How To Recruit People on Facebook

Did you know that you could blog on Facebook? I (somewhat) knew that but, never really focused on that part of Facebook’s functionality. I guess its because I tend not to think of Facebook that way. And just in case you are scratching your head with a confused Scooby Doo look on your face, I am speaking of Facebook Notes.

According to Facebook…

Notes is a feature that lets you publish what’s on your mind in a full rich format.

This is an example of a Facebook Note in case you are not clear on what one looks like.

Facebook notes

To get to Facebook Notes, click on the Notes app in the Facebook lefthand sidebar.

Facebook Notes

In typical Facebook fashion, you will see all the notes your friends have made in a newsfeed format.

Facebook notes in a feed

What I like about Facebook Notes is that they can be searched. Of course, said Notes must be made public in order for you to find them. (With Facebook Notes you have the option of making your Notes private or available to a select audience.) Ironically, I did not have much luck searching Facebook Notes on Facebook and had to turn to Google. Check out my search string below. cloud.computing

Among the results, I found a link to this:


If I scroll down to the bottom, I see comments that people have made on the note, who liked the note and who shared the note. Since this note is focused on Cloud Computing, there is a reasonable assumption that these are potential leads that I might want to recruit should I be looking for passive candidates with an interest in Cloud Computing. Make sense?

Facebook Notes

What I also like about this is that when I look at the profiles of people who have commented, I do not always see where someone works. However, based on a comment, a like or a share, I know they have the potential of being someone I want to recruit and I have a way of reaching out to them. Although, I would most likely seek them out on LinkedIn and connect with them that way. Why? If you send a message to someone on Facebook and you are not connected to them, then it will go the “Other” mailbox which is often overlooked and typically (in my case) filled with spam. (As shown below.) I could of course, pay $1.00 for my message to get in someone’s Facebook inbox, but that can get expensive really quick.

Facebook email

Recruiting People on Facebook

So, what do you think of this approach to Facebook recruiting? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!


Jessica Miller-Merrell

Learn more about Jessica Miller-Merrell, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource, and the host of the Workology Podcast. More of her blogs can be found here.


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