Warnings about how Facebook and the workplace don’t mix have been commonplace, and leadership development and training experts Fierce became the latest to chime in on the subject, warning that nearly one-third of employees witnessed or know of fellow employees being reprimanded over inappropriate Facebook posts.
LinkedIn may be a great resource for professionals to connect with and contact other people regarding job opportunities, but about those who are fresh out of college with resumes full of part-time jobs and internships? Eyal Grayevsky figured that college students and recent graduates usually have more Facebook friends than LinkedIn connections, so he helped create FirstJob to enable the newest job seekers to find employment through Facebook relationships. The site officially launched Monday.
Facebook is increasingly being used as a job search tool, both for employers and applicants. But it’s much more than that. Facebook users announce employment changes, chat with friends about openings, and seek out new opportunities with close friends and acquaintances. But how do these relationships on Facebook affect not only the likelihood of finding jobs, but job-seekers’ moods during the hunt? Facebook recently partnered with a Carnegie Mellon University researcher to find out.
The fact that content on users’ Facebook profiles can affect their employment prospects and higher-education opportunities has been hammered home time and again, but did photos posted on the social network derail a candidacy for one of the highest-profile jobs around: pope? Not really, but it’s still a good read.
Facebook is still the social network of choice among the U.S. work force, with 83 percent of respondents to a survey by social recruiting platform Jobvite having Facebook profiles, but Twitter and LinkedIn showed strong gains in 2012 versus 2011. Those Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts are likely active, as well, as Jobvite also found that three-quarters of respondents were actively looking for or open to new jobs.
Ad targeting has become standard practice on Facebook, as advertisers can now point their messages toward people who are 25 years old, living in Miami, have been to college, and list baseball as an interest. Ziv Eliraz, CEO of social recruiting platform Zao, thinks employers can use similar tactics to target job ads to those who have work experience and education relevant to the positions.
After California passed a law banning employers from asking from social media passwords, one CEO fired back in a blog post, criticizing the state for restricting businesses from being able to fully use the resources available to them to make the best hires.
When most people think of a social media site that’s tailored to job searching and recruitment, the obvious answer seems to be LinkedIn. However, Facebook is becoming more prominent in those arenas just by sheer volume. Many of the site’s 955 million users are eager to connect their job applications to their profiles, according to Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer of recruitment platform iCims. Vitale told AllFacebook that through iCims’ technology, more people are tying their application to their Facebook pages than their LinkedIn profiles.