Facebook has launched a new app that is similar to Linked In…the attached article explains how Facebook has partnered with the Department of Labor, Monster.com, and a few other job service sites. Facebook says that their app is supposed to help leverage great candidates to great jobs. As of now, there are about 1.7 million users of this app and its consistently growing.
What is great about the app, according to the article, is that its easy to use and Facebook does all of the work. The user just has to type in a few keywords and an entire search opens with possible openings that have been aggregated by Facebook from multiple career sites. In reality, this is just like a Kayak.com or Pulse.com where all of their articles/flight prices, etc, are aggregated from numerous sites so the user has easy access to whatever they choose. This jobs app does the same thing which Facebook thinks will become an important tool in job searching….similar to LinkedIn.
The article also touches on whether or not Facebook will become more competitve with LinkedIn because of its ability to work closely with numerous career sites. However, LinkedIn has worked hard to create relationships with companies, users and recruiters so they are definitely feeling the pinch–their stock fell 2% after this Facebook app was announced.
I however dont think LinkedIn and this Facebook app are very comparable as of now. Linkedine provides so much more in relation to job hunting than this app. You can have your own profile, recommendations, job search, people search, keep resumes, see connections, etc. This Facebook app can only aggregate a job search based on what the users inputs.Although I think Facebook has the potential to grow this app to include everything LinkedIn does, i do think that most people are comfortable with LinkedIn now and they look at it as professional where as Facebook is more social.
What do you all think about this? Do you think Facebook can give LinkedIn a run for its money with the job search app?