Is your social network hurting you?

Changing jobs or switching career paths once meant that applicants searched for jobslistings in the Sunday newspaper or reached out to recruiters through the White Pages. Now, social networking has made it much easier for hiring managers to get in touch with potential applicants.

The New York Times reports that the job-searching process has been revolutionized since social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have become popular. However, potential job applicants need to find the middle ground when using these tools - striking a balance by promoting themselves without coming off as self-involved.

It's almost like social media has replaced the white pages, Nancy Halverson, senior vice president at MRINetwork, told the news source. "Recruiters don't even know how to find you if you don't have a presence online. It's nonnegotiable - you have to have a profile on a social networking site."

While many people are already taking advantage of these websites by posting their resume's and creating large networks, others are hesitant to take the plunge, reports the news source. However, with the economy slowly recovering, Halverson encourages everyone who is looking for a job to take a moment to set up an account and post their resume online as another way to stand out in the applicant pool.

Standing out is more important than ever, as the unemployment rate remained at a steady 9.5% in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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