Enhance your school and job search with Facebook

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Enhance your school and job search with Facebook

How often do you update your status? If you don’t know, then you probably don’t have an account on Facebook, and you may want to start thinking about setting one up. After all, the social media website is no longer just for kids – it’s for everybody, and it’s becoming an important networking tool in today’s world. A Facebook profile can not only help you find the right technical training schools but maybe your dream job as well.

Okay, sure, if you don’t watch yourself, Facebook can eat up a huge chunk of your day. You log into your profile, check out your timeline – just for a minute – and before you know it, you’ve spent hours reading your friends’ updates, clicking on links they’ve posted and playing FarmVille. While this is certainly fine, there are more productive ways of using it, ways that can help you get ahead.

If you’re on the fence about a certain career, go on Facebook. Ask if any of your friends have gone to school to prepare for the field you’re interested in. Maybe they haven’t, but their own friends or family members have. When you've got a Facebook profile, the world just seems smaller.

Does no one in your extended network have experience in the trade you’re interested in? Then search through Facebook’s diverse assortment of public groups and fan pages. You never know where you’ll make a valuable connection or pick up some useful knowledge.

If you’re eyeing one or two technical schools, a great way to get to know them a little better is to see if they’ve got their own Facebook fan pages or groups. Check out what current students and alumni are saying about their experiences and how school representatives respond and interact. There’s no need to be shy on Facebook. If someone mentions a program that piques your interest, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and see if they’ve got any other insight they can provide.

If you’re already in school and looking toward graduation, you’re probably discovering that finding opportunities in a new field can be tough, but Facebook can make it a lot easier. Use your status update to put the word out that you’re looking for work and ask people to let you know of any openings. If you’re lucky, you might get an instant response. Other times, a friend might put you in touch with someone they know from outside your network who can help. Either way, it never hurts to have one more job search tool at your disposal.

Do you have a Facebook account? If so, what type of positive impact has the website had on your life?

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