Social Jobs Partnership Launches Facebook Application Connecting Job Seekers with Jobs

Nov 14, 2012

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The Social Jobs Partnership (SJP) launched a new Facebook application on Thursday, November 15, 2012, that will give job seekers access to over 1.7 million job openings from various sources including the National Labor Exchange (NLX). Nearly two-thirds of these job openings are provided by the National Labor Exchange. The new Facebook application creates integrated job search functionality within the social media site, which allows users to search for jobs by keyword, location, occupational category and by employers who are seeking to hire veterans.

This partnership is unprecedented for State Workforce Agencies, and marks the first time the National Labor Exchange and state workforce agencies will offer employers of all sizes the opportunity to list their jobs on Facebook at no cost through the publicly-funded workforce system.

Moreover, the new job application allows state workforce agencies and the publicly-funded workforce system to reach a new segment of job seekers. The new application allows Facebook users to share (via email) and "like" jobs with friends and family, vastly expanding jobseeker exposure to available opportunities and helping automate networking with friends and family -- a vital part of a successful job search.

And since the NLX will add over one million unduplicated, verified employment opportunities from employers and State job banks to the Facebook application, jobseeker traffic to state job bank openings is expected to increase.

This application reflects a larger trend in the HR community where social media has been highlighted and utilized as a job finder. Studies conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a SJP partner, show an upward growth in using social media throughout the recruiting efforts, with 50% of employers surveyed using social media in their hiring process. Click here to read the report.

The Social Jobs Partnership, formed in October 2011, is a collaboration between Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DirectEmployers) and NASWA with the goal of facilitating employment opportunities for the unemployed in the U.S. through the use of social media.

To use the new application, click here. 'Like' the Social Jobs Partnership Facebook page for other resources available to employers and job seekers.

Click the PDF document to read the press release.