Using social media in any job search can be a helpful way to build the necessary connections and land your dream job. It can also destroy your chances of being taken seriously and of getting hired. Do you have a Facebook page or Twitter account? If so, it may be time to clean it up.
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Social media can make or break you, whether you're changing careers or just starting out in the job search. In criminology careers in particular, a careful evaluation of your Facebook, twitter or other social media account will be an important part of any background check. Any objectionable or offensive content or inappropriate photos can and likely will keep you from getting work.
Law enforcement and other criminology careers rely on building trust within the community in order to be effective in achieving the goals of reducing crime and ensuring safety. An inappropriate or immature online presence can significantly reduce the level of trust the public may grant to you.
If you're on the hunt for a new job, take down those old college photos and pictures from your 21st birthday. Your potential employers don't need to see you dancing on a table with a lampshade on your head. Instead, if you haven't already, make the move toward professionalizing your social media sites to present yourself as the best candidate for the job.