Facebook is a way to connect with friends,But with over 500 million active users, Facebook is useful for professional networking, too.
Here are some ways you can use Facebook to land your next job:
1. Follow your target companies on Facebook. Some companies, such as Ernst and Young and Ford Motor Company, have special Facebook pages specifically for recruiting. You might find out about job opportunities on their Facebook pages quicker than finding their postings.
2. Contact employers directly. Facebook allows users to send messages directly to other users even if you aren’t friends with them, which is especially useful if you can’t find their contact information anywhere else. Be careful with this approach though. Some people only want to communicate with their “real friends” on Facebook. Before contacting someone, make sure you’ve done your homework, and send a personalized message making sure to let them know who you are and why you are contacting them.
3. BranchOut is a Facebook application similar to LinkedIn. It helps you find where your friends work and where your friends’ friends work and discover connections at your target companies or in your field.
4. Facebook Ads to target certain employers and gain attention. For a few bucks a day, you can promote your work through a creative job search advertisement.
5. Keep your privacy settings open enough for people to find you. If most companies are using social media sites for research as studies suggest, you want to make sure you profile can easily be found. It’s a good idea to lock down certain parts of your profile, making.
6.your network know you’re on the job hunt.people know some of the details of your job search could lead you to new introductions. Who knows, your college friend’s cousin’s wife might be the HR Manager in a relevant industry or at the company where you just applied and maybe that person is willing to make a direct introduction. You could get the inside scoop with a simple status update letting your friends know the latest on your job hunt.
7. Optimize your profile for your job search. Make sure you fill out your employment history. You can easily list your professional online sites as well in the ‘information’ field.