Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the value of opening your Facebook privacy settings to public view.
Let’s talk about Facebook privacy settings for a moment. No, I’m not going to be scolding you to set your privacy settings so that you can’t be found. In fact, I want you to set your privacy settings so you can be found.
Why? Because LinkedIn is only one tool that recruiters and employers are using to find talent for their clients, to network with people, to do their job.
My philosophy is that the person who gets ahead isn’t always the smartest work the hardest although those are great qualities to have. The person who gets ahead tends to be the one who remains alert to opportunity; sometimes those are internal to organization; most of the time the external.
If there are things that you are doing on Facebook that are drawing positive attention by employers or recruiters or others, why not make it easy for them to find you and talk with you about it?
One of the things that you should do is make it clear from you work. But your job title in. Make it obvious what profession you’re involved with. You don’t need to do it to the same degree you might on LinkedIn.
However, Facebook’s search can be used by recruiters and others for networking and hiring.
You may say to yourself today, “I don’t want to be annoyed by these people.” That’s your prerogative. Yet what I want to remind you of is that what they are trying to do is to reach out to you about an opportunity that they perceive may be superior to what you currently have. It may pay you more, and get you closer to home, improve your quality of life, give you access to training and skills you don’t have etc.. What’s the problem? You’re going to field a question through Messenger? This is such a big problem?
And if you say no to it, what did it cost you? A minute or a minute and a half of your time? What’s the big whoop?
Open up your privacy settings. Let recruiters be able to find you even if you are not actively looking for a job. Make sure your employer is listed because they are brand may help you. Make it easy for people to locate you.
Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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