• Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Raghav. Have there ben any studies which show th effectiveness of solely Twitter (not in conjunction with other recruiting methodes, tools) to:
    1) Fill immediate positions
    2) Create candidate pipelines for upcoming,/ongoing positions?

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • http://www.namegeneration.net Namegeneration.net Candidate Leads

    Namegeneration.net has found in the research of the of its own data that a large percentage of people do not indicate in their Twitter profile who they are or what they do. This in turn leaves a lot of people on twitter that unless matched up with other social data on them are like ghosts, and are easily passed by when trying to find and connect to the right candidates. It takes a little more work to research and find these people, but they tend to also be the ones that are not being regularly solicited via twitter and may pay more attention to your message since they are not as popular on the site as others who have put a good amount of info on there about who they are.

  • http://blog.snaphop.com Kerry Skemp

    Hashtags and twitter chats (including #resuchat & #talentnet) are great ways to find other recruiters or in a particular industry. Also keep in mind that many people use Twitter on a mobile device, so it’s ideal if the links you send–especially job opportunities–can provide a great mobile experience for users.

  • http://www.talentboard.co Austin Merritt

    Great article, Raghav. Following this advice is key to start building a following. It is unfortunate to see so many recruiters using Twitter only as a soapbox to announce job openings. I know that in the tech industry, this is a major turnoff and definitely decreases the odds of getting followed back.

    To Keith’s question, I’d say it’s best to use Twitter as a way to open doors. It’s difficult to build relationships on Twitter, but it’s easy to get the process started. Once you’ve made a connection (ie followed, received a follow-back, and achieved some level of engagement through conversations, retweets, etc), then connect on LinkedIn, send a DM requesting a meeting, etc.

    We recently launched a service to help Tech Recruiters make the most of Twitter. We hand-source candidates each month, then give tips and tech industry insights to help with engagement. Check it out! http://www.talentboard.co/master-twitter

  • Raghav Singh

    To Keith’s question.

    I’m not aware of any such study. As Austin mentions – Twitter opens doors, it’s a means to an end. Not a stand alone mechanism for filling jobs. I also think that when using social media it’s best to use multiple approaches for connecting with people that may eventually become candidates. The higher the level of engagement the more likely that is – but it can still be a long row to hoe.

  • http://facebook.thefit.com/ Vinda Rao

    Raghav, interesting point about the importance of putting Twitter for recruiting in context. While the majority of online adults may not use Twitter, however, it does have attract a large quantity of “professional age” candidates. Our recent survey of 1,848 staffing recruiters found that 48.8% of respondents used Twitter for recruiting in 2012. 38.3% of respondents plan on using Twitter more in 2013, and 13% said they’ve successfully placed a candidate they found on Twitter. This is in comparison to 93% of recruiters who placed a candidate they found on LinkedIn, and 17% who placed a candidate they found on Facebook.

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Raghav: Thank you- very sensible

    @ Autin. Thank you. I’d enjoy hearing more…

    @ Vinda: The fact that many recruiters say they do use or plan to use a given tool doesn’t indicate that the tool works well or quickly to fill jobs. Furthermore, the more who use it, the less competitive advantage there is in doing so- look at LinkedIn…

    I like the idea of the social network info aggregator that was discussed recently…

    Keith keithsrj@sbcglobal.net

  • http://facebook.thefit.com/ Vinda Rao

    @Keith – agreed. In fact, the data shows that Twitter works less well than Facebook and LinkedIn to place high-quality candidates according to more than 1,800 anonymous recruiters. However, while using a nascent channel such as Pinterest (something we also measured) might present a competitive advantage, there’s clearly no correlation to efficacy.

  • Keith Halperin

    @ Vinda: Thank you. If I understand correctly, your results show that using Twitter to recruit works less well than using Facebook, which has been highly criticized here for its lack of efficiency in producing quick, quality hires, yet didn’t you say above:
    “48.8% of respondents used Twitter for recruiting in 2012. 38.3% of respondents plan on using Twitter more in 2013, and 13% said they’ve successfully placed a candidate they found on Twitter”?
    This says to me that large numbers of recruiters use or plan to use SOMETHING WHICH HAS BEEN SHOWN NOT TO WORK VERY WELL FOR THE PURPOSE IT’S BEING USED.

    Keith “What Am I Missing Here?” Halperin

  • http://facebook.thefit.com/ Vinda Rao

    @ Keith: I think you’re making my point, actually. But you know the old line about lies, damn lies, and statistics, right? It depends on how you interpret this data.

    As you said, Facebook has been criticized here, but the survey data suggests it may be more effective than Twitter. So recruiters shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Facebook as a social recruiting channel in favor of Twitter.

    But the second question that this data can’t answer is WHY Twitter has had a less effective outcome. For that, consider the case of asking 100 recruiters to shoot a free-throw on a basketball court, and only 13 of them making it. Does that mean shooting free-throws is hard? Or does it mean that 87 recruiters need to practice their shot?

    And if Twitter is a free-throw, is LinkedIn a layup and Facebook shooting from half-court?) But I digress :-)

    Happy to chat about this further offline.

  • Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Vinda. Would enjoying talking off-line.
    Meanwhile, I think neither Twitter nor FB have been shown to quickly and effectively put quality butts in chairs. You might be able to build talent communities with them, but who has the time, money, etc. to do that? My managers want good people hired NOW, not good people “possibly interested in hearing more” 6 months from now.

    Cheers,
    Keith keithsrj@sbcglobal.net

  • http://facebook.thefit.com/ Vinda Rao

    Hi Keith, once again this is a matter of leveraging social media beyond its basic uses to maximize what it can do for your recruiting. Please do email me. My email address is on the “press kit” page of Bullhorn.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.