Digital dirt is a killer, and with the tools available to recruiters and employers today, if a potential job candidate acts inappropriately, it's not a matter of if they'll find out; it's when. Make that first impression a great one.
Job hunting has become ever more complex in the age of social media. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and ever more ways to stay connected and show off the good (and the bad) of your personal and professional skills have changed the very nature of job hunting and recruitment. The changes aren't over with, either, and according to one recruitment specialist, the best practices for using social media to further your career have evolved in the last six months.
There have been dramatic changes in the social media world, and if job hunters want to get ahead, they have to understand how to take advantage of those changes, said David Perry, co-author of "Guerrilla Marketing For Job Hunters 3.0" and managing director of management consulting firm Perry-Martel International. With a little bit of effort and virtual elbow grease, digital dirt can be cleaned up and the best public image can be presented to recruiters, which Perry said is of utmost importance today since the best jobs don't get advertised.
"This is not hard stuff. It just requires some forethought," Perry said. Here are Perry's tips for thriving in today's job market using social media.
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