Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How Facebook Can Help Your Job Search

In my last blog post, I talked about how job seekers can use Twitter to enhance their job search.  While I do believe Twitter is one of the best ways to find new nonprofit jobs, this is not to say other social networking sites are useless; far from it.  In fact, another good one to use is probably one you are already using (whether you like it or not): Facebook.  With a Facebook job search, your efforts are going to be focused on one thing: networking.

The first thing you should do on Facebook while job hunting is to let all of your connections know that you are looking for work.  This can come in the form of a status update, a mass message to all of your friends, or both.  Your real good friends will probably already know this, but not everyone you know on Facebook will have an idea about your job situation.  Therefore, it is a good idea to make sure your Facebook connections know this.  You might be thinking to yourself: can this really help?  Well, check out this article from Time Magazine, where an unemployed man actually got work when one of his friends got him a job interview at a company he worked at.  Although he didn't end up getting the job (his skills didn't match with what they worked with), he was able to get a job interview very quick using Facebook.

Another way to approach the Facebook job search is to start "liking" the various Facebook pages of nonprofits.  Often times, as is the case with Twitter, these pages will be updated with the latest job openings at their organizations. 

As useful as social networking sites like Facebook are when it comes to job searching, you should never use it as your sole source for jobs.  Instead, like I always says, you must use Facebook or Twitter in combination with other sources, like nonprofit job boards or traditional networking.  Together, these tools will make your job search go a lot smoother than just relying on one method.

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