Went to a seminar on Friday where the presenter mentioned a couple of “interesting” facts…
- Only 30% of the jobs available are posted on sites such as Monster/Career Builder/Hot Jobs
- Employers are using social media sites (i.e. facebook, linkedin) to “pre-screen” candidates
- Twitter is being used to source candidates
It does seem like the natural progression of social media is to help others get a job, but I wonder just how “popular” social media recruiting has become and did a quick google search and wow, there is soo much information. But there really is not much data. One company called Jobvite, which has a product that ties social networks (i.e. facebook, linkedin, etc.) to company’s jobs announcements, has started a annual survey which (2009 survey was published in April 2009), claims that about 70% of companies (or survey respondents) use social media for recruiting.
That is to source candidates…I wonder if social media sites are being used AFTER sourcing? Where HR looks at a resume and “screens” the information on the resume with a social media site like facebook or linkedin? Sounds logical and I have heard that since the info posted on social media sites are peer reviewed, they are considered “more accurate” than a resume…hmm, just wonder how prevalent use of social media is?
I will start a survey and post results soon!