Why You Should Keep Facebook and Your Job Search Separate

Can Facebook help or hurt your job search?

Most employers are looking you up online — and most job seekers are aware of this. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 37% of employers are looking up candidates’ Facebook profiles, and while they may not intend to look at your profiles for reasons not to hire you, they could find them. Most look to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company, whether or not they conduct themselves professionally, and how well rounded they truly are. However, 12% say they look up candidates’ Facebook profiles in order to find reasons to not hire them.

This is interesting considering Facebook is sometimes rumored to be launching a job search platform. Although most Facebook users tend to use the site for their personal social lives, the addition of a job search platform may blur the lines between the personal and the professional, making job seekers unsure of how to balance the two distinctions. Read more…

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