How to scrub your social media presence before a job search

If you’re wondering whether you should bother polishing your social media accounts before a job hunt, the answer is an all-caps YES.

Many hiring managers look at a candidate’s online presence — a CareerBuilder survey of 1,000 hiring managers and HR professionals last spring found that 70 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, for example. And that number will only increase as employers have more sophisticated recruiting and search tools at their disposal, says Lora Poepping, president of Seattle-based Plum Coaching & Consulting. “Assume that every employer will check.”

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