Facebook is the most-used social network, so it makes sense to use it for your job search. These two secrets will help every job seeker tap into the power of Facebook!
If you haven’t considered using Facebook for your job search, let me make it easy for you!
Facebook Stats Show How Powerful It Is
- 1.65 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2016 (Facebook)
- 1.09 billion daily active users on average for March 2016 (Facebook)
- 66.1% of all Facebook members use the service daily (VentureBeat 2016)
- 989 million mobile daily active users on average for March 2016 (Facebook)
- 54.2% of Facebook users now access the social network exclusively from a mobile device (VentureBeat 2016)
- Average time spent on Facebook per day is 50 minutes (including Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook) . (NYTimes)
- The median number of Facebook friends is 155 (Pew Research 2014)
- 93% of Facebook users say they are Facebook friends with family members other than parents or children (Pew Research 2014)
- 91% say they are Facebook friends with current friends (Pew Research 2014)
- 87% say they are connected to friends from the past, such as high school or college classmates (Pew Research 2014)
- 58% say they are connected to work colleagues (Pew Research 2014)
Mine Facebook for Contacts Using This Chrome Extension
Why not use the tools recruiters use to search Facebook profiles in order to find people to network with inside companies you’re interested in?!
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!
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.
Remember, referred candidates get hired more often than non-referred candidates.
Here’s a peek at what you can search for.
Facebook Expands Your Work History and Education
A Facebook spokesperson announced that they recently tweaked a setting that changes how your employment and education history is 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.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 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.