How to Use Facebook in Your Job Search
By Autumn at University Language
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2012
If you’re a Facebook addict, you’ll be thrilled to know you can turn this weakness into a strength during your job search.
In fact, networking on Facebook is one of the newest ways to get a job.
Use these tips to make Facebook effective in your job search, and don’t forget to update your profile once you get hired!
Tell Friends on Facebook About Your Job Search
You probably update your Facebook friends on a variety of life events, so it makes sense to occasionally mention that you are looking for a job. You can keep it informal by casually mentioning how your job search is going, or you can outright ask your Facebook friends if they know of anyone hiring.
The more Facebook friends you have, the more effective this job search method will be. Unless you only have a handful of friends, you are bound to know someone whose employer is hiring, or who has heard of a business that needs new hires.
Join Your School’s Alumni Group on Facebook
Most colleges have at least one page on Facebook, allowing alumni to stay up-to-date on the latest news about the school. If you have recently graduated, join this type of page to start networking during your job search.
You may be put in touch with jobs at your alma mater, but you can also see listings from a variety of businesses interested in hiring recent grads trying to find a job after college. This is because some business owners like to hire fellow alumni when possible.
Even if few jobs are directly posted on the page, you can network with other alumni who may be in charge of hiring at their job. Like your other Facebook friends, they may at least know of a company that is hiring.
Join Facebook Groups Focused on the Job Search
There are groups devoted to listing job openings, similar to job websites you might visit. You should try to join a group that mainly posts local jobs unless you are open to relocating.
Even if you cannot find a full time position through this Facebook job search idea, you may be able to find some chores you can do to make money while you look for your ideal career. For example, many cities have groups in which residents list odd jobs, such as babysitting, yard work or tutoring opportunities.
Visit Company Facebook Pages
If you are interested in working for a particular company, you can get to know more by joining the company page on Facebook. Most companies post job openings on their page, similar to how they post them on their regular website.
You can at least use the profile to learn more about the company, including its goals and attitude, as well as contact information if you are still interested in working there once you know the other facts. You can then send your resume for them to keep on file.
If you decide to use any of these tips for networking on Facebook during your job search, be sure to keep your profile professional at all times.
How else have you used networking on Facebook to help you in your job search?