Nonprofits that help people find jobs now have a new tool on Facebook.
Facebook, the U.S. Department of Labor, and several organizations that focus on jobs last week announced the “Social Jobs Partnership,” a campaign that strives to teach job seekers how to use social media and other online tools to find jobs. The campaign includes a Facebook page for job seekers that provides links to resources and promotes existing government programs.
The partnership also aims to develop free systems to deliver job postings through Facebook and distribute information about using social networks to fill and find jobs.
More than 7,900 people liked the Social Jobs’ Facebook page in the 24 hours after the campaign was announced.
Joi Gordon, chief executive of Dress for Success, an organization that helps needy women learn job-interview skills as well as get appropriate attire for interviews, says the effort will help job seekers who don’t have much experience on social media compete more effectively for open positions.
“I always believed that if you are looking for a job and you’re not on social media, you are overlooking an avenue to employment,” Ms. Gordon says.