Facebook has opened up its Jobs page to the public. They’ve been testing it for a while, but now it is visible to users and shows jobs in the United States and Canada. Businesses can post jobs directly on Facebook, and people can apply to the jobs directly from Facebook.

All this makes it all the more important that you have your social media accounts ready for your job hunt, especially your Facebook account. If you’re applying via Facebook, you must expect that the employer is going to notice your presence there. Make sure that the information available to potential employers is the information you want available to them, whether it comes to them through the application process or by visiting your profile.

Jobs can appear in your news feed, the new bookmark for jobs or within posts on the business’ page. When you apply, some of your information will populate based on your Facebook profile. You can edit it if necessary.

This is, at least in part, a way for Facebook to compete with LinkedIn. It’s easy to change the area you’re searching in if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the default area, which is based on where you live. It requires you to list a location and range (2-100 miles), which isn’t ideal if you’re looking for work at home and don’t care about location, but you can make it work.

The Industry categories you can search in are rather broad – you’re best off searching the jobs with a keyword if you know what kind of job you’re looking for. “Local Business” doesn’t say much about the kind of work you will find, after all.

On the plus side, you can find even low skill level work on Facebook; it isn’t all jobs that require a degree or years of experience. It’s easy for local restaurants to post jobs, for example. Any business that has a Page on Facebook can easily add a job listing to their page and it will show up with the other jobs. LinkedIn has not been as popular for low skill jobs as it has been for medium to high skill level jobs. This gives Facebook an opening.

All this doesn’t mean you should give up on using any other job boards – LinkedIn, Indeed, the Home With The Kids Job Board – it’s one more source for job hunting, that’s all. When you need work, the more resources you have, the better your chances are of finding it.

I can see this being good for home based businesses as well. Post a job on your business’s Facebook Page, and one of your fans might be a good fit.

As always, do your research before applying for any jobs. I have no doubt that some scams will post jobs, just as legitimate companies do. Make sure you aren’t giving away too much information when you don’t know whether or not the company or job are real.