Connection Search: Facebook Japan And Recruit Launch Job Service For College Grads


Facebook has over 500 million members worldwide, but only 1.4 million of these live in Japan. The company established a subsidiary in Tokyo earlier this year, localized its site in 2008, and released a special version optimized for Japanese cell phones a few weeks back. And now it seems to be time to partner up with local players to expand its reach.

The first partner (of possibly more to come) is major media conglomerate Recruit, which, how the name suggests, is particularly strong in the human resources field. Next to releasing printed magazines for job hunters, Recruit is active in this area online as well, with Rikunabi being the biggest property.

Now Recruit and Facebook have inked a deal to launch “Connection Search”, a site that helps college alumni find jobs by connecting with graduates from their schools. The service, which went live today, is accessible to Facebook members only and automatically pulls information from your profile (mainly information about your current or ex-high schools and colleges).

Here’s my page on Connection Search (click to enlarge):

Once you fill out your profile, the service generates a list of Facebook members who come from the same schools and colleges and work in the same fields, basically generating an old boy/old girl network on the back of Facebook.

The idea is to make it easier to find jobs for Facebook members, by making it easier to discover and connect with fellow grads and linking to a dedicated job hunting web site called Rikunabi 2012 that’s operated by Recruit.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.