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Job Hunting – Your Facebook Profile – The About Section

About You

The ‘About’ section is one of the most important sections of your Facebook Page.  This is where you can add or edit information about work, education, contact information, etc.  Here you want to emphasize your value and benefits.  This section is one of the first places someone will look when trying to get more information about you.  Fill out as much of the About section as you can.  When doing this keep in mind your goal which is to tweak your Facebook profile, so you can use it like a resume and a professional branding/networking platform.

  • Work and Education:  As you type the company name, Facebook will try to hyperlink you to your company’s page on Facebook, if one exists.  Obviously, make sure you select the correct company page. If the company isn’t on Facebook, you won’t see this a drop-down option. When entering your job title, make sure you use a universally recognized one, so people find you easily when searching Facebook via job titles. Include a short sentence describing what you did in the role.  Focus on the most important and relevant parts of your job and be sure to mention technology, keywords or facts and figures.  Present information that you feel a future employer would be interested in.
  • Work and Education:  As you type the company name, Facebook will try to hyperlink you to your company’s page on Facebook, if one exists.  Obviously, make sure you select the correct company page. If the company isn’t on Facebook, you won’t see this a drop-down option. When entering your job title, make sure you use a universally recognized one, so people find you easily when searching Facebook via job titles. Include a short sentence describing what you did in the role.  Focus on the most important and relevant parts of your job and be sure to mention technology, keywords or facts and figures.  Present information that you feel a future employer would be interested in.
  • Places You’ve Lived:  If you allow your current city or hometown to be publicly visible, it may help you connect with people. However, if you plan to relocate to a new city, you may opt to make your current city private.
  • Contact and Basic Information: Add your mobile phone and email addresses to this section. You can hide the email addresses you don’t want people to see and select a primary or default email account to receive notifications.
    • Websites and Social Links: Add your personal website only if it is related to your profession.  Also, here you would include your LinkedIn URL and any other links to social networks you want people to check out.
    • Basic Information: Birth date and year are two separate fields which allow you to set the privacy settings for each.
    • Languages: Speaking more than one language can be an asset so list them in this section, especially if you are interested in using the language in your next job.
    • Religious and Political Views: These two topics are very controversial; therefore, I would leave them blank or change the privacy settings so that only you can see them.
  • Details About You:  Here write a summary, list nicknames and share your favorite quotes.
    • About You: Include a short bio or professional summary.

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