In February, Facebook announced they started rolling out a new feature, Facebook Jobs. This is focused on aiding small businesses tin filling up their vacancies faster and with less of a hassle. Page admins can do everything through their Business Pages, via the ‘JOB’ bookmark and the announcements are valid for 30 days. To apply, you can write your cover letter in the form of a normal message. What will be made available is your public profile.
And this means great news. On LinkedIn you find jobs coming from companies with a big enough HR budget available for higher educated people. There is not so much room for SMEs and startups. There is also the option of going for one of the dedicated recruitment platforms. The advantage is that they are a bit more focused around a certain domain, professional experience or region. But, imagine if you could apply to all the jobs you find interesting without having to make an account on each platform! What Facebook offers now is a common market for small companies, platforms and applicants to showcase their offers while ensuring the recruitment process remains smooth. Before we all get super excited about this feature, you should know it’s currently available only in the US and Canada. But don’t get sad because this gives us more time to brush off our profiles.
Now, even though Facebook started off as a communication platform where you could get in touch with old friends, lately it’s getting a more professional touch, especially since there are about 60 million company pages. It became a sort of meeting place between people and businesses. And by meeting place we mean that businesses will check you out, even more after the new feature will be available globally.
Now the question arises, how do we make your profiles clean enough for a potential employer to like it, while still keeping it personal. For this, we gathered a couple of pieces of advice.
With more and more people making their lives public online, it’s becoming important to be selective when deciding to which groups you make your life public. And now that you will be able to apply directly via Facebook, having a polished profile can make the difference between you getting or not that position.
P.S.: We can’t wait for the job feature to be available in Europe so we can give it a try and share with you what we’ve learned!