Social Media Recruiting- Is your company saying “We don’t care!”

You NEED a Social Strategy! Even a basic one!

Your top recruits are already using sites like LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter.
They’re out there looking for you!

What are they finding?

We are here!
We are a great company to work for!
Come, see for yourself!

or

We don’t get it!”
We don’t care!”

Even if you have a company presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, or FaceBook, Do you know what it says? Or who wrote it?

Social Media Recruiting is “Social”. (That’s the hardest part to understand)
It’s not about writing the bigger check than you competitors.
And, it’s not JUST about how many hires you generate. It‚Äôs about getting your message out and engaging your Top Recruits, on their terms, on the sites they use, how they want it, when they want it.

It’s not about writing a check to the site with the best ads on the SuperBowl! Or most aggressive sales people.

What good does it really do if you have a $20,000 “Branding Presence” on a national job board, when you know your Top Recruits never visited those sites?

What’s you message on FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, where your Top Recruits are? Do you even know?

If you don’t have a social strategy, don’t be surprised when it gets harder and harder to attract and retain to top candidates.

At the moment, social media sites may not be the primary driver of candidates applying for jobs, but they can definitely make the difference during the “Why Work With Us” phase of recruiting.

Social media sites like LinkedIn and FaceBook are quickly becoming the go-to portals for all kinds of information, including company information, product research, consumer reviews, etc. LinkedIn now even embeds company information from BusinessWeek and CNBC into company profiles.

A poorly planned, duct-tape social media recruiting campaign might have worked in the past, but the competition is quickly starting to heat up. Top employers like Starbucks, Addidas, Ernst & Young, and McGladrey are all using social media in their recruitment marketing.

If you know your Top Hires are individuals that know your company, products, clients and markets, and even your existing employees, don’t you think these are the candidates you should be spending the most resources on?

This is what Social Media Recruiting is all about. If you engage and help educate your Top Recruits, you stand a better chance at getting their attention. You can do this with social media… or you can just say “We don’t care!”

Unfortunately you aren’t going to get a phone call from some FaceBook sales rep, who for $25,000, will wave his wand and make the problem go away.

You need to know what to do. Where to start! What sites should we be on? And what are the best practices that others have implemented.

This is where having the help of an experienced and knowledgeable consultant can help you get the ball rolling.
• Someone who has 10+ years in the Internet Recruiting Industry, so they know the ropes.
• Someone who knows LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter, and has a proven track record.
• Someone who knows technical web design and how to integrate job postings into multiple websites.
• Someone who know how to build, implement and maintain a social media marketing strategy.
• Someone who knows how Social Media and Search Engine Optimization can be used to build a social recruiting brand.

I highly recommend starting with a 3-6 month pilot project. It’s easier to digest, you and your recruiting team get to learn the sites, and your recruiting message is clear. From the pilot project, you can then decide which social campaigns make the most sense to you and your recruiting team.

If you are interested in learning more about creating a Social Media Recruiting Strategy, please give me a call, or send me an email at jonathan @ Gojobs.com.

While there are a few Social Media Recruiting experts out there, there just aren’t that many.

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline?

Social Networking sites, like LinkedIn.com, FaceBook.com, and Twitter.com are quickly changing the recruiting landscape.

Not only is transparency completely altering the recruiting processes, but candidates are quickly learning more about the companies. Most employers have yet to realized this growing trend.

Those employers who start adapting to the new Recruiting Transparency reality stand to gain the greatest.

Recruiting in a socially networked world is going to require engagement, and specifically highly targeted engagement campaigns into niche groups to attract the best and brightest of the passive candidates.

In a recent, 1 hour Live Streaming Interview, hosted on Ustream.com, I was interviewed by Dr. Amy Vanderbilt, host of the TrendPOV Show, regarding “Who’s Tapping your Talent Pipeline”.

The interview is also available via podcasts as well as Ustream.

Below is a copy of the ustream. It’s 60 minutes long… FYI

The full interview is also available via Itunes for Free Downloaning:

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline? – Part 1

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline? – Part 2

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline? – Part 3

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline? – Part 4

Who’s Tapping Your Talent Pipeline? – Part 5

Starbucks’ Social Media Recruiting Strategy

Kirsti Stubbs, @kstubbs, was interviewed by WhyHire.me about using Social Media and Social Networking sites in the recruiting process.

She discusses how she uses Social Media sites like LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter and Blogs to source candidates and get a deeper understanding of who the candidate is.

She walks through some of the sites she is using, and even compares the ROI of social media recruiting to traditional job boards. Spelling out the difference in candidates that she is seeing from the different sources.

This is a great video for both job seekers and employers.

Job seekers, pay attention to what Kirsti says about your personal brand, and how she and recruiters like her are using social networking sites to find candidates that they think will fit their company.

Employers listen as Kirsti describes how she is using the different social media sites and especially with networking into groups.

