Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down


If you pay any attention to the news, you might think that anyone who is looking for a job should immediately cancel his or her Facebook membership and never sign up again. Headlines read: Bank Intern Busted by Facebook, Employers Look at Facebook Too, and Employers Snoop on Facebook. There’s rarely anything new in the stories, but somehow they continue to pop up in all sorts of media outlets. More and more companies are using Facebook as a recruiting tool (and those who aren’t yet should hire us to help them), but for the most part any press that has included the words “employer” and “Facebook” has been negative. Not anymore.

A Job Search Experiment on Facebook

A month and a half ago, I posted a call to One Day, One Job readers asking for adventurous job seekers to participate in an experiment. We received over 40 responses from interested job seekers and e-mailed each of them with specific details about what we had in mind. Here’s what we sent them:

Facebook allows you to target your ads very specifically. We target seniors at specific colleges with our ads, so there’s a good chance that some of you found out about One Day, One Job this way. More and more employers are trying to leverage Facebook to find great entry-level talent, but not many are doing a good job. We offer consulting services to help them do that, but we have much more fun helping job seekers. I recently came up with the idea of reversing the roles. Instead of helping employers target students with recruitment messages, why not help students/new grads target employers with Facebook ads?

Basically, we want you to create an ad for yourself. The goal is to sell yourself in a few short sentences and convince any recruiters who may see your ads to click through to your resume/web page/contact information. You’ll need to put together an image (a picture of you or something that tells employers why they should hire you), a pitch about yourself in as few word as possible, and somewhere to link to. Most importantly you need a target. This will probably eliminate some of you from the experiment, but its absolutely necessary to make the method worthwhile. Your target can be based on keywords, location, or a company. Targeting by company is the most likely to succeed, because you can guarantee that you’re actually reaching people who work at companies that might consider hiring you. How you target will depend on what kind of jobs you are looking for. We’ll help you tailor an advertising campaign to meet your job search objectives, so don’t worry about not having any idea about how to do this. We’ll walk you through everything step by step, but you should already be very familiar with using Facebook.

You’re probalby saying, but doesn’t Facebook advertising cost money? Yes, it does. Luckily, there are some current Facebook promotions that give away free advertising credits. We’re planning on having you use those, although we hope you’re gung-ho enough about this idea that you would pay for the ads if you had to (they’re pretty cheap).

How 5 Recent College Grads Used Facebook to Make Employers Want Them

Of those we e-mailed, 16 committed to being part of the experiment, and only 5 go-getters were adventurous (conscientious?) enough to give the experiment a fair shot. As a group they had varied results, but all considered the experiment to be worthwhile. Below are profiles of each of the 5 students and their observations on participating in our Facebook job search experiment.

Katelyn Hill

Katelyn Hill

Katelyn Hill recently graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Electronic Media. She loves television and movies and hopes to work in the entertainment industry, so she targeted the Walt Disney Company with her Facebook advertising campaign. Her ad received 685 clicks, which garnered 21 e-mails and 4 Facebook messages. She was offered one job interview, but wasn’t quite qualified for the position, so she declined. She also had several e-mails from individuals who offered to forward her resume to their supervisors. Many others offered her general advice on finding a job with Disney or commented on how creative they thought her ad campaign was.

Here are Katelyn’s thoughts:

I thought the experiment was a great idea. Although I haven’t gotten a job yet, the experiment provided me with a lot of new contacts and helped get my name out there. I received so much response to the ad, I am working on developing a new ad targeting a different company. All in all, I thought the experiment was a fantastic and the positive responses I received gave me hope that my new job is just around the corner!

Here are some of the notes that Katelyn received in response to her ad:

“Anyways, if you see a job posting on and you want more info or would like help getting your resume moved up to the top of the pile, I might be able to help. Feel free to contact me.”

“good thinking! nice advertising! :)”

“Getting your resume pinged to my home page on facebook is the kind of out of box thinking we are always looking for.”

If you or someone you know is hiring for an entry-level position in the entertainment industry, check out Katelyn Hill’s VisualCV.

Michael Wuest

Michael Wuest

Michael Wuest just finished his M.B.A. at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), and he dreams of working in brand management or marketing. He recently interned with the Communication Department at his alma mater, and helped them with branding issues related to their recent change in name. Michael got more creative with his advertising campaign and tested a few ad variations.

This is what Michael had to say about his participation in the experiment:

My goals for the experiment were to target employers who have a strong brand identity and marketing teams. This is where I felt I could gain the most experience if I were recruited to work for any one of these companies. I originally tried to be more creative but that did not work. I then tried a more generic ad and got a lot more responses.

