Job Hunters Get Help From Facebook, Feds

By Alan Farnham

Oct 21, 2011 2:58pm

Facebook and the Feds have teamed to make job hunters’ lives a little easier, by creating a special Facebook page that consolidates some of the newest and best tools for matching job seekers with jobs available.

Facebook, in announcing this Social Jobs Partnership, notes social websites are playing an ever more important role in job-hunting, recruitment and hiring. A survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers, a partner in the effort, finds that more than 70 percent of college career centers have a Facebook page.

A survey this summer by Jobvite, a recruiting site, found that 64 percent of human resources and recruiting professionals who responded said they had hired through social networks this year, compared with 58 percent in 2010.

“We will explore and develop systems where new job postings can be delivered virally through the Facebook site at no charge,” Facebook said in its announcement. U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has said she hopes the initiative will provide job seekers with immediate information they can use to find work, and employers with a new means of finding hires.

There are currently about 14 million people unemployed, said Solis, and about 3 million job openings nationwide.

 

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