How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Career

Online networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook make it easy for you to connect with others in your industry and showcase your abilities.

Chances are you're already on at least one social media site; with a few extra steps, you can use it to help you land your dream job. Headhunters are scouring social media for new talent, and it has become standard practice for human resource professionals to google potential employees to assess their passion for their work, their communication style and their personal interests. Make your online presence work for you by taking the following steps.

1. Pick the right profile pic

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Lisa Elaine Babb
Reporter, The Kiplinger Letter
Babb covers retail, advertising and agriculture for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in June 2014 she lived in Memphis, TN, where she was editor of The Daily Helmsman, U of M's independent student newspaper, and freelanced for The Commercial Appeal and Click. She earned a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Memphis.