Social Media Do's and Don'ts

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Jaclyn Asztalos

January 7, 2013 Updated Jan 7, 2013 at 9:17 AM EDT

Orchard Park, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's a new year and for many it's time to make a career change.

"When you do a New Years resolution, it may include a new job," Director of Career Services for Bryant and Stratton College Stephen Macosy said.

Many people are using social media sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get started.

"Social media is great because its networking, for a student to go out there and let people know they are looking for a job and what type of job they are interested in," Macosy said.

Employers are doing the same. In fact, according to one study, last year about 89 percent of recruiters have hired someone through Linkedin, 26 percent through Facebook and about 15 percent through Twitter but what they see can also cost you a job.

Bryant and Stratton College Director of Career Services Stephen Macosy said with some the sites, especially Facebook, you must be very careful.

"You have to make sure your privacy setting on set so people can't see your pictures of spring break," Macosy said.

Employers said they look at everything from simple grammar mistakes to references to drugs and alcohol. Macosy said it's not only your site that must stay professional.

"If you can see the posts your friends are posting, the language they're using, you are guilty by association," Macosy said.

Macosy said these social media sites could be beneficial if used correctly.

"We try to talk to our students about cleaning up their image," Macosy said.

He said it's never to late to delete and start anew.