Facebook Puts LinkedIn In Crosshairs With Job Search Feature

Move over LinkedIn (or should we say Microsoft) and make room for Facebook, the world's largest social network that is expanding its reach into professional territory with a new job search feature. LinkedIn has been the go-to social service to gain an edge in the professional arena and to link employers with qualified job seekers, but now it is going to have some competition from Facebook.

Facebook Job Search

While LinkedIn already has an established system that works well and is popular, Facebook has the advantage of more eyeballs, including those that peer at Pages. According to Facebook, over 1 billion people visit Pages every month.

"Businesses and people already use Facebook to fill and find jobs, so we're rolling out new features that allow job posting and application directly on Facebook," the social network stated in a blog post.

Businesses in the United States and Canada can take advantage of the new feature today by posting job openings. Facebook users looking for a job can visit a company's Page and easily find posted job openings by navigating to a new jobs bookmark. If there's an opening, users will see an Apply Now button that brings up a virtual application pre-populated with information from their profile. There's also a text box where the applicant can share other details about himself/herself.

Facebook said it's been testing the feature in parts of the U.S., and while it's still early on, businesses have found it useful in filling positions. That's a big deal, considering that 40 percent of small businesses in the U.S. report that filling jobs turned out to be more difficult than they expected.

The new feature will roll out gradually to U.S. and Canadian businesses over the next few weeks. People looking for jobs can find listings at facebook.com/jobs or by hitting the jobs bookmark in Facebook on desktop and mobile devices.