Social Media And Online Job Banks Untapped Resources For Unemployed

November 1, 2011

Recently, social-networking website Facebook teamed up with the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), DirectEmployers Association (DE), and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) in order to establish the “Social Jobs Partnership,” a job-search resource for the unemployed. Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C – East Northport) has taken this occasion to remind unemployed residents of Suffolk County to take advantage of the expanded resources available on the Internet when they look for a job.

Governor Cuomo also announced today the creation of an online jobs network, “Jobs Express,” to help unemployed New Yorkers find job opportunities in their area. Anyone interested can visit the website at

“The Internet in general and social media in particular are a growing force in the job-search process,” said Raia. “By increasing its number of users, Facebook now attracts prospective employers as well as old classmates. Having your resume out there is critical to obtaining interviews and ultimately landing a new job. The Social Jobs Partnership and the Jobs Express network are great resources for unemployed Long Islanders.”

In Governor Cuomo’s statement today he announced that there are currently more than 42,000 job openings on the state’s online database.

“We don’t want people to move out of Long Island because they cannot afford to live here or because they are having difficulty finding a job,” said Raia. “Jobs Express will make it easier for New Yorkers to find jobs in their community. In Long Island alone there are currently more than 5,000 job openings listed on the online database. This is a great step forward in getting New York back to work.”