Over the last few weeks, we’ve talked about using social media to find a job. We’ve talked about building a personal brand, sharing content on Twitter, and keeping it professional on LinkedIn, but there’s one more network you need to know about. Using Facebook to find a job may seem like a strange concept, but it works. You just need to know how to go about using the site to your advantage.
Add Your Professional Experiences
Facebook doesn’t have as big of a section for adding professional experiences like LinkedIn. For many, Facebook is a site for sharing personal stuff. However, when you go to your profile and click the edit option, you’ll notice there is a place for your ‘Work and Education’ background. While many only list their current job, you can actually add previous work experiences, which allows potential employers to see your background and experiences.
Follow Your Favorite Companies and Brands
Want to stay up-to-date on companies or brands you want to work for? It’s pretty simple. Find them on Facebook and “like” their page so you receive updates from them. By doing this, you can get the most relevant information from them and have a better chance at getting on their radar. You should also check to see if their company page has a “Career” tab in which they list open positions.
Target Your Updates
This one may take a little bit of work and effort on your part, but has the potential for big pay offs. Many people using Facebook complain about certain types of status updates. Maybe it’s too professional, too gimmicky, or too political. There are lots of reasons to target your updates, but you should go through and sort your ‘friends’ into different lists so you can target your updates. Think about creating a professional or work list so that you can send updates to those people that relate to your industry or even your job search.
Engage. Engage. Engage.
You’ve probably noticed this has been a key aspect of the whole series. Social media is all about engagement and connecting. Don’t just look at updates from companies and those in your professional friend list. Interact with the updates. Ask questions. Comment with your opinions and thoughts. Reach out to new connections and never be afraid to ask for advice or help.
Social media networks like Facebook are about creating a presence. In order to use Facebook effectively to find a job, you need to be consistent and you need to put in a little effort. Be smart about the things you post and who can see those posts. Employers want to see that you have a personality, but they also want to see that you are knowledgeable about your specific industry and stay relevant.
Using social media to find a job can be fun, but it also takes a lot of work to maintain your social profiles. Diverse Staffing uses a a unique hiring process that can place you in a great job. We incorporate social media into all of our tactics to find jobs and the right people to fill them. Let us help you discover the opportunities and become the employee you were meant to be. Contact us today by calling 317-803-2910.
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