Facebook is officially game. The social media giant is looking to help job seekers find job through its newest job application. Now available in more than 40 countries including India, Facebook has expanded the feature that allows users to apply for jobs directly from the platform.
Facebook’s job application service was first introduced in the U.S and Canada last year. What makes it different from LinkedIn or other job sites, Facebook is focused to draw candidates for small- and medium-size businesses with its job application feature.
Vice President of Local at Facebook, Alex Himel said in a blog post on Thursday (Mar 1) that local businesses has a great contribution in strengthening the communities by creating more than 60 percent new jobs. Facebook aims to help people find those jobs while helping local businesses hire the right people. However, the company did not elaborate detailed information about the 40 countries which were part of this expansion, Hindustan Times reports.
According to an online poll involving 5,000 adults conducted by tech and media company Morning Consult, about one in four people in the U.S said that they have searched for or found jobs through Facebook. Himel said, “Since introducing job postings on Facebook in the US and Canada, we’ve built new features for businesses like the ability to create job posts on mobile, manage applications, and schedule interviews.”
Job seekers interested in looking for job openings in Facebook can go to the Jobs dashboard at facebook.com/jobs and check the “Jobs” option in the “Explore” section on mobile, by clicking the Jobs icon in Marketplace, or visiting the Jobs tab of a business’ Page.
In the blog post, it is stated when candidates are ready to apply for particular role, they can create an application which will be filled with job history and other necessary information taken directly from their Facebook profile. While this can be done automatically, candidates can still edit the application before submitting it. When the application is sent, a Messenger conversation tab will open with the business’ Page, so you can have direct contact with the employer and confirm when your information has been received.
Facebook said that businesses will only be able to see the information the candidates give them directly, as well as those that are available publicly on their Facebook profile. Additionally, candidates can also set up job alerts for the type of roles they are interested in. To get the latest update of job openings, users can subscribe to alerts, too.
Businesses can also attract the right applicants and hire quickly with the feature. Page admins can create job posts directly from their Page with details such as job title, job type (full-time, intern, part-time), salary and more.
“Job posts will appear in multiple places on Facebook, including on a business’ Page, in the Jobs dashboard, in Marketplace, and in News Feed,” the company said.
Since 2011, Facebook has invested more than $1 billion to help local businesses grow and help people find jobs.