I truly feel this is a good way to show employers how creative and distinctive you can be. This experiment definitely interested me, since it is another way to market yourself to potential employers and develop your own brand. The next time I do this I may change my ad to reflect my education more, since I believe that is a strong point on my resume and since I am more an entry-level style candidate than upper-management.

Michael’s first ad read, “Knock, knock. Opportunity knocks only once. I’m knocking. Click to see my resume.” He targeted people at Facebook, Accenture, Anheuser-Busch, Ford Motor Company, T-Mobile, Wal-Mart, AT&T, Sprint, Miller Brewing, Monsanto, The Walt Disney Company, Nestle, ESPN, St. Louis Blues Hockey, and Fox Sports. His ad was viewed 50,992 times and clicked 117 times with a total cost of $30.33. This broadly targeted ad wasn’t very successful for Michael – it resulted in no leads, so he narrowed down his approach for his second ad. For his second attempt Michael targeted Sprint with the ad that you see to the right. This ad was viewed 2,588 times and clicked 32 times with a total cost of $5.12. This ad resulted in 5 e-mails from current and former Sprint employees and an informal phone interview. Michael has applied formally through Sprint’s employment website and is currently waiting to hear back from them. He is also experimenting with targeting other employers through Facebook ads.

If you think Michael Wuest could help your brand management or marketing team, check out Michael Wuest on LinkedIn.

Laura Pilkington

Laura Pilkington

Laura Pilkington is a recent graduate from Old Dominion University with a degree in Business and Public Administration, Management, and Psychology. She is looking for an entry-level job in operations or marketing. She had heard extremely good things about working at the SAS Institute, so she targeted them with her Facebook ads. Her ad was viewed 2,288 times, clicked 44 times, and she spent $9.24.

Here are Laura’s thoughts:

I’ve made some contacts, but no interviews have come from it yet. It opened up conversation and allowed me to let people know that I was looking for a job. Now people are recommending companies based on their reputation for working with their employees. Being relatively new in the city, it helped me to learn about possible employers to look into now. I thought it was an interesting process. I wouldn’t necessarily do this for every job I’m interested in, but it was a great way to get my name out.

Think that Laura Pilkington would make a great hire for your company? Reach out to Laura Pilkington on LinkedIn.

Alex Payne

Alex Payne

Alex Payne just graduated from Duke University with a double major in English and Literature, and he has been exploring career options in marketing and publishing. His ads targeted a company that he was already working for part-time, Uloop, and Oxford University Press. Because Uloop is such a small company, Alex’s ad targeting their Facebook network only was shown 26 times and received no clicks. His ad targeting OUP was much more successful, as it garnered 622 views and 20 clicks. One of these clicks led to a Facebook message from a Duke alum who had worked for Oxford Journals. He said:

I saw your Facebook ad and know that the Journals Production team is currently hiring (you may have seen a job posting if you’ve been checking the OUP site). One of my close friends is reviewing applications and, from your LinkedIn profile, thinks you might be a good candidate. But of course, for her to consider you she would need a formal application.

Here are Alex’s thoughts on his participation in the One Day, One Job Facebook Experiment.

This result exactly what I wanted to get out of this experiment. I wanted to know about opportunities and receive information. I think that as I apply to new places I will use these tactics again in order to gain attention to myself. The ability to show people my references and resume immediately is a great help. I think it is important to do this only at select companies and not as a overall scheme. If you do that you will get too many hits that mean nothing and lose money.

If Alex Payne is just the type of new hire that you’re looking for, why not reach out to Alex Payne on LinkedIn?

Baker Barnett

Baker Barnett

Baker Barnett recently graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Finance. He’s looking for a job as a financial analyst in the Washington, D.C. area. Although Baker didn’t receive any e-mails from interested employers, he did get a number of suggestions from people on where he should apply for jobs. Baker’s ad generally targeted people in the Washington D.C. area. It was viewed 35,315 times and clicked 76 times for a total spend of $26.93.

This is what Baker had to say about the experiment:

I think the experiment was a very interesting and different approach to the job search process. It got me to think about things like how to target my message and how to get everything I wanted to convey into a short space, which were not strong points beforehand and this was an informative way to go about learning those skills. I also received numerous e-mails from people asking about my results and telling me how they had been contemplating a similar approach via Facebook advertising, so it is a good thing we got out there when we did as I feel this will become a good way for people to get additional contacts through an easy to use advertising interface.

