June 12, 2006 10:50 AM PDT

MySpace partners with Simply Hired

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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.

 

Correction: The story incorrectly stated the ownership of Simply Hired. News Corp., along with Foundation Capital, invested $13.5 million in the company in April.

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I'm sure companies are looking for
People who publicly boast about getting high and really drunk. People who lie through their teeth to make their lives seem less pathetic and who will travel internationally to meet someone because after talking with a total stranger for 3 months, you "know" them so well.
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minority, not majority interest
correction: in the latest round of funding, NewsCorp/FIM purchased a *minority*, not majority interest in Simply Hired.
Posted by davemc500hats (12 comments )
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Story corrected
The description of the investment has been fixed.
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