Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features

TechCrunch | 11/13/2018 | Staff
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Over the last year or so, Facebook has slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects with the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs. Now, with one million jobs now secured through the social network, Facebook today took the next step in that strategy: it has launched a new education portal, Learn with Facebook; and it is expanding features for two services it had already launched that are adjacent to that, Mentorships and Jobs.

Mentorships will now be opened up for users to make their own matches; and those posting Jobs will now be able to post them in Groups whee they are members.

Today - News - Signal - Facebook - Ways

Together, today’s news is a strong signal of how Facebook is continuing to work on ways of diversifying its platform and the reasons that people come to use it. Last quarter, the company saw its user growth globally to creep to below two percent globally, stagnate in the US/Canada, and decline in Europe, as the company continues to roil from bad press over the social network’s role in helping to sway elections, disseminate ‘fake news’, and in sharing user data either through breaches or the general course of business.

In that context, building new applications and services that create new reasons for engagement and using the platform makes some sense.

Steps - Network

All the same, these are still baby steps for the social network.

Learn with Facebook will kick off with just 13 “modules”, each lasting under 10 minutes and largely geared at the kind of professional development that would be useful for someone who uses Facebook for work, or might start using Facebook to find a job. They are introductory sessions around...
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