If Baker Barnett sounds like someone that you’d want to hire, you can find Baker Barnett’s resume on JobFox.

Summing It Up

In case you haven’t figured it out from reading about the experiences of our 5 participants, Facebook advertising is a great way to grab the attention of employers. Landing a job is all about standing out, and these 5 students certainly made themselves stand apart from the competition. Although none of them has landed a job directly from his or her participation in our experiment, each has had overwhelmingly positive results from the ad campaigns. In fact, we were so impressed by the results that we decided to share them publicly before running another set of experiments. Here are some key takeaways from the experiment:

1. The most successful students were those who targeted a single company with a very specific ad that mentioned the company’s name in the text.

2. Targeting by location draws too many extraneous clicks and seems to have a low return on investment.

3. Spending more on ads leads to more responses.

4. This method is best suited for targeting larger employers with significant populations of Facebook users.

5. Most people are too lazy to take the initiative to do something like this. We told 40+ people about the experiment, 16 said that they would take part, and only 5 actually went through with it. Just because the method is now public doesn’t mean that it won’t continue to be effective.

6. Closing the deal is still important. A technique like the one that we have described will start a conversation with employers, but you need to be able to sell yourself in both informal and formal communications to actually land the job. Nobody is going to hire you just because they saw your ad.

Any other takeaways? Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments, and if you’d like to learn more about how to run your own Facebook advertising campaign targeting employers, keep reading.

A Step by Step Guide on How You Can Use Facebook to Make Employers Hunt You Down

Now that we’ve told you all about how Facebook ads can be used to get employers interested in hiring you, we want to make sure that you know everything that you need to know to get your own Facebook advertising campaign running. Here is a 7 step tutorial on setting up your campaign.

1. Sign Up

To get to the Advertising page, scroll to the bottom of any page on Facebook, and click the link that says Advertisers.

Sign Up

You’ll end up seeing this. Click the green button that says “Get Started.”

2. Figure Out What You Want to Advertise

Next you’ll come to this page. You’ll need to enter in the URL (web address) of whatever you’re going to link to.

What Are You Advertising?

This could be your LinkedIn profile, your VisualCV, your blog, or anything else. Make sure that it allows for people who click to contact you easily. We recommend signing up for a VisualCV not only because they have a great product, but also because we’ve built a partnership with them because of the popularity of this experiment.

Be sure to triple check this step. If you mess up, the entire ad campaign won’t work.

3. Target Your Ad

Here’s where you need to do the targeting. This can be tricky depending on whom you want to target.

Target Your Facebook Ad

The easiest group to target is a specific work place (you need to click a link to expand the window and make that option available). This is perfect if you’re targeting employers specifically. If you’re doing that, you should create separate ads for each employer.

4. Create Your Ad.

This is where you create your ad. Come up with a good title, and great copy. Sell yourself in as few words as you possibly can. This is a great starting point.

Use a photo of yourself if you wish. Don’t use any pictures that you don’t own (no company logos ).

5. Set Your Budget

Here’s where you make your bids on the ads. You should probably just go with the recommendations, but make sure your daily budget is low enough that you’ll get a few days’ worth of ads running.

Set Your Facebook Ad Budget

6. Approve and Pay for Your Ad

Here you have to approve the ad and enter in your billing information.

Approve the Facebook Ad

Facebook requires a credit card to run an ad. Since you’ll be using free advertising credits, you won’t be billed, but you still have to enter in the information.

For a free $100 coupon code, Install the Visa Business Network Application. Make sure that you install the application, and don’t become a Facebook Fan of it. You will be e-mailed the coupon code.

7. Monitor Your Campaign

Facebook offers simple analytics tools that allow you to monitor your advertising campaign in near real-time. In one simple interface you can see how often your ad is being shown, how many clicks you’re getting, and how much you’re spending.

Monitor Your Facebook Ad Campaign

It’s important to measure your campaign as it happens so that you can tweak it for maximum performance. Since Facebook ads cost money, you need to make sure that you’re getting a good return on your investment.

Any Questions?

One Day, One Job is all about helping college students find great first jobs. That’s why we’ve spent weeks designing and testing this experiment to make sure it was worth your while. Clearly, targeting employers with Facebook advertising is a technique that can help you get a job. If you have any questions or comments, please share them below. We’d love to get a lively discussion going on what works and what doesn’t when using Facebook ads to land a job.

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97 responses to “Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down”

  1. Jesus Christ. This is brilliant.

  2. I like this approach, especially when you consider that there are over $100 of free Facebook ad coupons out there for you to start with.

