Getting a job is as much about who you know than what you know. Thanks to the proliferation of social networking sites, you don't have to rely on face-to-face networking to meet people who have a lead on a good job. Today, more job seekers are tapping into their network on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn to look for work.
Many out-of-work Americans have realized that using social networking sites can help them find their next job. In fact, since the recession LinkedIn - a professional networking site - saw it's traffic increase 174 percent, according to a DMNews report.
"It's harder to find jobs and times are tough," said Matt Hicks, a spokesman for Facebook. "People naturally want to stay in touch with the network not only to find the next job, but even to get advice."
What's more, employers are turning to social networking sites to look for applicants who have the qualifications and skills necessary to fit open positions they may have.
"Not only are employers looking for better candidates, but ones that are well versed in social media and seeking out opportunities," said Sandra Fathi, a social media expert, in a CNNMoney.com report. Fathi added, "These mediums are here to stay."
Before your start using your online social networks to find a job you have to clean up your online persona. Follow these three tips to make sure your profiles don't scare off potential employers:
Your online network is an important tool in your job-search arsenal. Don't let a bad online profile keep you from getting a job. Military.com's Veterans Career Network can help connect you to other transitioning servicemembers and veterans who can help you find a job or give you job searching advice.
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