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The New Rules for Facebook Job Searching

The New Rules for Facebook Job Searching

In the past, Facebook was used to show updates to our friends, post photos from our latest trips, or comment on a news event. However, the focus of Facebook is shifting: For many, Facebook is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways for job seekers to find their dream jobs, and it’s easy to see why. As of Dec. 2012, there were more than a billion active users on the platform, 618 million of whom were active daily—meaning most people have and use Facebook in large doses.

While utilizing Facebook for job searching purposes isn’t a new phenomenon, there are some new trends and rules we should keep in mind. Understanding these trends can help you to get ahead in your search. Here are a few to note:

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1. Take advantage of Facebook Graph Search

Facebook Graph search is essentially an in-depth search engine for Facebook. For instance, you can search for people by their interests, likes, where they’ve been, their photos, groups or organizations they’re associated with, etc. Although it’s not open to all users yet, Graph Search will eventually help users to find contacts in a more streamlined way.

How job seekers can use it: Job seekers can use Facebook Graph Search in a few ways. First, they’ll be able to find companies based on their interests; for instance, companies that have a large NYU alumni network. In addition, Graph Search can open up the gates for some targeted networking. So, if you wanted to find a specific NYU contact in an organization, you’ll be able to do so.

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2. Use threaded comments

Threaded comments are a new Facebook capability. Users are now able to reply individually to a specific comment on Pages, instead of just commenting at the bottom of a thread. This helps to create a more concrete conversation, so if you wanted to reply to a specific person who you may not be friends with, you can do so directly.

How job seekers can use it: Threaded comments bring your thoughts to the forefront of the discussion. For example, if an organization started a thread about industry news, you’re now able to reply directly to the company, a member of the organization, or someone influential. This shows your knowledge while also keeping active, and can help you make connections with organizations and thought leaders in your industry.

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3. Understand the power of mobile

Many of us are on the go at all times. In fact, 680 million Facebook users take advantage of mobile applications in order to use the platform, helping us to stay connected with our friends, family, and members of our network even if we are a million miles away from our computers.

How job seekers can use it: Facebook applications for mobile are constantly improving, which means job seekers who understand the power of mobile always have an advantage. For example, recent messaging updates allow you to multi-task: You can now chat with a contact or an employer while checking for updates on your feed at the same time.

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In addition, you’re now able to add cover photos directly from your phone, so if you’re job searching and want to display a recent accomplishment or an image showing why you’re a great candidate, you can do so through your mobile device. Your profile is updated immediately, so employers are aware of your benefits at a moment’s notice.

The momentum of Facebook doesn’t look like it’s going to be slowing down anytime soon. If you’re using the platform for job searching, make sure you take advantage of its many capabilities so you’re that much closer to your dream job.

What do you think? What are some other new rules for job searching on Facebook?

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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