More and more, our private lives are available online.
When you sign up for a social network, you are putting yourself out there.
Post on Facebook? Send a tweet? Share on Google +? You are putting information about yourself in the public domain, and it could be searchable.
While some privacy settings can limit what’s out there, you never know what sort of trail you are truly leaving online.
This is becoming important because, increasingly, companies are using online search as a way to determine whether or not you would make a good hire.
Social media is becoming a big part of the job search, and you need to be aware of this. There are even companies offering services compiling social media profiles for employers.
Some companies, though, are going beyond simply searching the web for dirt on your past, or purchasing a report on your social media habits from a third party.
There are reports that some companies are actually asking for Facebook logins, and making friend requests.