We’ve all heard a story of somebody who lost a job because of a mindless Facebook image or post. If this is a fear of yours, I suggest you take a deep breath and realize that Facebook can be used for good as well. Now, I don’t claim to be an expert—but today I’ll try to show you some ways Facebook could help you land your dream job. Let me share how I managed this very thing.
I had been sending out my résumé and making calls like any other poor college kid just trying to get his first real job—with no luck, I might add. As summer approached, I seemed doomed to another summer of factory work. While I was finishing my final project for web development, I thought to myself, “Why not post a link to the work I’ve done and see what happens?” At that point, I was completely discouraged and packing for home when I received a Facebook message from a friend at 212 Media Studios who said they were hiring a web developer. Shortly thereafter, I received a friend request from the COO and was more than happy to accept. Long story short, I interviewed and ended up with an internship that eventually landed me the job of my dreams.
Maintain a Healthy Facebook Page
Have nothing to hide! I know most people tell you to keep your Facebook page totally private. While you should use discretion, who do you think is most likely to get an interview, the 100th person with a blocked Facebook page or someone with a clean page and nothing to hide? I’m not saying you should fake who you are. But why not clean up a few of those college pictures that show some immaturity, or take down some careless posts?
Share Wisely but Freely
Facebook is free and a great place to share your accomplishments. While I’m not giving license to annoy your friends by bragging about everything you do, every once in a while won’t hurt. If you’re having a hard time determining if your friends would care, just ask yourself, “If my friend posted something similar, would I care?”
Use Facebook to Network
This one is probably kind of obvious—but in my story, if I hadn’t known anybody from 212 Media Studios, there’s no way I’d have landed the job. Consider Facebook a way to get in touch with old friends, new friends, and simply market yourself well. An old high school teacher of mine used to say, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” Although that’s not always true, he does have a point. You should get out there and meet people.
In the end, it all comes down to marketing yourself. Just like you would market a product, you need to show an employer that you’re the right person for the job. Use your knowledge, network skillfully, and social media might just land you your dream job.