Facebook launches job search app

Facebook is jumping into the job search space, with a Social Jobs App that includes listings from services like Monster and BranchOut.
The app, which launched Wednesday, currently includes 1.7 million job listings. It’s part of the Social Jobs Partnership initiative, which Facebook formed in October 2011 in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor and three nonprofit labor organizations.
The Social Jobs App marks a shift for Facebook, which has historically focused on personal networking. LinkedIn (LNKD), which had about 187 million members as of September 30, has positioned itself as the king of professional networking.
But if the Social Jobs app takes off, Facebook could become a more direct competitor in the professional space. Shares of LinkedIn ended the day slightly lower.

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