According to The Next Web, Facebook has started rolling out a new “Professional Skills” section to all users. This addition will be below the “Work and Education” section on profiles. When a user is adding skills, skills will be auto suggested in the same functionality as when you’re typing in the search bar of Facebook. Sources online indicate users have to select from a predefined set of options.
These professional skills are searchable with the Graph Search, making it even easier for recruiters to find candidates with particular skills. As shown below, this search is not currently supported on their site but it seems that it’s only a matter of time until it will be.
This change appears to be another feature aimed at keeping traffic on Facebook and away from LinkedIn but will candidates be ok with an even larger blur between their personal and professional life and take advantage of this? We’ll have to wait and see.
There’s no denying that LinkedIn is the number one professional network online but they can’t become complacent. It doesn’t appear that they are either, having recently announced an additional $1.2 billion shares of stock.