For those on the hunt for new talent on social media, Facebook might not be your first choice in terms of where to look. This is especially true given LinkedIn’s status as the go-to “professional” social network, right?

However, Facebook has proven itself as a recent hub for hiring. Not only has the platform stepped up its game for recruiters, but consider this:

  • Facebook boasts a bigger talent pool than any other network. Compare Facebook’s 2 billion monthly users to LinkedIn, where only 25% of their 500 million users are active monthly.
  • Not every profile on LinkedIn represents someone actively looking for a gig. Recruiters may accidentally overlook the perfect fit because they don’t realize their ideal candidate is actually interested in new opportunities.
  • Traditional job boards are totally time-sensitive. Does it really make sense to recruit someone based on what time they were online to apply versus their work history and qualifications?

On the flip side, Facebook recruiting allows employers to encourage new talent to come to them. Meanwhile, those hiring via Facebook can drill down deep to find the perfect fit.

Sick of job boards flooded with unqualified applicants? Haven’t had much success with LinkedIn? Facebook recruiting could be the missing link in your hiring process.

We’ve outlined the wealth of options available to recruiters looking to find qualified talent that’ll stick around for the long-term thanks to Facebook.

Awesome Ads That Attract Talent

Perhaps the biggest recruiting pain point presented by job boards is that you cast too wide of a net.

Maybe you’re looking for someone with a highly specialized skill set. Perhaps you want to limit applicants to people in your own backyard. With job boards, you have little control over who applies (both good and bad).

That’s why searching for talent via Facebook Ads is a solid starting point for recruiters. In fact, Facebook themselves recommend that businesses begin with ads.

Facebook Ads

We already know that Facebook ads are the bread and butter of businesses looking to hone in on customers based on specific demographics.

Fortunately, recruiters can use that targeting to their advantage while pursuing talent. For example, here’s an example of a “We’re hiring!” post from Marriott:

marriott careers post

Now, there’s nothing wrong with this post. However, it’s not a particularly compelling ad for potential hires because it’s too broad.

On the flip side, here’s another post from Marriott that’s more honed in:

Marriott hotel facebook recruiting post

Now this post has potential as an ad. Why? For starters, it’s directed toward a specific skill set (those with hotel and hospitality experience). The post also focuses on a singular location instead of presenting itself as a generic “Hey, work for us!” post.

Think about it: how relevant is an ad for hotel leaders in Cabo for someone in Middle-of-Nowhere, Michigan?

That’s the beauty of Facebook recruiting via ads versus hoping to catch someone’s eye with a one-size-fits-all job post.

How to Create a Facebook Recruiting Ad

Creating your own ad for new hires is pretty straightforward. You can get started via Facebook’ Business page:

create a facebook ad

Or under the “Create” tab in the bottom left corner of your “Home” page:

facebook menu

You’ll then be asked to choose your marketing objective. Click on the “Lead generation” tab at the bottom of the middle column:

facebook ad objective

Then name your hiring campaign. For this example, we’ll be working with a fictional Ecommerce marketing manager position:

facebook lead generation ad

Granted you already have a company Facebook profile, you’ll be directed to a page where you have the chance to set up your unique audience:

facebook ad audience

This is where the fun begins.

Let’s say we’re hiring for an in-person role in Chicago. We can narrow down our search by only targeting candidates who have “advertising” and “marketing” as listed interests who live in a 25-mile radius:

facebook ad audience location

Nice.

So, what happens when we only include users with “Ecommerce” in their current job title?

facebook ad audience size

OK, Facebook says that’s too specific so we’ll take a step back. Let’s say we want someone with Shopify experience. So, we’ll target users with “Shopify” as one of their listed interests:

facebook recruiting ad audience size refined

Bingo.

The specificity of Facebook’s ad platform is a far cry from hoping that something sticks on a job board, right?

If we wanted to take things a step further, we could also exclude candidates’ profiles for irrelevant locations or experience.

Facebook’s advanced targeting ensures that recruiters running ads are only matched with relevant results. Obviously you could spend ages fine-tuning your posts to find the perfect match. That said, the biggest benefit of Facebook ads is that you can streamline the hiring process versus drag it out forever.

The point is this: Facebook recruiting provides businesses the opportunity to find exactly who they’re looking for based on demographics versus taking a shot in the dark.

Making Your Job Posts Pop

Whether you’re running an ad or posting a new position to your company Facebook page or group, it pays for your posts to stand out.

