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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.

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

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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        job and career search

          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

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