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How Google+ Can Help Your Job Search

CARLSBAD, Calif. RICHARDSON, Texas July 20, 2011

If you’re lucky enough to score an early invite, Google+, unlike other social media sites, allows you to control which parts of your profile each of your connections sees.

Tony Lee

Another highlight of Google+ is the ability to edit your posts once they are published. Even one of the site’s drawbacks – your newsfeeds or "Streams" can be re-shared with friends outside your circle – can be overcome with a tool that allows you to disable re-sharing of posts.

"Hangouts" is Google+’s version of group video chat, which can potentially be very useful for long-distance interviews. Being able to do a video interview with a recruiter or hiring manager from the comfort of your home can be a huge savings and timesaver.

The "Sparks" feature of Google+ is a feed of current news stories related to interests that you select.  

"Keeping abreast of company and industry news is a great way to find leads and research employers before an interview," says Mr. Lee.

Google+ is still developing its company-specific pages, so for now, it’s best to research a company on other services. For job seekers, the bottom line is that no matter what social media network you are using, make sure you maintain control of your brand across the Internet. Take some time to surf the web and see what a potential employer might find about you. Not taking control of your brand could cost you in a big way.


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