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Simply Hired Launches New Social Job Search Features

Simply Hired Launches New Social Job Search Features with Expanded LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter

(January 28, 2010) - Simply Hired, the largest job search engine and recruitment advertising network, today announced new social job search features through expanded integration with LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. A pioneer in bringing social connections into online job search, Simply Hired's new features include the first LinkedIn mashup that enables job seekers to view business connections instantly in their search results.

Today's web-savvy job seekers have turned social applications into professional job hunting tools by embracing social networks to expand professional connections, tapping into Twitter for real-time alerts about job openings and leveraging blogs to increase their online presence. Simply Hired's new features integrate many of these existing tools into the site's job search results, improving the effectiveness of social applications for job seekers, driving innovation in job search technology forward and further mirroring how candidates find jobs through traditional networking.

Simply Hired's mashup with LinkedIn is the first in the industry to enable job seekers to discover their connections at the organisations returned in their search results. This new feature is an evolution of the Simply Hired Who Do I Know? tool, which allowed users to connect to LinkedIn from a job listing to find out if they had a contact within the organisation. With this latest release, job seekers now have the ability to immediately see whether someone in their network is affiliated with a potential employer. As a user's network grows, their search results will always reveal the most recent and relevant connections.

"Given the competitive employment landscape, it is imperative now more than ever for job seekers to leverage all possible avenues in pursuit of their dream job," said Sachin Shah, director of international, Simply Hired. "With hundreds of applicants vying for any one role, a personal or professional connection within an organisation can give a job seeker the crucial advantage. Our new features show job seekers that there is hope; that their network of connections is more powerful than they believe."

The new "Share" feature enables job seekers to easily share interesting job openings with their friends and followers on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as well as via email. This feature enables users to help each other locate relevant opportunities. Employers and job boards also benefit from increased visibility and traffic when a job posting goes viral.

"The job search process can be incredibly time consuming, with some job seekers spending the equivalent of a full-time job on their search," said Francis Larkin, senior product manager, Simply Hired. "Our goal was to help increase the exchange between job seekers' personal networks and our job search engine to provide a faster, more efficient job search experience."

In addition to the new social features, Simply Hired has improved the search results interface to provide a simpler, faster and more efficient user experience. The addition of a "Telecommute" job type filter addresses the feedback from many job seekers who prefer to work remotely.

To begin using Simply Hired's new job search results page, simply visit SimplyHired. For tips on using the new features, please visit the Simply Hired UK Blog.

Colleen Gildea

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