In 2011, Facebook partnered with several organizations and agencies to create the Social Jobs Partnership, which faded the line between jobs and social media. Now, taking the partnership further, the social network has announced the launch of its Social Jobs Partnership app. Users can access more than 1.7 million jobs.
The Partnership includes the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, DirectEmployers Association, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Jobs provided via the Social Jobs app come from the likes of BranchOut, Work4Labs, Jobvite, DirectEmployers Association, and Monster.com. A ticker on the app shows the current number of jobs available, which presently sits at 1,733,231.
Facebook users can find jobs based on a listing's location, skills required, and industry. The stated purpose of the SJP app is to "tap into the growing trend of talent acquisition through social media." The potential value of this app can be seen in recent statistics published in a NACE survey that looked at, in part, the relationship between Facebook and job seeking/recruitment.
According to the survey, 50-percent of employers use Facebook in some fashion during the hiring process, with over half of those employers believing that Facebook is becoming an integral part of the process. In addition, a whopping 90-percent of businesses stated that Facebook reduced their need for recruitment-based print advertisements. Finally, 87-percent of recruiters stated that individuals using Facebook for the purposes of getting a job should like the potential employer's Facebook page, and should engage in social networking.