• Edward Sussek

    I feel that a number of people are looking for a quick and easy way to find candidates. Social Media has been added to the long list of sure fire methods.

    Most “strategists” have lost sight of how people look for jobs. They still think that if we build it they will come.

    We no longer recruit people, we engage them. To accomplish this we need all of the above rather than one single approach. Each person, whether active or passive, has a different job search strategy. To be successful, Recruiters need to be where the candidate are.

  • http://recruitingin3d@wordpress.com Peter Radloff


    Well said. Too easy to just say “oh yeah we do social recruiting” these days. It’s a cop out, and those companies that look at the data behind it and way ahead of the curve. nice piece.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobsmadsen Jacob Madsen

    Excellent post Paul
    I am sure if you looked at a graph of content creation over the last 6 to 7 years you would see that the curve would be proportionally steeper and steeper today being almost at a vertical angle.
    Everybody (or almost) is blogging, commentating, sharing, expressing, ‘providing insight and/or opinion’ or simply flooding the Internet with ‘stuff’
    Where it started out as relatively high amount of valuable content, we are now approaching that 90-95% for most people is irrelevant, and only a true tiny proportion of use.
    At the same time we are now into 3rd or in some instances 4th generation of social media, long gone are the ‘let’s try and see’ to now being 100% tried, tested and proven.
    For that reason anything that has no quantifiable or qualitative data to back it up, simply cannot be considered.
    You have a whole range of people who have made a living out of attempting to see into the future and to predict about what may or may not be coming, 85% of it utter rubbish and with no substance.
    On the basis of all this and due to the volume of what is coming through it requires a huge amount of sound skepticism and questioning to sift through what is being presented and to make use of what of value and discard the rest.

    So it is totally understandable that ‘fatigue’ is setting in and a lot of people either keeping away and/or switching off (growing early evidence that some people taking themselves off places like LInkedin as they are being ‘spammed’ by recruiters and others, and simply had enough)

    This ‘fatigue’ will only get more and more widespread as the true value content become watered down by the vast amount of spam and irrelevant stuff being distributed, and place the more emphasis and need for either only providing highly data supported evidence and/or only content that may be totally relevant to the target groups it is aimed at.

    Looking at another recent ere discussion; ‘Cold Calling Is Still Hot’ and the comments, it is clear that anyone trying to come out with data that does not match up will be told so very quickly and very directly.

    All above a great pity really, as never before has there in fact been more opportunities, more tools, more evidence of proven success and channels that do yield substantial advantages and short cuts, being often 30-40% more efficient and faster in providing solutions than just 2-3 years ago, but often being ‘drowned’ by 85% nonsense and noise making it impossible ‘seeing the wood for the trees’

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Jacob:
    “For that reason anything that has no quantifiable or qualitative data to back it up, simply cannot be considered.”
    If we limited discussion on ERE and elsewhere by requiring claims to be supported by verifiable facts and not by merely stating them, there’d be hardly anything to read. How would self-promoting snake-oil peddlers be able to make a dollar or pound, now and then? How would pompous and arrogant “Self Proclaimed Recruiting Thought Leaders” be able to “strut their stuff” and get more work? How would I be able to annoy, exasperate, and occasionally mildly amuse so many of our Gentle Readers?

    We shouldn’t view recruiting truth and objectivity as an expectation; we should rather view it as a tiny diamond hidden in a giant cesspool or septic tank, one which grows without end, soon to overflow the entire world….

    Keith “A Bit Over the Top” Halperin

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobsmadsen Jacob Madsen

    Ha-ha Keith, I thought about making a reference to you in respect to ‘this is a subject that for sure has Mr Halperin waiting in the wings’ and sure as the sun rising in Africa, there you are, sharp and acidic as always, good to see 🙂 Yes it is all becoming too much and the cesspit reference is not that far off, – sadly

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks Jacob. Yes, I wait in my corner like a viper in his tree- ready to bite! But seriously, I think the ease and availability of internet media has allowed more and more people to publically express themselves, and there’s no indication that there’s been a general increase in the quality and veracity in writing, so we see lots and lots of garbage out here. About 25 years ago, I read a book that took place in 2038 and the equivalent of the internet had something like a universal fact-checker algorithm to analyze what people said and wrote. Until we have something like that, I fear we’ll just have to go ahead as we usually do: wading through the muck to find what we already agree with….


  • Derek Zeller

    Awesome post. I want to know how these people can be an expert at something they have only done for 6 months. I bet very few of these experts know or have participated in a chat room back in the day.

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Derek: An expert is defined as “someone who has given three (allegedly) correct answers on a given topic…..”

    -Keith “Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad” Halperin

  • Derek Zeller

    @keith Love it. Just want to know who the person is judging is all. Seems like the line moves an awful bit to me. DZ derdiver

  • Keith Halperin

    @ “derdriver”

    “Just want to know who the person is judging is all.”
    Don’t we all want to know that?

    Happy Friday,

  • http://www.applythru.com Zane Edwards

    So true Paul…..just came back from the HRExpo in Las Vegas, NV and heard many of these tag lines from the vendors in the exhibit hall. Which was exhausting, having owned/operated and since sold one of the largest SAP Centric consulting companies in the US I know from experience that recruiting success comes from real relationships you have with the candidates. New and old relationships that need to be managed and maintained. Social recruiting is the new phone book the rest of the puzzle still has to be solved with by people interacting with each other. This doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to be more effective and efficient using technology, there are. Just means Social Recruiting by itself is the be all, end all solution.

  • http://www.publix.jobs Patti Breckenridge

    Best column I’ve ever seen on ERE.

  • http://www.hireclix.com Neil Costa

    Great post Paul. There is too much fluff and not enough hard data. People are gobbling up tools without the discipline a consumer marketer would have s they evaluate success vs. failure. It is not enough to just buy the tool and tick the check box.