Introducing AARP RealPad: The Wi-Fi Tablet That Makes It Easy to Share, Learn, Connect and Play. Learn more



Real Possibilities

10,000 Games Galore Sweepstakes from AARP

Auto mechanics in repair shop. Small Business Resource Center
Think You Know AARP Caribbean Cruise Sweepstakes

Contests and

$10,000 Games Galore Sweepstakes

Sept. 3, 2014 - Oct. 14, 2014
Play AARP Games for a chance to win $10,000!
See official rules. 

AARP Auto Buying Program


Best Employers for Workers Over 50

See the latest winners of this AARP recognition program.

Your Own Business

Information for business owners, entrepreneurs and the self-employed.

Back to Work 50+

Connecting employers and unemployed workers 50+.

Most Popular


Nothing has been viewed

How Social Media Can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search

Do's and don'ts on using Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

Remember the days when a glance at a paper résumé was all a recruiter needed to decide whether you were getting an interview? Today, social media have us connecting, networking and promoting ourselves in an instant, allowing prospective employers to do the once-over even quicker.

See also: 15 ways to improve your Linkedin profile

And that's a good — and bad — thing, too.

It's good because employers understand the power of social media to advance their businesses. If you're an active participant online, it's all the better to show how connected to the times you are. You can use these digital platforms to highlight your personality and qualifications to show what you could bring to a workplace.

But, as becomes clearer by the day, what you put out there can come back to bite you. Employers can use social media platforms to learn things about you that you'd rather they didn't know.

So if you're on the market for a new gig, your first task is to type your name in quotes into a search engine and see what pops up. If you get a photo, video or anything else that you wouldn't want a prospective employer to see, get to work on removing it from wherever it's posted.

Then focus on figuring out how to use social media in a positive way to lead you to your next opportunity. Here's a guide to the three most popular sites Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter — as well as tips for creating your own personal place online.

AARP helps turn your goals and dreams into real possibilities


With 900 million users, Facebook is the shining star of social media. And boomers account for a growing number of its fans, using it to maintain connections with friends and family members. But being careless with the information you share on your personal profile could push your résumé to the bottom of the pile.

"At the end of the day, your profile is your life and it should be as public or private as you want," says Beth Carpenter, social communications and strategy manager at AARP. "But realize that once you put something out there to the public, it's out."

Next: 8 ways to save face on Facebook »

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait


People over 50 are using social media at increasing rates.

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Jobs You Might Like

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Woman sitting on sofa using laptop
membership adt

Small business owners save 20% on new installation of any new ADT security system.

Mujer en la parte de afuera de so negocio

Free quotes for members from the AARP® Small Business Insurance Program.

Member Benefits

Renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Explore Your Learning Possiblities