Sunday, January 30, 2011

How Social Media Has Changed Recruitment

Social Media and Social Networking has changed the way that we as users look at employment but also the way that recruitment agencies and companies look at recruiting new talent. These days if a company is contemplating taking you or anyone else on, they look at different factors of social networking.

Previously you would hear about jobs through word of mouth, through job centers and through a couple of other channels but these days, so much is done through the Internet it has truly changed the way that recruitment agencies find roles and positions. The Internet has made companies find it easier to find that missing link, the missing piece to the puzzle.

You only have to look at the popularity of LinkedIn to know how much of an impact social media is having. LinkedIn of course is the ‘social networking site for professionals’. These days even when you get to the interviewing stage for a potential job, companies will actually check things like Facebook to try and get an idea of what kind of person you are.

We have even heard of cases whilst you are already in a job of companies checking your social networking sites to make sure there is nothing untoward about the company on there and people being fired because of it. Over at thestate.com they have written an article that has some questions mainly about school football players but the same logic applies throughout recruitment.

Another great source that talks a lot about social media and recruitment is socialmediarecruitment.com, they explain why social media is even involved in recruitment. Let’s face it, absolutely everything is moving towards social media and social networking, sports and brands were perhaps some of the first.

How do you think social media has changed the face of recruitment? Have you been recruited for a role using social media? Let us know your experiences in the comments section below.

Resource: onlinesocialmedia.net

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