After performing a month-long study with over tens of thousands of employees from small and local businesses, Facebook has decided to move forward with the expansion of a job search function integrated into the platform. With the understanding the these local businesses enrich their communities and create over 60% of new jobs, they're looking to expand and assist in the hiring process by allowing the ability to browse jobs and apply directly in more than 40 countries.
Since introducing this function, they've added multiple features including mobile job creation, managing applications, and scheduling interviews as well as vacancy alerts. And it's no small feat - in an online poll of 5,000 adults, over a quarter said that they had searched for jobs or found one through Facebook.
The use of the basic service is free for the employer, who can also give more visibility to his advertisement by paying. For candidates, the service is also free and will be available via app after its launch.
Alex Himel, vice president of Facebook in charge of local activities, declined to specify the number of ads that are currently published on Facebook. The executive recalled that a study conducted by the social network showed that one in four users has turned to Facebook to find work. The social network has about 150 million users in the United States, 210 million users in the world and 70 million active companies in its platform worldwide.
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