The U.S. Labor Department announced a partnership with Facebook aimed at connecting the jobless with companies that are hiring.
The Social Jobs Partnership will aggregate a variety of existing, but often little-known, job-search services on a new Facebook page to draw more attention to them, a Los Angeles Times blog reported.
“Landing on this page can help Americans land good jobs,” Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said at a Washington news conference. She was joined by representatives from Facebook and national labor organizations.
The partnership, which Solis hopes to expand to Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social-networking sites, will highlight job-placement resources to match those openings to some of the people who need work, the blog reported.
There are some three million job openings in the U.S., Solis said, and about 14 million unemployed people.
Facebook’s new page will be a one-stop shop for those looking for work, said Marne Levine, vice president for global public policy for Facebook.
“Think of this as a free, online job fair that can be accessed seven days a week, day or night,” she explained. “Our labor market is changing, and so should the tools that are used to find these jobs.”
“The social Web is changing the way that employers search for talent,” added Bill Warren, executive director of the nonprofit DirectEmployers Association. “This initiative is going to make the recruiting process easier and more efficient for both employees and job-seekers.”
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