Using Facebook as a way to search for new jobs and connect with others isn’t a new concept, but new ways of pulling information from your Facebook account along with Facebook Connect means it’s becoming increasingly easier to leverage both data and the social graph for job-related purposes. InSide Job is the latest to create an application around this idea, combining both job search and direct connections with others at the company of interest in order to give potential employees a deeper look at what goes on within certain work environments.
First you provide InSide Job with your work history as a way to build up a resume of sorts. You can do this very quickly and easily by importing your work information directly from Facebook, if you’ve already taken the time to complete this portion of your profile.
You can then search for jobs based on job title, the organization you’d like to work for, or the location of interest. InSide Job will then connect you with others that work at the company of interest, so you can converse directly with them regarding the company, a specific position, or any other relevant points regarding the job.
From the employer’s point of view, InSide Job can serve as an integrated way in which to post jobs and reach out to job candidates in a more personable manner. Tapping into a social graph for this purpose may be an attractive feature for employers as the pool of potential employees has widened in recent months, and learning more about a candidate through such an app could be beneficial for the weeding process.
Of course one large benefit for all parties involved is the slightly more open nature of Facebook versus other job-specific networking sites or LinkedIn, which is designed for professionals but has a series of barriers when it comes to contacting others directly or out of one’s social graph. The downside to InSide Job as a Facebook application, however, is the limitations the application has regarding participants on the employing company side, as there’s little incentive for these workers to participate in this kind of job search unless they know the person directly or are an avid member of their company (good, bad or otherwise).