Glassdoor is now letting its users connect with social networks like facebook. ERE has a writeup on it. They join a growing number of businesses trying to open up your job search in order to uncover connections at companies you may want to work for such as Branchout, Beknown, Jibe, Gethired, etc.
SimplyHired has been providing integration with Linkedin for many years so all these site have got me thinking about the future. It appears the trend is moving towards uncovering connections…whether most job seekers care about this is still up in the air.
I think it is a good trend for the overall job market. But in my experience I have found most job seekers are embarrassed about telling the world they are looking for a new job. No doubt some of them are too shy about approaching strangers, even if they have some kind of connection. So I wonder what the true value is for seeing people on facebook who work at a certain company. If I dont know them, it wont help much.
There will always be aggressive, more savvy seekers who will love these new features so it makes sense to add them to your job board. Even if the majority of them wont really use it.
So its a good bet to add these features. At least you’ll be prepared for the future.
PS….If I were a job board software company I’d also be thinking of ways to tap facebook/twitter/linkedin for those job seekers. Better get on it folks!