When it comes to economic growth, few issues are more important than matching qualified candidates with great jobs. In that spirit, we know that the power of social media – the connections between friends, family and community – can have an outsized impact on finding jobs.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE),DirectEmployers Association, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) and Facebook joined forces to create the Social Jobs Partnership, an initiative that leverages social media to connect great jobs with great candidates.
Today, the Social Jobs Partnership (SJP) is thrilled to unveil our Facebook app [https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs/app_417814418282098], a new tool that will make it easier for people on Facebook to find and share employment opportunities.
The new SJP app is a central location where recruiters can share open positions with the Facebook community sorted by industry, location and skills. Today, the app launches with employment opportunities provided by BranchOut, DirectEmployers Association, Work4Labs, Jobvite and Monster.com. Together, these developers are offering applicants access to more than 1.7 million jobs currently hosted on Facebook.
The SJP created this app to tap into the growing trend of talent acquisition through social media. A recent NACE survey found that Facebook is emerging as an important factor in linking qualified jobs with qualified candidates. The survey found:
- Half of employers (50 percent) are using Facebook in their hiring process. A majority (54 percent) already using the social network anticipates Facebook becoming a more important part of the talent acquisition process in the near future.
- Nearly 90 percent of companies stated that Facebook has decreased the amount of print advertising needed with regards to their recruiting efforts, making Facebook a cost effective way to find new talent.
- Of companies using Facebook to acquire new potential employees, more than half state the importance of networking and referrals. The number one suggestion by recruiters (87 percent) is for candidates using Facebook to ‘Like’ a desired company’s Facebook page, followed by using Facebook as a networking tool.
You can read more about the trends here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/social-jobs-partnership/recruiting-survey-social-media-helps-connect-job-seekers-with-employers/404484379619706.
The Social Jobs App will hopefully be a valuable resource for job seekers and an additional avenue for professional exploration and connection. The Social Jobs Partnership is happy to provide this resource and additional tips and tools. Help us get the word out by sharing the app with folks on the hunt for their next great opportunity.
“Nearly a year ago, the U.S. Department of Labor joined the Social Jobs Partnership to explore better ways to connect people with job information through social media. Today, we’re taking an important next step with the announcement of this valuable new application. Through the expertise of our partners and the foundation of an industry-supported open source job posting schema, the Social Jobs Partnership is helping get America back to work.” - Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
“Research conducted by our team found that social media is becoming an increasingly important resource for both job seekers and job recruiters,” said Marilyn Mackes, executive director of NACE. “We are excited about the launch of the app, which will give job seekers greater access to opportunities. This is a positive step forward for the Social Jobs Partnership, and NACE is pleased to be a part of the team.” - Marilyn Mackes, Executive Director of NACE
“The National Association of State Workforce Agencies and DirectEmployers Association are pleased the SJP has forged a new way of sharing relevant and high quality career information through the innovative use of social media. NASWA and DirectEmployers can offer over a million unduplicated and current jobs from verified employers of all sized through SJP’s newest application at no cost to employers. Through the collaboration of NASWA and DirectEmployers, SJP users will have quicker access to job originating on state-sponsored job banks and large corporate websites.” - Richard A. Hobbie, Ph.D., Executive Director of NASWA
“Facebook is all about connecting people and we’re thrilled to see developers leveraging our platform to connect job seekers and prospective employers. By allowing job seekers to view and share job openings based on personalized criteria, like location and industry, the Social Jobs Application builds on our broader effort to help people use social media to find jobs in the US.” - Marne Levine, Facebook’s Vice President for Global Public Policy
“Making jobs easily accessible to job seekers around the nation has always been a goal of DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. By launching this application through the Social Jobs Partnership on Facebook, the National Labor Exchange employment opportunities will become more accessible while being placed on a platform that users are already familiar with. This initiative will also aid in getting Americans back to work.” – Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers