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5 ways to job hunt using Facebook

Kristin Burnham | March 5, 2013
Would you use Facebook to job hunt? According to the 2012 Social Job Seeker Survey by recruiting and job site Jobvite, Facebook is emerging as a leading social network for job hunting.

3. Identified

Identified is a social recruiting Facebook app that uses professional data collected from Facebook to produce an "Identified score"--a numerical value from 1 to 100 assigned to you, your current employer and your college. This number can also be associated with characteristics such as the quality of your workplace's environment, for example.

The more information you add to your educational background, work history and professional network, the more your Identified score increases. Identified says this score helps professionals understand how in demand their professional background is to employers.

4. Jobvite

Jobvite's Facebook app lets users find, refer and match jobs to friends, connect and apply to jobs from within Facebook and view their status in the hiring process at anytime. This creates "a positive, transparent relationship for companies and candidates," the company says.

You can search for jobs based on keyword and location. The results will list the company name, the position, the date the job was posted and who in your network is connected to the company.

Jobvite also matches you to jobs it thinks you're qualified for based on the work history you have listed on your Facebook profile. All of your Jobvite actions are private, too: Neither your employer or Facebook friends will see any activity from the app unless you OK it.

5. Facebook's Social Jobs Partnership

In November, Facebook announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to produce a new Facebook app to let you find and share employment opportunities.

The app lets you narrow down the type of job you're looking for by keyword, category, subcategory and location. Clicking on the job titles gives you a quick rundown of the job specifics, such as the location and team, and a button to click that will send you to the recruiter's website for more details.

Within each search result is a Like button that will display how many people have liked that job (and where you can like the position as well). It also includes a Send button that lets you share the job listing with a Facebook friend or send it to someone's email address.


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