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How Marketers Use Social Media for Recruitment

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Editor's Note: Josh R Jackson is a contributing editor at To compliment the brand new classes in our updated catalog, he joins us to discuss how social media is used for recruitment, and how employers can benefit.

What if I told you that 94% of recruiters have reported using LinkedIn to vet candidates?

Editor's Note: Josh R Jackson is a conducive editor at To compliment the brand new classes in our updated catalog, he joins us to discuss how social media is used for enlisting, and how employers can benefit.

What if I told you that 94% of recruiters have according exploitation LinkedIn to vet candidates?

Or that the number of employers exploitation social media to screen candidates has accrued over 500% in the last decade?

If you’re looking for a new job, you mightiness think I’m trying to give you a piece of conventional wisdom: “Keep your online presence professional.” (And that’s still true!)

But here's thing you hear less often: if you’re looking for a new hire, then you not yet know these social stats spell far lesser changes for enlisting and human resources than for jobseekers, unless they too draw a bead on to become recruiters.

The Great Talent Tug of War

Before LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter were used to headhunt the best talent, Human Resources was the primary driver of talent acquisition.

But over the last 10 years, social recruiting on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms has revolutionized the way we hire, so that now what was once a job for the accounting team has become a job for the marketing team.

So how did this great talent tug of war wind up on the marketing end of property? Short answer: the Great Recession.

When immense job losings started occurring around 2008, HR departments became intelligibly less concerned with filling positions and more concerned with compensation and risk management.

Around the same time, all of our most popular modern social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram) were undergoing a development renaissance, all piece acting an admirable job of bucking the Recession’s downward trends and renewing the online economy that had crashed at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

The net result of this decline in hiring and ascent of social media was that social recruiting became galore companies’ primary resource for not only exploratory survey talent but getting it.

Where we once followed enlisting protocols that relied heavily on HR disbursement, talent scouts, and physical energy to go forth and fill a company’s talent pipeline, we now inhabit a world where free social recruiting technology has placed a huge and easily accessible talent pool right at our fingertips.

This heightened selectability has altered the job market’s center of gravity in major shipway. If you’re an capitalist, then you mightiness say what was once a seller’s market became a buyer’s market. If you’re in HR, you mightiness say what was once an employee’s job market became an employer’s job market. And if you’re a social recruiter, you mightiness say what was once a hustle for HR to fill an abundance of positions is now headhunting: the practice of winnow through hundreds of perfect-fit candidates to fill a choice few jobs with the best talent possible.

Yet with all of the convenient recruiting this talent acquisition revolution has created, there are possibly an equal number of complications that arise from vetting people online. Chief among these is the antique HR question: “How do I know I can I trust this person?

How to Know: exploitation Facebook for Social Recruiting and Talent Acquisition

exploitation Facebook for social recruiting requires a very discerning eye, but if used sagely, the world’s largest social network can be an first-class tool for talent acquisition.

One of the first reasons Facebook emerged as a tool for talent acquisition was mostly a negative one; in its early years, Facebook was a more personal posting platform where employers could research whether prospective new hires behaved badly outside of work and could result in a PR nightmare for the company.

Rest assured, Facebook can be (and still is) used in this way. But galore prospective hires know their Facebook pages will be vetted, so they often take precautional measures that render the process of exploitation Facebook to root out the bad apples less effective.

But there are still jobs for which Facebook vetting remains a extremely suggested enlisting strategy. In fact, some of the web’s best social media managers were picked up from scrolling inorganically through News Feed and coming crosswise users with cautiously curated Facebook posts and great, piquant voices. Others use Facebook to cultivate and monitor an audience of ardent fans, following and groups that can be used as an first-class resource to mine brand advocates whose skill with viva-voce electronic messaging could make them first-class candidates for new marketing jobs.

How to Know: exploitation LinkedIn for Social Recruiting

At first glance, LinkedIn mightiness seem like the easiest tool to use for social recruiting. After all, it was created to connect job seekers with job offers, right?

In fact it was, but its features have adult in number and complexness since the service’s origin, so that now users have to navigate interfaces so much as LinkedIn Premium and LinkedIn Pulse, and perpetually think about how to execute a content strategy or promote their brand outside of the seasonal job search.

That makes good leads out of job candidates who regularly update their profiles with new content, experience, and education. But as with print resumes, social recruiters should trust but verify what they read on a job candidate’s LinkedIn profile and see all of the candidate’s online profiles for consistency, credibleness, and digital footprint.

All these layers of complexness mean that those who want to engage in social recruiting as a form of talent acquisition should be working hard to revolutionize their marketing strategy on the micro-level every day, especially if their brands, businesses and HR departments want to stay on top of the job market.

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