These days, Facebook is more than just about posting cat pics, gameplay clips, and tech queries. According to a study by Aberdeen Group, over 73% of 18- to 34-year-olds have found their last freelance gig or full-time position through a social network. This also includes other platforms, but Facebook is still king of the hill, being especially relevant for niche positions.
Until February 2022, Facebook offered a specialized “Jobs” tab for the purpose of job hunting. You could browse recommended jobs based on your profile, apply for jobs, and join Job-related Groups. Unfortunately, this feature has been limited since then.
Now, the “Jobs” tab in Explore is no longer available. Moreover, the ability to post and apply for jobs on a page has been limited to the US- or Canada-based companies and job seekers only.
But that doesn’t make it impossible to leverage the power of Facebook to find great jobs. You can still do this through traditional methods like Groups and Company Pages.
In this article, we’ll walk you through both these methods to bring you a step closer to finding your dream job.
Finding jobs using Facebook groups
Teamwork makes the dream work. Facebook Groups can be incredibly powerful for finding a job. It’s a collective of people with a common goal and passion. If you join the right Group for your job niche, you’ll be in the know about new available positions and the latest news in your industry.
As we noted before, the “Jobs” category of Groups has been discontinued. But there are still many General-type Groups centered around jobs. If you want to use these to find new opportunities, follow these steps.
I. Find relevant Facebook groups
To find a dream job, it’s important to be in the right place at the right time. So, you need to apply to the right Facebook Groups if you want to be notified of exciting job opportunities.
The most important thing here is to be as specific as possible and know what you’re good at and what you are looking for. If you search groups based on that, it’ll be easy for you to find the ones that fit.
There might have fewer members, but posts there will be so much more valuable.
Let’s take an example. Say you’re a copywriter. Instead of general terms like ‘freelance writing’ or ‘writer jobs’, search ‘copywriting jobs’ specifically.
You can click on ‘See all’ to check out more groups. Keep an eye out for factors like post frequency, the number of members, and description. Based on that, narrow it down to 4-5 groups that you’d like to join.
II. Join the groups
Now that you know which groups you’d like to join, go ahead and click the “Join Group” button.
Facebook has both public and private groups.
If it’s a public group, you can see their posts and just join right away. If it’s a private group, you’ll have to submit a request to join. If you’re asked any questions, be sure to answer these.
Once you’re a member of all the groups, you’ll be able to see their content and post your own stuff too. This is where the fun part comes in.
III. Apply for jobs and engage with the members
The main benefit of joining these groups is being able to view and apply for jobs. So, when you come across a job that meets your expectations, you can comment on it or follow the steps to apply.
Of course, because you’re part of a group now, you also have the opportunity to develop connections with other members. If the rules of the group allow you to do so, be sure to post valuable industry-related advice and questions. This’ll help you engage with the community, and some members might even recommend you for a job.
If you develop professional relationships with many members and want to connect with them outside of Facebook, you can create a Google Sheet with their details. Using Bardeen’s Chrome extension, you can skip the copy-pasting part with the ‘Save Facebook profile to Google Sheets’ playbook.
Finding jobs using company pages (US & Canada only)
If you live in the US or Canada, here’s some good news: you can still access Facebook Jobs, albeit in a limited capacity. You can apply for a job that a US- or Canada-based company posts on their page. Let’s go through the steps.
I. Find Company Pages
Since you can’t just search a job title and filter it using “Jobs”, you need to individually pick out company pages and seek available positions which they’ve posted. Try to come up with 7-10 companies. This can be a long process and require some brainstorming. If you need guidance, check out this article.
II. Check the Jobs tab on their page
Once you’ve made a list of your favorite companies, visit each of their pages and click on the “Jobs” tab in the left column of the page. If you don’t see this tab anywhere, it means that they haven’t posted any jobs yet.
III. Apply for jobs
If you find a job you’re interested in, click on “Apply Now” and fill in the application. Add as many details as you can, like your work experience and education history, to give the company a better understanding of yourself. After you’re done, click “Send”.
That’s it! On the other end, the recruiter or hiring manager for the company will be notified of your application as a message. Hopefully, they’ll add your application to their favorites and contact you by Messenger, email, or phone. If they schedule an interview with you, you’ll receive a message with the date and time!
What if you visit the company page and no jobs are available? In that case, be sure to check out their LinkedIn page or their official website. If you still don’t see any jobs there but want to keep the company on your radar, you can create a Google Sheet with their details.
Don’t worry, no need to copy-paste a bunch of data points. With Bardeen, you can do it with just a few clicks using the ‘Save Facebook pages from search to Google Sheets’ Playbook.
Is LinkedIn better for finding jobs than Facebook?
The likelihood of success in landing a job on either platform largely depends on your niche and skill level. When it comes to the overall culture, LinkedIn is more focused on career growth rather than personal relationships.
Many of the best companies invest the majority of their recruitment resources on LinkedIn. They post new jobs, updates about the company, and much more. If you’re serious about getting a full-time position in a reputable company, LinkedIn is worth signing up for.
If LinkedIn is uncharted territory for you and you need some guidance, check out this article. It’ll guide you through the steps for optimizing your profile, searching for positions or companies, and applying for jobs.
After the aforementioned automations, if you’ve started to like using Bardeen to save your time, you’ll be happy to know that we also offer many LinkedIn automations!
This’ll eliminate much of the manual labor and headache of job hunting.
The most useful automation is being able to save a job directly from LinkedIn to another platform. Bardeen integrates with Notion, Airtable, Coda, and Google Sheets. So, you can choose the platform which you prefer.
Check out the Dream Job Hub for more.
At the end of the day, landing your dream job boils down to your job hunting skills, communication, and how well you present yourself. Facebook might’ve retired the Jobs feature a while back, but if you’re persistent enough, you can still find some amazing jobs. You just have to know where to look and use tools like Bardeen to make the process easier.
Now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into action. Head over to Facebook, log in to your account, and start searching for jobs by following the steps in this article!