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Retailers and shippers are projecting to hire about a total of 800,000 in seasonal staff this winter for what is expected to be the strongest holiday shopping season in this millennium, thus far.  However, employers are finding it more difficult to fill these seasonal positions in 2014 than in recent years, and the dearth of applicants has prompted companies to explore new channels for hire. The Wall Street Journal caught the trend, reporting that companies are primarily flocking to one new destination to source more qualified candidates: social media.

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In a video interview on WSJ live, journalist Eric Morath was asked why it took so many retailers so long to utilize social media for recruitment:

Q. It’s interesting that they’re turning to social media out of necessity. You wonder, “Why didn’t they think of this before?”

Morath: Well these have traditionally been ways to essentially advertise to customers, reach out to people who want to buy your products, and for some companies…they are not necessarily advertising to people who are looking for low-wage retail jobs, but they realize, ‘Hey, if we open up our audience maybe that mom or dad that’s staying home with the kids might be willing to help us out during the holidays so why not reach out to our customers as employees?

Perhaps necessity is the greatest invention, as social recruiting has already given companies, like Beverages & More Inc., quick wins to celebrate—bringing us to the first reason WSJ cites social as the medium of choice for holiday hiring:

  1. Social Media Has Already Proven To Drive Quick Recruitment Results

  2. The article touts BevMo’s recent success with Twitter, noting that the company had 1,000 open seasonal requisitions to fill, and was at first reluctant about advertising jobs to its customers. However, after just a month of distributing jobs on social media, BevMo increased online applications by 66%.

    Here is one example of their job tweets:

    BevMo Holiday Hiring Tweet 3 Reasons Why Social Media is the New Holiday Hiring Hub, says the WSJ

    Spiking its online application volume just by adding social media into their mix of hiring channels gives us fantastic proof of social media as an effective source of hire; however, we would add that BevMo may have seen an even higher jump in online applications if they had followed just a few TweetMyJobs Twitter best practices—such as hashtag optimization, geo-tagging, and incorporating inline twitter images and twitter cards—all of which have shown to increase SEO and click through rates on Twitter.

    They’re ability to garner these numbers without tweet optimization techniques only open up the imagination to what conversion rates might still be possible if their tweets could reach even more potential candidates on Twitter.

    Related: 3 Signs You’re a Twitter Recruiting Ace

  3. Recruiting on Social Media Effectively Attracts Passive Candidates

  4. 2014 holiday hires graph 3 Reasons Why Social Media is the New Holiday Hiring Hub, says the WSJ

    High staffing demand, but low-applicant turnout reveals a holiday labor market reacting to the continued economic upswing. As Morath explains, although national unemployment has dipped, the labor force participation rate—which includes everyone employed along with everyone who desired to be employed and is 16 years-old or above—is at a sluggish 62.7%, a number unseen since the late 1970’s. Retail employees of past holiday seasons may have since found full-time positions or experienced the boons of economic recovery, thus rendering the need for a seasonal job this year less urgent and less crucial.

    With so much potential human capital waiting in the wings, Morath argues:

    “Social media pushes broaden the pool of candidates by attracting workers who aren’t actively looking for jobs.”

    While traditional job boards are the venue for active job seekers and employers to meet with one common goal—securing a hire—social media has become the venue for brands to engage with followers and even turn these loyal customers into loyal employees.

    Related: Recruiting Just Got A Lot Harder: 5 New Reasons Why

  5. Holiday Hiring is a Sprint to the Finish. Social Media Moves at the Speed of the Season.

  6. Holiday hiring is tricky business: Employers have just about a month to fill thousands of requisitions. Usually starting after holiday sales forecasts are announced in early October, companies make a mad dash to be fully staffed by early November, just a few weeks before Black Friday.

    Ellen Davis, an executive who manages National Retail Federation’s Talent Acquisition Group, supports employers’ moves towards social media:

    “When you’re hiring 10,000 people in that short time, you can’t take out newspaper ads…Using existing channels to reach prospective hires is smart and economical.”

