• http://jobcoachjacqui.com Jacqui Washington, MBA

    Facebook job board, good idea or not? Had to share this question with my job seekers. Can’t wait to tell you the results! @JobCoachJacqui

  • http://hudson.com Nancy Benford

    Great article with thoughts to ponder.

    I just had a great webinar and phone call with a guy from Identified Employer Solutions. They have launched The First Professional Search Engine for Facebook and it actually sounds quite impressive! (If, of course it works). The platform is very similar to Linked In Recruiter, but they say that FB is 4X stronger than Linked In. There are some great features and reporting functions. They have a search engine tool as well as a job posting tool, which posts your company’s job postings on a customized careers tab right on the corporate FB page.

    Re/ the appropriate or not-so-appropriate content on one’s personal page that can be held against them, Identified seems to have created a search function that only pulls one’s professional information, that would pertain to a career. You can’t view one’s entire page or see any content other than their professional information.

    Worth checking out!

  • http://superecruiter.blogspot.com/ Morgan Hoogvelt

    Guess time will tell, but my initial thought is that too of a “Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnn”. This concept doesn’t overly excite me other than to see if this job board concept actually turns users away who want to stay away from jobs and headhunters and simply use Facebook for social networking purposes.

  • http://careers.roche.com Ted Meulenkamp

    I think it can become something big actually. There are 900 million people on the site spending an incredible amount of their online time right there on FB. FB is not just being used for sharing your holiday pics but more and more (at least in my experience) used to be a convenient place where I see posts for NYT, CNN, brands I like etc etc. Why not stay up to date on jobs that might interest me?

    The concept of the job board is not revolutionary of course but the potential to unlock access to 900 million people is big.

    I totally agree that the moment FB tries to show me matching jobs based on a clever algorithm it will fail. There has to be an opt-in and the user needs to select the jobs he wants to see. Then those jobs can show up in my timeline (only visible to me).

    I doubt that FB will force me to actually apply online with the potential of giving access to unwanted personal information. Don’t you think it would make more sense to have those jobs ultimately link to your ATS where you would apply? Like any other job board.

    As well, think about the potential power of sharing some jobs with friends etc.

    As long as they put the user in control of what is shown to me and if they protect my privacy (not their best thing I agree) this might be interesting.

    If the rumors are true of course

  • http://www.simplyhired.com Jeremy Reid

    I can already see engineers turning off their Facebook profiles.

  • http://www.verticalelevation.com Carol Schultz

    Great article Raghav. Facebook has had one original idea and the rest is them swimming in the red ocean and hoping (I’ve said for years “hope” is never an effective strategy) they can generate enough interest to earn money…

    One item I’d like to ask about is your comment, “What most recruiters know is that job boards are good for generating resumes, not necessarily filling jobs.” Do you really think that most recruiters know this? I’m not so sure…

  • http://identified.com/ Calvin Jhunjhnuwala

    901 million people hold a lot of potential. What’s wrong with the ability to find a job on Facebook? The biggest companies such as McDonalds, Starbucks, and HP all have Job Posting Apps on their pages. Companies like Taco Bell and Boeing even have a separate Careers Pages for their Talent Community. (Check out the Ten Facebook Career Pages with the Largest Talent Communities: bit.ly/NIEQMT) More and more companies are recruiting through Facebook because of the amount of real networking that occurs. LinkedIn can often feel stale in its “social” aspects.

    I work for Identified and as Nancy Benford stated, Identified is one of the companies that has taken advantage of such large networks. The potential is there and more and more people are coming around to using Facebook as a viable platform to recruit.

    Check out employers.identified.com for more info

  • http://www.4mat.com Gareth Jenkins

    Let’s face it, it could be either big thing OR a no thing.. It depends on how they execute it. If they go anywhere near their “opted in by default” approach, it will cause huge problems and lead to turning people off – but I doubt they will go this route. It will more likely be like the Marketplace, which you can turn to if you wish (for active job seekers in this case). I fully agree though that having an audience of nearly 1bln people, with many using it now as a portal to all the web makes for great potential.

    An interesting middle ground is if they can find a way to use the brand advocacy, interest and location based information they have on users to give people a choice to receive “lifestyle” related job matches – but I can see that being VERY difficult to get working nicely. Interest in a career area does not equal skills to do the work of course, so they would have to give opportunities to add more info in there – But I somehow just can’t imagine them yet going after LinkedIn territory to the extent of having a full professional profile and skills listings on there. I could be wrong though..

  • John Amodeo

    I see this as yet another great opportunity for organizations with savvy marketing and recruiting leadership to increase their spend in digital profiling to crowdsource until the cows come home. FB will pirate out the most scalable and appropriate functionality of all of their alleged social competitors in the space and provide talent gatherers with more ways to build talent pools. If it wasn’t for the “me too” competitors out there, the spend for digital profiling would escalate exponentially. Please, by all means, bring on another “me too.” Formula One’s like LinkedIn will always capture the poll positions and checkered flags to gain the well deserved market and revenue share they are due. When the “me too’s” sell their data for a fraction of the price, I’m happy to savor occasional wins having adding them to the portfolio.

  • http://www.cleanjourney.com/ K.C. Donovan

    Raghav – what a cogent well thought out article! Your example of finding only 1,800 nurses in MN with FB accounts is priceless and condemning for FB…

    Smart!

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  • Sylvia Dahlby

    News flash – Facebook is already being used as a job board – just as LinkedIn was long before they started charging money for it. PS: The entire twittersphere is one big job board. Yawn is right.

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  • http://www.socialjobsboard.com Cedrick Dunn

    I think facebook hasn’t really put much thought into a jobs board, at least not yet anyway. I feel it’s the peer pressure from Rick at Branchout in Zuck’s ear trying to get him to help with a failed system. Anyway maybe they haven’t figured it out yet but with the size of their audience I am sure they will, one day.

    BTW, a location based social jobs board featuring a mashup with facebook and google maps would be nice. Something like this perhaps, https://www.socialjobsboard.com/main/index/empty/3/0 where recruiters could find job seekers based on their geographic location and talk to them in real time via facebook style chat.

  • Mike Pauletich

    Well put, Raghav, and I could not agree more (which should not surprise you). All in all, it shows very little in the way of innovation. And regarding Nancy’s plug for Identified, the same barriers and problems apply relative to incomplete profiles and lack of professional data. Thanks for the thoughtful posting Raghav!

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