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Tips to Use Facebook as a Job Searching Tool

facebook_job_searchFacebook, world’s largest social network can be an effective tool to find jobs as well as for talent hunt. Here are few ways how you can use Facebook for job hunting.

  1. Mention your professional history in your profile: Though LinkedIn is the ideal place for placing your resume and posting the summary of your professional life and your academic achievements, you can also use Facebook for showcasing your professional history. Facebook features an easy and simple way to add your professional credentials. All you need to do is add the relevant details on “Work and Education” section of the “About” page of your profile. You can add the details of your current job along with your designation on the “Work and Education” section. At the same time, you can also fill out the description of your duties and major achievements. If you are looking for a job and want to get noticed by recruiters who are hunting for suitable candidates on Facebook, spare some time to fill out the details of your professional credentials on Facebook. The “About” section of Facebook is no less than your Linkedin profile.
  2. Keep posting useful updates and respond to what other people post: You should post industry news and important relevant news besides sharing links to interesting articles on your Facebook profile. At the same time, keep an eye on the updates posted by your professional contacts. Try to reply to their posts with astute comments. This is an excellent way to demonstrate your knowledge about a specific industry.
  3. Categorize your friend list: Though it is a daunting task that calls for patience, it is necessary to categorize your friend list. Click on your friend list and place the cursor over the rectangle that says “Friends” beside the picture of your colleague’s name.  Once you click on the rectangle, you will be able to see a drop down menu that will include the option of creating a “new list”.  Now create a new list and name it Work and then add all your friends who you consider professional contacts into the list. This will help you to share only work-related updates with them. There is no harm in sharing a bit of your personal life with your professional contacts, but you may not always want to share each and every detail of your personal life with them. So categorizing your friend list helps you choose who you want to share updates about your personal life with. There is another way to choose audience of your status updates. Once you are ready to post an update, click on the menu bar that says “Public”. Once you click on the bar, you will see a drop down menu with the option “Custom”. When you click on that, it will show an option “don’t share with”. Here you can type in “Work” to hide the update from your professional contacts. Moreover, if you want to share an industry update that might be of interest to your colleagues on Facebook, you can also choose to share it only with your “Work” group.
  4. Use Facebook to know about a company: You can also use Facebook to learn the facts of a particular company. Almost every company has a Facebook profile where they post their business updates. All you need to do is search for the company by entering its name on Facebook’s search bar. If you discover the page, click on its “Like” button and follow its updates. You may also come across job opportunities simply by following a company’s page.

Recruiters use Facebook as one of the key tools to identify talents. These three steps will certainly help you to some extent in utilizing Facebook’s potential to move your career forward.

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