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A site that makes Facebook useful for your career. Wait, what?

A new site works with your Facebook account to show you where job openings are.

I've often cautioned readers about how their Facebook activities can negatively affect their careers. I'm going to take a different tack here and highlight a new site that lets you use Facebook for your job search.

In The Door is a new site that works by accessing information from your Facebook account with your permission. It can tell you where your Facebook friends work and have worked, as well as show you job openings at those companies. That way, you can contact that Facebook friend for more information or for a connection to get your foot "in the door."

It's not the first site to claim it can help job seekers use Facebook for professional gain, but its fresh and easy-to-use format makes it a cut above.

Some handy features:

  • Unlike some Facebook apps, this one does not ask for permission to post to your wall.
  • Unless you use the messaging feature, your friends won't know you're browsing jobs.
  • It lets you sort job openings by geographic area.

In the Door is free for now. Check it out here.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

30 comments
emmanuel adeyi eluma
emmanuel adeyi eluma

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techrepublic
techrepublic

Good article - an interesting approach to job-hunting. I'm not sure that I'd used it myself, but then again I haven't needed to job-hunt for a long time, so who knows whether it might prove very useful. It's also quite a different approach from LinkedIn, where people are less prolific in their "friend networks". Facebook almost certainly opens you up to a wider network. A minor point - when I first read "Unlike some Facebook apps, this one does not ask for permission to post to your wall" my first thought was that you meant "it posts on your wall without asking". when I think about it, I know that's not possible, but a minor reword might be clearer!

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

as despite the near constant spam from sad b'stards claiming they've contacted me from there, I don't have one, and that's the way it's going to stay. Add on to a huge threat vector run by a bloke who doesn't believe in privacy, keep it.

seabruce
seabruce

They boast of not posting to my wall, but they want access to my FB info even when I'm not logged into their site. I declined and will stick with LinkedIn.

jeffpk
jeffpk

"A site that makes Facebook useful for your career." I've had this for years. Its called LinkedIn

Trs16b
Trs16b

I'd never put anything on Facebook I cared about. Hell I have not looked at it in 4 months. Facebook is for bored clerks who work for the government, and the unemployable.

JamesRL
JamesRL

I am a big user of Linked In, and that is where I maintain my business network. I do have some friends on there, but my entirely "social" friends are on Facebook. I think maintaining a network is an important part of the job search process. But Facebook, in my opinion, isn't the place to do it. With LinkedIn, you can see the company names where your friends and contacts work now, and where they have worked in the past, and thats helpful. If one of my friends left an employer that I am applying at, I can ask why. I only have 60 contacts in my network at LinkedIn, but they in turn have thousands of contacts, in businesses, in recruiting etc. Thats where I would chose to focus my effort.

dronjj
dronjj

I'm not sure I want someone to be applying for a job where I work just because they are a part of my social network. The basic premise this approach is based on, IMPO, is flawed. Searching for CAREER, is about finding a place that meets MY goals and objectives, not about connecting with friends. I thought that's why we join social networks, to stay connected, and let our friends know when we need help making a career move. Oh, and if had the mentoring advice you received, I think I would be searching out a new mentor!

w_beurskens
w_beurskens

While this be also for Europe? Or only USA?

jimmeq
jimmeq

No excuses. It's just poor proof reading. Yes, I am commenting just to be a hard arse. I expect better from "your" Web site.

bimjimmy
bimjimmy

Unlike the other yoot of today, I have a brain and can think this through. I'm not about to lumber my friends (I don't have any Friends who I don't know or who are not related to me) with intrusion which takes even more of their privacy away - because to do that kind of job this software must use the open permissions granted to me personally to gather information already deemed private by the owner. It's like making a friend's private email public in a discussion forum, before you know it they are getting inundated with SPAM and nobody knows where it started. I respect my friends' privacy - this is just another way for hackers and SPAMmers to harvest email addresses and/or slip past protective barriers. Reel and come again, hackers!! Because I for one will NOT help you.

dhays
dhays

I have no facebook account, more than likely will not ever have one, I can't keep up with my emails, much less adding something like that to look at. I am over a week behind in my daily newspapers, I have 100's of unread hotmail messages, a similar amount on my ISP email as well. (Most are forwarded messages or newsletters from someone) If your newsletters didn't come to my work address, I would be far behind in them as well, for that matter I have forwarded several to my ISP mail to download in Outlook to look at sometime when I want the tip or program someone is ugugesting would be the greatest thing, and there they sit for years. So tell me again why I need Facebook or Twitter, or Linkedin or any of the other myriad of "social networks" I used to follow some things on an RSS feed, but that got to be too much too, and has been stopped. I would have no time for anything, if I were invovled with these networks. Facebook is blocked here at work anyway, even though the FAA now has Facebook and Twitter accounts for dissemination of information. You have to read it somewhere besides the office. Your title on the email and inside the email used you instead of your, the title on the net is correct. It did get my attention, which is maybe the effect you were going for.

