Answered by Lauren, Hiring Expert at Johnson Controls, Inc., on Friday, July 19, 2013
It’s not at all uncommon that a recruiter or hiring manager will tap into the social sphere to research potential candidates, so consider using this to your advantage. Social media channels offer you a great opportunity to build your professional brand, expand your network, share and absorb knowledge, and participate in conversations relevant to your chosen career. An active social media account that demonstrates your expertise/interest in a particular field and your continuous engagement in topics related to your career path can be a great benefit. On the other hand, if you choose not to leverage social media channels for professional purposes, it’s a good idea to tune your account settings to private. This way you can ensure that any content you would not want to be seen by potential employers stays hidden.