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MySpace Launches Job Listings

The new feature provides access to more than 5 million listings across the nation from job boards, newspapers, and company Web sites.

W. David Gardner

June 12, 2006

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Even teenagers need a job, so the popular portal MySpace on Monday launched a search engine for help-wanted ads powered by Silicon Valley company Simply Hired.

MySpace says the new feature provides access to more than 5 million listings across the nation. Simply Hired draws listings from job boards, newspapers and company Web sites. Jobs are searchable through keywords and location.

Simply Hired said MySpace has a "tremendous opportunity to help its users tap the power of their social networks to find work that excites and engages them."

"This launch represents the first step in the execution of an ambitious vision, and we believe that MySpace will drive substantial change in the way that people land their dream jobs," Gautam Godhwani, chief executive of Simply Hired, said in a statement.

MySpace parent company News Corp. in April invested $3.5 million in Simply Hired for an undisclosed share of the 2-year-old Mountain View, Calif., search engine. Other investors include Foundation Capital, which has invested $10 million.

New York-based News Corp. bought Intermix Media Inc.'s MySpace last year for $580 million. The social-networking site, which is a favorite of teens and young adults, led the market in May with 38.4 million unique visitors, or more than twice its second-place competitor Blogger, owned by Google Inc., according to Nielsen/NetRatings.

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