In today’s world, resumes are more than just a sheet of paper.  Believe it or not, your next interviewer may already know more about you than you want before you even step foot in their office for your first meeting.  

The days of polishing up your resume to type onto that infamous sheet of linen paper are long gone.  Sure you still have to present yourself with all the great things that make you stand out against the competition, but one cannot ignore the persona you have created on your Facebook and twitter pages!  

In a recent survey, 8 out or 10 interviewers will research your social media pages before you walk into the interview.  And 10 out of 10 will research you after you leave the interview.  

Here are two quick disadvantages of how your social footprint can affect your interview:

1.Guilt by Association– Like it or not you are whom you associate with.  You may have the perfect Facebook profile with no profanity, inappropriate photos, or alcoholic escapades and your page truly showcases who you are.  But we all have that one friend you wish you could just “turn down the volume on” every once in a while.  All it takes is one friend tagging you in a post that can be offensive, provocative, or politically incorrect that can damage your reputation.  

2.The Internet Never Forgets – Embarrassing high school photos, moments we’d like to forget, things we have said.  People will forget over time but the internet is permanent.  Employers love to search your profiles and history to see who you are and it only takes a few clicks to see what you were doing back in 2010.