The entire process of recruitment has undergone a sea of change in recent years. Just as new technologies have changed the face of communication and networking, this has had a profound impact on the way both job seekers and recruiters operate in this hyper connected world.
Professional social media sites like LinkedIn have already become an integral tool for career development and talent search. Social media has created many opportunities for HR to find the best talent with the right skills and expertise. Let’s look at different ways in which HR can utilise different social media applications as part of the recruitment process.
Using social media to create a wider reach
The first way in which HR and PR departments can effectively use social media to widen their search for the perfect talent is to create a network of existing talent as well as alumni. This can help spread the word about current vacancies and job openings, and reach the right professionals within the shorter period of time.
Social media like LinkedIn and Facebook are great ways to create networks of potential candidates. LinkedIn can be particularly useful to find professionals with specific skills, experience and interests and can be equally useful for HR personnel to find the right talent as well as professionals to find the right opportunities.
Applying through social media
Online recruitment is fast becoming the most effective and quickest way to search for, find and apply for jobs. Social media like Facebook can be used to apply for vacancies easily and quickly through your social media profile. Companies often use the Facebook Job Application tool on their company profile page on Facebook.
Facebook also has a plethora of tools within the recruitment and job search area – including ways to promote friends from your contact list who are job hunting and Facebook job search apps for specific companies like Monster.
Using social media to find people with the right interests
Social media like Facebook and the micro-blogging site Twitter can be used by HR to find professionals with the right inclinations and interests to match the profile of the company. Google search is also an effective way of finding out more about a candidate.
These social media sites can be useful to screen professionals based on their personal interests, likes and dislikes, and to find the perfect match for the work culture and ethic of the particular company.
In a sense, while a CV can tell recruiters about a person’s professional life, they have very little to divulge about the person as a person. Social media sites like Twitter and Facebook can help recruiters understand more about the candidates’ personality, which could weigh in on the candidates’ professional application.
Human resource personnel have to do the challenging job of matching the perfect candidate with a particular position. This usually involves sifting through a multitude of applications to find the one suitable match. Recruitment is a bit like matchmaking, and the more information you have about a candidate the more likely you are to be able to make a good informed match. Social media provide useful ways of connecting with potential talent, widening the search in a targeted manner, and finding the right person for the company.
About the author
Nick Anderson is a writer for How2become; a leading career and recruitment specialist. How2become currently offers over 150 different titles across a wide range of careers providing insider information to help you prepare effectively. You can also connect with How2become on Facebook
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