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6 Examples of How NOT to Approach a Potential Employer on FB

Larry Milbourne

When people think about getting a job on the Internet, LinkedIn is the first business and social network that comes to their mind. However, according to the statistics, only 36% of potential employees are active there (in contrast with 94% of recruiters).  However, with 83% of job seekers preferring Facebook, employers have started to change their hiring strategies and you have definitely noticed that!


Every day I see job offers in specialized Facebook groups where writing agencies or local employers look for experts with various qualifications: from newbies to experienced specialists. But freelance academic writers themselves keep up the pace and thoroughly search for opportunities within Facebook on their own. As I am associated with academic writing and work for EssayLancers, enthusiastic job hunters never miss a chance to contact me and ask whether they can join my writing team (which I don’t have because EssayLancers is not a writing agency and we don’t hire academic writers).  If I were an employer, I (unfortunately) wouldn’t hire most of the academic writers who contact me about the job on Facebook because there are some evident as well as unspoken rules that every “applicant” must follow. The big majority of people ignore/don’t know them, so that’s why I decided to raise this point and tell you how you shouldn’t approach a potential employer on FB.

1. Don’t Make Any Requests

You can’t request anything from a person, especially if:


  • you don’t know him/her,
  • it’s your first message,
  • you want to get a job.


Of course, social networking makes communication between strangers less formal, but this situation is different. You can’t just add a potential employer to your friend list, request a job and get it. The things don’t work this way.

2. Don’t Make Any Demands Like People Owe You Something

Excuse me, who are you? Where are you from? Why do I have to give you orders? I don’t have any information or evidence that would prove your qualifications (which I know nothing about) or state that you are a real person with the experience in the industry. If you complain that you can’t find a job while writing such personal messages, it’s no wonder you are still unemployed.

3. Don’t Ask Vague, Unclear Questions

If you write a personal message to someone who may hire you or refer you to a person who deals with academic writing, make sure that the sentences and questions you include are brief, precise and straightforward because nobody will waste much time to decipher the message from a person whose name they see for the first time.

4. Don’t “Camouflage” Your Real Intentions


If you want to talk about getting hired, at least don’t try to draw the attention of a potential employer with false offers because they won’t work anyway. You are a person who a user from the other side of the screen has never heard of, and when you undermine the fragile trust from your first message, don’t cherish any hopes.

5. Don’t Ask for Personal Information

Firstly, asking for personal data in the very first message you send to your newly-minted “friend” is just impolite. Secondly, you don’t try to find out the telephone number of your potential employer because it’s their job to do so if they want to interview you or request some information about your qualifications. Thirdly, this kind of message causes only resentment instead of interest.

6. Don’t Make Mistakes (Please)

There is so much software that can check your writing for spelling and grammar mistakes. Of course, they are not perfect, but they obviously can deal with a short message. If you apply for an academic writer, any errors in your writing don’t work in your favor, believe me.


Every day I get the same messages with the mistakes enumerated above. I get that sometimes when you are in a hurry, you can misprint some words or state your thoughts unclearly. But this is not the situation when you can send a message in a hurry: it must be a carefully worded text oriented at a potential employer. Most importantly, you can’t just “bulldoze” your way by pouring forth with messages where you demand writing orders or request a telephone number. First of all, you need to do a small talk where you’ll get a bit closer (maybe find a common ground) and earn some trust. Only after that you can offer your services as a freelance academic writer and hope that this potential employer will be interested.


I believe that this article will help you to improve your strategies of getting hired and help you avoid some typical mistakes that prevent others from being taken on by decent employers. Use these examples wisely.


About the Author:

Larry Milbourne is a senior freelance academic writing supervisor at – the online community of freelance academic writers from all over the world. Larry has in-depth knowledge and experience in the academic writing industry.


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