Facebook‘s job listings feature has gotten so popular that the social media giant is expanding it internationally.
The firm said on Wednesday that its job-hunting service is expanding to 40 more countries in the next few weeks, including the UK, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Brazil.
Facebook introduced jobs listings in the US and Canada last year.
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Facebook announced on Wednesday that it’s bringing its jobs listings feature to 40 more countries in the next few weeks, including the UK, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Brazil
Since then, the service has grown in popularity and in scale, Facebook vice president Alex Himel wrote in a blog post.
In a survey of 5,000 adults, one in four people in the US said they searched for or found a job using Facebook.
Facebook has enhanced it to handle tasks such as managing applications, scheduling interviews, and getting alerts when desired types of positions are listed.
Jobs can be listed, or applied for, at a ‘dashboard’ devoted to the purpose in Facebook applications.
Facebook users can filter their results based on local jobs, job categories and job type.
The job platform can’t show any other information on a user’s profile aside from what is made public by the user.
Use of the basic service is free, but businesses can pay to ‘boost’ posts and more strongly target candidates, according to the Silicon Valley-based social network.
Job posts appear in several locations at the social network, including business pages, Marketplace, and in News Feed.
HOW CAN YOU ACCESS FACEBOOK’S JOBS FEATURE?
Facebook first rolled out its jobs board to users in the US and Canada last year.
The firm is now expanding the service to 40 more countries.
In the coming weeks, it’ll be available in the UK, Spain, Italy, Argentina and Brazil.
Here’s how to search for and apply to a job:
- Navigate to your News Feed
- On the side of the page, there’s a section titled ‘Explore,’ which has options to click on ‘Events,’ ‘Pages’ and ‘Groups,’ among other things
- Click on the option for ‘Jobs’
- From there, you can specify based on location, industry and job type
Users can apply for jobs on Facebook via a ‘dashboard’ that lists open positions. Businesses can review applications on the site, as well as schedule interviews and manage applications
Himel declined to specify to AFP how many job postings were listed with Facebook.
According to Statistic.com, Facebook’s audience in the US totals about 214 million people, meaning that roughly 53 million people there sought jobs at the social network.
With more than two billion users around the world, Facebook promises strong potential for connecting people seeking work with open jobs, especially medium- or low-skill jobs in local enterprises.
‘A lot of these businesses who aren’t able to fill their positions elsewhere, they’re seeing success on Facebook,’ Himel said.
Facebook’s job service wades into the terrain of career-focused social network LinkedIn, which Microsoft bought two years ago in a deal valued at $26 billion.
But LinkedIn is seen as an online venue for professionals to cultivate connections and opportunities whereas Facebook’s job service appeared crafted for positions requiring less schooling or specialized training.
LinkedIn typically helps connect people with jobs that require skilled or highly skilled labor.
Google rolled out a similar jobs listing feature last June that serves up help-wanted listings that it finds on the internet.
The feature also shows the typical commute time for each job.