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GET HIRED: How To Use Facebook To Land Your Dream Job

By Julie Bort / Mar 5, 2012 / Comments

Facebook front deskFacebook can be a secret weapon for those looking for jobs. And not just by posting: "Hey, I'm looking for a job."

Facebook can also harm your job search. Recruiters will go to your Facebook profile and judge you.

Their judgments can be pretty spot on, too, reports NIU Today, citing a study from Northern Illinois University’s College of Business.

Knowing that, here are the top 10 tips for using Facebook to land your dream job.

1. Use applications like Simply Hired, BranchOut, or BeKnown to expose your Facebook profile to recruiters. Simply sign in to these apps with your Facebook login.

2. These apps also let you sift through your network to find friends who work at companies with job openings so you can hit them up to put in a good word for you.

3. Use Facebook to get noticed by the companies you want to work for.

"Facebook offers you ways to engage with companies you like. You can Like pages, participate in discussions, participate in groups in occupations, locations, discussions which are about the company," Gautam Godhwani, CEO of Simply Hired.com, told Business Insider.

4. Scout out the likes of other employees at the company. Make your profile show similar interests by liking  similar groups or pages. (And if you don't like those pages -- why do you want to work with those folks?)

5. Fill out the education and job history parts of your profile. Turn your job history into a resume, similar to how you would fill out a LinkedIn profile.

6. Fill out other areas of your profile like a job applicant. Note if you speak multiple languages. Pick a quote that reflects your work ethic.

7. Scrub your profile but don't delete everything. Use Facebook's privacy settings to make sure that private things stay that way. (See instructions below.)

"When people are looking for a job on Facebook, a lot of times they quickly set all of their Facebook settings to 'private.' A better thing to do is to take a closer look at Facebook's latest privacy features, says Rebecca Meissner, recruitment specialist and director of enterprise products for BranchOut.

"Instead of hiding everything, people can make their work and education information public. If recruiters don't know where you work, they can't call you for a job opportunity. The idea here is to share the information you want people to find," she adds.

8. Hide your job search from your current employer and co-workers. Label all people from work with on a  "Work" list. Then use "Hide this from" Work for job related posts. You must remove co-workers from all other lists, otherwise they'll see your posts as members of those other lists.

9. Be yourself but act like a job applicant. Delete rants against your boss or company. If it's not something you'd say to a co-worker, don't make it public on Facebook.

10. Check what your Facebook profile looks like to the public. You'll need to be logged into Facebook with an account that isn't a friend. Search for your name and poke around your profile. Scrub anything you don't want to show the world.

Here's how to set up your Facebook profile to help you land a job.

Lists:

To use lists you must first have all of your friends on a list. Facebook may have done some automated tagging, but you should personalize this.

Click on "Find Friends" in the left-hand column (ignore the "Find Friends" on the top bar).

Facebook find friends

Facebook

This is in the left-hand column.

 

Click on "Manage Friend List."

 

Facebook manage friends

Facebook

 

Label each friend with a list. Make sure all colleagues are on a "Work" list.

If you are using Timeline and haven't set up lists yet, this is more of a pain:

  • Rest your mouse over each friend's name and add them to a list.
  • To set up lists, click on a friend's name.
  • Click on the word "Friends" in that friend's Timeline profile.
  • Click on "Show All Lists" and then you can finally add a new list.

Scrub your profile:

Go through any weird photos you've posted and make sure they are only visible to specific friends or lists.

To find your photos click on "Photos" under your profile picture. If you've activated Timeline, click on your name, and "Photos" under your Timeline photo. 

Click on the crazy photo you want to hide.

In the right-hand column, click on the word "Friends" or "Custom" (this word reflects your default privacy setting).

Click on the list you want to make this photo visible to. You don't have an option to "hide" it.

Delete a photo:

Open the photo.

In the right-hand column, click on the Settings icon.

Click on Delete This Photo.

Set privacy settings:

After you've scrubbed your profile by deleting all weird stuff, or labeling it as visible only to "Friends", change your privacy settings.

To use Facebook's privacy settings, click on the little carrot next to the world "Home" on the top bar.

Click on Privacy Settings.

Facebook privacy settings

Facebook

Click on "Custom." Make your posts visible to "Friends" or a specific list.

Consider hiding your posts from your Work list by default. (You will need to add "Work" to any individual posts you want to share with your co-workers.)

Under "How You Connect," Click on Edit Settings.

To let yourself be seen by recruiters, set "Who can look up your timeline by name or contact info?" to Everyone.

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Originally published on businessinsider.com. Click here to read the original story.

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