Facebook Tests Resume Feature

Partnership with ZipRecruiter streamlines hiring

By Roy Maurer Oct 26, 2017
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Facebook has confirmed that it is testing a feature which would allow users to upload a resume to their profiles to make it easier to apply for jobs, especially via mobile devices.

This development follows the social media giant's announcement earlier this year that it is jumping into the job advertising space. Employers in the U.S. and Canada are now able to post jobs on company pages, track applications and communicate with applicants through Facebook. 

The resume feature will reportedly appear alongside the work and education details that can already be provided in a user's Facebook profile. The difference will be that work histories will be private unless the user decides to show them off, such as when applying to a job through the site.

"Smartly, resume information won't publicly display all information about your credentials, which will make users and privacy advocates happy, while keeping this information walled off from Google and Microsoft/LinkedIn," said Joel Cheesman, a recruiting technology industry veteran and the founder of Ratedly, which monitors anonymous employee review websites.

Cheesman added that the feature makes sense because "one of the current challenges … with posting jobs on company pages is that the employer-candidate conversation occurs through Facebook's Messenger platform, as opposed to the traditional method of submitting a resume."

That has been an obvious drawback for any employer recruiting in volume.

The resume uploading function is currently in test mode only, and no formal announcement has been made about when it will be made available. But Cheesman thinks it will be rolled out to all users soon.

"It's great to see different platforms get involved in simplifying the job-seeking process," said Ian Siegel, the CEO of job search engine ZipRecruiter, based in Los Angeles. "Social platforms help amplify the search because it helps foster a safe space where users can network with friends and acquaintances while making it easier for employers to pick out quality candidates."

ZipRecruiter Partnership Streamlines Hiring from Facebook

In September, Facebook and job search engine ZipRecruiter announced a collaboration to facilitate the flow of job applications submitted through Facebook back to ZipRecruiter, where they are easier to manage through a dashboard. Employers with a ZipRecruiter account can upload job postings directly to their company page on Facebook. Facebook users fill out an application, which is then sent from Facebook to ZipRecruiter, so employers can manage all of their hiring in one place.

"For job seekers, this integration creates a seamless way for Facebook users to find and apply to jobs quickly and easily—especially candidates who may not be active on online job boards," Siegel said.

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