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Monday, 8 January 2018

How to use Facebook to look for Jobs

With Facebook as the most visited site on the web it is not hard to see how useful it can be in your job search.

Friends and networks The simplest way of finding a job on Facebook is asking, ask your friends, family and networks if they know of any available positions. This way they know that you are looking and can keep an eye out for you. It can be daunting or embarrassing for some to ask job but sometimes it boils down to “if you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

Pages Facebook pages are growing daily with companies looking to reach out to their customers. Actively like and follow companies that you would be willing to work for, you will find that they will announce if they have any vacancies. Again, there’s no harm in asking if they have any available positions. There are some job and location specific Facebook pages which will give you a greater chance of finding a job in your area of expertise and your local area.

Local groups It is simple to find groups on Facebook which are just for local jobseekers. Search for Jobs Farnborough and a few options come up, the biggest group is Jobs in Camberley, Frimley, Farnborough, Aldershot and surrounding areas, which has over 10000 members.  Click to request to join the group and within 24 hours you will be granted access.

Most recruiters will use their personal Facebook accounts to post jobs, as a result if you reply to the post they will be able to see your public profile. Which leads us on to...

Privacy settings Facebook has been taking privacy a lot more seriously recently, and this is a sign that you should be too. It’s crucial that you lockdown your profile from prying eyes. Here’s a few simple rules:

  • Choose a suitable profile pictures – Yes you can show yourself having fun but don’t choose something that crosses the line.
  • Ensure only friends can view your wall, status updates and pictures – It’s the easiest way to ensure information gets out only to the people you want to see it.
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How to use LinkedIn to look for Jobs
Once you have mastered Facebook consider setting up a LinkedIn profile. Some companies search for future employees or look to fill specific spots through LinkedIn before they actually post a job or while they’re interviewing. In this respect, a LinkedIn profile acts as a kind of CV. At its most effective, your LinkedIn profile contains all your professional experience, updated and accurate, with some personal spice sprinkled in. The first few lines of your profile are actually the most crucial—name, title, and most recent positions. Those three parts show up in a LinkedIn search, along with your photo.

Company pages are a great way to discover the ‘ins’ of where you want to work.  If you follow companies within your area of interest, you can stay in the loop regarding all their latest updates and developments. In addition, by following these pages you can see if you’re connected to anyone that currently works there or has previously, which is an extremely advantageous link! It’s also worthwhile to follow company pages because they might have their latest vacancies on display ready for you to seek out that perfect job.

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LinkedIn is not a replacement for a conventional CV but it has become a very useful, if not essential, complement to it. If you are, or aspire to be, in a professional role then you must join, as recruiters who receive your CV will check to see if you are also on LinkedIn. If you are not, they will assume that you are either technologically outdated or perhaps have got something to hide.