In today’s world, your life may not be as private as you think it is and could be holding you back from a great job. Your social media outlets such as LinkedIn, FaceBook, Blogs, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. can often play a critical role in your job search and career. Your accounts with public profiles should all be professional, especially LinkedIn. It’s best to keep your personal life what it is…personal. Keep a separate FaceBook account for your friends and family and keep your settings private (for your friends only) and make sure your photos/comments/etc on your account are not viewed by the public. Make sure your photos are professional looking on public accounts. If you are including a photo on a public site, make sure it looks appropriate for a potential employer. I would even recommend doing a Google search on yourself to see what the public can find on you. Companies are searching the internet for information on potential employees so make sure what they find is a positive representation/reflection of you so they will want to hire you. With so many people on the job market, it’s easier for companies to pass on someone they have concerns about hiring. We highly recommend that you have a LinkedIn account if you are seeking a new job ( a basic account is free). We also suggest getting recommendations from previous and past employers on your LinkedIn account. Remember, what you post on social media is out there for everyone to see.