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December 01, 2011

Can Facebook Get You a Job?

At Monster, we believe that effectively using social media is an important part of the modern job search. So when bloggers and journalists pose the question "Can Facebook Get You a Job?" We say, "Sure, it can! That's part of the reason we created our award-winning Facebook application, BeKnown -- to help people use Facebook to advance their careers and create professional networks."

According to this very interesting infographic (below), from MBA Online, 16 percent of Americans say they found their current job via an online social network. That's up from 11 percent in 2010.

What this infographic points at but doesn't quite discuss is the fact that modern job search isn't limited to one platform or medium. You may find out about a job on Monster.com, research the company on social media, turn to a BeKnown contact to find an "in" at the company, and then prepare for your interview by visiting the company's career site -- or some other combination. Using all the tools available to you is important.

The information here points to the growing importance of Facebook in a job search. Make sure you're getting the most you can from Facebook today, with Monster's free professional networking app on Facebook, BeKnown.

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Created by: MBA Online

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Posted by Charles Purdy on December 1, 2011 at 08:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)


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Really interesting post. I can't believe more people use facebook to look for work than linkedin! I'm in the process of launching a new free website (http://www.yourjoblist.com) that helps people manage their relationships with employers and recruitment firms. It's designed to help deal with the often overwhelming amount of information that you need to manage while hunting for a new job. If you speak to a lot of recruiters you can star rank your favourite ones, for example.

Posted by: YourJobList | Dec 4, 2011 2:32:14 PM

This is exactly what I suspected - Social Media has changed the world in ways that we couldn't have imagined 20 years ago! In the 80's, job search was hitting the pavement, face-to-face, but these days Networking is Vital. I'm doing a job search myself and have a great blog (http://notyouraveragegig.com)with links to Monster and other sites - it's a good start!

Posted by: NYAG | Dec 6, 2011 6:27:52 PM

I would like to try out the Beknown application. I am looking for the opportunities to be work in big company. Social Media would help you to interact directly with the company people to get recruits.

Posted by: Web Design South Australia | Dec 24, 2011 12:46:01 AM

I learned by painful experience that the time to utilize Linkedin and Facebook is BEFORE you get laid off.

Using social media effectively can be a good investment, and the time to do it is NOW.

After my experience (of being laid off twice, since 2005) I now make it a point to stay connected to my co-workers (cell phone numbers, email addresses and social media connections).

I have found that it is necessary to explain social media to people who have had the same job for 5, 10 or even 30 years. They have no concept of what job searching is like now, and are not aware of how important it is to have your network already lined up.

Posted by: Robert M Sperry | Dec 31, 2011 7:43:59 PM

Great points, Robert -- and you're absolutely right: if you begin "networking" when you need something, you're too late!

The Monster Facebook app, BeKnown, is one helpful way to stay connected with professional contacts; it provides a professional networking platform with the Facebook experience. Check out BeKnown when you have a chance.

Posted by: Charles Purdy | Dec 31, 2011 7:55:13 PM

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Posted by: chris jones | Feb 6, 2012 2:35:16 PM

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