How Facebook’s Job-Search Feature Can Aid Your Job Search
Facebook, not LinkedIn, may be the key to finding your next job.
Facebook has always been a useful venue to communicate with family and friends about social issues. It’s now also a good way to make contact with your next potential employer. In February 2017, Facebook launched a new job board tool, allowing employers to post positions directly to their company page or a separate jobs page, enabling job seekers to apply right away.
Consider this if you’re not sure if this is workable: According to Business Insider, 65 million businesses have Facebook profiles, and Jobvite found Facebook to be the second most popular social network for recruiters in a recent study.
Currently, posting is free for employers and there’s no set limit of posts per page, making the site even more enticing for businesses with many jobs to fill.
Here’s how to begin using Facebook as a key part of your job-search process.
1.Review your Facebook page settings
Facebook stresses that employers will only be able to see your public information. Yet, that still begs the question: What would you want a recruiter or hiring manager to see?
When you search for a job, your privacy settings are unaffected unless you change them. Make sure there’s nothing in your profile that could detract from a prospective employer’s first impression of you. Doing this up front will ensure that your profile is always up to date, and you won’t have to alter it every time you apply for a job.
Also, make sure your Facebook resume portrays you in the best light as a prospect seeking employment with a certain company. Because the number of skills you can include on Facebook is limited, make sure to highlight your most relevant expertise and be as descriptive as possible. Use the projects tool to highlight noteworthy contributions and achievements from previous positions, as well as to mention any quantitative career achievements.
2.Create a list of companies to explore
Have you ever been caught in “the Facebook void?” You start out looking for one specific thing and then 30 minutes later, you realize you’ve been pulled way off topic.
To avoid this during job hunting, make a list of companies you’d like to work for based on your study, then go to each company’s website to see if they’re recruiting. It improves the efficiency of the procedure.
Culture, work-life balance, number of employees, distance from your home, and whether you can relate to the organization’s ideals are all factors to look for in your target company. Check with former coworkers about their present jobs, or look through your LinkedIn network to see if you have any contacts at the companies you listed.
Use Google News Alerts as another option. You may stay on top of what’s going on in a certain company as well as the industry as a whole by setting this up. This includes keeping track of who is and isn’t hiring.
3.Locate jobs and start applying
Job postings on Facebook can be found in two places: under the Jobs tab on a specific company’s Facebook profile, and on a separate jobs page where you can search all job ads by location, industry, skill, and job type. Go to the Jobs tab under More if you’re using the mobile app. Then begin browsing for open vacancies while remembering the following points:
- When you locate a position that interests you, click the “Apply Now” button to be sent to a page with your name, education, and any other public information on your site pre-populated.
- You can make adjustments before submitting your data if necessary, but doing so on the front end will save time and prevent potential errors.
- You can’t submit a resume right now, but there’s a 1,000-character text box where you may write a cover letter or explain why you’re the ideal candidate for the job.
- To give your information to the company via Facebook message, click “send.” Unless otherwise stated, the company will contact with you via Messenger.
- Make sure to “like” and follow any businesses that you are interested in. Any new job posts created by the company will appear in your news feed instantly as a result of this action. You can achieve the same outcome by clicking the Subscribe button.