Jill Schultz in “How to Protect Your Online Image while Job Hunting with Social Media” suggests “As a job seeker, you should be aware that social media activity can significantly affect your hiring potential. According to Eurocom Worldwide’s 2012 Annual Technology Market Survey, nearly 20% of technology industry executives reported that a job candidate’s social media activity negatively affected their application, while almost 40% of those polled reported that they review social media profiles as part of the hiring process.”

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