Facebook will assist US Government in creating new job places. For job seekers it means a facilitation of the job finding process, while Facebook will have even more users.
Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) announced a joint commitment to create the Social Jobs Partnership. The partnership’s goal will be to facilitate employment for America’s jobless through the use of social networks.
According to an independent survey by NACE, more than 70% of college career centers have a Facebook page, and a Jobvite poll conducted in 2010 showed that 92% of respondents have recruited or plan to recruit via social networks. Responding to this statistics, Facebook has launched a special social jobs page that hosts content to help Americans in job searches. The page will be promoted the 10 states with the highest unemployment rate, and Puerto Rico, which has an unemployment rate of 16%.
To provide even better service, Facebook also will conduct a survey research about the ways in which job seekers, college career centers, and workforce recruiters are using the social web.
Facebook claims to start promoting the existing government programs and resources for job hunters and distribute educational materials about leveraging the power of the social web to recruiters, government agencies, and job seekers. Another Facebook’s social initiative is it’s recently launched initiative to help grow American small businesses and create jobs.
“Facebook is about connecting people so that they can share what’s important to them, and that is the driving force behind the Social Jobs Partnership,” said Marne Levine, Facebook vice president of Global Public Policy. “We’ve brought employers, recruiters, college career services and government agencies together to help the millions of Americans who use Facebook find jobs.”
If Facebook continues to develop its ‘jobs department’, other headhunter’s platforms such as LinkedIn may literally face a serious competitor.