After revealing a competing service to Steam last week, and a Craigslist competitor before that, it seems Facebook is now ready to take on LinkedIn. The company said today that it was testing a feature that allowed administrators to create job postings and receive applications from interested candidate.
“Based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we’re running a test for page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates,” a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.
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We first spotted the feature back in October:
NEW Facebook Page option shows a ‘Jobs’ tab coming soon?
— Matt Navarra ⭐️ 🇬🇧 (@MattNavarra) October 20, 2016
What’s unclear at this time is if Facebook plans to monetize this service. LinkedIn makes a hefty chunk of its revenue by tapping job hunters and recruiters who pay a monthly fee to connect. These individuals are then able to contact potential employers, post a resume, and connect with people within the corporate social hierarchy.
Facebook’s jobs feature would have the unfortunate task of trying to mix business and pleasure, something most of us are probably doing on the platform anyway. For job seekers and employers though, this could be great news. Tapping the world’s largest social network for potential jobs — or the best hires — makes a lot of sense.
Plus, we’re typically following our favorite businesses on Facebook anyway. As a final bonus, it keeps us from having to jump in waist-deep while trying to wade through the hell hole that LinkedIn has become.
No word on when the service might launch, but we’ll update you as we know more.