Ignore Social Networking during a job search at your own peril!

45% of Employers are using Social Networking sites to research job seekers

CareerBuilder recently polled 2,667 hiring managers about their use of social networking in the recruiting process. The results of the poll are something that every job seeker, no matter what level of experience or industry should come to understand.

The job search rules have changed. The process of simply applying with a resume, no longer exists. Employers have access to the social networking sites. They know how to use them, and they are making hiring decisions based on them. Realize this now, and use it to your advantage, or perish!

Here are some of the results of the poll, and my comments:

45% of the employers in the survey admitted to using social networking sites like LinkedIn.com, Facebook.com, Myspace.com, and twitter.com to research job seekers in their recruiting processes. Another 11% stated they would start this practice this year. In total, that’s 56% of employers… a majority!

Personally, I think this number is much higher, especially if you consider some of the recent statistics from Linkedin and that fact that the CareerBuilder study apparently did not include staffing firms and executive recruiters.

In a recent post, LinkedIn recently stated that 40% of Fortune 100 companies have paid LinkedIn Recruiter accounts, meaning these firms are paying LinkedIn to provide better tools for searching, researching, and communicating with job seekers.

Additionally, back in May 2009, LinkedIn stated they had over 500,000 Human Resources and Recruiters as members. And finally, for that last 3 years, “Internet Sourcing” has become a very lucrative training business for consultants who teach employers how to find and track down candidates online.

Employers, staffing firms, and executive recruiters are using LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter to make hiring decisions.

So, what are employer’s doing on these sites? What are they looking for? And what should job seekers be on the lookout for?

35% DID NOT hire a candidate because of what they found online.

Top 7 Reasons Employers Disqualified candidates:

  1. Posting provocative or inappropriate photographs or information. Get rid of the non-professional stuff on your MySpace and Facebook sites. If your friends are posted dumb things, defriend them. It’s your career and job at stake. Your true friends will get over it.

  2. Posting content about the candidate drinking or using drugs. Clean up your act!

  3. Bad mouthed their previous employer. Remember what you put online will get out there. Employers will not consider candidates who show traits of insubordination. Granted, social networking isn’t about the employer, but your attitude is what employers are viewing. Having a bad attitude will probably follow you, regardless of the employer.

  4. Lied about qualifications. Back to square 1, make sure your profile and resume match, including experience, skills, time lines, etc.

  5. Shared confidential information from a previous employer. Why would you do this anyways? And then make it public? Be careful of what you say, to whom and when.

  6. Showed poor communication skills. While this might seem odd, I have seen a lot of this when visiting a job seekers twitter profile, and then their blog, I find lots of typos, grammatical issues, and a clear lack of proper grammar. (Believe me, I’m no writer either, but check what you publish.)

  7. Another 14% of employers disqualified candidates because the candidate used “text messaging” short-hand, like smiley faces and GR8 (great) on their applications or in emails. Remember your audience and medium. Email and your job application require professionalism, not short-hand.

Top 7 Reasons Employer’s Hired a candidate after a social screen.

  1. Profile provided a good feel for the candidate‚Äôs personality and fit. This might seem a little odd, but this is one of the biggest reasons employer’s are doing social screens in the first place. They want to minimize the risk of a bad hire. If you have a social footprint that matches the companies brand, that’s a good thing. If you act professionally online, employer’s believe you will act the same way when working for them.

  2. Social profiles matched professional qualifications. Again, make sure what is publicly available about you matches your resume. Another hint would be to “google yourself”. Type your name into Google Search, and see what comes up.

  3. Candidate was creative. Your social profiles will in fact show this.

  4. Candidate showed strong communication skills.

  5. Candidate was well-rounded. Again, back to the “personality”. Employers are looking to see what you do, and how you act in a social setting, even if it is online.

  6. Others posted good references about the candidate.

  7. Candidate received awards and accolades.

What to do next?

If you are searching for a job, and you are concerned about the above, the good news is this… You can do something about it. It doesn’t take long, and it’s pretty easy:

  1. Get on LinkedIn, complete your profile, and make sure that your profile matches what your resume says.
  2. Get on Facebook, and if you are already on Facebook, make sure you delete any non-professional images, notes, wall posts, comments, and anything else that might cause an employer to discredit you.
  3. Get on Twitter, and start Tweeting about your job search and your professional expertise.
  4. Google yourself, to know what employers are going to find out about you.

While there are a lot of other things you can be doing, the above 4 steps are basic, yet critical

Additionally, don’t let any of the statistics above scare you. Profiles and social networking sites give you a lot of control over the content and messages. You can block users, delete messages, etc. But you must be vigilant!

In summary, remember that what you put online can be re-published instantly and ubiquitously. So, if you don’t want your mother to read it on the front of the New York Times, don’t put it online. It doesn’t matter if it’s your Facebook page or tweeting with friends, we are talking about your career and your personal brand.