Facebook expands job-posting tool to take on LinkedIn

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Facebook is expanding its job posting tool to 40 more countries including the UK, Spain, and Brazil aimed at connecting members with local work. Facebook Vice President Alex Himel called the move as a "new stage of the diversification of the social network."


While the users in the US and Canada have been able to see job postings on Facebook since last year, the company says it's added new tools such as the ability to schedule interviews and create job posts on mobile. Job searchers can also make alerts for positions they're looking for.

It is important to note that unlike Microsoft’s LinkedIn, Facebook is focused to draw in candidates for small- and medium-size businesses with its job application feature. “Local businesses strengthen our communities and create more than 60 percent of new jobs. We want to help people find those jobs and help local businesses hire the right people,” Himel wrote in a blog post.

Businesses will be able to post job openings to a Jobs tab on their Page, " target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jobs dashboard, Facebook Marketplace, and the News Feed that they can promote with ads. Meanwhile, job seekers can discover openings, auto-fill applications with their Facebook profile information, edit and submit their application, and communicate via Messenger to schedule interviews.

According to Facebook, businesses will only be able to see information you provide them directly, and what’s available publicly on your Facebook profile. “To stay on top of the type of job you’re interested in, you can also subscribe to alerts,” Himel said.