Social Media for the Security Cleared Job Seeker, Facebook

Posted by Kathleen Smith

As the story goes, Facebook was started in a Harvard dorm room in 2003 and was used as part of a final assignment project. Since then it has grown considerably in its membership, features and challenges. Some of the major challenges with Facebook are that Facebook constantly changes how information is arranged and how to use some of the basic features. More than any other social media platform, Facebook is the one social network where a security cleared professional needs to thoroughly and frequently familiarize themselves with the profile Privacy and Security Settings because these do change or are enhanced frequently. Here are some reminders of online security . Now for all the challenges that you may find on Facebook, you will find many benefits as well in making connections to support your career search.

How to use Facebook in your Job Search? Just as many companies have established Twitter feeds to communicate company and career information, they have done the same on Facebook creating  both a careers page and a general company page. Some have even established individual division pages. For example, Unisys Careers versus Unisys. Or the Northrop Grumman divisions Northrop Grumman IS Careers, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Careers, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Careers .

It has only been in the last year that we have seen this large migration of major corporations in the defense and intelligence communities to Facebook for their career pages. However it’s not uncommon for these defense contractors to block Facebook use onsite.

So how do they do it? Many companies designate a handful of corporate communications and recruiting personnel to access and update their Facebook pages. Information includes job postings, career events, special interest stories and community partnerships. This is a good source of information if you’re researching the company prior to an interview.

Facebook has also freed up some trade associations and nonprofits from the expense of a website to support the organization. So not only are many corporations using Facebook, so are many important professional associations that are great for networking in the defense and intelligence communities, such as AFCEA or AFFIRM. You may find networking opportunities with an association on Facebook better than with a corporation. Check out the groups on Facebook as well for networking opportunities, as networking is key to career development.

What Presence Should A Job Seeker Have on Facebook

If you don’t have a Facebook account you should establish at least a limited Facebook profile to allow connection with companies and groups to support your career search. Be vigilant as to the Privacy and Security Settings.

We all know that networking is a critical element of a job search, so you need to decide if you are going to use your Facebook friends as part of your job search strategy. Are you friends with your current boss or other co-workers, and do they know you are looking for a job? This will determine how you communicate to your Facebook network that you are seeking a new position.

If you have hundreds of Facebook friends do you remember who those people are and where they work? Even if you are not reaching out to your friends to support your search you should make sure that your Facebook profile properly represents you as a job seeker. Include information in your profile that is relevant to your search, such as your skill sets. Delete information that may be compromising such as groups that do not reflect well to a potential employer. If they are inappropriate to a potential employer, they are probably inappropriate to others who may be able to help you find a job.

Lastly, upload your networking resume to the Notes section. That way if you make a connection with someone who can help you, it’s easy for them to review your resume and provide input or assistance.

Anyone you know may be able to help you find a job.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:00 am

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