Facebook is still one of the top-used social networks, so it makes sense to use it for your job search. These two Facebook tips will help every job seeker tap into the power of this powerful social network!
If you haven’t considered using Facebook for your job search, let me make it easy for you!
It’s a goldmine of information to help you connect with people. And get noticed by recruiters and employers.
Facebook Stats Show How Powerful It Is
- 2.38 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2019 (Facebook)
- 1.56 billion daily active users on average for March 2019 (Facebook)
- 74% of US Facebook users log in daily. And 51% check Facebook several times a day (Pew Research 2019)
- Average time spent on Facebook per day is 37 minutes (eMarketer 2019)
- The average number of Facebook friends is 338 (Pew Research 2014)
- 43% of Americans get their news from Facebook (Pew Research 2018)
Who People Connect With On Facebook
Pew Research reported just who Facebook users are connected to.
- 93% of Facebook users say they are Facebook friends with family members other than parents or children
- 91% say they are Facebook friends with current friends
- 87% say they are connected to friends from the past, such as high school or college classmates
- 58% say they are connected to work colleagues
This means that almost anyone you want to know is on Facebook. So here’s how to find them.
Mine Facebook for Contacts Using This Chrome Extension
Why not use the tools recruiters use to search Facebook profiles?
Now you can find people to network with inside companies you’re interested- because your LinkedIn network may not always be able to help!
This is a super easy way to find contacts inside companies to network with! Or, when you find a job you want to apply for, search for people on Facebook and reach out to them through email to learn about the company and the job if possible.
You have access to the same tools recruiters use to sleuth. That’s why this recent post on Jobvite is helpful. 4 Ideas That’ll Boost Your Recruiting Effectiveness on Facebook by Tony Restell of Social-Hire.com
It is where I learned about Chrome extension by Shane McCusker that allows you to easily search for people on Facebook by work, job title, education and more!
Here’s a peek at what you can search for.
Remember, referred candidates get hired more often than non-referred candidates. So all you need to do is reach out to someone who works inside a company you want to work for.
Facebook Expands Your Work History and Education
Facebook changed how your employment and education history are displayed on your Facebook profile. According to Huffington Post’s article,
Essentially, the tweak causes your extended education and employment history to appear by default in the “Intro” field on your profile. That “Intro” section is the very first thing someone sees when they go to your page.
You can and should use it to your advantage.
Just know that any information in your work history is now more visible.
Go check your profile out now. To see what others see on your profile, click on the three dots just below your cover image and select “View As…”.
Now you can see what the public sees or you can change that to see what a specific friend would see.
So are you ready to tap into Facebook to network and search for job opportunities? Go read this to learn more Facebook Is Great For Job Search.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.