  3. James Hayton says:

    This is a great story. You know it really reflects an updated version of what we learned in research by Granovetter some 30 years ago: people find jobs from ‘weak’ ties rather than strong ties. Strong ties are close friends and family, people with whom you have frequent and repeated interactions. These kinds of ties are great for trust and friendship exchanges, however when it comes to finding out about unique opportunities, they are less useful. Why? Because these networks of strong ties are quite ‘dense’ – everyone has similar, and therefore redundant information. What you need for finding unique information (e.g. job opportunities) is connections to a diverse network. This means weaker connectioned to a broader range of unconnected people. Facebook, linked-in and other similar social networks are exactly the sort of networks that can provide a broad range of ‘weak’ ties. What you have shown with this experiment is how we can leverage these technologies to exploit a true fact about job hunting: the strength of weak ties!

  4. Scheherazade says:

    Love this. I talk to undergraduates daily about networking, and this is a great example to show them.

  5. Willy – excellent idea. Very cool project with quite promising results. I work on PPC campaigns all day, and I love seeing this kind of outside-the-box usage for the same platform!

  6. […] Franzen has some ideas on that very subject, so he started a Facebook Ad experiment. Not for employers; for job seekers. Strange idea, right? But exactly the kind of idea that […]

  7. Win says:

    Added as an article to our Web site (with attribution).

    This is one of the more innovative marketing ideas I’ve seen in years. Kudos for thinking of it. Moreover, kudos for explaining it so well. I’m already thinking of applications of this approach beyond job hunting.

  8. Amy says:

    Wow, brilliant! You are really going places…

  9. Laura says:

    I really enjoyed the process and would do it again. I think it’s a wonderful supplement to the job search. It also forced me to evaluate which specific company to target. I realized a bit more what I’m looking for in a job.

  10. Alex P says:

    I really enjoyed participating in this experiment. It was a great new way to get my name out there. After a full summer of constantly applying to places without hearing anything back, it was refreshing to do something that actually got some results. If you want to know more about my thoughts please shoot me an email at the LinkedIn link above.

  11. […] Franzen over at One Day, One Job blogged today about a unique experiment he coordinated with some entry-level job candidates. […]

  12. Katelyn says:

    I agree with Laura and Alex. It was definitely an interesting addition to my job search and it was nice to know that at least my resume was getting seen. I am so grateful to Willy for coming up with such a creative idea.

    I’d be happy to talk to anyone that has any questions about the experiment or how to get started with their own facebook ad, although obviously it’s covered pretty thoroughly in the post. Feel free to e-mail me at

  13. […] entry-level job and career opportunities for recent college graduates,” recently ran an experiment with new college grads to see if posting ads about their desire to work in certain companies (Disney, Sprint) or certain […]

  14. Mari Smith says:

    Hey Willy,

    Awesome post and brilliant concept. I shared your post with my (4000+!) Facebook friends today – most all business professionals and suggested that peeps think about how to apply your concept to their business marketing. The feedback has been awesome. You’ve really stimulated a lot of creative thinking… along the lines of the great marketer Seth Godin!!


  15. lewis says:

    I will give it a try. I thought this was the point of facebook to begin with, (networking with purpose!) but then it got kind of myspacey. SO this is really good news!

  16. […] Franzen, founder of One Day, One Job posted:  Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down and reveals results from an experience on using Facebook for job […]

  17. Jason says:


    Great idea, and post. I am looking forward to seeing continued success from this – and other One Day, One Job projects.


  18. Amber says:

    This was a great experiment! PPC for job seekers is really thinking outside the box. Cost for the advertising yourself and networking on Facebook was minimal. It is certainly a proacive way to job search!

  19. Pushpa says:

    Good post on networking. I’m from recruiting and this serves as a lead to attract the potential candidates. Tks.

  20. […] Franzen, founder of One Day, One Job posted:  Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down and reveals results from an experience on using Facebook for job […]

  21. […] week, I reported on an experiment that Willy Franzen, from One Day, One Job conducted with new college grads who posted ads on Facebook advertising their interest in working […]

  22. […] Franzen inspired this entire post after he tweeted me that he wrote a post on a Facebook Social Ad experiment for job seekers. He has the results of his experiment, which […]

  23. James Seay says:

    Great outside of the box thinking! I will be using this approach very soon in my own job search…

  24. Zach says:

    I work at SAS and actually saw Laura’s add almost every time I logged in for about 2 weeks or so. In fact, it started to stand out just because of its frequency and the fact that it was targeting SAS. But to be honest, I just figured that it was some generic ad that said “I want to work at _____” and that Facebook was just filling in the blank and using the company of the current user. I think these type of ads could definitely garner more clicks if there was some sort of “authenticity” guarantee, if that makes sense. So many of the ads we see nowadays are custom targeted automatically using information about the user’s interaction with a site (think of all those obnoxious ads that target location using IP address). I definitely would have clicked through and engaged in the process if I had known she was targeting SAS specifically (however I couldn’t get her a job doing the things she wants to do).