UPS is leveraging social media and other interactive platforms to fill 95,000 holiday jobs.

UPS—a TweetMyJobs client—is projecting to add a whopping 95,000 members to their team this season, almost doubling their last year’s count of only 50,000 hires. They advertise jobs on Twitter (@UPSJobs), and their Facebook page links directly to the Job Map powered by TweetMyJobs which visually captures the breadth of their current hiring demands.

UPS Holiday Jobs Map 3 Reasons Why Social Media is the New Holiday Hiring Hub, says the WSJ

Are you using social media to hire this holiday season? Share your experiences and tips below or with us on Twitter @TweetMyJobs using the #TMJEdu hashtag.

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map 3 keys banner 3 Keys to a Results Driven Social Recruiting Strategy

At the end of each year, we all naturally take stock of the past and begin planning for a better future. For any HR professional, this process isn’t easy as it requires an honest look at a variety of efforts, and the courage to either commit to or pivot from a plan.

The HCI webcast and panel discussion TweetMyJobs recently hosted focused on how to strategically set goals, plan, and execute a social recruitment program. Watch the full recording of the webcast now.

In it our VP of Sales Mira Greenland (@miragreenland) and three colleagues and HR practitioners bravely revisit the past year, laying out their social recruiting efforts on the table. Each practitioner discussed their overall goals, the planning and execution, and their pitfalls and successes.

While the webcast goes through each case in more depth, here are the 3 keys to crafting a results-driven social recruiting strategy:

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  1. Start strong. Assess your resources and set realistic goals. Early wins build a natural momentum towards success.

  2. You may be starting your social recruiting program from scratch—no social accounts set, no dedicated team, etc. But this doesn’t mean you lack the resources to break ground.

    Audra Knight (@media2knight) is the Social Media Recruiting Coordinator at UMASS Memorial Medical Center, the largest employer in central Massachusetts. With an average 600+ open requisitions per month, Audra managed to secure executive buy-in to launch a social recruiting effort; however, without a team to rely on, she alone planned and executed the entire program.

    Wisely, Audra started small establishing a Facebook careers page, testing conversions and engagement on content and job posts. Watch the webinar to learn the techniques she utilized to boost content posts. Now equipped with the past year’s results, she plans to reach out to the marketing department to collaborate on content creation such as adding recruitment related posts on the main UMASS FB page.

    Related: 7 Ways to Really Source on Facebook Using Social Media

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  3. Consider your social media platforms ofchoice. Work with what you’ve got, but know where you’ve got to be.

  4. Chrissy Glover (@chrissyglo) is the Employer Brand Marketing Manager at Opower, a company that competes in the hi-tech Silicon Valley market for top talent. Opower already had branded pages set up on three social networks: LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Twitter. Although these sites were established, they had minimal activity and community engagement.

    Although Chrissy knew adding a Facebook careers page would be ideal, she decided to first work with the existing platforms before splintering her attention and managing a new community altogether.

    She focused her energy on boosting engagement and discusses her exact tactics in the webcast which resulted to a doubling in new followers per month on Glassdoor.

    Related: 3 Qualities of Highly Successful Social Recruiters

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  5. Be prepared, but don’t be afraid. You can limit social media risks, but anticipating what could happen can ultimately harm your momentum and detract from the overall goal.

  6. One of my favorite takeaways came from Aetna University Relations Recruiter, Lindsay Parks (@Lparks2387), who was instrumental in crafting the Aetna Social Media Playbook aimed at mitigating the risks of social media participation for the a Fortune 100 company and its customers.

    The 90-page plan outlines an escalation process to ensure that whoever manages social media was prepared to handle any issues that arise. The document took a year to complete.

