Great news just in! Facebook is no longer just for posting funny pictures of cats and stalking your ex’s current squeeze to check if they’ve miraculously gained three stone and a hook-nose* – it could now find you a job too!
*I do neither of these things. Honest.
Yesterday, Facebook announced the arrival of a new job-hunting app that it hopes will help some of the 1 billion Facebook users find work.
The Social Jobs app is the result of a year-long partnership the US government dubbed the Social Jobs Partnership and has been developed to match users with more than 1.7 million openings currently listed. If successful, it’s likely that the initiative will be rolled out across Europe and the UK.
The jobs currently listed on the website fall under five categories from listings from BranchOut, DirectEmployers Association, Work4Labs, Jobvite, and Monster.com. US Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, had this to say about the launch:
"Nearly a year ago, the US Department of Labor joined the Social Jobs Partnership to explore better ways to connect people with job information through social media. Today, we're taking an important next step with the announcement of this valuable new application. Through the expertise of our partners and the foundation of an industry-supported open source job posting schema, the Social Jobs Partnership is helping get America back to work."
At the moment, Facebook is just acting as a conduit for other recruiters to list their vacancies, but lots of commentators have seen it as a move by Facebook to take on the jobs market and LinkedIn.
It remains to be seen how the app will develop and if it could cross over to the UK, but would you consider using Facebook to find work? The social media site seems like a bit of an odd choice – there have been cases when people have lost their jobs because of status updates and employers have been sued for asking employees for their Facebook passwords.
So far – not so work friendly. But the Social Jobs researchers found that Facebook is already being used by networkers to find work, so maybe this is just the next step?
What do you think? Would you use the app if it came to the UK?