"There are so many people on Facebook," Wilson notes. "Don't assume that things cannot come back to you."
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Following basic codes of acceptable social media conduct can work in favor of job candidates, even if it means restraining an impulse to Tweet something negative after a stressful job interview or deleting your Facebook profile—which "for many graduating college seniors, seems like a painful thing," risk expert Schwartz acknowledges.
"At the end of the day, common sense prevails," he says. "You have to think before you Tweet [and] think before you post, especially in that critical period six months before you get out of school."
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