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Question: “Should I make my social media profiles public if I am job searching and don’t want my employer to know?” – Teresa
Does Social Media Help (or Hurt) You When Job Searching?
Answer: HELPS! Make them public!
But you should not say you are job searching on them if you are worried that your employer might find out. The goal is to put out great content because recruiters will see this when they google your name. You want to show your expertise and your knowledge. You want them to see why they need to hire you. You basically want to demonstrate everything that you put on your resume, online on your social media account too.
I definitely think social media is huge for job searchers right now. This is what will help you stand out from the rest of the competition. Especially if you are applying to a company that utilizes social media. I highly recommend using Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram! Even Facebook too.
Yes, they can be public. Don’t say you are job searching.
If you are nervous about putting yourself out there with a new skill or expertise and posting things with your employer, you can come up with a keyword and be anonymous. Back in 2010, my face was nowhere on this site either was my name. I was known as Classy Career Girl because I was scared to go public because I didn’t want my employer to see that I was blogging at that time.
So yes go public. Put yourself out there. Don’t be scared and go get that job.