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Video:How to Prepare for a Social Network Check

with Pelpina Trip

Potential employers check social networks before they hire job candidates. If you're looking for a new job, check out this how-to video from About.com to learn how to prepare for a social network check.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Prepare for a Social Network Check

Hello I'm Pelpina Trip here for About.com, in this video I'll show you how to prepare for a social network check.

Employers Check Social Network Profiles

Many potential employers conduct social network checks. Before they hire you, they check your online profiles. Here’s how you can prepare for that.

During a social network check, employers will search for any related posts and pictures of you online. So, do a search on your own name to see what websites, pictures, videos and social networks come up. Change or delete anything you don’t want to be public. 

Set Privacy Settings on Social Networks

Then, go over all your social networks: such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter and make sure you have your privacy settings where you want them to be. You can make your Facebook posts and pictures private by going to privacy settings on Facebook, for example, and if you’re on Twitter, you can turn your tweets private too. Basically block off anything you don’t want to be public. 

Build Your Profiles Professionally

Then, scan your profiles for any content a potential employer might not like: offensive content, posts related to drinking or drugs, inappropriate photos, any content or bad postings on a previous employer, and so forth.  Instead, use your social networks to support your professional qualifications.

For example, have good references posted by others, show off your creativity in pictures, show you received awards, and communicate well in your posts.  And lastly, always double check before you post anything online. Do you really want others, including potential employers, to see it? For more job tips, visit careers.about.com. Thanks for watching!

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