Facebook Launches New Social Jobs App with 1.7 Million Listings

    November 14, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Today, Facebook and a handful of partners are launching a new Social Jobs Partnership app that allows employers to cast a line into the Facebook population, and allows prospective employees to search a directory of jobs fast approaching 2 million.

Facebook joins with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in launching the initiative.

“The SJP created this app to tap into the growing trend of talent acquisition through social media…The Social Jobs App will hopefully be a valuable resource for job seekers and an additional avenue for professional exploration and connection,” says Facebook.

The app lets job hunters search by keyword, location, category and subcategory. There’s also an option to filter by “veteran-friendly” jobs.

The new SJP app launches today with over 1.7 million listings from BranchOut, DirectEmployers Association, Work4Labs, Jobvite and Monster.com.

So, why a social job app and why now? Facebook cites a NACE survey that found that half of employers are already using Facebook to scour for potential employees. Almost 90% of the companies surveyed credit Facebook with helping them reduce their reliance on print advertising for positions too.

“Nearly a year ago, the U.S. 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,” says Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor.

You can check out the new SJP app here.

  • http://www.wisestep.com/recruiter/free-job-posting.aspx Anderson

    I don’t think this will take off till Facebook gets their privacy settings crap straight. They have reset my privacy settings at least 10 times since 2010.

  • http://www.ebizroi.com/ Rick Noel

    Nice to see the public (US Dept of Labor) and private sector (Facebook, Monster.com, Jobvite, Work4Labs, BranchOut) and others collaborate on trying to fill these 1.7 million open jobs here in the USA. I like the Facebook app and developed a demo (7 min 20 seconds) to highlight how to use the social jobs partnership app to find a job: Social Jobs App Demo. There are definitely some kinks to work out like some data providers ignoring location scope on search and others ignoring keywords, but I thought that your readers would be interested to see how the application works in practice. Thanks for sharing.