    But I think the experiment is a really good idea.

  25. Zach,

    You bring up some great points.

    Facebook doesn’t allow dynamic keyword insertion as far as I know, so every targeted campaign has to be crafted individually. I thought about the authenticity problem when I was putting together the tutorial for the participants, and I wasn’t sure exactly how to tackle it. I think including a picture and using the word “I” can help a lot, so can adding more personal information. Laura did a great job with this though – it just shows how ad fatigued you’ve probably become.

    I think the best way to overcome this might be to keep showing you the ads. After a couple weeks you might get curious enough to click, and then you’ll realize that it’s for real.

    Thanks for commenting, and I’m not sure where Laura is in her job search right now, but if you can offer her any help at all, I’m sure that she’d love to hear from you.

    • Timothy says:

      Authenticity tip: Use a photo with yourself holding a sign claiming “Future [company of choice] employee.” Both the title and the picture combined would help dash those doubts of authenticity.

  26. Time Tracker says:

    Facebook as a personal advertisement and recruitment tool. Daaang. Smart! I can’t wait to see the recruiters and recruitment bloggers jump on this one.

  27. Laura says:


    I’m glad you had a chance to see my ad and giving some useful feedback. For this experiment I was only targeting SAS Institute because it is my dream place to work. I read about the company for years and absolutely loved it,but wasn’t sure of how the culture. I found out through a sale manager in my previous position, who worked with SAS, that it was a fantastic place to work.

    Please feel free to contact me through Facebook.

  28. […] From Willy Franzen at One Day One Job: Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down […]

  29. mo says:

    if using target facebook ads worked to a large extent it would make sense would it not to other targeted online advertisers eg google etc,would that work?

  30. […] a job Saw this article linked on Freakonomics and figured some people might find it interesting: Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down | One Day, One Job The idea is that you set up ads on Facebook, targeting people in companies you want to work for. […]

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  33. Katie says:

    Great for Graduates, but not so good for people already in employment. That’s unless you can block your boss and colleagues! Hehe

  34. gWallet says:

    Man, with the economy sinking, self marketing on facebook is a genius idea. Only problem is – how many active recruiters are actually, really scouting for talent via facebook?

  35. […] came across a very clever experiment last month, in which grads turned the tables and targeted employers with Facebook ads.  What a […]

  36. Thank you so much. Also, if you need anyone to participate in your experiments, just let me know!


  37. Rich says:

    I did this for one week and it really helped. I made my search a little more expansive and used the whole $100 coupon, but in the end I was able to get 57,000 impressions with 446 clicks. This lead to 3 information interviews, a real phone interview, a invite only job fair and several useful references.

    I would also like to add that the best way to go about this is to use the as the online resume over Linkedin. The statistics function on Emurse really helped me tweak the my cost settings. Also feel free to contact me with any questions at

    But I thank you for the idea. I think that this made a huge difference in helping me find the job that I want. So, have a great weekend!

  38. Jenica says:

    I ran my ad for 10 days targeted at employees of The North Face and its parent company, VF in California (TNF Headquarters is in the Bay Area) and North Carolina where VF is located. I directed it to a blog page I set up on WordPress to have my resume, and about me page, and a cover-letter type blog post. (You can see it here: I had applied for 3 Product Manager positions at TNF because while they asked for 3 years of experience, all of the job functions seemed to fit pretty well with my background and I have had a bunch of internships and experience working in marketing offices.

    During that time I received 5 contacts. The first from a recruiter who offered me an informational phone interview, the second from a fellow Northwestern University alumna who works for JanSport and worked for TNF as a forecaster before that as her first job out of school, and three others from TNF/VF employees mostly wishing me well. One sent me an e-mail, one a facebook message, two commented on the blog, and another guy found me on LinkedIn and sent me a message from there, even though my website had no mention of me even having a LinkedIn profile.

