Facebook and the U.S. Department of Labor have announced a collaboration, the Social Jobs Partnership, geared towards helping America’s job-seekers via social networking. Also included in the mix is the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA). By joining forces with these agencies, Facebook hopes to make job searches more productive by providing resources via a social media platform.
Partnership Provides Access to Employment Programs as Well as Education and Training
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement, “By leveraging the power of the social Web, this initiative will provide immediate, meaningful and ready-to-use information for job seekers and employers, and a modern platform to better connect them.”
Also in the press briefing held earlier today, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Policy, Marne Levine, commented that 92 percent of employment recruiters have either already used social networks or are planning to use social networks to engage individuals who are attempting to find work.
Although jobless claims declined slightly in September, the total unemployment rate in the U.S. is holding steady at 9.1 percent.
One Partner Provides Access to Online Learning
One of Facebook’s Social Jobs partners is the Web site Careeronestop.org, which provides users access to information about education and training options. There are many useful links in the “Career Training and Education” section that will lead users to information about e-learning courses, financial aid, skills training and even scholarships.
The information on Facebook’s Social Jobs Partnership page will provide a helping hand to anyone looking for work, plus the networking capabilities of social media at their fingertips. Users can take advantage of all types of resources located in one convenient place, plus the added benefit of sharing information and experiences with other users.
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