This is the first of two posts about the facebook job board launch. Look for #2 on Wednesday for members only with what it should have been.
Last week Facebook rolled out its much hyped job board. As soon as I saw it, I dismissed it as a half-hearted attempt at job search.
There was nothing new or unique about it. Its essentially a landing page for a bunch of other job boards including Monster, Branchout and others. The search function is clumsy and unintuitive. The URL for it is long and full of numbers.
As one of only two job board consultants in the world I can testify they did not consult me on this project. Had they reached out, things would have been different. If they were being advised by the likes of Monster, a company who has been on a long downward spiral for years, then they surely were misled.
But whatever, it is what it is. A landing page with some jobs on it.
To be somewhat fair, the release did say it was kind of a ‘next step’ in the social jobs partnership. But if they are going to rely on partners like the ones I mentioned, good luck with that. They’d have been better off asking Indeed or SimplyHired to pay them to power it. (as a shareholder I would have preferred that anyway)
I am not alone in my criticism. As soon as the app rolled out, the critical opinions came fast and furious;
http://talenthq.com/2012/11/the-facebook-job-board-debacle/ – “debacle”
http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-launches-social-jobs-app-2012-11 – “lame”
http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/14/facebook-social-jobs/ – “barely functional”
http://www.sourcecon.com/news/2012/11/16/cmon-man-facebook-trips-out-of-the-gate-with-social-jobs-platform/ – “underwhelming”
There is a lot still do in the social recruiting space. Unfortunately Facebook’s latest attempt aint it.