    It took about two weeks to get in solid touch with the recruiter again, but I did (after three delays) have a phone interview about two weeks ago. The interview went pretty well, she asked me why I liked The North Face, how I got involved with the things I’m doing now, and what my job goal was. We figured out that a Product Manager position required more experience than I had, but she offered to help me get in touch with one so that I could ask them about their job and how they got there. Just when the interview seemed to be going nowhere I asked her what I should look for in TNF job postings that would indicate they were more entry-level. She told me I was a bit ahead of entry level because of my internship experience, and helped me identify an Interactive Dealer Coordinator position to apply for, which is basically a customer service person for the online dealers they provide their goods to. After several efforts I’ve gotten back in touch with her about this position and talking with a Product Manager again and I’ll just be applying for the position online.

    The NU alumna was pretty great too, she offered to make sure any resume I send in for a position got into the right person’s hands. She replied to the e-mail I sent her asking about her experience with TNF/JanSport and her background out of school. She sought out a few product managers and asked them about their backgrounds for me.

    So overall, the facebook experiment helped me open some communication doors that wouldn’t open otherwise. I plan on trying to use it again with other large companies I apply for jobs with.

  39. Deb Dib says:

    I’d love to see how this works with senior-level job seekers. As long as they are not working, it seems like it could have a lot of potential for building bridges to opportunities through networking, companies, and recruiters.

    But I have a question…

    Each of the ads you feature has the name of the company (or field or geography) and my name is_______and I want to work here, can you help? (And then a call to view the resume).

    Here’s the question: Apart from the “curiosity factor” because this is such a new technique, what would attract anyone to click through? What would happen if there were an accompanying (concise) value proposition (unique selling point) included as a much stronger call to action (maybe the length of a “Twitpitch” with demonstrated ROI)?

  40. Jenica says:

    I too thought the name of the company (or field or geography) and my name is_______and I want to work here, can you help? approach was a bit lacking. It would maybe motivate me to check on curiousity but not much else.

    The issue I had with thinking of something else is what would fit in the ad space? There really isn’t much there. I think it would be a worthwhile activity to spend some time figuring out what types of phrases might compel more action.

  41. […] have to be more creative. Willy Franzen wrote a couple of posts about students using LinkedIn and Facebook to advertise themselves during job search. To help prove his point, I’ve experienced the […]

  42. […] Now it seems there is one more way out, some never say die souls are using their Facebook connections to help them out and they are not shy to advertise themselves, through Facebook ads. Read more about it here. […]

  43. moi says:

    The timing for this experiment was perfect. The job search process is getting more and more competitive each day, and I’m afraid to see what 2009 brings to job seekers. But with pro-active concepts like Willy’s, the journey will be much less random and have more positive, directed results.

  44. Jessica says:

    I’ve been curious to try this myself ever since this was posted. I’m a mid-level professional who just got laid off, and I’d like to work for a higher-education institution. I’m going to target a few universities and see what happens!

  45. Jessica, good luck! Please report back with results.

  46. John says:

    Fantastic post. Thanks for the Visa Business Network tip – I will be making use of those free credits :)

    I was wondering why none of the ads were directed at a Facebook page instead of LinkedIn, VisualCV, etc? Seems like that would be a great place to start & continue a conversation, and you would also benefit from the “Social Actions” capabilities built in to Facebook Ads.

    From Facebook:
    “If an advertiser chooses to include Social Actions with his/her ads, you may see stories about actions your friends have taken on Facebook attached to ads you see.”

    That approach might help with the “authenticity” and “trackability” of the ad, which was brought up in previous comments.

  47. The only reason that I didn’t recommend using one’s Facebook page as a landing page is that most college students use Facebook for social purposes. For many it may not present the best image.

  48. Jessica says:

    I am running into a problem: The box in which I am typing the workplace I want to target will not accept the workplace. It’s not in the drop-down box that appears as I start typing, so as soon as I type the workplace and click somewhere else on the page, the text disappears. I know that plenty of people on Facebook work at this place. How do I get the workplace to stay in the box?

  49. Hey Jessica,

    I haven’t seen that happen before. My fear is that you might be out of luck.

  50. Jessica says:

    I agree. I’ve tried again and again; it’s just not going to work.

  51. Kathy says:

    I think this is a great idea – even for us “older” job searchers (beyond 30). Shows that we can be young and hip too! I can’t wait to see what happens after doing this experiment!

  52. Michael Gum says:

    I am graduating in May with an Electronic Arts: Multimedia degree from Missouri State University. I will defiantly give this a shot. Thank you for the tip on how to get $100 free credit.

  53. Amber says:

    This is a great idea. I’m thrilled about using Facebook to help me get a job instead of working against me. I don’t feel like I should get rid of Facebook because I enjoy being on it and staying connected but I was going to because I didn’t want it to cost me a chance at a career, until I saw this information. Thanks!

