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Facebook: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer

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Looking for a Job

Facebook is a terrific tool for anyone searching for a gig. Not only can you use your profile as a combination multimedia resumé/portfolio, but you can also use Facebook for professional networking and for tapping into your friends' expertise and contacts. Read on to learn how.

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A quick search of Facebook's Application Directory (for "jobs" and "employment") yields dozens of Facebook applications designed to help you land gainful employment. Chapter 12 shows you how to find and install applications.

Turning Your Profile into a Resumé

If you're serious about making Facebook part of your job hunt, the first thing to do is assume that every potential hiring manager can see your entire profile, and build your profile accordingly. You don't want your dream job to slip through your fingers because of a stupid comment, a way-too-candid photo, or membership in a group that celebrates illegal activities. Maybe you mean it all as a joke, but that doesn't matter: If you have an unprofessional profile, a hiring manager will take one look at it and see, at the very least, poor judgment and a total lack of understanding of how the Web works.

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Chapter 13 shows you several ways to hide profile information, but it also explains why you can't trust that your profile information will stay hidden.

Here are some ways to spiff up your profile to help you land a job:

  • Fill out the Education and Work sections of your profile completely. Use all the industry buzzwords you can in the Description ...

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