When did casual social networking turn into something as serious as career opportunities and job hunting! We have been eagerly awaiting the long anticipated job hunting app by Facebook, and the wait is finally over! On Wednesday, Facebook officially launched their Social Jobs app for U.S. users. It is an aggregate of more than 1.7 million job listings from job search sites like Jobvite, BranchOut, Work4Labs, and Monster.com, which were already using Facebook to reach out to potential recruits. This app has come about as a result of Facebook’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, DirectEmployers Association, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. The app features a ticker on the top which will tell you the exact number of available jobs at any given time. The app also allows users to narrow and filter their job search by keywords, preset occupation categories and subcategories, and location.
According to Facebook reps, the Social Jobs app was a natural progression, as a NACE survey found that around 50% employers already “use Facebook in their hiring processes.” Also, 88% of those surveyed said that their cost of print advertising for the purposes of recruitment was down due to their use of Facebook.