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Facebook tests a resume “work histories” feature to boost recruitment efforts

Facebook tests a resume “work histories” feature to boost recruitment efforts
From TechCrunch - October 17, 2017

As LinkedIn ads in video and other features to look a little more like Facebook, Facebook continues to take on LinkedIn in the world of social recruitment services. In the latest development, Facebook is testing a feature to let users create resumes which Facebook calls a work histories featureand share them privately on the site as part of their job hunt.

First made public by The Next Webs Matt Navarraon the back of a tip he received from a computer science student called Jane Manchun Wong,the test was confirmed to us by a spokesperson at the company as part of its efforts to grow usage of its recruitment advertising business, which was launched in February this year.

AtFacebook, were always building and testing new products and services,he said. Were currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find and businesses hire for jobs onFacebook.

Weve been looking around, and so far the only evidence of the test appears to be coming from an Android mobile device.

Interestingly, Facebook is testing this resume service to reduce some of the friction between finding a job and then applying for it on mobile specifically, to make it easier and faster to apply for jobs with a ready-made career and education history. That is a use case that LinkedIn also identified a while back, using its basic profile pages as resume proxies in its own mobile-based job application flow. Facebook, of course, has a wider purpose than career advancement, so its basic profile pages dont quite fit that need.

On its surface, Facebooks resume feature appears to be an expansion of the work and education details that you can already provide around your Facebook profile, including the period of time youve worked in a job or studied somewhere, and your contact information:

In the case of the resume, though, the key difference is that the information doesnt post directly to your profile. Today, users only have two options for handling that kind of information: either making it completely public, or just visible to your friends (but not entirely visible unless you choose to share it). The resume will have a more targeted use: you can show it off only when you choose to, as part of a job application.

Facebook took its initial step into the recruitment market in February this year when it launched its first job ads as a basic page that let you look for jobs they way you might look for goods for sale on Facebooks Marketplace: by location and keywords. In the months since then, its worked on several tests and expansions of the service to figure out how to get more traffic to this new part of its site.

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