Social Media and your job search

 About 40 percent said they would be "a lot less likely" to hire a candidate if he or she had evidence of unprofessional behavior, including drunken party photos, sexually suggestive content and indiscreet comments about a former employer. Forty-five percent said they would be "somewhat less likely" to hire the candidate based on this information.

When employers receive your application, they can research you just like you research them, according to, which is co-owned by Gannett Co. Inc., parent of this newspaper.

Clean up your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blog, or check the privacy settings of any content, including pictures, that might be construed as objectionable, said.

"Candidates need to be smart when it comes to what they post on their social network pages," said Dan Ryan, principal of Ryan Search & Consulting in Nashville, Tenn. "Don't put anything out there or say anything that you would not want your mother or grandmother to see."


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Also, if the e-mail address you're using to apply for jobs, you should consider changing it, said.

— My-Ly Nguyen