Job seekers turning to Facebook

Yes — Facebook time can count as work when you’re looking for a job.

You would think that job seekers would cling to LinkedIn because it’s a
professional networking site, while Facebook is more for family and
friends. But a new research report from Jobvite says that the opposite
is true: 48 percent of job seekers have used Facebook in their job
search, while only 26 percent have used LinkedIn. Job seekers are
receiving more referrals and have filled out their profiles more
completely on Facebook than they do on LinkedIn.

Overall, one in every six workers used social networks to get hired
this year.  Here are three tips on how to better utilize Facebook to
land the job of your dreams:

Focus on your current friends
Instead
of trying to build your network on Facebook, try and leverage the
relationships you already have. Most job seekers are either too afraid
to ask for support or don’t want people knowing that they are job
searching in the first place. You need to let people know what you’re
looking for if you want them to help you.

Use professional
networking services

Both BranchOut.com and BeKnown are similar to
LinkedIn in that they can help you grow your list of contacts through
introductions and referrals. The difference is that you can leverage
your personal relationships on Facebook in order to get better
referrals. Don’t avoid LinkedIn either because LinkedIn profiles are
searchable in Google and act as your virtual résumé, while Facebook data
is blocked from search engines.

Be mindful of your privacy
settings

Employers conduct Facebook background checks on
candidates during the recruitment process. They want to get a sense for
who you are, if you’ll fit in the corporate culture and if you’re
posting anything explicit online. Create a new profile or page for your
professional image.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

Movies

Slideshow: Check out Johnny Depp looking weird through…

Johnny Depp says he looks like himself in "Transcendence." He usually doesn't. Here's a slideshow of his weirder faces.

Television

Jim Rash talks 'The Writer's Room' and amazing…

For Jim Rash, as the fifth season of "Community" comes to a close, the second season of "The Writer's Room" begins.

NHL

Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

NBA

Knicks, Nets rivalry never materialized despite national attention

When the NBA schedule was released, the league anticipated an intense rivalry between the Nets and Knicks with all four games slated for national TV.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Home

3 easy DIY updates for your home

While you're deep into spring cleaning, why not make a few tweaks to give your home a fresh decorative twist? Don't worry, we're not talking…

Food

Martha Stewart's tips for a perfect Easter

Even if your dinner isn't as perfect as hers, you can use her advice.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from stylist and creator…

We hit her up for some space-conscious, budget-friendly design tips.