FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The social networking site Facebook is a great tool to use when you are job searching. It has the potential to link you with hundreds of people -- some of whom may be employers -- all across the world.

However, it can be a two-edged sword.

When you open a Facebook page you can post all kinds of information on it. And others, who can become your friends or fans when they find your Facebook page, can read your information, such as your resume, interests, hobbies, etc.

If you ask for their help in finding job leads, some will be obliged to assist you. We strongly suggest that you check your settings to only allow your friends to receive your personal information. This can lead you to numerous job leads that you didn't know about.

Also, since every person also knows about 250 people, their circle of friends or fans can get involved in your cause. With all this additional help, your job search could go much faster and smoother.

On the other hand, a Facebook page has to be professional at all times if you are going to use it for your job search. Even if you don't intend to use it, some employers will do a search on your name to see what they can find on the internet pertaining to you. If it is positive, it may be helpful; however, if it is negative, it will not help at all, and may even hurt your chances of getting and keeping the job you want.

This applies to all kinds of social networking sites that contain any information about you. Try searching for your name and see how much information comes up. Is there anything there that you wouldn't want your potential employer or even current employer to know about? If so, take it off line before it is found.

For more information on the latest applications of job search techniques, contact your Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program Center at (334) 255-2558.