Love it or hate it, Facebook can help you connect with a new job, when used appropriately and carefully.
Facebook is the second most popular social network for recruiters. According to a recent JobVite survey, 65% of employers use Facebook in their recruiting.
The hazards of using Facebook while in a job search are well known.
While more than 90% of employers and recruiters conduct a quick "background check" of job applicants using search engines, over 70% of them have rejected job seekers based on inappropriate photos, comments, and sharing on Facebook that the searches found for them.
[See the Online Reputation Management article for steps you can take to manage potential negatives.]
People often reveal far too much in sites like Facebook and Twitter. If you are one of those people, clean up your act, and behave in the future or you will pay the consequences by an extended job search.
Because so many employers search and/or use Facebook for their recruiting, smart job seekers can successfully leverage the visibility that Facebook gives them. They can use Facebook to demonstrate how social-media-savvy they are (an important skill in today's business world), and they can use it intelligently to also demonstrate their skills and expertise for the job they want.
Since so many employers have social media presence on Facebook and since so many of their employees use Facebook, it can become an excellent way to expand your network and connect with a new job.
Read the articles in the column on the right for ways to use Facebook for your job search.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn.