If you’ve never considered using Facebook to look for a job, it’s probably because you see Facebook as a place where people kill time by sharing funny, weird, goofy, entertaining stuff about their lives. That’s true, it is. But it’s also where some 1.49 billion monthly active users and 968 million daily active users make connections. That’s a whole lot of connecting and sharing and LIKING. So it’s no wonder Facebook is becoming a go-to site for job searching too.
Let’s consider what we already know about job searching and hiring practices.
- “Who you know” plays a vital role in any job search
- Employee referrals make the best hires
- Friends often know about job openings at their company before their employer posts it publically
When you take this knowledge into account, it makes sense that Facebook can play a role in your job search. This mega popular social media sight was built on “people connections”. In fact, some people argue that there isn’t a better place to launch your job search.
Furthermore, Facebook is gaining popularity amongst recruiters, with 65% reporting they seek employees there. Many also vet potential candidates via Facebook. The fact is simply this: the far-reaching scope of Facebook surpasses even the most popular job sites.
Add the convenience to employees of scoping out a company’s culture on their FB page and the zero cost to employers to post job openings on that same page, and it’s a WIN-WIN situation for all involved.
Here’s how to make the most of a Facebook driven job search.
- Put the word out
A friend reports that when she was laid off, she went home and immediately posted an “I’m officially looking for a job” status. A former colleague messaged her that a friend had just tweeted a job opening that looked suitable. Would she be interested? Why of course! Information was exchanged, the company checked her out (via several social media sites), called for an interview, and three weeks later, the new job was a done deal.
- Update your FB profile
Most folks list their most current education and job in the “work experience and education” section of their FB profile. But why stop there? There’s plenty of room to note all educational and work experiences in place that is readily accessible for employment inquiries. A mini-resume if you will that can include a shortened version of duties and accomplishments as well.
- Classify your friends list
What may seem to be a tedious job will most likely take less time than you anticipate and in the end, pay big dividends. Go to your list of friends and hover the cursor over the “Friends” rectangle next to each name. If you haven’t already, create a “new list” titled “Professional” or “Work” and add professional contacts to this list. This will make it easy to target work-related posts to those most interested.
While a general “I’m job hunting” status update is a great idea, a more specific and detailed post to your “Professional” or “Work” list is an even more worthwhile endeavor.
Make Facebook an integral part of your next job search.
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