Last year I conducted an RCSA seminar for over 500 Australian Recruiters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The topic was “Riding the Recovery” and part of my session was on Social Media and how we need to build that technology into our talent sourcing strategies.
Well, I grabbed this opportunity to conduct a little mini-survey on the Twitter habits of attendees. It was totally unscientific and very impromptu, so take from this what you will, but I was somewhat surprised to find that only 5% of the attendees (by show of hands) in Sydney and Melbourne actually have a Twitter account at all. In Brisbane the percentage was also dismally low, but better than the rest at about 10%
I am not sure what I expected. The percentage is higher in my own company, but we still have many non Twitter users at Firebrand, so who am I to judge? But on the other hand, Australians are massive early-adopters of technology, and at the general level have swarmed into Social Media use. Why not recruiters?
I think this is going to have to change – and fast. We won’t be able to rely on job boards for candidates going forward. The cream of candidates, especially passive ones, will need to be sourced through an increasingly fragmented variety of channels. In my view Social Media will be one of those channels.
But for recruiters Twitter will be far more than a simple source of candidates to fill todays’ job order. More important than that is that smart use of Social Media is an opportunity to be perceived as an expert in your industry niche. Recruiters are going to need to use Twitter to foster relationships (and not to spam people by the way), build credibility, and actually interact with communities of people they might want to place in the future, or who are influencers in their area of interest. That will be increasingly powerful for those who get it right.
In my view it’s like this. Social media remains a TOOL – not a strategy – to reach people. There are still tons of people who will not be found on social networking sites. Recruiters don’t want to be seduced by Social Media and the hype surrounding it — but equally recruiters must acknowledge its’ role, and figure out how to work it into the talent acquisition mix
- Posted by Greg Savage
- On November 25, 2009
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