How To Use Facebook To Get Your Next Job
You may know Facebook as the world’s most popular social media platform, but did you know that it also has one of the fastest-growing job boards that companies of all sizes are utilizing every day?
In February 2017, Facebook opened up its new job board feature, where employers can post jobs directly to their company page, and job seekers can apply to them immediately through Facebook. This new-ish feature often goes unnoticed by most Facebook users, but we can teach you how to go about using the most familiar social media platform to get you your next gig!
Updating Your Profile
First things first, you need to update your Facebook profile to accurately reflect your current and preferred contact information and work history. This is essential because Facebook has a feature that can create a complete resume for you just with the click of a button using the information you enter here! And while it’s a super convenient tool, if you don’t have up-to-date information in the ‘About’ section of your profile, Hiring Managers will have no way of knowing if you’re a good fit or how to contact you.
- After logging into your Facebook account, click on your profile (which will be your name and profile picture) on the top left of the screen.
- Once your profile pops up, click on ‘Edit Details’ of the Intro section.
- Here you will find your ‘work,’ ‘education,’ and ‘current city’ sections of your profile that you’ll need to update. Blue plus signs will appear at the bottom of each section for you to click.
- Add at least five years of work history, including company name, position, location, and a brief description of your work and any accomplishments during your time there.
When updating your profile, it is important to include any and all education, work, and extracurricular experience you have. This includes High School, College, non-profit, volunteer, and side work. By filling in all the blanks, you’ll not only have a stronger resume when you apply to jobs, but it will help recruiters that use Facebook as a sourcing tool to find you, so you don’t have to do the work!
However, we can’t forget that Facebook is a social media platform first, and we all know the importance of taking caution of what you share on your social platforms by now. When it comes to Facebook’s job board, here are some easy ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of what you should and should not share to ensure you get the job while keeping your personal information private:
- DO share informational articles or sources on your feed that are related to your industry and work interests. This will show employers that you’re passionate about your work and take an interest in what they do.
- DO share personal information about your interests that you are comfortable making public. Communicating you enjoy friends, family, and fun is a great way to show your personality and help you find a place that will be a good culture fit for you.
- DO share special events related to your personal and professional interests. Showing that you go the extra mile displays a strong sense of community, a sought-after trait by many employers.
- DO have a complete social media profile with all the blanks filled in. This will improve your credibility and make you more likely to be found and taken seriously by employers.
- DO NOT share pictures of your Driver’s License, Passport, or Credit Card as these contain personal information you do not want to make public.
- DO NOT share complaints, rants, aggression, or controversies regarding your professional or professional life. 54% of employers reported ruling out candidates due to finding something they didn’t agree with on social media.
- DO NOT share any other information you would not want to be made public or known by a current, former, or future employer. They will see it!
Now that you’ve taken the time to update your profile to be eye-catching and discoverable by recruiters, it’s time to explore the hundreds of thousands of opportunities on Facebook’s job board. Luckily, they’ve built a simple interface for users that mirrors the industry-leading job boards like Indeed and CareerBuilder.
How to Navigating Facebook’s Job Board
- Go to the Facebook homepage on your Computer or Mobile Device.
- Navigate to the left side of the page and click on the “See More” dropdown menu (for mobile users, tap the three bars at the bottom right of your page).
- Scroll down to the “Jobs” tab with a brown briefcase icon.
- From here, you can begin to search and sift the various job openings in your area.
- Use the filter tab on the left side of the screen to customize your search for based on what you’re looking for (location, pay, industry, hours, etc.).
- When you find an opportunity you think might be a good fit, click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the listing.
- This will bring you to your application. Make sure to double check all your work history and education, and be sure to add anything else you think would be valuable in getting you a call back.
- Rinse and repeat!
Now, if you’re sitting here thinking, ‘No way is a company seriously going to find me on Facebook! People only use that for memes and life updates,’ you might want to consider these numbers:
- Nine out of ten employers use social media for recruiting.
- 65% of recruiters use Facebook to find candidates.
- 73% of job seekers (between the ages of 18 and 34) found a job through social media.
- Facebook is the second most popular social channel recruiters use for sourcing candidates.
- 70% of employers look at a candidate’s social media during the hiring process.
Industry experts believe in this tool and find it stacking up close in competition to LinkedIn as a resource for finding new hires and also believe this simple job board on Facebook may quickly grow into a robust tool that comes first to mind for job seekers and hiring managers. Now’s a great time to get acclimated and start your easy search to finding a new career via your most familiar social media account!
Visit our website to get in touch with a recruiter today for some more tips and tricks on how to make your job search easier!