Join date: Mar 28, 2022


Use Facebook to find your next job

Connect with friends and colleagues who could tell you about opportunities.

When it comes to job hunting through social media, LinkedIn gets a lot of attention, and for good reason. A niche has been created as the social network for professionals.

But according to a survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), while a whopping 94% of employers who responded say they search for candidates for their positions on LinkedIn , 54% also search for them on LinkedIn. Facebook, which has 1.39 billion monthly users — four times the size of LinkedIn.

You can reconnect with old colleagues and friends made over decades who may currently be working in industries or companies that interest you. If you're retired and looking for part-time or contract work, or if you're self-employed, this can be a good way to find opportunities.

For everyone in today's job market it is essential to keep in touch in subtle and easy ways through the networks of the virtual world. Here's why: Employers hire people they know, or know through their contacts.

In " The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work After Unemployment ," a recent survey by the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) AARP) of some 2,155 people ages 45 to 64 who were unemployed at some point in the past five years, 46% said that networking was the most effective step they took as part of their job search .

If you're willing to enlist the help of people you know in your job search, you're more likely to find these people on Facebook.

While LinkedIn skews toward higher-paying professional or managerial positions, Facebook Careers can help if you're looking for non-executive or part-time jobs , or if you own a business and want to grow your clientele.

"Many consider LinkedIn to be the place for white-collar workers," says Aliah D. Wright, HR technology and social media trends expert and author of A Necessary Evil: Managing Employee Activity on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the Hundreds of Other Social Media Sites . "Many recruiters who work in other industries and are looking for blue-collar workers frequently focus their efforts on Facebook and other social channels to find talent."

“Some company recruiters recognize the value of tapping into their employee connections for themselves,” says Wright. "They are asked to share job openings with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other specialized social sites they might use."

Before reaching out to colleagues and potential new contacts, make sure your Facebook page is top notch.

set a good profile

Focus on your jobs and education, including where you worked in the last 10 to 15 years, not to mention places where you worked for less than six months. Add your professional skills and education. Your contact information should include links to your website or blog (if you have one). You can also include your email address, but people can also contact you through Facebook's messaging service.

Be discret

If you already have a Facebook page, review it and remove any inappropriate photos or comments. Find photos posted by others that you're tagged in. If you do not want to be identified in the photo, go to the top right corner of the image and delete it, or remove the tag that identifies you. Review your privacy controls and consider limiting what you share.

For most content, you have the following options:

Public: You share with anyone on or off Facebook.

Friends: You share only with people who are friends with you on Facebook.

Only me: only you can see the content.

Custom: You share with particular friends or groups of friends, or you don't share with particular friends or groups of friends.

Select Groups: You can create groups, such as Family, Friends, and Coworkers, add particular Facebook friends to each group, and selectively share with those groups.

To change your privacy controls, click the icon in the top right corner of any Facebook page, select Settings, then Privacy in the left navigation bar.

Find people to connect with

In the search bar enter "people who work at" and the name of the company. The results show the people you know who work there. Then click "see more" to see other friends who work there and a list of other people on Facebook who work at the company. You will have to select each person one by one to see if you have mutual friends with them. It's not a perfect system, but you'll find friends who work at companies you're interested in learning more about.

You may also consider signing in to Glassdoor through your Facebook account. This jobs and careers database is known as a place to follow employers and anonymously research wages and other data provided by anonymous insiders. By integrating Glassdoor with your Facebook account (and allowing access to your friends list), you can see where your Facebook friends work.

Follow companies and organizations that interest you

Many businesses have Facebook pages and by clicking "Like" or "Follow" you can see their posts and updates in your News Feed.

If you have your own company, create a page for it. The benefit is that you can keep your personal and professional updates separate. For example, I have an author page that I use to promote my articles as an expert, the conferences I present at, and my books. I also have my personal page on Facebook. I do post a lot of professional articles on my personal page because I like my friends to keep up with what I'm doing. Plus, it's a great way to promote my business at the same time.

Research professional groups on Facebook