LinkedIn has historically been heralded as the social network to find a job. But it isn’t the only place to expand your network and seek new opportunities. Facebook networking is an art that you can employ to find your next opportunity and showcase your skills.
Before taking a look at our five ways to use Facebook to find a job, be sure that everything you do on Facebook is professional. That’s not to say you can’t post photos of your family and friends highlighting what you’re up to personally. What it does mean, though, is that you should avoid posts with foul language, excessive alcohol and bashing your employer or other companies. You also might want to be careful with getting too political.
Here are five ways to use Facebook to find a job.
Add your job history to your Facebook profile and complete it so it looks clean
Facebook allows you to add your job history to your profile. The more complete your profile is, the easier it can be to find a job. This includes adding your current location so that potential employers can see where you’re at in relation to their job openings.
You may want to add a note to your profile indicating that your posts and interactions are your own and not a reflection of your employer. By adding this line, you can show your respect for your current employer. You’ll also avoid any run ins with your human resources department for what you might post about your company.
Respond to company postings to do some Facebook networking
If you’re targeting a specific employer as your next career move, “like” their business page on Facebook. This way, you can engage with their content and share it to show your support for their organization.
When you share the company’s posts while in consideration for a position with them, you then display your interest should the hiring manager visit your page. Most employers check social profiles before making a hiring decision, so this can be helpful in your career move.
Friend people you want to network with on Facebook
You can search for people based on their company affiliation. Try inputting a search for “people who work for YouTube.” You’ll see a plethora of employees who you could add to start learning more about the business if that was a company that interested you.
After a conference or networking event, you could go through and add some of your new acquaintances on Facebook. This allows you to stay top-of-mind should they find themselves looking to hire.
Search Facebook’s job postings
When you visit Facebook, along the left side of the page you have some menu options. Under the “Explore” heading, there’s a jobs section.
You can search within a certain distance of your hometown or a specific area you want to move to. You also have the option to search by industry, job type or keyword. Once you find a job that’s of interest to you, you can apply directly within Facebook or be led to the company website to apply.
Post industry articles and engage your network
Now that you’ve expanded your network, you’re ready to start engaging them and showing your knowledge of your trade or industry. Post articles related to your industry or specialty. If you’re strong in accounting, post articles related to that. This will help you with doing some Facebook networking by displaying your knowledge and understanding of your trade.
You can take the next step in your career by connecting with The Goodkind Group on Facebook, where you will find articles and tips for landing your pefect job. For more information about how we can help you excel in your career, contact us today.