Britewood
Britewood

Curious if this only works with large companies that have posted Help Wanted adds. how about places that only post openings on their website, craigslist or other hard to track methods.. Seems it would limit your options to larger companies. Be interesting to check out.

thorsten
thorsten

I was not aware, that Belfast, UK is around the corner from St. Louis, MO. Might be a long drive or better flight, to work

boppa
boppa

I suspect you will have an opening at Tech Republic for a proof reader for "you?" website.

WasabiMac
WasabiMac

If you have a friend at a newspaper, it seems to list all the classified help wanted ads. Other than that, it seems to work.

LizCarlson
LizCarlson

Yes -- I actually think LinkedIn is a useful B2B marketing and personal branding tool. My main goal with In The Door, is making job search more efficient. I wouldn't say LinkedIn Connections are better than Facebook Connections in terms of getting a job or visa versa, though many people have clear opinions about this. But my Facebook network is still 5 times the size - and many of these people would be happy to help me get a job. Clarification: Yes we do not ask for the permission control to post on your wall, because we in fact do not post on your wall or publish that you are using InTheDoor in your News Feed. Other apps are so committed to being "viral," they don't realize they're more like a disease. We're just trying to build a product that people find useful and happy we're off to a good start.

LizCarlson
LizCarlson

We only access career info, so the 24 hour access is only so good for keeping info updated. If there is a Facebook API error, it will let the process correct itself. We don't post on your wall, we don't ask for your pictures, we don't access your newsfeed, and it's not as public as LinkedIn. Our main concern is to help people leverage their existing connections in their Facebook network to find a job more efficiently - in a private manner. If any more questions, email me liz@inthedoor.com Thanks! Liz Carlson Founder, InTheDoor.com

techrepublic
techrepublic

I don't think this site is about saying "Where are your friends working? You should work there!" It seems to be more "You'd like to work in (e.g.) motor finance? did you know that your friend's sister works in HR at [company]?" - ie helping you get an advantage in applying to a job that you want.

LizCarlson
LizCarlson

We have a lot of Canadian and UK users on our site, so making results internationally relevant is on the horizon. Thanks!

babznme
babznme

jimmy, I so totally agree with you. Why in the world, when I want to keep my "page" private, would I share ALL my information with a company that would share it with other companies and on down...? I do believe (not think) that there are many people who just do not understand / comprehend / care that they are sharing their personal life with the ENTIRE WORLD. I have to constantly remind certain clients that Facebook can be bad. There are trojans that get passed around along with the "ads" that ask you to allow them to access your info. Then they wonder why they get so much spam and weird things in their emails from FACEBOOK and other sources. I never 'allow' applications to run from Facebook friends. It's like a blown up version of an email spreading everyone's email addresses across cyberspace because no one seems to understand what blind copy means.....ugh

HelloYellowFellow
HelloYellowFellow

I think it's funny how people who say they have no time to do anything find time to write a three paragraph response reporting how little time they have. Just a thought.

seabruce
seabruce

I recommend LinkedIn. Since 2006, I've been approached by recruiters because of my LinkedIn profile and was hired for one full-time job and three contracts.

LizCarlson
LizCarlson

Hi, We launched very recently and optimizing search is one of our top priorities. We currently do a wildcard search, but we'll let you limit it to the confines of your desired location. Thank you for your feedback - it helps. Liz Carlson Founder at InTheDoor.com Reach me at liz@inthedoor.com

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Depending on the original article's format, somewhere in the process of posting a quotation mark gets turned into a question mark. It happens after any proofing, and some of the authors are unaware of it. It's particularly bad when a quote mark is in an article title, because it causes the title to be truncated at that point when displayed on the Discussion page. Of course, if that substitution is what happened, the real error would then be using "you're" to indicate possession of "career".

LizCarlson
LizCarlson

LinkedIn is an excellent tool to network with your digital resume; we're focused on getting a job in your network by unearthing those relevant opportunities.

bimjimmy
bimjimmy

Sorry, Liz - if that is indeed your name... But I've been around longer than many of these newbies and I have learned NOT to blindly trust what everyone tells me. I have no control over what you will do in the future with the permissions I give you - or what the company you sell out to will do with it. Giving away control like this is like leaving a key to my house, attached to a tag with the address, on a table in a mall food court - I have no idea who is going to walk in while I am out and make themselves at home. When I first started using the Net I became a webmaster and spread my email address around looking for business. When my incoming email passed 6.500 SPAM a day (and accelerating rapidly, taking 3+ hours a day to sort) I shut that down and created a SPAM-free mail form for the purpose. I still get several SPAM emails a day through the form, but that is manageable, I am in total control and I have my time back. So no matter how honorable your intentions are, everybody who came before you have completely abused and trashed the environment, and unfortunately you have to deal with that.

Too Old For IT
Too Old For IT

This ? glitch has been around almost since day 1 of TechRepublic. You would think that with 7 million Americans thrown out of work since the beginning of the Great Recession, TR could find someone to fix that glitch.

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