LinkedIn may be a great resource for professionals to connect with and contact other people regarding job opportunities, but about those who are fresh out of college with resumes full of part-time jobs and internships? Eyal Grayevsky figured that college students and recent graduates usually have more Facebook friends than LinkedIn connections, so he helped create FirstJob to enable the newest job seekers to find employment through Facebook relationships. The site officially launched Monday.
Grayevsky, himself a recent college graduate, knows that college students don’t really have extensive work histories, meaning fewer connections on LinkedIn and less-impressive resumes to send employers compared with those who have been working for a few years.
Users can sign up for FirstJob accounts by connecting their Facebook profiles. This imports their friends, as well as their biography information and work histories. Users can also import LinkedIn contacts. FirstJob will then organize connections by company, showing where users’ friends and colleagues are employed or have been employed.
Grayevsky knows how important letters of recommendation can be for the first job, so he wanted to make it easier for connections to affirm certain skills or positive personality traits. Through the service, employers, friends, and co-workers can vouch for these skills and have their endorsements show up on the main profile page. So when employers sees prospective employees’ FirstJob pages, they can see right away not only what they’ve done, but what they excel at.
Users can also apply to positions through FirstJob and see where their applications are going and how far along into the process they are.
Grayevsky talked with AllFacebook about why FirstJob wanted to tap into the power of Facebook for this service:
College students and recent graduates don’t necessarily have a large presence on LinkedIn, given their limited professional experience and limited connections within a professional environment. But what we found is that 95 percent-plus of that demographic have a very strong presence on social. And within social, they have a wealth of connections in the professional world that they didn’t know they have … It was really important for us to bring Facebook into the mix because this demographic has a really strong social presence. People tend to have so many connections, and everyone tends to display where they’ve worked, and all that data becomes very useful in the job search.
Readers: Have you ever networked for a job through Facebook?