Facebook For Job Hunting
What it offers
Of the three social networks we’re discussing, Facebook is the least important in terms of job hunting. It can be of some help and can certainly be of some harm (!), so let’s check it out…
Facebook’s help page on ‘Getting Started’.
The real value of Facebook to a job hunt is to check out companies – spend some time on a company’s page to get a sense of their goals, their tone, their values and their attitudes.
How to use it effectively
Search for groups relevant to the industry or job hunting in your local area and join them
Use it to expand your network, there might be people here that you can’t connect to on LinkedIn
“Like” company pages that you’re interested in – you’ll see their postings. Communicate and engage with them. It’s highly unlikely that the person running their Facebook page will be interviewing you but it all helps in understanding and connecting with them as a company.
If you’re not currently in employment, don’t be afraid to publicise that you’re looking for a job, and what sort of role you’re looking for.
Let your friends know what you’re doing and what they can do to help – these are the people who should most want to help you. Ask them if they know anyone in similar roles or working for particular companies, for example.
People can’t help if they don’t know what you need!
The main point about Facebook though, is that if you used it prior to this, make sure your privacy settings keep everything private.
Recruiters and hiring managers do search for prospective employees on Facebook – that’s not an urban myth – and they can (and have!) decided against hiring people based on what they find there.