June 12, 2006 10:50 AM PDT
MySpace partners with Simply Hired
Need a summer job? Simply Hired is hoping MySpace users do.
MySpace Careers, a new site launched on Monday, is powered by Simply Hired's online job-search engine.The site, aimed at the typically young MySpace.com users, includes summer job categories such as internship, lifeguard, camp counselor and landscaping.
News Corp., along with Foundaton Capital, invested $13.5 million in Simply Hired in April. Fox Interactive Media, a parent company of MySpace, is part of News Corp.
Personal connections account for many hiring decisions, Gautam Godhwani, CEO of Simply Hired, said in a statement. Simply Hired hopes to capitalize on that networking trend by using the environment of MySpace to connect potential employees and employers, he said. The site links directly from MySpace.com.
Simply Hired uses Web-crawling software that allows job hunters to search across multiple job listings sites, according to a statement released by the company.
Since being purchased by News Corp. last August, MySpace has expanded beyond a social-networking site. In April, it began selling downloads of popular television shows such as "24" for $1.99 each. It is also a competitor of YouTube, the video-sharing Web site.
In a survey released by Student Monitor on June 1, MySpace was rated an "in" activity by 58 percent of college students. Facebook was rated "in" by 71 percent.
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