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Friday, May 22, 2009

Recruiting on Social Networks | Find Your Candidates and Customers Using Social Media Marketing

Finding The Perfect Candidate Through Social Networking | 4 Easy Steps to Successful Recruiting on Twitter

Social networks are ideal for finding and connecting with top job candidates and prospective customers!
If you've ever put an ad on a job board then you know how difficult it can be to find qualified or quality people online. People apply for jobs that they are unqualified for and you end up with a never ending pile of irrelevent resumes.

Social networks act as a filter, delivering the best prospects with ease. You can search for people on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace by location, sex, keyword or interests. If you have the right profile and understand social networking etiquette, you can find your dream candidate and pre-screen them without wasting time and effort. And best of all, social networking is free!

Social Networking for Recruiters | A Simple Guide to Twitter Recruiting

1. Set-up a Twitter account for recruiting purposes
  • Include your contact information
  • Upload a photo of yourself (don't use your company's logo)
  • Add branding and design elements to your Twitter homepage
2. Tweeting for Job Prospects
  • Write high impact descriptions of the job opportunities available- attention catching!
  • Link to a complete job description
  • It's not about you! Don't just tweet your needs- provided added value by giving away job hunting and resume building tips
3. Proactively Seek Out Good Candidates
  • Use the search function at the bottom of the Twitter page
  • Search for Twitter users by location + job title or function | ex. Chicago Real Estate Attorney
  • Read Twitter conversations related to the job you are trying to fill
  • After checking out the person's profile and links, follow them
  • Search and follow people of interest on a daily basis
4. Be Responsive and Engaged
  • Send a direct message to people who follow you back
  • Always include your contact information
  • Set up e-mail or mobile Twitter alerts
  • Respond as soon as possible to people that contact you through the network

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