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Facebook takes aim at LinkedIn after being spotted testing out new resume feature

FACEBOOK has been revealed to be testing out a resume feature that would put the social media website in direct competition with the business and employment-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn.

Matt Navarra, director of social media for The Next Web, shared screenshots on Twitter of the new feature, sent to him by web developer Jane Manchun Wong, who came across it on her Facebook profile.

The feature allows users to list their professional experience and education history on Facebook, as well as an image, contact details and other information, making it undeniably similar to Microsoft-owned LinkedIn.

Much to the relief of many, the new resume package will be separate from your personal page, meaning those old cringe-inducing college photos and shared video posts of singing cats will be out of your potential employer’s sight.

It is not clear yet whether or not Facebook plans to open up this feature for every user. When approached for a comment, a spokesperson for Facebook confirmed the test, and said to Business Insider“At Facebook, we’re always building and testing new products and services.

“We’re currently testing a work histories feature to continue to help people find and businesses hire for jobs on Facebook.”

Facebook’s latest test follows their apparent attempt to expand its reputation as just a simple social network into one that has appeal for the professional sector.  This follows last year’s introduction of a collaborative platform called Workplace by Facebook, which allows users to communicate with colleagues via via group chats, and offers the social network’s regular features in a corporate environment.

In recent years Facebook has built up a reputation for trying to replicate its rival’s features. For example, almost all of Facebook owned apps now have a “stories” feature, following the success of Snapchat’s original technology.