Chapter 13

Using Facebook as a Job Hunter

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering Facebook’s role in your job search and career

arrow Customizing privacy settings so you’re in control

arrow Attracting hiring managers and job opportunities by what you share on your Facebook profile

arrow Using Facebook apps and ads to separate yourself from the crowd

Facebook is a social networking site that was originally intended just for college students within the United States but has expanded into a global phenomenon. It has defined a generation, changed general perceptions regarding privacy, and inspired an army of entrepreneurs. But dangers still lurk around the corner for the average Facebook user in the form of careless posts that have bad consequences. Job seekers who don’t take ownership of their Facebook accounts may pay the highest price.

I used to advise people to keep their Facebook profiles totally separate from their professional aspirations. But thanks to Facebook’s dominance as the leading social network combined with the changes in how recruiters are using Facebook to find and filter talent, it’s become clear ...

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