  54. Amani says:

    Excellent article. I enjoyed hearing the results and stories as well. I will pass this on to some friends.

  55. Laura says:

    I really enjoyed the article. I think it is a terrific idea and I would like to employ it as a part of my job search strategy. I just have one question about using the Visa Small Business application to obtain the free ad credits. In order to receive the credits the application’s instructions state that you must add the app and fill out a Visa Business Network profile which asks for your business name and type. Obviously, since the ad I plan to develop is for personal use I don’t really have that information to provide. Was this required when the experiment was done? If so, what did the participants do to get around this problem?

  56. I think that You, Inc. would be an appropriate business to include. If you’re job searching, you shouldn’t see yourself as unemployed. You should see yourself as self-employed. You are the CEO of a company that is completely devoted to landing you a job. Does that help?

  57. Alex says:

    has anyone tried branching out beyond facebook? say pimping yourself through Google Ads?

  58. M.K. says:

    I’m very interested to know how long these ads ran. Also, how soon afterward did contacts emerge?

    I’ve been running my ad for 2 weeks now, targeted at a specific business with 53 clicks but no contact.

    I’m beginning to fear that the problem is my qualifications. (She said with a great deal of mirth)

  59. […] job hunting through the latter part of ‘08 and some of ‘09, I came across this article: Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down.  A good friend of mine and a fellow blogger Andrew Kinnear sent it to me via StumbleUpon.  After […]

  60. […] a new idea, though… check out One Day, One Job’s post titled Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down. That was posted back in September of 2008… go […]

  61. Sebastien says:

    I think this idea is genius, and I’m going to test it in a totally different niche. I’m going to set up a campaign to promote a dating profile, and report the results (i’m not actually looking for someone, just a personal marketing professional and enthusiast)

  62. […] image.  For instance, created a job search experiment using Facebook ads. The idea was to target potential employers and have the job hunters become the hunted. Be creative and respectful and you may be surprised by the […]

  63. […] you are looking to be more proactive in your job search, maybe you should consider the Use of Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down.  About a month ago One Day One Job began an experiment to see if advertising yourself on […]

  64. Great idea. I’m a little late to the game on this one, but Facebook ads have a lot of potential to hone in on who you want to connect with.

    With that said, does anyone have any leads for how to score some free Facebook ad credit?

  65. […] Franzen of One Day One Job wrote an article last year that I just stumbled onto. In it, he discusses an experiment to have job-seeking college […]

  66. These worked like a charm. Totally spurred an entire social media campaign that already has me interviewing at tons of places. Got me some freelance work too. HarperStudio actually wrote an article about it and I chronicled the whole thing on my blog:
    It’s all about building a brand for yourself It’s like relationships – you’re so much more desirable if you’re not actively looking! I haven’t applied for a job since I started this campaign but already I have more offers and opportunities than in all the months of job hunting put together. I’m telling you guys, it works!
    (though, part of me wants no one to read this so it doesn’t catch on!)

  67. […] Here is an article where some job seekers share their experience on using Facebook Ads for Job Search […]

  68. […] Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down from One Day, One Job […]

  69. Laura says:

    OK, this is the best idea I have seen in a long time!!! I already called my nephew and told him about it.
    You are a genius!!!
    By the way, if you’re not married yet, you should be featured on my interview site for single entrepreneurs…

  70. Nicolò says:

    I was inspired by this experiment and I also set up my Facebook job search ads campaign. I got definitely some good results out of it (if you’re interested, I’d be happy to provide details) and I will keep on using it in the future, whenever appropriate. I actually ran 4 different ads:
    – by job type (“I want to be a consultant”)
    – by issue (“I want to mobilize youth”)
    – by organization (“I want to work at Ashoka”)
    – by place (“I want to work in DC”)

    A few lessons learned:
    1) diversify your ads, in order to reach your target groups through multiple angles (like I did by focusing on job type, issue, etc.)
    2) change your ads periodically: after a while, people get used to them and they stop clicking
    3) tune your max bid option according to the size of your target group, or else you’ll either run out of money soon or you won’t get enough clicks
    4) start with a small budget and some test ads, and then if a certain strategy is successful give it some more so the number of clicks can grow freely, but still keep it pretty low (you want a long-term investment, not a one-week campaign where you spend all of your budget)
    5) analyze the stats and play with the options: there’s no one-rule-fits-all

    • Jacob Toups says:

      I’d love to hear! Looks like we’re applying in the same sort of job landscape. Youth, DC, Ashoka or consulting.

