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The importance of understanding what your Social Media pages say about you has never been so high. Many potential employers will search Social Media pages for your name even before deciding to call you for interview.

Search Engines

Take a look at what they would find, be impartial. Put your name into Google, Bing and Yahoo! and see what comes up. Is it what you expect?

Social Networking

Next go to your Facebook page, Bebo or Myspace and see if there is a profile picture that would embarrass you with a new employer. Next, you need to secure this page so that the full profile is only visible to your friends. Change or remove your listed non-professional interests listed.

A word of warning! Once employed try to limit the number of new colleagues you invite to become a FB friend, you never know!!

Professional Networking

Linkedin is a great tool, especially in the current market place. However, be careful who you link to as this can create an internet profile of you that may appear unfavourable.

Videos

No-one wants a moment of stupidity captured forever. If there is a You Tube video of you and your mates messing around, however harmless, it can and will be found! This is best removed.

Twitter

Look at your recent posts; do they present a professional image of you?

Conclusion

The internet is a wonderful way of finding out all you need to know, but it works two-ways. Be mindful of your internet presence.

Suggestion

Set up a new email account that is professional. By this we mean first name dot surname, not worlds-best-salesman@gmail.com and make sure that none of your social networking sites use this account.

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