Jobs on Facebook: the Don’ts in applying

Jobs on Facebook: the Don'ts in applying

I’ve seen a lot of job opportunities in several Facebook groups. And whenever someone posts a job on Facebook, dozens of people comment and send personal messages to the client.

Below are a few tips when you apply for jobs on Facebook.

DON’T:

Send your resume or a link to your website and nothing else

This would only make it seem like you’re just concerned about getting hired instead of offering to help grow the business.

Also, it’s a poor conversation starter. The client doesn’t know you. You’re most probably not Facebook friends either. As such, your message would end up in the Message Requests folder. When clients see only a link or a file, they won’t click on it. The client would be wondering “Why the hell is this person sending me this?” Worse, they might think that it’s a phishing link.

You have to establish a connection first. Tell something about yourself and how you can help the client’s business.

Ignore the job requirements

Knowing what the job requirements are separates your potential hires from the others.

Most of the time, freelancers would just talk about themselves – their skills and experiences – without considering the job requirements.

Sometimes, on jobs on Facebook, I would even see people commenting skills not related to what the client is looking for. Some would even say “How?”, “How to apply?”, “PM me” even when the instructions are already given, and I’m cringing every time.

That’s not a good impression to be honest.

Send a poorly written paragraph

What you type and how you respond reflects who you are.

First off, your response reflects how well-versed you are in that language.

Second, it shows if you’ve read the job opportunity because what you reply is a reflection and an answer to the job requirements.

Say “Hi” or wave and nothing else

This is one of the deal breakers in applying online.

The intention to apply is not immediately shown when you just greet someone or wave at them.

Some clients are looking to hire almost immediately so it’s best to go direct to the point at this time.

Lie about your availability

This is a big no no.

When clients post jobs on Facebook, they almost always hire on the spot.

If you say you’re available to start now, the client expects you to start working now. Don’t ask them if you can start next week.

Moreover, don’t say you have open availability just to get hired and then change your availability after. If you say you’re available for 20 hours or 40 hours a week, stick to it. Don’t tell them you’re available for such number of hours and then show up for like 5 or 10 hours only.

You’re not being honest with your client if you do that. Furthermore, you’re preventing the client from totally growing their business because you’re making them wait for you.

Well, they won’t. They’ll move on with another freelancer who can accommodate them.

To summarize…

If you do those things, the client is unlikely to respond or consider you to work with them.

For clients who have been hiring online for a while, they get to observe the dozens of freelancers applying who do these simple mistakes. And when they get a hundred messages for one open position or one job opening, they quickly learn to ignore those because of lack of time.

Learn what the do’s in applying to jobs on Facebook here.

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