Can Facebook Help Americans Get Jobs?

October 25, 2011 in Daily Bulletin

Facebook is working with the Department of Labor to make networking, between those searching for jobs and employers seeking to fill positions, more efficient. Everyone wants the 9.1 percent unemployment rate to go down, and it will be interesting to see if Facebook can put a dent into this figure. The Wall Street Journal has taken a look at this initiative and along with offering tips to employers, they have an informative infographic which illustrates the way social media has been used by employers to fill positions. In addition, The Week has examined the potential effects of this partnership, and, among other things, notes that Facebook isn’t the first or only social network with this goal, but because of their immense user base they could make a large impact. Some facts are:

  • In 2011, 64% of employers successfully used a social network to hire employees
  • 45% of companies always search potential employees’ profiles
  • 80% of companies use some form of social media to hire employees

For more, you can click on either of our source links:

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Source: The Week 

Edit: Here is a link to Facebook’s page about the Social Jobs partnership.