Social Recruiting Humanizes The Process
Despite the dismal response most job seekers get after they have submitted an application, some companies are trying to engage and respond to questions through social platforms (LinkedIn groups, Twitter, Facebook pages).
In fact, many corporate recruiters and human resources professionals say they are open to connecting with candidates through LinkedIn. This is good news for job seekers who often find it difficult to make contacts within companies. With a little research, you can directly connect with corporate recruiters and begin building a relationship. Rather than applying for a job and falling into the black hole, you now have more options to connect and stand out.
Social Recruiting Study Results
Jobvite released their annual findings on how and where job seekers are using social networks for their job search. You can read my summary here.
Take note: There is a major disconnect between job seekers and recruiters. They spend their time in different places. You can read today’s US News & World Report post to learn which social network YOU need to be active on.
Tap Friends To Find Job Opportunities
The most compelling reason to embrace social media for your job search is the ability to connect with current and past friends across multiple social networks in order to learn about job opportunities. Read more about the power of being a referred candidate.
Open Networks Build Future Relationships
And did you know you can forge new relationships with influencers and peers you do not yet know? Open networks like Twitter and Google+ allow you to follow or circle people you do not have connections to. You can even communicate with them just by using their name in your status update. You will find most people who use Twitter and Google+ are friendly and often respond to your message if it isn’t spammy or too self-promotional. Try it and see!
More Social Recruiting Tips & Insight
My US News & World Report post today has more helpful information about social recruiting for job seekers (and companies). I hope you’ll check it out!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.