In a perfect world, hiring managers would visit an "employee store" and choose the candidate that best fits their needs. While that idea is pure fantasy, social job sharing sites fill the bill like no other offering available today. They are powerful tools businesses can utilize to forge hiring practices that yield better results.
Businesses who avoid expanding their employee searches into the social job site arena are stuck with a smaller candidate pool of less qualified applicants. Traditional means of recruiting can leave you with a bad new hire, creating issues with performance quality and, eventually, turnover.
Four ways to overhaul old-school recruiting by utilizing social job sharing sites are:
Convey your company's culture. Social media job sites offer a way for the candidate to see if your company is a good fit for them. Being able to design a company page, share information, and engage in groups shows a candidate the aspects that drive the company. This is especially important in attracting Millennials. Research studies determined a whopping 92% of working Millennials believe they are contributing to a company that's making a difference in the world. Contributions of time and money to a cause aren't typically shared on normal job descriptions. In the social job sharing site world, it's commonplace, and it works.
Engage in groups where your ideal candidate would be involved. A great way to leverage success on a social job sharing site is to get involved! Join industry groups, contribute expert answers to questions, and share information potential candidates would find valuable. Setting your company apart by engaging with valuable content may catch the eye of a top quality applicant who may not have even been actively looking for a job.
Decrease hiring time. Older hiring methods took time to get in front of potential job candidates. A social media job search begins within minutes. If social media company pages are managed correctly, your entire network will know you have an open position, and can either apply themselves or refer a qualified person to you.
Another way hiring time is decreased is the amount of information candidates share on their profiles. In the 'old days' hiring managers' main information source was the resume. By using social media, companies are privy to extensive information up front, and can begin the decision making process earlier.
Feel confident that social media recruiting works. Almost 3 out of 4 employers say they have hired effectively by using a social job sharing site. That is powerful proof that it works if you make the investment of time into learning how to use it to your advantage.
Social media has changed the way the world communicates in general, and the way employers connect with top talent in particular. Social job sharing sites enable hiring managers to reach a greater number of candidates who are highly qualified, decrease hiring time, and end up with a better chance of a positive hiring experience.
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