Recruiters Rely on Social Media to Reveal Top Candidates

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Recruiters have found the surge in use of social media to be very valuable in their field for more than one reason.  Job-seekers need to be prepared that potential employers are searching social media profiles to ensure they find the right person to fill the desired position.

Since recruiters are looking at a candidate’s social media profile, they need to be aware of how recruiters are using social media to recruit – candidates can then maintain the advantage of being one step ahead and display a social media profile that’s desirable to a recruiter.

Social Times provided a great Social Recruiting Infographic that indicates how much social media truly impacts the world of job-seekers and organizations:

  • 92 percent of U.S. companies have used social media networks in 2012 as part of their recruitment efforts.
  • Additionally, 7 out of 10 employers have successfully hired a candidate through social media.
  • Not surprisingly, LinkedIn continues to be a dominant recruiting network.
  • 2/3 of companies now recruit through Facebook and more than half use Twitter to find new talent.

It’s just as imperative for a potential candidate to be active on social media as it is for a recruiter. A recruiter will relentlessly search to find you no matter how “private” you make your settings. Keeping your social media profiles up-to-date and profile content appropriate is key to successfully gaining the attention of a recruiter – the kind of attention you’re seeking.

Be aware of all messages you make public because the past can come back to haunt you.  There’s a prime example in the news recently of Paris Brown, who suddenly had to resign from her position as Kent Youth Police and Crime Commissioner due to a series of inappropriate tweets she sent three years before she was appointed.

Remaining cautious and aware of what you’re posting is necessary in today’s world, so that being said here are a few things to avoid displaying on social media sites: profanity in posts and tweets, grammar mistakes and pictures that involve alcohol.

Recruiters are searching for viable candidates who they believe will be a suitable fit for an organization.  Social media, if used correctly, can open doors for job-seekers and allow for opportunities to present themselves.

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