How Facebook can help you get hired!

Sure, everyone you know uses Facebook, but did you know that in addition to finding long lost friends and playing FarmVille you can use it to find a job? By adding a photo, interests, education, work history and links to your LinkedIn or Twitter account, you can express yourself as the individual you are whilst pushing your “brand”.

If you already use Facebook, chances are you have a long list of family and friends. Whether a seasoned Facebook user or beginner, it’s wise to create separate lists based on contact type. These may be “Friends”, “Family”, or “Professional”. With such lists, you can then take privacy settings further by specifying what you want your professional contacts versus friends and family to see.

You have the power to control every aspect of your profile including who can search for you, send you friend requests and messages, see your friend list, see your education, work, hometown, current city, likes and more.

Do you dream of working for a particular agency or company? Why not “Like” or “friend” them just as you would your friends? Showing a potential employer that you admire and are interested in them can get you noticed. If you already use LinkedIn to market yourself why not search for some of your professional contacts and friend them on Facebook?

Like Groups on LinkedIn, Facebook Groups also has communities you can join that span a myriad of interests. Joining opens up wonderful opportunities for you to meet and potentially network with people in your chosen field.

Once you build your network you can start broadcasting your latest tweets and blog posts. While there are many Facebook’s apps that focus on games and leisure, there are some helpful apps to help the job seeker. Here are a few:

  1. Twitter
  2. HootSuite
  3. WordPress

Social media is changing the way job seekers find jobs as employers are advertising job openings via tweets and other mediums. Using Facebook to build your online presence and network can give you a much needed edge amongst your competitors.

Christina is a freelance copywriter with experience in social media who received a B.A. in English at the University of Louisville in 2009 and settled in the United Kingdom in 2010.

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