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Variety Shutters Social Net To Focus On Job Listings

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imageLess 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.