Maintain a professional profile in every venue
Recruiters tend to look for workers with particular skills, Tolstoi-Miller says.
"Look at what the ads for the jobs you'd like are listing as needed skills. For instance, if you can program Java, don't just say you're a programmer," Tolstoi-Miller says.
And if you're wondering whether to include a picture in your profile, upload a nice headshot, advises Nicholas Salter, an assistant professor of psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He conducted research that found when candidates had similar experience and education levels, recruiters were more likely to rate the candidate who had a photo on his or her LinkedIn profile higher than those who remained faceless.
Bruce says that all recruiters and hiring managers will check out your Facebook page to "round out" their impression of you. Although there are privacy settings on Facebook, Bruce recommends that you not include anything on your page that would mar your job chances.
"Recruiters might see your private stuff because they are friends of some of your contacts," he says.