Simply Hired® Introduces Personalized Job Search using Facebook® (US press release)
Job search engine first to help users leverage their Facebook friends to find a job
Mountain View, Calif. – June 2, 2010 – Simply Hired, the largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network, today launched the first personalized job search experience by integrating with Facebook. Job seekers can now utilize their Facebook profile and friends on SimplyHired.com to access customized job content to land a job.
Using this new capability, users who log in with Facebook are able to discover jobs based on their current or previous work titles, location, interests and their friends’ companies on SimplyHired.com. From the search results page, job seekers will be able to browse friends’ companies and search for job openings. This changes job search from a passive to an active process by suggesting relevant jobs and helping users tap their friends to get an inside track on a job.
Beta testing of this feature has already doubled user engagement on SimplyHired.com for users who opt-in. This release includes additional features that allow users to see a company directory listing where all their friends work and jobs at companies they like. Users can also see companies where they have the highest number of friends and other relevant job-related information. These features are available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and India.
“Simply Hired is showing what’s possible when you make it easy to find jobs through friends," said Ethan Beard, director of the Facebook Developer Network. “Personal relationships and professional networking have always been the best ways to find a new job. By integrating with Facebook, Simply Hired is bringing this to life online and helping users tap into their social connections to personalize the job search process."
Traditionally, half of all hiring has been done via referrals. According to recent SimplyHired.com polls, 77 percent of respondents currently have a Facebook account, with 65 percent of respondents already using social sites such as Facebook to search for a job. A pervasive social graph now enables the referral process to come online.
“Personalization is the next generation of job search," said Simply Hired CEO Gautam Godhwani. “Today, Simply Hired takes another significant step toward making job search simple by combining the largest social graph with the largest job database. Finally, your friends can help you find a job online."
With a 9.9 percent national unemployment rate, more people than ever are looking for jobs in a tough economy. As social sites have now eclipsed email in online usage, they will increasingly become an essential tool for job search.
About Simply Hired
With more than seven million job listings worldwide, Simply Hired (www.SimplyHired.com) is the world’s largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network. The company powers jobs on over 10,000 network partner sites, and operates global sites in 19 countries and ten languages on five continents. Simply Hired has raised $22.3 million in funding from venture and individual investors including Foundation Capital, IDG Ventures and News Corporation. The company is privately held and is based in Mountain View, California.
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