Social Recruiting and Social Job Seekers

Social Recruiting and Social Job Seekers
By Stefanie Hanz, BHRM

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Social Recruiting has quickly become one of the hottest topics in the recruitment industry. Recruiters rely heavily on reaching both active and passive job seekers, and building connections. Social media complement the arsenal of tools and techniques used to source top talent, and recruiters are quickly harnessing the power of their social networks to share employment opportunities, source passive candidates and research information about potential hires.

SOCIAL MEDIA USE FOR RECRUITMENT

There is strong indication that social media use will increase for recruitment purposes in the next few years. A study conducted by Jobvite in 2011 indicated that 89% ofU.S.companies will use social networks or social media to support recruitment efforts. That’s up from 83% that indicated they would in the same study a year earlier. Social media sites such as Facebook with 845 million active users, LinkedIn with 150 million users, and Twitter with 140 million users, provide recruiters with a bounty of active and passive candidates that just can’t be ignored. And never has it been easier for employers to reach potential candidates, even those who are passive in the job market, or even working for a competitor.

Popular Social Platforms

With the widespread popularity and adoption by the general public of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and BranchOut, these have quickly become the most popular platforms utilized by employers to share their value propositions and advertise job opportunities. Recruiters are using these sites to share jobs with their online networks and harness the power of social media by enticing crowdsourcing, whereby their engaged community members help to market the job posting by sharing it with their extended network. This quickly spreads and widens the poster’s reach to a relevant audience. A poster’s reach significantly influences their social recruiting success and their ability to capture the attention of potential candidates.

Engagement and Recruitment

Social Media has quickly changed the way in which Recruiters can engage candidates, build talent communities, and respond to recruitment and job search questions. It’s also easier than ever to follow candidates’ growth and development throughout their career and remain in communication. There’s opportunity to gain real-time insight into what the job market is saying about your employment brand, and share information with and respond to a board audience. With social media now commonly used by employers there’s tremendous opportunity to engage your internal workforce, provide information for sharing, and empower your employees to also help recruit the best talent.

Social Media Tips for Recruitment:

  • Establish a strategy with clear objectives.
  • Audit your online employment brand.
  • Create an online presence that reflects your brand personality.
  • Distinctly outline the type of hires that you are looking for.
  • Create and share interesting content.
  • Don’t just broadcast – Engage!
  • Respond to all inquiries. Be authentic.

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR JOB SEEKERS

Your online profiles can share and say more about you than a traditional resume. In a world that has become entrenched with the online realm, a competitive advantage is having a great online presence and being able to demonstrate the “social” side of your career and real life connections. There is great opportunity to provide a snapshot of who you are, your connections, interests, honours and other content you want to share with potential employers. For example, your Blog can allow recruiters to gain insight into how you communicate your thoughts or interpret the world around you.

Your World Online

There’s a good chance that you’re already using at least one popular social media site, such as Facebook, to keep in-touch and communicate with friends and colleagues. Using your established friend network, you can use the same social media platform to engage connections for job search purposes.

Branching Out

As a job seeker you can harness the power of your facebook connections by using an online service like BranchOut, which is the largest professional networking service and social recruiting tool utilizing the Facebook Platform. Once engaged, it pulls information from your Facebook profile, allowing you to unlock career opportunities by leveraging your friends’ networks. You can discover first and second connections within a company of interest, and gain access to over 3 million jobs and more than 20,000 internship postings.

Linking In

Another preferred site geared towards professional social networking and job hunting is LinkedIn. As a job seeker you can easily use this site to build and manage your online professional identity and presence. You can connect with and engage your professional network and search for jobs. By joining and creating a robust profile with resume-like information, you also put yourself in a position to be head-hunted based on your attributes! Like Branch Out, LinkedIn provides an opportunity to find first or second degree connections you already know working in a company of interest.

Gaining a Social Edge

Social media platforms are making it easier for job seekers to stay abreast of what is happening in the labour market and become savvier interview candidates. To gain an edge, it’s quite easy to conduct research on a site like LinkedIn to find out more information about an interviewer, or to login to twitter, a popular microblogging site, to find out about real-time industry and company buzz. Social media also helps job seekers gain a sense of public sentiment about a company and its current employee’s attitudes about them as an employer.

Social Media Tips for Job Seekers:

  • Keep your profile up to date.
  • Be strategic about what you post.
  • Engage in thoughtful conversations.
  • Network online with industry professionals.
  • Connect with relevant industry recruiters.
  • Join industry groups on LinkedIn, Facebook etc.

THE FUTURE AND SOCIAL RECRUITING

Social Recruiting is still new and most employers are still experimenting with what works for sourcing and engaging candidates. For job seekers there are no set rules when using social media to find a job. The best practice at this time would be to use common sense and apply real-life rules for social engagement.

Social Media will continue to shape how we connect with friends, colleagues, and those in our chosen industry. The accessibility and reach of our networks has never been broader, and the impact of online communication has never been more influential in our careers. Social media use has gained a lot of momentum in the recruiting industry. and will continue to play a major role in the way employers, recruiters, and job seekers connect and relate well into the future.

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