Facebook has changed it up again; Facebook Timeline has been launched and the response has been well received. It’s an entirely new way to look at social media profiles and the change works in your favour. For the first time you can go back and edit your past activity on Facebook by adding life events and status updates. This means you can go back to your birth and recreate your life on social media, filling in the gaps for your friends.
This is incredibly beneficial for job seekers. There are over 800 million active people on Facebook and one of your friends may be the connection to your next job lead. Are you ready? Besides posting that you are looking for work in your status updates, you can make the most of Facebook’s current functionality by making these updates to your profile.
Edit Your About Page
There are many different boxes on your About page. Focus on updating the following:
Work & Education: Add your work experience and use the Add a Project link to describe different areas of your job. This works great for people who have eclectic job descriptions with multiple roles or those who have moved up the ladder in different positions at the same company. This is also great for the self-employed person who wants to show multiple projects and their timelines. Unlike a resume that needs to be targeted to a specific job, your Facebook About page can list all of your work and volunteer experience. This creates a complete picture for those perusing your background. Although you can list everything, try to be clear about what you accomplished through each experience. You only have about 80 characters in your description before it is cut off with the Read More link so be concise and say the most important statement first, also keep it in first person. Add your education, classes, and training and who you took them with. You can also add a description of your honours and accomplishments through each training.
About You: This is a great place to add a short bio on who you are and what you are all about. If you are currently seeking employment you can mention what type of work you are looking for and how you will benefit the companies that hire you.
Contact Information: Add links to your relevant contact information such as email, website, blog, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook page, and anywhere else you would like them to find out more about you. Put the most important links first.
Basic Info: No one wants to be discriminated against because of their sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, place of origin, ancestry, place of origin, religion, political views, family status, physical or mental disability. These are basic human rights that employers may use to disqualify you for a job. You should consider censoring this information in your Basic Info and Timeline by not listing it or adjusting your privacy settings.
Edit your Timeline
Remove Content: Start by removing questionable content, including status updates, notes, photos, groups, apps, and pages that could paint a poor picture of who you are to a prospective employer. Although you had a lot of fun at that party, content about how hungover you were the next day are not going to help you find a job.
Add Life Events: Start building your timeline by adding in your life events that you want to share. Currently Facebook includes options to add: work & education, family & relationships, home & living, health & wellness, and travel & experience. You can add photos to each life event and a short story to complement it.
Add Status Updates: You’ve always been able to delete status updates, but now you can add status updates. This is extremely useful for painting a picture of your important life moments and accomplishments before Facebook.
Edit Privacy Settings: Edit your privacy settings to limit who can view your more personal information. Remember to do this for your status updates as well as your Timeline life events.
Facebook’s new functionality has made it easier than ever for job seekers to put together their best social media profile. Visit help pages for tutorials on how to do these tasks or leave a comment below with any questions.
This article was written by Miranda Vande Kuyt a self-employed career development practitioner and communications consultant.