Facebook Tests New Job Recruiting Features

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Facebook is pushing to be seen as more than just a social networking site. Last month, the web giant introduced the option for users to order food and make appointments directly through companies' official pages. Now the website is making it easier for businesses to connect with potential employees as well as consumers: As TechCrunch reports, Facebook is experimenting with ways for job seekers to find and apply for positions within the site.

Businesses can now share special job posting status updates that display details like job title, hours, and salary. By clicking the “Apply Now” button, applicants can submit their resumes using personal information already available through their profiles. Business pages will also feature a “Jobs” tab that displays any openings to Facebook users without redirecting them elsewhere.

This could be beneficial for both employers and candidates: Businesses can pay to have their News Feed postings seen by a wider audience, and users can subscribe to their favorite companies to stay to up-to-date with openings they may have missed otherwise. The announcement may spell bad news for LinkedIn, however. Though it’s one of the top recruiting sites on the web, it only has 467 million members. Facebook, in comparison, has 1.79 billion.

[h/t TechCrunch]