Facebook Jobs launches in the UK: Site takes on LinkedIn by letting you apply for roles from your News Feed
For many people, the thought of employers trawling Facebook is a troubling one. Nonetheless, Facebook recently launched a job-searching application on its site in the US, hoovering up business from those who don’t fit into LinkedIn’s more corporate world, and this tool is now coming to the UK.
The application is aimed at both lower-skilled workers, and those who aren’t actively seeking a job but who might consider jumping ship were they offered, say, a better wage or a more convenient location. The application originally became available to business pages in the US and Canada this time last year, and now it’s launching in the UK, as well as 39 additional countries.
Jobs appear in the Jobs dashboard as well as on the “Jobs” tab in the “Explore” section on mobile, by clicking the Jobs icon in Marketplace, or by visiting the Jobs tab of a business’ Page. When you’re ready to apply for a role, you can create an application, which will populate with job history and other information taken from your Facebook profile. You can edit your application before you submit it.
Once you finish applying, a Messenger conversation will open with the business’ Page so you can have direct contact with the employer and confirm when your information has been received. Businesses will only be able to see information you provide them directly, and what’s available publicly on your Facebook profile. To stay on top of the type of job you’re interested in, you can also subscribe to alerts.
The enterprise could earn Facebook even more revenue by offering employers the option to turn posts into ads, which would permeate news feeds, featuring more prominently and reaching a wider group of prospective employees. It’s unlikely that many businesses will need to turn to this, what with the share-happy millennials dispersing career opportunities among friends who are job-hunting.