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Social Recruiting 101: Utilizing LinkedIn to Find Passive Job Candidates

Passive Job Candidates

As the economy continues to grow, unemployment is shrinking and the available talent pool is becoming more competitive. The result? Passive job seekers (i.e. someone who has a job, but would be open to new opportunities) are in high demand in the recruiting world. Passive candidates are generally perceived to be a higher quality hire, because they often possess job specific skills and proven industry experience that could be a major asset for your team.

However, without the corporate budget to hire an expensive headhunter, how can you target passive job candidates and build a high quality talent pipeline for your business?

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Topics: Social Recruiting Best Practices, Social Media Recruiting, Social Recruiting

2 Reasons You Should Use Quora to Vet Qualified Job Candidates

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If you’re like 90 percent of recruiters and hiring managers surveyed by Reppler, you’ve already visited candidates’ social media profiles as part of your screening process. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are the top three social networks used for social media recruiting, but there’s another social network you could use to find and vet talent: Quora.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Hiring Process

5 Things Not to Do When Recruiting with Social Media

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The EEOC hearings on social media in the workplace have had our attention for weeks. The testimonies have helped us analyze the true meaning of "social media" as it pertains to HR and share key takeaways on social media recruiting.

But if there's anything else you should take away from the recent hearings, it's what not to do when recruiting with social media. Social media does give recruiters and hiring managers new ways to expand their applicant pool, but there are several reasons to take caution:

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Social Recruiting, EEOC Hearings

Social Media Recruiting, HR and the EEOC: What You Need to Know

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The recent EEOC hearings on social media in the workplace have the HR industry buzzing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our analysis of the testimonies from these hearings and things you should take into consideration for social media recruiting. You can read the first post in this series here.

The EEOC knows social media is impacting the workplace. But does anyone know what “social media” really means and the rules surrounding how to and (how not to) do it?

In an attempt to shed some light on this rapidly changing area of HR, the EEOC held a public meeting on this matter in March 2014. Several expert panelists shared their thoughts, and you can find a link to the full information here.

Below are some of the key takeaways and social media issues every company should consider.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Social Recruiting, EEOC Hearings

Do You Know What Social Media Really Is for HR? Probably Not …

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The recent EEOC hearings on social media in the workplace have the HR industry buzzing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our analysis of the testimonies from these hearings and things you should take into consideration for social media recruiting.

Do you know what social media is? Most people think they do. As we already know, social media is only becoming a larger focus for HR and recruiting. But if the recent hearings held by the EEOC are any indication, there is nothing close to a clear definition of what “social media” actually means.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Social Recruiting, EEOC Hearings

How Do I Use Social Media to Attract Talent?

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Finding the right applicant tracking system is already challenging for many businesses—but with all the social media tools available these days, how do you decide which ones to use to support your hiring and recruiting efforts?

Mediabistro states 14.4 million job seekers in the United States have used social media to search for a job. In fact, 29 percent of survey respondents use social media as their primary tool for job searching. If you haven’t incorporated social media into your recruiting process yet, this means social media could be a new opportunity to expand your talent pool.

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Topics: Hiring & Recruiting Trends, Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Applicant Tracking Software

3 Ways to Optimize Your LinkedIn Presence to Attract Talent

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Many believe LinkedIn is on its way to becoming the No 1. corporate recruiting portal. In terms of social media, it’s already the No. 1 social network used by recruiters, according to a study by Mediabistro. And with more than 277 million users and more signing up everyday, LinkedIn is turning into one of our favorite tools for connecting companies and job seekers in a professional online environment.

Maybe you already use LinkedIn to support your company’s marketing and sales efforts, but have you considered how you can enhance your company LinkedIn page to attract talent? Here we share three ways you can enhance your presence and your company’s profile on LinkedIn to create more visibility for your job openings and engage job seekers.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices, Recruiting Best Practices

First Tweets: How 17 HR Thought Leaders Made Their Twitter Debut

First Tweets

The Human Resources community has always been a tightknit bunch. They freely share ideas, opinions, and best practices while simultaneously embracing many forms of social networking, especially Twitter.

When Twitter (then called Twittr) first launched in 2006, not everyone was sold on the idea. Co-founder Biz Stone originally described the site as a place where “groups of friends bounce random thoughts around with SMS.” Eight years later, Twitter has become one of the most predominant platforms in social media, helping to spread ideas, launch revolutions, and constantly connect people around the world.

Twitter recently launched a new tool that lets you discover any user's first tweet. So we thought it'd be fun to take a look back at the first tweets of some of today’s most active HR Influencers and Thought Leaders.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting

Thinking About Screening Applicants on Social Media? Read This First!

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Are you thinking about using social media to screen job applicants? According to a study by social media monitoring service Reppler, more than 90 percent of the recruiters and hiring managers surveyed have visited a potential candidate’s profile on a social network as part of the screening process. Another interesting find from the survey is 69 percent of recruiters have rejected a candidate based on content found on his or her social networks. At the same time, 68 percent have actually hired a candidate based on information found on his or her social media profiles.

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Topics: Social Media Recruiting, Social Media Recruiting Best Practices

Hiring 101: Social Media Recruiting Dos and Don’ts

hyrell_blogimage_socialrecruiting“Social Media Recruiting” is a hot topic in HR today. Every management software company and professional social media network claims that it can expand the reach of your job postings and attract more applicants. But recruiting revolutions don’t happen overnight. Social media can be a powerful tool to amplify your online voice, but only if this new tool is used in a smart and effective way. So check out these simple “Dos and Don’ts” of social media recruiting, to expand your reach and your applicant pool in the right way:

The Dos

  • Leverage Your Existing Communities. Social media is designed to share information that users find relevant and useful. According to a recent CareerArc Group survey, 72% of companies use social media to advertise their jobs. Whether you are trying to share jobs on Facebook,Twitter, or LinkedIn, if you have a thriving online community of users who are committed to your brand, social media can be the perfect outlet to find new applicants who already have a personal interest in your company.
  • Target Specific Individuals. Social media allows you to search for passive job seekers that may not even be on the market. These sites allow you to view assimilations of a candidate’s work history and relevant skills and experience. Additionally, through the rise of geo-location, social media sites now allow you to share messages with users in targeted geographical areas – so you can reach out to job seekers, with the right skills, in your neighborhood.
  • Use New Communication Platforms. Once you’ve identified a quality candidate you can encourage them to apply via social media messages. Whether it’s a private message via Facebook or an InMail via LinkedIn, companies can use social communication tools to reach out and provide initial contact with potential employees.
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Topics: Social Recruiting Best Practices, Social Media Recruiting, Social Recruiting

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