When you think of using social networking to find a job or change your career or recruit new people, you mostly think of LinkedIn. Facebook doesn’t come to your mind because you think Facebook is mostly for sharing holiday pics, party pics, college reunion pics, having cold breakfast pics and making your cats and dogs do silly things pics. Facebook is soon going to change that. You will be able to find yourself a job – although this is contrary to a culture that Facebook inadvertently promotes – using Facebook.
Facebook is testing a feature, according to this Fox Business report, that will allow Page administrators to create job postings and receive applications using the Facebook interface. This feature will directly compete with the LinkedIn feature that allow businesses to recruit new people. According to a statement given to Reuters, one of the Facebook spokespersons said, “Based on behavior we have seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we are running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates.”
LinkedIn users pay LinkedIn a monthly fee for posting resumes and for the ability to network with people looking for business opportunities. Facebook would make money promoting these opportunities for businesses.
Would this be a success considering the demography of Facebook? Normally when you think of serious business, you think of LinkedIn. But with the sort of presence Facebook enjoys, even when it launches some serious service like jobhunting and resume submitting, it is going to get access to a wide audience immediately.
So are you using Facebook all the time because you don’t have a job? Soon it is going to change. You’re going to be able to find a new job for yourself on Facebook.