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Thanks to the information age, face-to-face meetings are no longer the only way to build connections. Online social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and various online blogs have given a new face to networking and they can be very useful tools in the expansion of your network.
The Lyon College Career Center is on Facebook. You can friend Lyon College Career Center and receive important updates and postings in real time. View our Facebook page here.
The Lyon College Career Center is also on Twitter. Join and follow LyonCareers here.
Lyon College faculty and staff are terrific sources for building professional contacts as are Lyon Alumni. Begin now to create your professional profile onLinkedIn. Join and network with professional groups in your field of interest, and join the Lyon College Alumni Group.
With the prevalence of such sites however, more and more employers are using the World Wide Web as a tool to screen potential employees. According to recent research by a social media monitoring company called Reppler, 91% of employers reported using social networking sites to screen candidates at some point in the employment process. Potential job seekers MUST be mindful of the information they post online. The same study showed that 69% of employers reported that they have found content on social networking sites that caused them not to hire the candidate.
Posting inappropriate photographs or information
Posting content about drinking or drug use
Posting insults about previous employers, co-workers, or clients
Showing poor communication skills
Posting discriminatory comments
Lying about qualifications
Sharing confidential information from a previous employer
What happens when you type your name in on a search engine such as Google? Will potential employers see your business ambitions, talents and experience? Or will they see inappropriate pictures of you from a wild party last weekend? The choice is yours!