I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around the value (or not) of the new Facebook Jobs app. I’ve been reviewing some white papers written for recruiters and I’m just not sure…yet.
Don’t job seekers already have hundreds, if not thousands, of places to seek out jobs?
Besides the name boards (Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, SimplyHired, Dice, Vault, LinkUp, etc.), company boards, government boards, trades, local and community job boards—do we really need more places to post and/or locate jobs?
The only platform with absolute, proven value right now per the recruiting community is LinkedIn (LI), which currently owns the space much as Monster did a decade ago.
If this new Facebook app has the ability to filter candidates through, and to, true job matches, then I’m all for it. If, however, it’s just another company seeking to monetize its database then I don’t see the added value to the end user—recruiter or job seeker.
What about all that personal stuff that appears on a person’s FB page?
Stuff an employer might consider questionable or downright objectionable. Most of the content which appears on a personal FB page is posted by the owner. But then there are those uncontrollable postings that originate from “friends”? Remember Spring Break 2010 in Cabo? Really?! Did Alisa really need to put those pictures up? Or what about that video of Bill’s way-over-the-top win in that tequila shot contest? And remember that posting of the wet T-shirt contest Sherry’s roommate put up 3 years ago? We’ve all had our moments and these potentially good people who would make wonderful employees may be categorically eliminated from consideration. (Imagine what your CEO’s FB page might look like if FB had existed back in 1965 or 1975!)
LI vs. FB
A person’s LI profile is much more sacrosanct than is their FB page. It stems from the mindset and origination of the platform which still maintains a strong B2B mentality. I have the ability to control what appears on my LI page which is important since I seek to maintain professional propriety in my business dealings. This would particularly be the case were I job seeking. FB on the other hand started out as a college-only ‘who’s hot & who’s not’ site which has evolved into an everything-for-everybody-and-every-interest-under-the-sun site. They might be too far past the tipping point to go back to job search.
FB is somewhat searchable (even without friending) and every recruiter out there “Googles” potential candidates. (That is another entire discussion but for the sake of this post just understand that it does happen–good, bad, right or wrong.) So if I’m directed to a job post from a friend do I have to do an…
Do I perform a ‘FB-ectomy’ and remove any potential postings that could impact my employability?
Yeah, probably. But once something is posted online its always online so what’s the point? Do you go out and un-friend your buddies and risk alienating your online friends. Maybe.
Perhaps I’m reading too much into this but I think FB is more the ‘guilty pleasure’ as well as news and events tool than it is the conservative platform that employment necessarily requires.
Should Facebook turn out to be the platform job seekers truly need…
The platform that can help the job seeker narrow their search down to the 5 to 10 jobs that truly suit their skills and conditions (location, ability, access, etc.) much the way that recruiters are able to review hundreds of resumes to determine those 5 to 10 candidates who end up in the all-important in-person interview—then I’m all for it. That’s the model some brilliant FB engineer needs to present to the world.
Often times at the end of an Interview, the Interviewer takes control and uses the verbage to end the interview. Sometimes it might be, “Thank you for coming in today. We will consider you as a possible candidate for this position.”
This should be your cue to “close the deal”. Ask this question, “Based on my qualifications and skill sets, do you see me as an excellent fit for this position with your company?” This closing question can help you move forward, regardless of the answer. Another good question would be, “I feel my experience and skill sets would be an excellent match for this position. If you agree, can we schedule the next step?”.
Yes, you are CLOSING the DEAL! Some might consider this a bit pushy but I like candidates who are forward thinking and want to know now, rather be left hanging, if they are a future employee. As a one time job seeker, I have never left wondering if I was going to get a call. I knew on my way out the door if I was their man or not.
Remember, it sometimes depends on the Interviewer alone if you move forward. Do not be so pushy that you shut them down. Feel them out and, by all means, if this is for a job involving marketing or sales, ask for the sale!
Be careful out there!
I Have Met the Enemy and He is Us!
Job Search Expert/Author/Speaker
When it comes to employment and job search I am almost continuously in a ‘rage’—-at job search coaches. (Bear in mind that in order to become a coach all you need is a pencil and the nerve to claim your ‘coachness.’)
I want to throw rocks at the TV when I hear so-called “job search experts” tell us, once again, to watch out for typos, yada, yada. This helps no one. The true job seeker is waaaay past such ‘pertinent’ advice.
I regularly speak on panels with other JSE’s (job search experts); pay attention and listen to HR professionals and professional staffing folks to see if I can latch onto something new. It ain’t happening. So if anyone reading this considers my statements akin to throwing down the gauntlet–so be it.
In my view HR professionals provide you with the information THEY want you to have. And let me be clear: I love HR professionals. They work their backsides off for not near enough money or respect.
Staffing professionals, on the other hand, will provide the job seeker with about 70-80% of the information they need. Why? Because the information they withhold is that knowledge they would rather a job seeker NOT KNOW. Why? Because that is where they make their bucks. And this is not a bad thing. I am also a big fan of staffing companies–and of capitalism.
But in the scope of what I do which is to provide individuals with the very best and most up to the minute information I possibly can–I can’t hold anything back if they will benefit from some little bit no matter how insignificant. If I know something that can add value to an individual’s job search it is my ‘duty’ to inform them.
I would like to ask those JSE’s who do more harm than good to just get out of the way. You are the Enemy!
BTW–while I’m at it–if you are in job search you may want to subscribe to ERE.net. This site is THE final (and often first) word on electronic recruiting. Some of the thought providers on this site are so far out there that it makes you wonder but….and a very important ‘but’…they bring astounding information to the masses and eventually most of what they have to preach actually becomes gospel. Check them out.
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I wanted to address a topic which I get phone calls almost every day about and that is “Scams” perpetrated on job seekers globally.
There are many people out there whose goal, when they wake up in the morning, is to separate you from as much money as possible. There tactics range from selling you over priced software that will allow you to learn to type in medical information for doctors to learning how to develop web sites for money from home.
I am going to list some basic “Warning Signs” to look for to hopefully save you from separating from your money!
#1. Work At Home – Run! If they want you to work out of your house and will pay you per hour or per entry, it is a scam. Out of 1000′s of “Work from home business opportunities” there are a handful that are real and reputable. They do not advertise on Job Boards that often. Their client flow comes from web sites that are ranked high on searches for “Work at Home”.
#2. Buying Software – If they offer a job that sounds really good, allowing you to work from your computer at home BUT you need to purchase their software, RUN! You will purchase the software, work had to get knowledgeable about the system and then never hear from them again. Because you “bought” the software, they get away with not contacting you.
#3. Interviewing using Instant Messaging – RUN! No reputable employer does this. Never ever give out personal information online as well. If an employer wants to hire you, they want to do a face-to-face. Trust me on this. It is a scam.
#4. We want to send you a check, you deposit it in your account and then send about 70% to this address and keep the balance – RUN! Come on people. The check is not good, even if it is a money order. It is bogus. Biggest scam out there!
#5. You receive and Email that looks like it came from a Job Board in the Subject but not the sender – This is the latest scam. They even use an existing company with an existing web site to lure you in. Generally it is a publishing company of some sort. If they are not able to meet you face-to-face for an interview, RUN! If you call the number on the address and ask to speak to HR (Human Resources) or ask if they are hiring and get a negative response, RUN!
There are many other scams out there. Please be careful and approach every job opportunity email or phone call with caution. Search Google.com for Job Seeker Scams and educate yourself.