On Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a series of new features that include the possibility to do a job search directly on the platform. At the moment, only U.S. and Canadian companies will be able to post open positions, but if the feature is successful, it will include more countries.
The social media giant unveiled that companies will post new job opportunities on Facebook Pages, with users seeing those posts in their News Feeds. Facebook users will be able to apply the instant they see an announcement and add a short comment about what makes them qualified for the position.
The comment will be inserted in a form that has already the user’s personal info taken from his or her public profile. Facebook unveiled that prospective employers will not have access to information that was not made publicly available by users.
According to Mashable, jobseekers will be able to prove their experience and qualifications in a 1000-character box. The box will automatically include experience and education if the information is available on the profile. In addition, users will be able to edit the areas in case of errors.
Facebook announced that users can discuss with recruiters for scheduling an interview through Facebook Messenger. They can also use the instant messaging service to conduct the entire interview if they like.
Industry analysts believe the move might revolutionize the labor market as many users have been only dreaming of the possibility. One expert noted that people don’t like to fill out “a million things.” So, Facebook’s new quick interface might be more appealing.
Facebook, just like LinkedIn and Twitter, can help job seekers build a network, prove expertise, and draw key people to their profiles that might help them land their dream job. What’s more, many businesses are already posting jobs on their social media posts.
Facebook took the first step to ease the hiring process last year when it launched Pages, which was designed as a tool for companies to market their business. Pages was built in June and was tested in August.
Facebook exec Andrew Bosworth unveiled back then that Facebook wants to help people with their everyday life such as ordering food, event ticketing, and why not… job seeking. Bosworth, is one of the masterminds behind Facebook News Feed.
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