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Having a lot of Facebook friends can help you land a new job

So keep your Facebook account up to snuff and looking fresh.
By Catherine Clifford |

 

Facebook is not LinkedIn, but job searching is all about who you know, and as such, your Facebook circle can play a role in your professional networking.

 

In part, landing a new job is a numbers game. That is why a wide net of Facebook friends is more strongly associated with finding a new job than any single individual connection, according to research from Tufts University, Stony Brook University.

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That said, one single strong relationship is more important than any single weak connection, according to the research, which was conducted with data from 6 million Facebook users’ data in the United States. The research tracked whether an individual would ever end up working at the same employer as a pre-existing friend.

 

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Approximately 7% of the Facebook users in the study, about 400,000 people, got a job thanks to help from at least one friend, according to the report titled “Social Networks and Labor Markets: How Strong Ties Relate to Job Finding On Facebook’s Social Network.”

 

To determine how close a Facebook friend is, the researchers counted the number of times people interact in a year, the number of mutual friends they share or the number of times they are tagged in each other’s photos. If you are tagged in a photo together, after all, that means that you are, at least in theory, friends “IRL” and not just online.

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Related: How to get a job, meet influencers and find a new BFF at your next conference

 

Here are some key recommendations from Facebook for job seekers:

 

1. Keep your Facebook account up to snuff and looking fresh.

 

2. To brush up your Facebook profile, be sure you have any drunk party snaps hidden behind a privacy wall and post a tactful profile picture and cover photo.

 

3. Check out what you have “liked” in your “About” section, removing any outdated or inappropriate groups you may be part of.

 

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