The Weekly Roundup: Getting Social With Job Search

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One of the most powerful tools in your job search arsenal is your social media presence. Sure, you're probably on LinkedIn as well as Facebook, but what about Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and more? While not every social platform may be right for you, it is important to understand the basics of how each one works and how they can impact your job search, positively and negatively.

A savvy social media strategy can get you noticed. A bad social media strategy will also get you noticed, but not in the way you want. Be smart and maximize your opportunities. Use social media to create a strong, positive personal brand.

Almost all recruiters and HR managers are searching online for potential hires and screening candidates. Just a few clicks and keystrokes and they can learn all about you. Will they like what they see?

Is your LinkedIn profile updated and 100% complete? How about that profile picture? Have you set the privacy settings on Facebook? Make sure your wild party pics stay private. Are you saying outrageous things on Twitter? How can you protect yourself and look great to potential employers?

I've rounded up five pieces that dig into social media and job search. Find out from the experts what to post and what NOT to post. With a few tweaks you can look like a pro on all your social media accounts.

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What Your Social Media Says About You To Employers

"This will go down on your permanent record" used to be an empty threat made by teachers and school administrators in desperate hope that it would keep students in line. Today your online persona is your permanent record and it's out there for EVERYONE to see. Careerealism has great advice on what you should and shouldn't post.

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Should you be using social media to get a job?
The short answer is YES! The long answer is pretty much YES! The fine folks from Devex rounded up a group of top recruiters and got their take on how job seekers can maximize their opportunities to interact with recruiters and companies on various social problems. Watch!

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Social Media for Professionals
Using social media strategically is a must for businesses and individuals. Even if you are not a fan of social, all professionals need to establish and maintain a presence. Business In Vancouver has a smart point-by-point plan to keep both your LinkedIn and the often overlooked, but crucial, Google+ profiles fresh and relevant.

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5 Job Search Tactics You Need To Stop Now
There are plenty of well-qualified candidates for every good job. This means the competition is fierce and you can't afford a single mistake in pursuit of your dream job. May I direct your attention to Doostang's Job Search Tactic You Need to Stop Now, "Display a poor or negative online presence"? Read on and make sure you look good on every social site.

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Social recruiting: How to use social media to land a job
With nearly 3/4 of HR executives and recruiters prowling social media sites to search for candidates and learn more about prospective hires, it pays to build your brand wisely on social platforms. Social also provides an opportunity for job seekers to find the next great opportunity. The Degree360 blog at Online Degrees has the infographic you've been waiting for to optimize your social job search plan.

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It looks like we've all got a little homework to do on the social media front. Make sure your online public presence is fine-tuned and optimized for maximum impact. Please share your strategy, tricks and tactics below in comments. Next week we'll talk more about social media and job search.
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