Simply Hired Launches New Social Job Search Features with Expanded LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter Integration (UK Press Release)
For the First Time, Job Seekers Can View Network Connections instantly alongside Job Search Results Using Simply Hired’s LinkedIn Mashup
London—January 19, 2010—Simply Hired®, the largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network, today announced new social job search features through expanded integration with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. A pioneer in bringing social connections into online job search, Simply Hired’s new features include the first LinkedIn mashup that enables job seekers to view business connections instantly in their search results.
Today’s web-savvy job seekers have turned social applications into professional job hunting tools by embracing social networks to expand professional connections, tapping into Twitter for real-time alerts about job openings and leveraging blogs to increase their online presence. Simply Hired’s new features integrate many of these existing tools into the site’s job search results, improving the effectiveness of social applications for job seekers, driving innovation in job search technology forward and further mirroring how candidates find jobs through traditional networking.
Simply Hired’s mashup with LinkedIn is the first in the industry to enable job seekers to discover their connections at the organisations returned in their search results. This new feature is an evolution of the Simply Hired Who Do I Know?™ tool, which allowed users to connect to LinkedIn from a SimplyHired.co.uk job listing to find out if they had a contact within the organisation. With this latest release, job seekers now have the ability to immediately see whether someone in their network is affiliated with a potential employer. As a user’s network grows, their search results will always reveal the most recent and relevant connections.
“Given the competitive employment landscape, it is imperative now more than ever for job seekers to leverage all possible avenues in pursuit of their dream job," said Sachin Shah, Director of International, Simply Hired. “With hundreds of applicants vying for any one role, a personal or professional connection within an organisation can give a job seeker the crucial advantage. Our new features show job seekers that there is hope; that their network of connections is more powerful than they believe.
The new “Share" feature enables job seekers to easily share interesting job openings with their friends and followers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as via email. This feature enables users to help each other locate relevant opportunities. Employers and job boards also benefit from increased visibility and traffic when a job posting goes viral.
“The job search process can be incredibly time consuming, with some job seekers spending the equivalent of a full-time job on their search," said Francis Larkin, Sr. Product Manager, Simply Hired. “Our goal was to help increase the exchange between job seekers’ personal networks and our job search engine to provide a faster, more efficient job search experience."
In addition to the new social features, Simply Hired has improved the search results interface to provide a simpler, faster and more efficient user experience. The addition of a “Telecommute" job type filter addresses the feedback from many job seekers who prefer to work remotely.
To begin using Simply Hired’s new job search results page, simply visit simplyhired.co.uk. For tips on using the new features, please visit the Simply Hired UK Blog.
Notes to Editors:
• SimplyHired.co.uk is part of the Simply Hired network, which includes 17 localised global websites and 5,000 partner sites, including social networks, blogs and media outlets.
• SimplyHired.co.uk is a job search engine that enables job seekers to quickly and efficiently search thousands of job listings from job boards, content sites, newspapers, organisations and company career sites.
• Recruiters, human resources professionals and job boards can leverage SimplyHired.co.uk to increase visibility among job seekers and drive qualified traffic to their websites.
About Simply Hired
With more than five million job listings worldwide, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.co.uk) is the world’s largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network. The company powers jobs on over 5,000 network partner sites including popular social networks, blogs, media outlets, niche websites and more. It operates global sites in 5 continents, 17 countries and eight languages. Simply Hired has been lauded as one of the “50 Coolest Websites" by Time magazine, a “Top 100 Website" by PC Magazine and the “Best of the Web" by BusinessWeek. Simply Hired has raised £13.5 million in funding from IDG Ventures SF, News Corporation’s Fox Interactive Media, Foundation Capital, Garage Technology Ventures and individual investors. The company is privately held and is based in Mountain View, California U.S.A.