LinkedIn, the business/job-oriented social media site, can be an important part of your job search strategy.
Many employers and staffing firms search LinkedIn looking for qualified job candidates. Having an effective "profile" - in effect, an online resume - can give you greater exposure and increase your chances of finding a job.
The following are some online articles that explain LinkedIn and provide tips on how to use it effectively.
If you're actively searching for a job, be sure that you social media postings - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. - are "clean." Prospective employers will often look at your social media presence to gather additional information about you. So, be sure to look at your social media presence from the viewpoint of a prospective employer and remove anything that doesn't belong there.
It's also a good idea to do an Internet search on your name to see if there is incorrect information about you on the Internet, or derogatory information about someone with the same name. In the latter case, you may need to bring that to the attention of a prospective employer.