Looking for a new job in North Houston? You already know you need a polished LinkedIn profile. But what about Facebook? Are you using this social media site in your search?

If not, you’re missing out on a valuable opportunity to network, find new leads and connect with potential employers. To help you make the most of Facebook during your job hunt, here are a few tips to put to use:

Complete your profile with your professional history.

Make sure you fill out the “Work and Education” section of your Facebook profile. You can use much of the same information you have on LinkedIn, just edited for Facebook. For instance:

  • List your current position, as well as past workplaces.
  • Add your professional skills, including your job duties, experience, and accomplishments.
  • Share where you went to college and high school.

Once you do, you’ll be prompted to connect with your school’s online Facebook community, which offers a great opportunity to network.

Search for jobs in your field.

As of 2017, searching for jobs on Facebook got a lot easier. Thanks to a new feature, companies can easily publish job openings on their pages just as they would any other post. You can also go to https://www.facebook.com/jobs on Facebook, which lists current job openings near you.

When you see a job that you’re interested in, simply click the “apply now” button. You’ll then get a pop-up form that’s been populated with your career background information. Submit it to the employer, along with a 1,000-word letter, or you can send it as is. You can also set notifications for future job openings posted by companies you’re interested in.

Put your friends into a professional category.

If you want to communicate easily with professional contacts you’re also Friends with, create a category for them. Simply click on your “Friends” list. When you find a Friend that you’d like to network with, hover over the “Friends” button next to their name and then click on “New List.” You can name it “Professional,” or “Job Search” or whatever you’d like.

Once you have this category in place, you can more easily communicate and network with work- and job-search related Friends directly. This is especially important if you’re trying to keep your search confidential. You can also limit what your professional contacts see if you only want personal Friends to view certain posts.

Share appropriate posts and respond.

When you’re posting, be sure to share appropriate content that is not going to be a red flag for a recruiter or hiring manager. In addition, when you do post, promote yourself and your career. Talk about your accomplishments on the job, share news and updates about your search, and discuss industry trends of interest to you. Considering that 65% of recruiters use Facebook to find candidates, this is a good way to position yourself as an active member of your career field and an industry expert.

Need more help finding a new job in North Houston?

Kingwood Personnel is here for you. We can help you identify opportunities that are the best matches for your skills, interests, and professional goals, whether you’re looking for more flexibility in your life or to climb the corporate ladder. Search our North Houston jobs now or contact us today to learn more.