After all, you’re competing against the latest memes, YouTube sensations and breaking news within your potential hire’s feed. Massive walls of text will only put your prospects to sleep.

Making your posts stand out doesn’t have to be rocket science. Well, unless you’re SpaceX:

Spacex facebook recruiting post

This example ticks the boxes of what makes an effective Facebook recruiting post. How so?

  • The post includes an eye-popping image that’s atypical of a job listing.
  • The copy of the post is warm and inviting, yet specific.
  • The target link leads directly to a job listing, making the application process easier for interested talent.

The folks running the Disney Careers Facebook page likewise understand the importance of injecting some personality into their Facebook recruiting efforts:

Disney Careers post

Short, sweet and to the point. The copy of this particular post creates a playful sense of urgency and drives interested applicants to click.

Remember: not all recruiting requires a suit-and-tie vibe. Chipotle similarly uses humor to encourage new employees:

Chipotle facebook job post

Using photos of current employees and team members can also give your posts a more personal touch. At the same time, such photos help potential hires visualize themselves as part of your company. Here’s a good example from Boeing:

Boeing job posting

The takeaway here? You can’t just slap a job posting on Facebook and walk away.

Just as you’d test marketing copy via email or social, do the same with your Facebook recruiting posts. From image types and sizes to snappy copy and long-winded descriptions, recruiters have plenty of opportunities to get creative.

If you want to attract legitimate talent through Facebook recruiting, your posts’ copy and imagery need to be designed to drive clicks.

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Create a Career-Focused Facebook Page

If you run a company with a sizable following and don’t want to flood your news feed with job postings, you may want to consider creating a Facebook page exclusively for career-focused content.

Here’s a prime example from Walt Disney World, which is solely targeted at job-seekers in Florida. Through the page’s “Work for Us” tab powered by a third-party extension, users can access an up-to-date list of one-click job opportunities:

walt disney world careers facebook page

Such pages are relatively straightforward in terms of upkeep as they mostly serve as another place for talent to access your company’s openings.

As noted, the ability to hire directly from Facebook is key to keeping applicants from bouncing off-site to a long-winded sign-up page. Here’s an example from the Amazon Fulfillment Jobs page:

Amazon fulfillment Careers Facebook Page

Although not an absolute must-have, career pages can be used as a sort of positioning tool, too. For example, NBCUniversal uses their careers to show off their employees and provide job-seekers with advice:

NBC Universal Careers Facebook Post

Strike Gold With Hiring Groups

Even though the majority of today’s recruiters are indeed using Facebook, there’s much more to the platform than hiring ads, posts and pages.

In fact, Facebook groups represent a potential goldmine of talent for recruiters willing to do some digging. There are Facebook recruiting opportunities within groups both big and small across all industries.

For example, a quick search for “marketing jobs” returns a laundry list of results:

marketing jobs facebook groups

Keywords such “(industry) + job board” could likewise be the prime place to find the perfect fit for a one-off gig. For the most part, Facebook job groups are popular with freelancers and remote workers.

The plus sides of these communities include fewer candidates to sift through and more transparency as applicants deal with recruiters one-on-one. As such, postings and responses are typically laid back as hiring is done back and forth via email or messaging. Finally, posting jobs to Facebook groups is totally free versus running ads.

Monitor Job Inquiries on Your Facebook Posts

Sometimes new prospects might leave a comment on your Facebook recruiting posts asking for more information. Make sure you stay on top of the conversations to avoid missing out on a qualified candidate. You can use Sprout’s Facebook management tools to monitor conversations going on about your job postings or career opportunities on your page.

sprout social smart inbox facebook

Not only can you manage ad comments, through Sprout’s analytics tools, you’re able to see in-depth data into, which posts drive the most traffic and engagement. This makes A/B testing for your Facebook recruiting content all the more simple by analyzing what works and what needs help.

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Are You Using Facebook Recruiting to Land New Talent?

From running highly targeted ads to finding hidden gems in industry-specific groups, Facebook recruiting can help trim down the time it takes to find fresh, qualified talent.

Facebook serves as a cost-effective alternative to old-school job boards and is a prime place to find professionals beyond the realm of LinkedIn. As more job-seekers take to social media in pursuit of their next gig, recruiters can stay ahead of the game by locking down their Facebook presence today.

Do you have a success story of tracking down talent from social media? Still struggling to find the right fit for your business through Facebook? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.