Everything you need to know about the new Facebook jobboard

Today Facebook launched the Social Jobs Partnership’s (SJP) application [https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs/app_417814418282098], a new tool that will make it easier for people on Facebook to find and share employment opportunities. The new SJP app is a central location hosted on the world’s largest social network, giving users free access to more than […]

Today Facebook launched the Social Jobs Partnership’s (SJP) application [https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs/app_417814418282098], a new tool that will make it easier for people on Facebook to find and share employment opportunities.

The new SJP app is a central location hosted on the world’s largest social network, giving users free access to more than 1.7 million US jobs in a single tool and instantly creating one of the world’s largest job boards.

The aggregated 1.7 million openings comes from recruiting companies already working on the platform, including Work4 Labs, BranchOut, Jobvite, DirectEmployers and Monster.com. “Today’s launch of the Social Jobs Application highlights what we’ve known all along—that both recruiters and job seekers benefit when jobs are posted where candidates spend their time, and research overwhelmingly tells us that this is on Facebook,” said Stéphane Le Viet, CEO of Work4 Labs. “Undoubtedly, there will be an acceleration of the shift to social media as the primary channel to find a job with the extraordinary push of this consortium. We are fully committed to making the Social Jobs Application on Facebook the best possible resource for connecting candidates and companies.”

The Social Jobs Partnership is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Direct Employers Association (DE), the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and Facebook.

A collection of interesting stats shared by Facebook and Work4Labs:

  • 1 Billion potential candidates and growing (user base of Facebook)
  • Jobboards have 70 Million profiles, LinkedIn 175 Million profiles online
  • 18.4 Million Americans found a job with Facebook
  • 1 out of every 7 minutes spent online in the world is spent on Facebook
  • Half of employers (50 percent) are using Facebook in their hiring process. A majority (54 percent) already using the social network anticipates Facebook becoming a more important part of the talent acquisition process in the near future.
  • Nearly 90 percent of companies stated that Facebook has decreased the amount of print advertising needed with regards to their recruiting efforts, making Facebook a cost effective way to find new talent.
  • Of companies using Facebook to acquire new potential employees, more than half state the importance of networking and referrals. The number one suggestion by recruiters (87 percent) is for candidates using Facebook to ‘Like’ a desired company’s Facebook page, followed by using Facebook as a networking tool.

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About Jacco Valkenburg

Jacco Valkenburg is an international recruitment expert, trainer and author of two books about LinkedIn. He has more than 16 years experience in global recruitment strategies and execution spanning numerous countries for leading companies. As founder of Recruit2 and Recruiter University he provides companies with recruitment and talent management solutions and expertise. His mission is helping companies ‘from good to great staffing’.

3 Comments

  1. I wonder if anyone has actually tried using Facebook’s Social Jobs Partnership to search for jobs.

    I just did, to test the functionality, and noticed location matching errors for BranchOut (search in Atlanta yielded results in the top 5 from the UK, AZ, MD, VA), and title/keyword matching errors with US.Jobs (searched for recruiter jobs, found phlebotomy jobs in top 5).

    Not joking.

    No results from Work4Labs or Jobvite from my initial test query, and only 2 from successive searches.

    Monster produced accurate matches on title, skill, and location.

    #justsayin

  2. Rome wasn’t build in one day but this first release is so bad that I doubt anyone will visit this page more than once. My view on this:
    1. It’s full of bugs (as you’ve mentioned)
    2. It aggregates information on one page but it’s organised in tabs per engine (!)
    3. Not user-friendly. The job information is very limited
    4. It doesn’t make use of your existing profile and rich social data
    5. It doesn’t make use of the 1 billion Facebook profiles
    6. It’s not social

    I guess it’s good PR and good for the stock price (+12% up) but it doesn’t help job seekers.

  3. Florence

    There’s no doubt the launching this app is a step in the right direction, social recruiting is definitely on the rise. Take a look at this whitepaper by Role Point for further information on the subject: http://slidesha.re/1iJo7Jc