Applying for jobs sucks. We all know it.
You have to format a resume, write cover letters for each application, send it out, write follow-up emails, wait for (no) response and then eventually call… and call… and call… until you get through to a human.
But Facebook is now trying to simplify that process.
As if you weren’t on it enough already, Facebook rolled out a new feature on Feb. 15 that will have you “liking” your crush’s selfies, sharing clever memes and applying for your next job all in one place.
The New Facebook Job Posting Feature
Not many people may think to look on Facebook for jobs, but now they have the opportunity to.
In the new Jobs feature, employers can post jobs directly to their company’s page with no limit on postings. And in an effort to compete with LinkedIn, which charges both job seekers and employers for premium access, Facebook’s platform is completely free. LinkedIn’s basic version is free, too, but it limits what users and employers can see.
Users can browse job postings directly in the app. When I tried it, the listings that came up were relatively close to my location.
When users come across a listing that interests them, they simply click “apply now,” and an application opens in the Messenger app.
Facebook automatically pulls data like name, city, email, phone number, experience and education from users’ profiles to fill out the application. These responses can be altered before applying, though.
There’s also an option to submit a response of 1,000 characters or less to introduce yourself and explain why you’re a fit for the role. There’s no place to submit a resume, so be sure to talk yourself up!
If the company is interested in an applicant, it can just contact them directly via the Messenger app, removing the risk of lost emails or your voicemails going unheard.
Currently, the new feature is only available in the U.S. and Canada — but who knows, maybe this will be the next big thing for job applications across the globe!
Your Turn: Would you apply through the Facebook job posting tool?
Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder and a senior at The University of Tampa. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.