US Government teams up with Facebook to Help Job Seekers

Last week Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced a partnership with Facebook designed to facilitate employment for America’s jobless through the use of social networks.

The Social Jobs Partnership will launch a central Page on Facebook that hosts resources, and content designed to help job seekers and employers (facebook.com/socialjobs). Facebook will launch public service announcements on Facebook to promote the Page in the 10 states with the highest unemployment rate, and Puerto Rico, which has an unemployment rate of 16%.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said “Landing on this page can help Americans land good jobs,” speaking at a Washington news conference with representatives from Facebook, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).

Solis said “Linking American job seekers with the resources they need to get back to work is a top priority of the Obama Administration and my department. 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.”

There are about 3 million job openings in the US and about 14 million unemployed people and Solis hopes to form similar partnerships with Twitter, LinkedIn and other social-networking sites..

Marne Levine, Facebook vice president of Global Public Policy said “Facebook is about connecting people so that they can share what’s important to them, and that is the driving force behind the Social Jobs Partnership. We’ve brought employers, recruiters, college career services and government agencies together to help the millions of Americans who use Facebook find jobs.”

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