to be an expert in your field of work; someone who has integrity, respect and some initiative.
Manage your online reputation especially when you know that you will be on a job search sooner or later.
Incidentally whilst a huge number of employers do surf through for additional background data on their likely candidates; one wonders how long before a discrimination claim will be upheld on the grounds of subjective information leading to the non-selection of a certain candidate?