Over 65 million businesses use Facebook, So, when the social media giant launched its job search feature in 2017, a whole new avenue of opportunities opened up for job seekers.
If you’re new to the jobseekers market, looking for a new job on Facebook can be an overwhelming, frustrating process. But when you know how to appropriately utilize the platform, it’s incredibly helpful in networking and finding the job of your dreams.
If you want to make the most of Facebook’s Jobs feature, these seven tips will set you on the road to success.
1. Digital Housekeeping
If you’re utilizing Facebook to search for new employment, you need to start by cleaning up your own profile.
Be sure to remove anything that could give potential employers the wrong idea. Ensure that your page is not dominated by drunken party photographs or inappropriate content. Try to paint a positive picture of your personal brand that highlights the characteristics, interests, and skills that would impress a potential employer.
2. Review Your Facebook Settings
Facebook has made it clear that prospective employers can only see your public posts if they haven’t friended you. Therefore, if there are more personal memories on your wall that you still want your friends to see, ensure they are private posts.
Additionally, ensure that your career achievements are publicly viewable. List where you studied and what, and include any online courses or other qualifications you’ve completed. This helps to curate a professional and impressive profile.
3. Avoid Negativity
If you’re unhappy in your current role and are seeing new employment opportunities, don’t badmouth your current company online. Avoid posting statuses or even commenting on other people’s posts that paint your current employer in a negative light.
If you’re using Facebook to put feelers out for a new job, remember that your current employers or co-workers may see your feed. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to seek out new opportunities, but don’t burn your current bridges.
4. Do Your Research
The information contained in the job posting is simply not enough to tell you what working for a company is like, and whether you’d be a good fit.
Investigate their ethos, comb through Facebook reviews, and, if possible, chat to one of their past or current employees to get an insider’s perspective on the pros and cons of the company.
5. Be Discerning
One of the golden rules of job-seeking online is that if it looks too good to be true, it likely is. If a job posting makes huge promises about salaries for seemingly minimal work, it’s most likely a scam.
Additionally, if there’s a request for any type of fee or payment, the “job” clearly doesn’t exist. You should be invoicing for work done, not the other way around!
Use the report feature to report any posts you come across like this.
6. Create a List of Top Employers
Facebook job postings can sometimes feel like a never-ending list of choices, and it’s hard to know where to start.
Create a list of the companies that you’re most interested in working for and see if you can locate any job postings for them. If possible, find out which recruiters they use, and if they regularly publish new employment opportunities on specific days.
7. Apply for Jobs Regularly
As you likely already know, the job market is dynamic and sometimes unpredictable. Keep your finger on the pulse by regularly checking for new job postings on Facebook and maintain momentum in your various application processes.
Try not to postpone applying, as attractive, well-paying roles tend to be filled quickly. Staying up to date and informed empowers you to navigate your job search with confidence.
International companies have long used Facebook to recruit new talent, and for job seekers, this is excellent news. If you’re looking to advance your career, knowing how to navigate job postings on this platform will put you at an advantage.