• http://www.changeforresults.com Elizabeth Black

    Great insights, Raghav. Our work on career development within organizations supports your comments that social networks–the face to face kind that foster communication and connections–are what current employees are looking for in career development programs, too. We think that building career communities will allow those professional conversations to spark interest in finding jobs and other careers in place. Supports workforce planning efforts, too. What works for candidates and companies with positions to fill also works for current employees’ career exploration.

  • http://www.brandemix.com Jason Ginsburg

    I agree. At Brandemix, we’ve found that job-seekers don’t sign up just for a barrage of job listings. They want a resource where they can learn about résumés, interview techniques, and benefits, along with employment news in their area.

    In this way, employer branding is the same as consumer branding. People don’t follow Pepsi on Facebook just to receive Pepsi ads. They want quizzes, polls, fun facts, contests, and user-generated content like photos and videos.

    Job-seekers also use social media to learn about the culture of a company. What’s the brand voice? How quickly does HR respond to questions on Twitter or Facebook? What are other applicants asking, and what are employees themselves saying on the social sites?

    Social media isn’t a “marketing channel,” it’s a “communication space.” Start a few conversations and, soon enough, job-seekers will start their own.

  • Paul Tseko

    Raghav, another great post. Thanks for keeping the “Social Media recruiting myth” alive.

    I took some of Raghav’s information a bit further. Since Facebook boasts 900 Million members, I multiplied 900 Million x .05%. The result? 450,000. Which sounds like a lot but if you take 1 million and multiply by .05%, you get 500!! This puts the potential of Facebook into perspective and it is not pretty. If businesses continue to receive that kind of response rate, they would be out of business very fast. Hence, GM moving on. Smart business move.

    The very size of Facebook allows for a lot of smoke and mirrors in advertising, marketing, and recruiting. It is only a matter of time before it becomes the next Myspace and it will suffer that same fate. Sad to say, it is merely a novelty. A fun and entertaining one, but don’t expect much more from that, as the numbers show and the numbers don’t lie.

    Social media is merely a start. As any good recruiter knows, YOU have to work it and cultivate it; there is simply no magic bullet in recruiting!

    Thanks, Raghav

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Raghav: Thanks again. It just occurred to me that the techniques you and our Gentle Readers describe would be very good for creating, growing and/or revitalizing a professional association where one of the focuses my be on long-term career development. At the same time, it would be terribly slow and inefficient at getting people for current openings…

    I have a few questions for you “Talent Communitarians”:
    1) What percentage of your company’s talent community ever ends up getting hired for a position?
    2) For those that are hired, what is the median length of time between joining the community and start-date?
    3) Taking into account the costs of setting up and running the talent community (from an IT- and marketing- perspective; this ISN’T recruiting) what are your costs/hire for the people you’ve directly hired through the TC?


    Keith “*Spend Your Recruiting Dollars on Recruiting, Not Marketing” Halperin

    *Of course, if Marketing or some other department is paying for it all, go after every cent you can shake them down for, and make sure you have a 50-50 split in the results:
    The good things are due to Recruiting, the bad things are due to Marketing, or whoever…….

  • http://www.changeforresults.com Elizabeth Black

    Not sure why I gravitate to “c” words, but for me, it’s all about communication, conversation, connection and collaboration. Whether we are talking about face-to-face networks or technology supported social media communities, candidates and employees looking to explore other jobs/careers within an organization want to engage in dialogue. Not sure of the time to hire metric, Keith, but there have always been great word-of-mouth hires that were great fits because someone told someone else about an opportunity and they could discuss the company, industry, culture etc.

  • http://www.bullhornreach.com Jeff Foley

    Great article. The world is slowly waking up to the fact that there aren’t easy quick wins with using social media outlets to reach potential customers/candidates. You have to actually do the groundwork.

    At Bullhorn we’ve found that most recruiters using our Reach software have been sticking exclusively to LinkedIn; fewer are using Twitter and Facebook. The folks who use those networks as yet another broadcast channel, like another job board, don’t see much results — just as people using Facebook ads don’t see the return they do from their other ads. It’s the recruiters that bother to engage with their followers/friends/connections who are are seeing some success.

    Now the question is, will today’s recruiters reserve time in their hectic days to be on social media, engage and respond to their network, and build up an online reputation so that they can scale their reach much farther than they could have by email and phone alone? The ones who are, are getting ahead. Some commenters talked about employer brand — there’s such a thing as a recruiter’s personal brand, too!

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Elizabeth: I think we agree that employee referrals aka, “words of mouth” are very useful hires- I think far more effort should placed on using those as a proven, cost-effective source of hire, and if SM can help employees do that, all’s the better. So, have someone come up with an easy-to -use “How to Get Lots of ER Bonu$e$ with SM” and get it sent out to all the employees. Here’s where we disagree: if I may be even more crude and vulgar than usual, I don’t think potential employees are looking for an “engagement”- I think they are looking for a “hook-up”- get what they need/want to apply/get the job, then get going. I don’t think most potential employees have either the time or inclination to have long, drawn out relationships with a bunch of corporate pseudo-friends, they’d rather have relationships with real friends….

    @ Jeff: I think I’ll continue basing my reputation on putting quality butts in chairs quickly and affordably, and improving and streamlining recruiting processes. I don’t have time to cultivate long-term relationships with candidates or build talent communities. My managers want and get results NOW.

    @ Everybody: I think I’ll put this out as a challenge:
    If someone advocates using SM other than using LI to find immediate hires, they’d better have some very solid and specific numbers to show how well it works, and why it works better than other proven methods. Otherwise: do I smell the rancid stench of SNAKEOIL?

    Happy Long Weekend,

  • Justin Hillier

    I agree entirely that simply posting jobs on Facebook/twitter is not a social recruiting strategy and engagement is the key with a long term view of candidate attraction. The company I work for however has found a unique way of utilizing our member base (university students) that employers target for grad/intern/vac positions and running social media campaigns with the opportunity to win a 4 week paid internship. The results have been sensational.

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Justin. I knew things were tough out there for recent grads, but I had no idea companies were running contests for paid internships. Sounds kinda like “the Apprentice”.