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Job hunting on Facebook

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If you haven’t noticed, Facebook has a lot of people and business on it. In a presentation i saw recently, it said if Facebook was a country it would be the 3rd largest country in the world.

Holy crap!

That is a lot of people, but it is also a lot of opportunity. Having a few applications to help you sift through the noise will help you in your job hunt or career change.

These apps are also great for freelancers or any person looking to expand their network of contacts. .


Branchout is an app that gathers all of the resume-like  information on your friends profiles and makes it easier to read.

Many of your friends may not be on Linkedin or similar business related sites. Branchout will help you wade through all of your already established connections and let you see how well connected you already are.

InSide Job

InSide Job is a Facebook app that lets you search people’s work history. The cool thing is, it searches more than just your friends.

If you are looking for a job, you can type in your city and see any job openings posted in InSide Job. It will also pull up anyone who has worked in that city.

If you are looking for a specific kind of job, you can type the career title into the appropriate search bar and press the big green search button. What  you will see is a list of everyone who has Web Designer or Marketing or whatever you search for listed.

Why is this useful?

For starters, you can see if anyone you know has or is currently in the field of your interest. Aside from that, you can seek out and contact people who work in the field or at a specific company for get the inside scoop on what it is like.


If you do message a person, tell them who you are, how you found them and ask if they would be willing to answer a few questions. If you don’t hear back don’t worry, try someone else.

The key to either of these applications is to network, meet new people and promote yourself. Job hunting is not easy, it never has been. Any advantage you can gain by being more productive is definitely something worth trying.

Leave a comment telling everyone how you use your social network to look for work.

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