Using Facebook in Your Social Media Job Search

April 2, 2013

Job Hunt, Social Media

Get Hired Fast - social media job searchSince the majority of job searchers use social media at one point, it is important to be able to best use the different social media sites. Facebook has been the leader for personal social networking but the company has put forth some changes that may serve to help you get a job. If you use Facebook correctly, you may be able to incorporate the site into your social media job search.

Social Jobs App

Facebook has launched a social jobs application to help people use the site to search for jobs.  The website collaborated with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the DirectEmployers Association, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, and U.S. Department of Labor to create a searchable job bank for Facebook users.  It technically is not an application but is a social media jobs board. You can search for jobs by location, industry, skills, and “veteran-friendly” positions. You can also post jobs listings on your newsfeed. The application may require entering your search criteria more than once but you can still find opportunities using Facebook.

Other Facebook Applications

Other Facebook applications can help you with your job search as well. One such application, BranchOut, allows users to create a professional profile for networking. There are three components to this application: job postings, CareerConnect which allows companies to post job posts on their particular company page, and RecruiterConnect which allows recruiters to search through databases for applicants.

Another application, BeKnown, allows you to search for jobs while on Facebook while keeping your personal information private. You can directly apply for jobs from the application; you can also be matched with jobs that fit your skills.

Facebook Graph Search

The newest application for job searching on Facebook is Facebook Graph Search which is still in the beta format. The search terms are more specific with this application; you can search for specific friends who like certain things or for friends who work certain companies. There are some things you should do to make your time with this application more beneficial like updating your work history and school history and making both of these public.

Optimize your profile with the right search engine words; you should also friend companies and organizations that you are interested in. This makes it easier to be found during employer searches.

You can incorporate Facebook into your job search. For more information about Facebook, you can sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.