Facebook has announced a new partnership, called Social Jobs, that partners with the Department of Labor, National Association of Colleges and Employers, DirectEmployers Association, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. It plans to promote this page in the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates and Puerto Rico.
The plan is to reach people spending a lot of time on facebook already with tools for job searching and educational opportunities. However, the real plan is to enter the lucrative job search business.
As facebook enters the market of job listing and employers begin to post jobs on facebook, the question will become how will people apply and will the employers you apply to jobs for have access to your facebook profile?
The personal nature of content we all post on facebook can do more harm than good. We always do a facebook search when we receive resumes and those candidates that don’t lock down their profiles are scrutinized for every drunk party photo and politically incorrect status update they have ever made. With people posting constant status updates on facebook, it could be the worst way to search for a job if there is access to your personal profile.
We would like to think that facebook users would clean up their profile and that prospective employers would not judge prospective employees by their facebook profile, but we know better. We are a firm believer in separating business and personal and facebook is personal, LinkedIn is business. But, if facebook is going to do it anyway we better start deleting a lot of content we’ve posted there!