Using Facebook in Your Job Search: Hashtags Can Help!

There’s no doubt that Facebook is the most widely used social networking site out there right now, with millions of users logging in to check their news feeds and update their statuses each day.

However, did you know that you could use Facebook for job searching? Facebook is starting to be a contender for finding employment and is rivaling sites like LinkedIn, as explored in the Career Capstone class at Globe University-Appleton.  According to a  Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey, 92 percent of U.S. companies used social networks and media to recruit employees in 2012. The same survey found that 66 percent of recruiters use Facebook to find new talent!

Facebook for job search

Career Services Coordinator Sabina Zolota knows that having professional social media accounts on LinkedIn and Facebook can help greatly during a student’s job search.

And as Facebook’s new adoption of hashtags takes our news feeds by storm, you should know that it has great potential to help you land your dream job.

Here are a few tips to get you started with your Facebook job search.

1. Use Hashtags Wisely

Hashtags are a wonderful way to show people that you are job searching and to find employers that are searching for candidates. Be smart and reasonable about your hashtags—use tags like #hiring, #jobs and #employment. Additionally, be sure to search hashtags that would be used by employers like #nowhiring, #recruiting and #helpwanted.

2. Update Those Ever-Changing Privacy Settings!

Privacy settings are constantly changing on Facebook, which serves as a reminder for you to keep your eye on them. If you’re job searching, it’s never a good idea to make yourself completely private. You want people to find you, right? Do a deep clean of your profile and remove/hide things that would be potential deal breakers in the eyes of an employer. Then, make sure you include your contact information, educational background and a little bit about yourself in your “about” section.

3. “Like” Company Pages – Especially the ones You’d Love to Work For

If you like and follow the pages of local companies, you’ll get job openings and recent news quicker than anyone else. You’ll also be able to familiarize yourself with their company culture, request informational interviews and engage with their employees.

4. Let Referrals Work for You

Referrals continue to top the list of reasons why a person is hired for a position. Why not let your network do some work for you? Your family and friends might be happy to help—so make sure you update your status to reflect your job search. Additionally, it’s a good idea to keep all statuses and content clean and professional while you are job searching; you never know who might be checking you out.