Facebook debuts recruitment app with 1.7 million jobs

19/11/2012

Facebook has launched a jobs board in partnership with the Social Jobs Partnership, letting recruiters to post job listings directly on Facebook. The Social Jobs Partnership app has gone live in nthe US, and brings together the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) along with the US Department of Labor, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, DirectEmployers Association and Facebook.

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There are already more than 1.7 million job listings online from the likes of BranchOut, DirectEmployers, Jobvite, Monster.com and Work4Labs. Job listings can be sorted based on industry, location or skill level.

A study from The National Association of Colleges and Employers (a Social Jobs Partnership member) reveals that half of employers are using Facebook to fill job openings. Furthermore, 54 percent of those employers believe the social network will become an even more integral part of the hiring process in the future.

Though a spokesperson for the company insists the announcement does not mean Facebook is entering the recruiting industry, that statement appears far-fetched given the capability of the application.

The page allows users to search for jobs by location, industry and skill, apply to them directly through Facebook, and then share the jobs to their social network.

Its developer partners also believe Facebook is making a clear statement of its intentions. “Facebook is launching a jobs page within Facebook,” notes Stephane Le Viet, founder and CEO of Work4 Labs. “This is a very big disruption in a very large space.”

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