Using Facebook to Find a WordPress Job

Posted by Ben | March 29, 2011 | General


Do You Use Facebook?

Many of us are completely immersed into the social blogosphere, chatting and liking our way around masses of UGC Content, tagging ourselves and our friends in photos, stalking each other and laughing at the boss. But as the virtual merges ever more seamlessly with reality, is it time we started looking to our Social Networks as more than just a place to satisfy our voyeurism? If you live your life on Facebook anyway, maybe you should consider using it to help you find that next freelance job. Other Social Networks have already tapped into this successfully, LinkedIn has positioned it’s self as a professional’s network, and allows users to keep track of business and professional relationships as well as helping professionals strike up working relationships. Facebook whilst much more focused on general sociality, could really help you find that high paying freelance wordpress job.

Now days, one of the first things a new business start up will do is establish themselves on Facebook and set up their twitter account, join these pages, learn about the idea or the business and checkout their website. Be pro-active, see and understand how it’s built and think about what you could do with it – if you plan to use WordPress, think about the benefits, have you really got a case to make? If so, send an email with some suggestions. Start up’s love a bit of free consultancy, and if done in the right way the owner will feel flattered that you thought so much of their idea to get in touch. It’s also great for your own online CV, people will see you keeping in touch with the latest, which to a potential employer makes you seem more on the pulse.

You can also use facebook to search for general groups relating to wordpress, and freelance web jobs, you should search around and join a few that you think are a good match – Post some helpful and insightful comments and expand your network of industry professionals.

As well as this, Facebook supports a bunch of applications which can help you on your way to finding a job: The ‘EasyCV Curriculum Vitae’ app allows users to post their CV on their Facebook profile. Another great app – BranchOut allows you to see which companies your friends have worked at and you can even integrate it with your Linked In Profile.

Finally ensure your facebook page isn’t working against you, a survey of employers found that 4 in 10 rejected a candidate after seeing their facebook page. Make sure that the incriminating photos of you and your mates are set to private, and wall posts from mates can only be seen by you and your friends, not your new potential employer!

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One Response to “Using Facebook to Find a WordPress Job”

  1. Comment made by Ben on Mar 29th 2011 at 9:32 am:

    I actually think there’s a lot to be said for an employer who can separate the two – Facebook/professional life, sadly it’s not often that this happens – and often not worth the risk trying to find out.

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