Love it or hate it, the most popular social networking site – Facebook, can in one way or another, help you land your dream job, if used appropriately and carefully.
Study shows that 90% of employers and recruiters conduct a quick “background check” of their job applicants using search engines. From that, 70% of the applicants have been rejected due to inappropriate photos, comments, and shares found on their Facebook profile. Quite a big number right? To ensure you’re not part of those 70% that wasted their chance, you should properly set your Facebook profile right now! Read the tips below on 6 Ways on How to Use Facebook to Land a Job.
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Conduct an Audit
Have you tried searching your full name on Google? If not yet, then you should give it a try. Take note of what appears on the first page of search results. Chances are, you will see your Facebook profile and all the Facebook profile of the people with the same name as you on the list.
When you click on your Facebook profile from that list, you can then see all your status updates. If your posts have a globe icon next to the date then it means that those are public posts. If you don’t want a certain status to be seen by everyone, you can change its settings by clicking on the inverted triangle beside the globe icon and change the post to ‘Friends’ or ‘Only Me’.
Fill out your Profile with your Professional History
Facebook has an elegant, easy way to add your work credentials and it is the ‘About’ section. You may add your past and present jobs and schools on ‘Work and Education’ section. List your past and present employers, job title, description of your role and the years you were on the organization. You may also explore other sections like ‘Contact and Basic Info’ and ‘Details About You’ on the ‘About section’.
One common mistake many job seekers made is oversharing and acting unprofessional on their Facebook posts. Avoid using blasphemy, sharing provocative or inappropriate photos. Never ever speak negatively about your current or past employer on your posts.
Join and Get Active in Groups
Facebook Groups can be so useful in job searching. This is a place to discuss and post news about a particular topic, industry or interest. You may also use this feature to find people posting jobs in your field and geographic area. Try to search for a Facebook group by typing your city and the word “jobs” to find groups that share job leads. Ex, CDO Jobs.
In the Facebook search bar, type “people who work at” + the name of the company then boom! People you know who work at that company shows up. Click “see more” then you’ll see your other people who work there. Click on their profile and discover your mutual friends.
Be sure to add your college and even high school classmates to build a networking connection on Facebook.
Post status updates
Update your status with your current situation and what you’re looking for. Your friends, family, old colleagues, long-time-no-speak acquaintances are most likely there to help you. It’s natural to everyone of us to help each other so it’s best to update your network and give them the latest on your job haunt.
Can you really land a job using facebook? The answer is yes, if used appropriately. Add it to your social media job searching strategy along with Linkedin, Twitter, and any other platform you use and apply the tips as mentioned earlier. Remember, companies prefer to hire referrals and people they know.