By Gary Hinde, Toronto IT Recruiter
Facebook has officially entered the job search market with the launch of a new job ads application for business owners and job seekers.
The new feature is designed to allow for job seekers and hiring companies to connect online. It’s currently available for users in the United States and Canada.
Brian Clark, on The Next Web, explains how it works in a nutshell:
“The update allows Facebook Business Pages to post job listings the same way they’d typically compose a status update. In addition to linking, sharing, and/or commenting, users also get the option to apply for the position using a baked-in “Apply Now” button. A quick press allows interested parties to fill out an application and submit it using Facebook messenger.”
Facebook will even pre-populate your application using your Facebook data, which can be edited before you submit your job application. In this sense, the new application is very easy to use, and it is free (for now) for job posters and job seekers.
A Simple Way for Job Seekers to Look for Jobs on Facebook
This new feature is appealing for many job seekers because of its ease of use. You can search by:
- Type of job
- Or search through the feed of jobs at nearby businesses
While some have concerns about privacy, the new feature could also force many job seekers to update their Facebook profiles and remove information that could hurt their chances of employment.
The Difference Between Jobs on Facebook and LinkedIn
There is one stark difference between the two social media sites. While LinkedIn is focused on careers, the new Facebook job feature seems to be focused on entry level and part time positions – for now.
“Whereas LinkedIn seems geared to traditional forms of employment with an emphasis on well-honed skills and experience, Jobs on Facebook may target lower-skilled positions and more transactional forms of work. The feature provides a simple “Apply Now” button where applicants will be able to add, edit, and review forms,” says David Ryan Polgar on bigthink.com.
Expect this to be the first iteration of the app, and there is no question Facebook will roll out new features to compete with LinkedIn in this space.
Learn more about Jobs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jobs
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