Facebook on Wednesday announced that its year-old job-hunting service is expanding to dozens more countries, aiming to connect members with local work. Facebook vice president Alex Himel described the move into more than 40 countries as a "new stage of the diversification of the social network."
Since adding a local jobs posting feature early last year in Canada and the US, Facebook has enhanced it to handle tasks such as managing applications, scheduling interviews, and getting alerts when desired types of positions are listed. "We do feel really good about how that's worked out in the US, with room for improvement of course," Himel said.
Jobs can be listed, or applied for, at a "dashboard" devoted to the purpose in Facebook applications.
Use of the basic service is free, but businesses can pay to "boost" posts and more strongly target candidates, according to the Silicon Valley-based social network. Job posts appear in several locations at the social network, including business pages, Marketplace, and in News Feed.
Speaking with AFP on the sidelines of a presentation in New York, Himel declined to specify how many job postings were listed with Facebook.
He said an internal study revealed that one-in-four Facebook members in the US had used the social network to seek jobs.