Job Seekers: Your Facebook Friends Could Affect Your Career Opportunities

Hey students and recent grads, here’s something that could have an influence on job opportunities: your Facebook profile. More specifically, we’re talking about your close and not-so-close friends–and the way you interact with them. This seems like a no-brainer, but some facts might surprise you.

Yesterday our sister site AllFacebook (like them on Facebook!) reported on a study conducted by the social network and Carnegie Mellon University that looked to answer an intriguing question: how do your Facebook habits affect your likelihood of finding a new job? Its key finding:

Facebook users who talked more with close friends regarding job hunts and job opportunities were much more likely to find employment than those who tended to reach out to acquaintances.

Other findings:

While talking with close friends can help you find a job, commiserating after you’ve lost or failed to get a job isn’t necessarily a good idea. The study found that, while talking it over made many people feel better, some only grew more stressed, because even your most well-meaning friends can give bad advice.

The basic lesson here: People who communicated with their friends more often were significantly more likely to find a new job during the three-month study.

So you should talk to your friends about internships and job opportunities–and despite this study’s findings, you should also keep in touch with contacts that aren’t necessarily your besties, because friends of friends might know about a job or internship that’s perfect for you. Here’s an example: one of your editor’s former coworkers got an awesome job at Google a few years ago after one of his acquaintances from college, who he hadn’t seen in years, posted it on Facebook. Not that we were jealous or anything.

So have any of our readers ever gotten a job or internship through Facebook?