  71. […] something new. Many have tried with decent success. In September 2008, released a case study on how some job hunters are using Facebook ads to be seen by employers. The results were quite impressive. Creating a Facebook ad is pretty cheap […]

  72. […] Halloween costume. She suggests that it’s best to keep your privacy settings very tight. 4. Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down by Willy Franzen, One Day One  Job Willy Franzen of One Day One Job challenged his blog’s […]

  73. BG says:

    Just an FYI – as someone who’s been on the receiving end of this stuff. While I respect the tenacity of these people, it annoys the shit out of me.

  74. ONS Connect says:

    […] Consider taking out an ad on Facebook. For a very low cost, you can run an ad that will appear only on the pages of your target audience. Use this to connect with people from a particular institution or work setting ( […]

  75. […] is a unique, unexpected and unconventional idea. To invent such an idea is the difficulty, e.g. could you use a facebook ad to find a job. The Guerilla Strategy often comes in the form of a Viral Marketing Strategy. When you had the […]

  76. […] Facebook ads. These students used Facebook ads to get the attention of potential employers, so you could […]

  77. […] become friends with Ashton, you can easily scope out your future boss. Use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to research potential employers and get the word out about your […]

  78. […] Use Facebook Ads and Get a Call From Your Dream Company: It’s simple, cheap, and can be personalized with your picture and the name of the dream […]

  79. […] Well, yeah. You are limited to 160 characters but be catchy! I used a template provided by One Day, One Job and I think the creator, Willy Frazen did a great job. Here’s another good example of a […]

  80. Chris S. says:


    I actually tried this for a week with LinkedIn’s new advertising platform. I received a ton of impressions and click-thru’s to my LinkedIn profile and WordPress site. It’s more expensive then the Facebook platform though and the targeting mechanism isn’t as focused. I can give you some more details if you are interested.

  81. […] One of the most significant findings were that students who targeted individual companies that have a high percentage of employees on Facebook had the best results. The other important takeaway is that while these ads might get your foot in the door, it’s important to close the deal as per all your job applications. To review the entire case study click here. […]

  82. […] One of the most significant findings were that students who targeted individual companies that have a high percentage of employees on Facebook had the best results. The other important takeaway is that while these ads might get your foot in the door, it’s important to close the deal as per all your job applications. To review the entire case study click here. […]

  83. Here’s a question for anyone who wants to comment: What do you think about Facebook ad targeting when you’re applying for a specific job and you already submitted your resume? Does it cross the line and come off as stalker-ish and too bold, or is it the perfect way to bump your resume to the top?

    I think it might depend a lot on the job you’re going for and the type of company. Are they the kind of people who would appreciate a savvy applicant willing to push the envelope? Or would they be thrown off by your sudden appearance in their personal lives?

  84. Shweta Singh says:

    I just posted my first Facebook ad today. I was wondering if any body could tell me that if its is safe to put my phone number and address on my resume. Since i am targeting 30-50 yr old people from Atlanta, so around 500000 would be viewing?my Facebook ad.

  85. […] And here is a very intriguing article that shows you how to take full advantage of the more than 300 million active users of Facebook: “Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down” […]

  86. […] after stumbling across this blog which in turn led me to this blog, I decided to take their advice and create a Facebook advertisement that targeted big name […]

  87. […] to get carried away when selling yourself. Sure, you can make a funny video as your cover letter, or take out ads on Facebook targeted to people in your industry, or ask your wife to hold up a sign begging for a job on your […]

  88. […] thing I’ve learned about the job search is that you need to be creative. I recently read an article on a job search engine’s blog about an experiment using Facebook ads to help recent grads get […]

  89. […] know that you want to work there too.  Read about how other people used this method to find jobs here.  The point is not to copy these exact tactics, but to think creatively and do things that other […]

  90. […] Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down […]

  91. […] Facebook ads. These students used Facebook ads to get the attention of potential employers, so you could […]

  92. Michelle says:

    I noticed that the Visa Business Network application isn’t working (or their page was taken down entirely).. Is there an alternative coupon code resource?

  93. Gary says:

    I was vastly disappointed in this article as it did not mention the minimum costs. Either $10 per day or $350 min for a campaign. I did all this set-up work and got to the end only to find this cost bombshell. I used Google ads for my business and erroneously expected that this would be similar in that I could set a real budget, not be forced into a minimum budget that was beyond what I could afford. Having been out of work for some time, unmanagable hits to my budget are unacceptable. I am looking into how I can use Google Adwords to accomplish the same/similar thing.

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