Human resources departments and recruiters can use Facebook apps to post jobs inside the 800 million member social network or identify and track potential job candidates either directly or through employee referrals.
Here's a partial list of apps that have debuted in the past 18 months. For each, corporate customer numbers come from the developers, and Facebook user numbers come from Facebook. For more on Facebook recruiting apps, click here:
Company: Monster Worldwide Inc.
Debuted: June 2011
Description: The consumer app lets job seekers create a private, LinkedIn-style professional network on top of their regular Facebook contacts, scan jobs that they might be interested in, or share job listings with Facebook friends. The app pulls listings from multiple Monster job boards for BeKnown users to scan without leaving Facebook.
Cost: Free for job seekers and companies
Users: 350,000 average monthly active Facebook users
Debuted: October 2011
Description: Started in July 2010, BranchOut was the first and remains the largest professional networking app for Facebook, letting job seekers build a virtual network of business connections that's on top of Facebook's platform but not part of it. In October, BranchOut unveiled RecruiterConnect, a fee-based tool company recruiters can use to source candidates through employee referrals, build private talent networks and organize and share applicant profiles, folders, notes and reminders.
Users: Corporate customers include Betts Recruiting, Hewlett-Packard Co., Safeway Inc., Salesforce.com Inc., VMWare Inc., and Wells Fargo; also, 690,000 average monthly active Facebook users
Good to know: Through a just-announced partnership, CareerBuilder.com will incorporate the BranchOut app into its job boards, starting with CareerRookie.com. Earlier this year, BranchOut hired a former Yahoo and Monster executive to oversee sales and recruiting industry product development. To date, the company raised $24 million in venture financing.
Name: Cornerstone Recruiting Cloud
Company: Cornerstone OnDemand
Debuted: Expected to debut in the first quarter of 2012
Description: Cornerstone's revamped cloud-based recruiting software suite will include a Facebook recruiting app. Recruiters can use the app to source candidates from existing employees or external prospects.
Cost: Integrated into recruiting software suite's overall cost
Good to know: Cornerstone recently hired former Knowledge Infusion talent management industry analyst Jason Corsello to spearhead efforts to expand products internally and through acquisitions and partnerships.
Debuted: Summer 2011
Description: Facebook members can use the Glassdoor app to look for jobs, research salaries or write public reviews of what it's like to work or interview with a particular company. Companies can use Glassdoor's Enhanced Employer Profile service to add news, job openings, photos or other data to their profile on Glassdoor's website and the information is automatically pushed to the app.
Cost: Basic app is free; company wouldn't disclose fees for corporate customers
Users: 250 companies; 50,000 average monthly active Facebook users
Good to know: If Glassdoor's crowdsourced-review concept sounds a lot like TripAdvisor, it's no coincidence. The travel site's CEO sits on Glassdoor's board.
Debuted: September 2010
Description: The employee referral app lets workers share open jobs at their companies with personal and professional contacts on Facebook. Recruiters can use built-in tracking tools to see who's sharing the most jobs and generating the most referrals.
Cost: Undisclosed flat licensing fee
Users: 170 corporate clients, including NEW Corp., an extended service contract provider; 20,000 average monthly active Facebook users
Good to know: Work@ plugs into other vendors' applicant tracking systems to manage requisitions and applications, and produce reports.
Name: Work With Us
Debuted: October 2011
Description: Previously, a company's employees used Jobvite's 2-year-old applicant tracking system or recruiting sourcing software to push information on job openings to their connections on Facebook or other social networks. Now, customers can access both of those hiring applications directly from Facebook using the new Jobvite Work With Us app. Companies can also use the app to add a jobs tab to their corporate Facebook page. Job hunters can use the app to apply for jobs by either uploading a résumé or using work history information from their Facebook profile.
Cost: Pricing for Jobvite Hire ATS software is based on the company's total employees, and for Jobvite Source recruiting software on number of users.
Users: Spotify, the popular online music-sharing service, is an early corporate customer; 6,000 average monthly active Facebook users
Good to know: Jobvite officials say 43 percent of employee social referral hires on their software platform come from Facebook.
Michelle V. Rafter is a Workforce Management contributing editor based in Portland, Oregon. To comment, email email@example.com.