This is old news but – last week Facebook announced that Facebook Jobs is coming! You can almost hear the Jaws theme music playing in the background, can’t you!? CareerBuilder, Dice, LinkedIn, etc. – all the job boards – you can bet are taking note. 900 Million users – everyone from your Grandma to your Mom to your cousin Mary – from Brain Surgeons to Alligator Wrestlers – Facebook has got them.
My good friend Lance Haun wrote about his over at TLNT last week – What Is Facebook Thinking? Do We Really Need Another Job Board? From Lance’s post:
“The strength is obvious: imagine you’re applying for a job at XYZ company and you find out that a friend’s family member works there. Or what if some sort of robust search capability were added to the site? Or what if Facebook could recommend certain career options based on your activity beyond career-related postings?
The problem is that it would also come at the expense of privacy and the sort of digital wall that many people have put up to differentiate between their Facebook life and their LinkedIn life. Yet, the sheer numbers potential is attractive in it’s own right.”
This is the argument that LinkedIn has been hoping you will buy! And so far you have been! LinkedIn is for Professional, Facebook is for Personal. It’s a 2008 argument. Most people don’t want to live two lives – they would prefer to live one, but they feel they can’t be themselves professionally – they need to be this watered down version of themselves – at least when not at a conference – then anything goes. Let’s get real for a second – everyone is on Facebook – Your Mom, Your co-workers, Your boss, the owner of your company, your HR Manager, your ex-boyfriends, your current boyfriend – everyone. Your not hiding anything – even with your ‘privacy’ settings. It’s time to stop living the double life and be yourself.
Here’s what is really exciting about Facebook Jobs – We finally get access to everyone! Well, almost everyone – at least 7 times more than LinkedIn – and all those ‘Passive’ candidates! Even if Facebook only goes for the quick cash grab and does postings for a fee – it’s still better than just posting on a Job Board or LinkedIn. People like to look, lurk and see what’s open – it’s human nature. Facebook is the perfect place for this. Just like when LinkedIn started and HR Pros were actually encouraging their employees to get on, to ‘network’ (don’t we look stupid now!) – no one will consider a person on Facebook to necessarily be job hunting. It’s the perfect safe environment for this to happen. Plus, it easily allows people to engage their personal networks when they see something interesting that someone in their personal network would have interest in.
LinkedIn should be nervous – good talent is already leaving or ignoring them at this point – recruiters have taken it over – it’s become spammy. Facebook is an open frontier – the best recruiters are already finding ways within Facebook to network and source. Facebook Jobs – or whatever they decide to do – could be a big game changer for recruiters.