Many people work themselves to death creating the perfect resume, writing and rewriting their cover letters. Both documents are flawless and yet time after time, they are not even called for an interview. Most people will say it is the economy and it is like that everywhere. Is it more than that? Are there factors people are not even considering that are killing their chances before they even get to the door?
Have you ever considered that your future employer might be able to see what you are posting on Facebook? Regardless of your privacy settings, Facebook is still a public setting and no one can set their friends or former employers to private; especially in a small city like Las Cruces. Need a more concrete example?
A young man calls in sick to work. A few hours later, he posts that his hangover is a killer. His coworkers share his post with his employer who quickly decides a night of partying is not a good reason to miss work. The young man is dismissed. He may not even realize where his employer got the information, but now his previous employer is no longer a good reference and has a story to tell on him.
This writer has noted another disturbing Facebook trend that is also likely limiting opportunities. While it seems harmless enough, the internet has made the world much smaller and sooner or later, this will get back to the source. People are posting conversations with customers that, while humorous to their readers, would be embarrassing at best to the customer. If a future employer is able to access this information, this would not bode well for a potential employee.
In short, job seekers, remember that posting anything on the internet is the equivalent of putting something on the front page of the newspaper. Put your best foot forward at all times. Do not post your relationship issues, drinking binges or current work complaints. Las Cruces is a small city and word travels fast.