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How You Can Make Use Of Facebook To Find Your Next Job

How You Can Make Use Of Facebook To Find Your Next Job

Facebook is the second most popular site after Google, as reported by Alexa, with 300 million active Facebook users. The average user spends at least 20 minutes on Facebook daily. The number of active users and the average time spent on Facebook makes it a pioneer in online communication. For the past few years, many employees have been fired over using Facebook and posting content that did not please their employers. Recently, however, the trend has changed from firing employees to hiring employees using Facebook as a recruitment medium. Recruiters are now using Facebook to uncover talent, if you’re serious about finding work, you must have a strong and good presence on this site.

Here are a few reasons to find job with Facebook and why it is so essential to consider this site while looking for a job in today’s focused world:

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Facebook active users are equivalent to the population of USA

Firstly, the number of active users makes it almost equivalent to the population of the United States of America. Firms and hiring agencies make groups and applications targeted for the active users, and post vacancies to which users respond. The vacancies posted on Facebook can be regarding any occupation, sector, firm, industry etc. The posts can be made anytime, which are globally viewable, therefore, vacancies can be filled globally. Volunteers and interns are also recruited through Facebook, by firms and non-profit organizations through their respective pages. The most common kind of posts regarding vacancies on Facebook is through a status update that highlights the situation and basic criteria of the job. The privacy setting can be adjusted for public, friend and specific users viewing.

Most jobs come from referrals

Secondly, Facebook’s main theme is networking and sharing content. So it is natural for employees and employers to share job openings on their Facebook profiles and their Facebook friends to reply and share it further. Employee referrals, as it is known, is the fastest and best source of high quality hires, so Facebook becomes a hub for recruitment. Job seekers can also be active in particular groups that reflect their interests and build upon their Facebook network by posting information and updates regarding their field. A few conversations and interactions on posts can lead to being Facebook friends, albeit users will know each other online only. This basically will facilitate networking for the job seeker, so when an opportunity relevant to their field arises, they will automatically be considered.

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Facebook Job Search Applications

Thirdly, Facebook has applications such as Branchout, CareerBuilder etc. and portals like Glassdoor and Marketplace that are specific to job searching. It is where users upload their resumes and they receive alerts regarding openings in their area or field.  Facebook’s Marketplace can be scouted by users for local job listings with their description and identity of who made the post.

Reaching targeted audience through Facebook Ads

Lastly, Facebook users are now providing their full professional history in their profiles under ‘work and education’ and employers also check their short listed candidates on Facebook and assess them based on their profile. Employers are active on Facebook recently through Facebook Ads, as these Ads can be circulated to users falling under a specific mix of demographics that employers want to target.

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Find out more about a company

Just as recruiters can get the information about the job candidates by looking at their Facebook profiles, this website also allows you to discover the details and atmosphere about a company by “liking” its Facebook Page.  Use links from company’s Facebook Page to the company’s websites and blogs to gather information about its benefits and workplace culture.

Sometimes, you can also notice new job opportunities through a company’s Facebook Page. Many businesses are now using Facebook page to invite new talent and interact with potential candidates.

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On the other hand, employees are also encouraged by their employers to maintain strict privacy settings and segregate work from friends. As a result employee can create new lists that have customized privacy settings so that when they share their posts it is seen by a specific set of people. Facebook, in conclusion, can be one of the strategies used to seek jobs but it cannot be the only strategy to look for jobs.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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