Facebook is a great way to stay in contact with friends and family, but the social media site is also a useful tool for your job search. And we don’t just mean networking; Jobs on Facebook is here, and it just might change the job search game.
So, what exactly is Jobs on Facebook? As noted by the website itself, Jobs on Facebook allows employers to “reach qualified candidates where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook. Job postings appear on and link to your Facebook business Page. Potential employees have the chance to learn more about your business and the job opportunity before applying, ensuring you get informed job applicants.”
So, Jobs on Facebook is another job search website you can visit to find interesting positions to apply for. However, there are a few easy-to-make mistakes unique to the platform you should avoid.
DON’T: Neglect Your Resume
Facebook has a profile feature built in, but it’s likely to be missing a few things since you haven’t been using it to look for jobs. First off, make sure there aren’t any gaps in your work history and that your education information is correct. Replace any fun or joke titles with real experience. “Went to the University of Life” is fine for friends and family, but not super helpful when it comes to the job search. Double check the email associated with your Facebook account and update it if it isn’t something you regularly check.
Second, you’ll need to make sure your public profile is job search friendly. Since you’re submitting through Facebook, most employers are going to check your page given that it’s only a click away. Hide anything unprofessional from public view (party pics, any profanity), and update your profile picture to something snazzy.
DON’T: Contact Companies Via Messenger
If a company contacts you after you’ve submitted your application through messenger, that’s great! One of the convenient things about Jobs on Facebook is that a quick application can immediately put you in contact with a company over Messenger.
However, stay away from contacting the company to ask for job updates through messenger. This can be seen as unprofessional. Instead, let them come to you.
DON’T: Comment and/or Like All of the Company’s Posts
When you’re really interested in a job, it can be tempting to go and like everything the company’s account has ever posted. You might even want to leave a few comments on each post to stand out. And this probably will make you stand out, but not in the good way.
As an applicant, you want to solve your employer’s problems. Your application should make them think “Oh man, THIS is who I’ve been looking for.” You want to be a rock star. And a rock star doesn’t need to flood the company’s accounts with likes and comments to stand out.
DON’T: Stop with a Facebook Application
For many businesses, an application on Facebook doesn’t replace a full application. Applicants will usually need to provide more information to a potential employer, so applying through Facebook should really be seen as just the start of the hiring process.
Jobs on Facebook is another great site to add to your job search list. Just avoid these pitfalls and you’ll be interviewing in no time.
Have you ever used Jobs on Facebook? How did it go? Let us know in the comments section below!