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The Social Media Background Check

November 29, 2011

With some of the highest unemployment rates, more and more people are searching and applying for jobs and as a result companies are seeing a higher response rate. One way employers are narrowing the number of candidates is after determining that they are qualified for the job, they will conduct a background search on the Internet. Yes, that’s right there are employers who are using the internet to type your name into the google search engine (or any search engine) and find your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, blog or any website that has linking information.

The importance that we stress to you is to get on the Internet and type your name into a search engine. Any site that appears in the search you have just conducted is visible to anyone and everyone. Log on to any of these sites and immediately change your privacy settings. Facebook allows users to change their privacy settings so that only “friends” are able to see the content on their profile.  If you are unable to find out how to change the settings, give that company a call and they will usually walk you through any problem.

This information is not only meant for current job seekers. We have all heard it said before, but once something is on the Internet it is there forever. Any information on your Facebook, blog, or any website is information that can be used against you, so always think twice about what you post or upload to the Internet.

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