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You could find your next job on Facebook

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There are dozens of ways to find a job these days – including through Facebook. (Photo: Getty)

Job hunting? These days you’re spoilt for choice for job-seeker sites, with platforms like Airtasker and Freelancer joining the likes of traditional websites such as SEEK and Indeed.

But while job ads have become less role-centric and more project-based, a third approach has arisen: by location.

Facebook quietly rolled out its job search function in more than 40 countries February last year, but not many people know about it.

Key to the Facebook search function is proximity, making the platform particularly useful for local businesses and people who want to work locally.

To narrow your search, you can adjust the distance you’re willing to travel, job type (full time, part time, intern, volunteer or contract) as well as sort the jobs according to sector or industry.

Is it any good?

The types of companies advertising jobs are a mix of recruitment firms as well as local businesses.

And because the job ads are sorted by location, failing to choose your preferred industry means that ads for plumbing contractors can mingle with ads for part-time psychologists.

<i>(Source: Yahoo Finance screenshot)</i>
(Source: Yahoo Finance screenshot)

While the volume and quality of the opportunities will vary depending on the industry, not a lot of businesses seem to be on board the platform yet.

How it works

If you’re a job-seeker, it’s free: just narrow down your search, create and edit your application (which pulls through information from your Facebook profile) and send it off.

Once you’re done, a Messenger window will pop up between yourself and the business so you have direct contact if you want to confirm they’ve received your application.

Here’s an instruction video Facebook has put together:

And if you’re a short-staffed small business owner, you can create a new job ad directly from your business’ Facebook page and add all the necessary information like job title and description, job type, and salary.

It’ll then pop up in various places on the platform such as on the business’ page, the Jobs dashboard, and the News Feed. Companies can also choose to boost posts to ensure it reaches the right people.

And thanks to Messenger, companies can liaise directly with applicants, set up an event for an interview and an automated reminder.

Here’s a video demonstrating that:

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