Facebook has become the end-all, be-all of all things social on the web. Twitter is a close runner up, but in my opinion Zuckerberg's creation is still on top.
It's a place to show the world just how unique you are, but couple a physical handshake with a Facebook friendship and you've got yourself a powerful tool for landing that next job.
Here are five ways you can utilize Facebook to get your foot in the door and even cross the threshold into your next career.
1) Be "friend" happy.
One of the most powerful aspects of Facebook is its ability to solidify your interaction with someone. If you meet someone who could potentially be that 'in' to your next career, friending him or her on Facebook shortly after shaking their hand is a great way to keep yourself memorable.
2) Be "like" happy.
Make sure to like any career-related content posted by the individual you've just friended. If the person posts articles or comments about something pertinent to their field of work, like their post. It doesn't require much effort on your part, and it shows the individual that you're interested in their ideas and their point of view.
3) Be a part of the conversation.
In any environment, it's important to be an active contributor to the conversation. Facebook allows you to interact with your contact, ask questions, and even make comments. If you say something he or she reponds to, even better! The goal is to be a memorable and active participant of their conversation.
4) Send a 'thank you' message.
As I said previously, the first thing to do after meeting that 'important person' is to friend him or her on Facebook. The very next thing is to send a personal message. This is your chance to use Facebook to say something like 'it was nice to meet you.' Again, a little effort on your part goes a long way.
5) Update your profile regularly
This last one might seem obvious, but make sure your Facebook profile is up-to-date. Some consider your profile a modern day resume, and I would agree. Make sure to post any and all work experience, volunteer experience and education as part of your profile. You wouldn't go to an interview with an out-dated resume. Facebook can almost be considered a platform for an 'informal internview.' So, keep your profile information current--it's your digital resume.