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Social media job hunt: Facebook

With 1.06 billion monthly users, Facebook is undoubtedly the biggest social platform online. Todays Social Media Job Hunt explains the power of Facebook.

Facebook's a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to searching for jobs. Although this is another way of maintaining and building your contacts, the site is primarily used for social interactions.

Most graduates will have come out of university with a Facebook full of memories, photos and friends. This makes it a less appropriate profile for your professional image.

Our suggestion is to keep your account entirely private from potential employers, but to utilise its features to help you find leads and connections.

Top Tips:

• Keep your eyes open: Friends, family, and ex-colleagues are all great assets to have when looking for work. People chat freely on Facebook, so you might hear about an open role, or be able to ask your friends to keep you in mind.

• Like company pages: By liking the pages of companies, be it large or small, you open up another channel of communication. Any potential jobs may be posted on Facebook for you to see, and then you can connect via a more appropriate platform such as LinkedIn. Big companies also sometimes run competitions for highly sought after vacancies.

• Create a “hire me” campaign: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can create a business page for your job search. The cool thing about these is that they are searchable on Google, so can widen your chances of being spotted.

• Be extra careful: Employers will search you on Facebook. Keep it entirely private, because even the smallest things can lose you a potential interview.