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7 Ways to Use Facebook for Your Job Search

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This week’s post on US News & World Report.

We often hear about how job seekers can use social networks like LinkedIn and Twitter to their advantage. But what’s sometimes overlooked is the biggest network of them all: Facebook.

We think of Facebook as a way to connect with friends, not necessarily hiring managers or employers. But with over 500 million active users, Facebook is useful for professional networking, too.

1. Follow your target companies on Facebook. Some companies, such as Ernst & Young and Ford Motor Company, have special Facebook pages specifically for recruiting. You might find out about job opportunities on their Facebook pages quicker than finding their postings on a job board or their own career portal. It’s also a place to learn more about the company culture and ask the recruiting department questions about the hiring process. In smaller companies, the page may even be monitored by the decision makers, putting you in direct contact with the person who offers opportunities or hires.

2. Contact employers directly. Facebook allows users to send messages directly to other users even if you aren’t friends with them, which is especially useful if you can’t find their contact information anywhere else. Be careful with this approach though. Some people only want to communicate with their “real friends” on Facebook. Before contacting someone, make sure you’ve done your homework, and send a personalized message making sure to let them know who you are and why you are contacting them.

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Chris Morris (May 16th, 2011)

Facebook is a social network that almost everyone is involved in. I believe Facebook can be positive and negative to a working environment. Many people think Facebook is a personal page about yourself and a way to connect with friends and family. What young people in the Facebook world today don’t know is that Facebook could cause them to lose their job, or Facebook could the door that opens to a good job. You have to be careful what you post on Facebook and who views your page. One bad picture or posting could cost you your job. Facebook realizes that and some businesses are trying to use Facebook to their advantage with creating a page, and ways for employees to communicate. I like the idea, but at the same time you still have to manage your page safely. I think Facebook is a great communications network and if businesses can find a way to make it work and spread their information out I believe it will beneficial for them.

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