Less than a year after it started, Variety is shutting down its social networking and job listing site, The Biz, to focus exclusively on the job market. In an e-mail sent Thursday night to Biz subscribers, Variety said that starting Monday, users will be redirected to VarietyMediaCareers.com and their existing logins will still work. Among the new features: the ability to build resumes directly on the site, sign up for job alerts and the usual search functions.
As a Biz user, this is news to me — not the part about shutting down the site, but rather that it even had more social networking elements than just resume posting. I don’t see how VarietyMediaCareers would be that much different, save for the job alerts and the clunkier name.