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Jason Goldberg can now party with Mark Zuckerberg – their respective companies are rumored to be working together. Goldberg’s Jobster is said to have teamed up with Zuckerberg’s Facebook, and will be the “career partner” for Facebook. Apparently, Careerbuilder and Monster were also in the running […]

Jason Goldberg can now party with Mark Zuckerberg – their respective companies are rumored to be working together. Goldberg’s Jobster is said to have teamed up with Zuckerberg’s Facebook, and will be the “career partner” for Facebook.

Apparently, Careerbuilder and Monster were also in the running for this deal, but did not make it to the finish line. Is this combined force a competitor to LinkedIn? Our sources say the deal is almost done, but Jobster’s Goldberg isn’t talking. We are still waiting to hear back from Facebook as well. This deal could prove to be a shot in the arm for Jobster, which has been trying to realign itself, and has laid off employees in recent times.

  1. I don’t think it will outdo LinkedIn. LinkedIn has simply become a method for people to remain in contact and find out who they might be connected with. I’m not using it to find a job, I’m using it to find interesting people.

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  2. Nice scoop, Om. This would be a nice coup for Jobster, right on the heels of their recent PR in Business 2.0.

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  3. Rob

    I would disagree. The largest market for linkedin is the job seekers and recruiters. This could potentially be big competition for linkedin. The big question is whether people want to see their business contacts along side their social contacts. If people do not mind then facebook could easily capture the market, especially with all the uni grads (companies are already creating networks on facebook and have been for some time now). It will be interesting to see where this goes (uni grads are big job seekers, however probably not the most lucrative group for recruiters) and even more interesting to see what linkedin plans to do with this most recent round of vc funding.

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  4. Interesting to see how they plan on integrating their data. For people my age (25), Facebook is THE standard social network. Everyone is on it from school.

    So when people graduate, they’ll want to have something that addresses their professional needs and as a jobster user. I think it’ll be a great fit.

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  5. Jobster’s 2007 restructuring makes a lot more sense now. Goldberg was cryptically talking about investing more in their “online services” when he made his moves at the beginning of the year. Here we have it.

    I also heard from an insider that Jobster hit 1MM uniques in January.

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  6. Dave;

    I agree with your assessment. I probably should noted that it’s only myself (and the majority of my connections) that use it for networking-only. Even with that said, I’m sure at least half of my connections would be “headhuntable” given the right opportunity.

    As for Facebook – no, I wouldn’t want my social connections anywhere near my business connections (well, some business connections ARE social connections, but most people don’t like to mix the two). ;-)

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  7. This doesn’t change the fact that Jobster’s business model isn’t that great. Nobody wants to be “social networking” with job seekers when they have a good job. LinkedIn is great because its about networking in your job. Jobster is about networking when you don’t have a job or are seeking one. What happens to their users when they get the job? They have no incentive to stay around to be a part of the community anymore, where LinkedIn doesn’t have this problem.

    We’ll see what kind of partnership is actually in store for Jobster and Facebook, but it’ll have to be a very strong partnership with lots of interoperability between the two sites for it to save Jobster.

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  8. Each CEO has had some interesting press about their personalities; should be interesting to see if they can play nice.

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  9. Funny, I was just talking about Facebook and jobs…

    http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/2007/01/pokemycareer.html

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  10. Jobster – Facebook Could be Career Winner…

    Just as I am whining about the lack of an impressive move in the careers space, utilizing the well-proven social networking utilities, here comes the rumor, reported by Om, that Jobster and Facebook may be contemplating an exclusive partnership. This…

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