Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings
Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings

Following years of speculation that Facebook could try to harness its huge audience to take on services like LinkedIn, the social-networking giant has announced that it will soon allow businesses to post job openings and job seekers to hunt for new jobs.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of ads and business platform, told reporters that the company has created new tools to allow small and midsized businesses to hire the right people through the service.

Bosworth added that the new tools were aimed at small and midsized businesses that may be in need to hire part-time and hourly workers, which is a weak spot for LinkedIn.

Job seekers will be able to apply for vacancies by clicking the new "Apply Now" button, and Facebook will auto-fill some of the applicant's public information from their online profile. The service will allow applicants to review and edit the information before they submit the application.

Following the submission of the application, Facebook will create a conversation between the recruiter and the job candidate through Facebook Messenger. A new "Jobs" tab will also be added for job seekers.

As per a 2015 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, nearly 84 per cent of businesses are hunting for new employees through social media sites and 9 per cent said they were planning to do so.