    Related: Top 3 Fears of Social Recruiting, Dispelled

    When asked to share any pitfalls she could help us avoid when drafting our own social recruiting playbook, she answered ironically, but also very truthfully:

    “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

    She referred to how she and her team attempted to map out an escalation process, brainstorming all the possible risks and crisis situations that could occur. They realized that imagining all possible outcomes was not only impossible but it impacted their focus on the main goals—recruitment, engagement, employer branding, etc.

These three practitioners are blazing the new trails within their organizations, making way for social recruiting programs to take root and thrive. Although their experiences vary greatly, the similarities of each case shed light on the essential ingredients that push social hiring programs to success.

What are your keys to a results-driven social recruiting strategy? Share them below or tweet us at @TweetMyJobs, and use #TMJEdu to share your thoughts with our community.

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7 Ways To REALLY Source Talent on Facebook

by Tallulah on August 15, 2014

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With 1.28 billion monthly active users, Facebook has become the central hub for social exchange today. Second only to Google as the most visited site, Facebook has effectively weaved its platform into day-to-day life and culture one friend request at a time.

But with Facebook housing the largest database of online profiles and personal information on the planet, the network promises more possibilities than mere social exchange. For employers, recruiters, and talent acquisition professionals, Facebook presents potentially the most powerful online directory of talent on the planet.

Now here are 7 Ways to REALLY Source Talent on Facebook:

  1. Test and Develop Your Graph Search Strategy

  2. Carrying over one-seventh of the global population’s personal data, don’t you wish there was a tool that could help you search for pools of qualified candidates fitting an exact criteria?

    Hello, Graph Search a.k.a. Facebook’s gift to recruiters.

    Graph Search Bar 7 Ways To REALLY Source Talent on Facebook

    Released just last year, Graph Search lets you find people inside and outside your network of Friends based on their personal profile and activity. The tool covers basic search fields like location, current employer, work and education, but can also include more advanced filters such as searching based on liked pages, groups joined, and even places checked-in.

    Advanced Graph Search 7 Ways To REALLY Source Talent on Facebook

    But the tool is only as effective as the strategy that supports its use. Here are a few tips to guide your first steps in searching and sourcing candidates on Facebook.

  3. Leverage the Strength of Your Closest Connections First

  4. The Graph Search algorithm ranks search results in priority to your closest contacts first. This prioritization really works to the recruiter’s advantage as it helps map the reach of your existing and extended networks, showing you if a candidate is just one Friend degree away.

    Recruiters must then rely on sound judgment on whether to send a direct friend request, reach out to the closest mutual friend for an introduction, or transfer to a separate network, like LinkedIn, to make that first, professional touch. Test and determine the best approach and soon enough you will witness your network grow with purpose.

  5. (Re)Connect with Your Most Connected Friends

  6. You may start to notice either the same popular Friend at the top of those search results, or the same Mutual Friend attached to the candidates you want to connect with. This is likely a sign that the popular individual is an influencer in the very network you want to access, and can act as a key ally to expanding your network and content reach on Facebook.

    But influencers’ attention and trust must be earned. Luckily Facebook gives you many options to warm a cooled contact. The first touch could be as simple as liking a post, sending a direct message, or learning if a birthday or anniversary is on the horizon for a well-timed, personal greeting.

  7. Make A Great First Impression With A Likeable Company Page

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    If you’re looking for candidates via Graph Search, you can bet they are looking for you too, so design a company and personal page that is optimized for search and will encourage that Like from your visitors.

    One way TweetMyJobs helps company pages increase Likes and repeat visits is through our branded careers tab we call TMJ for Pages which lists a company’s latest job openings and link directly to the job posting on your career site. Below is an example of the TMJ for Pages careers tab we power for our client, Starbucks.

    Each job listing can be instantly shared across platforms. We believe so much in the strength of Facebook’s referral network that we created a Facebook app called the Who? Button that leverages job seekers’ existing networks for their job hunt, effectively turning their social network into a potential source for job references.

  9. Create Engaging & Shareable Content

  10. With Facebook making significant changes to its algorithm earlier this year, original content creation has become more vital than ever when competing for attention. Testing and determining which content your audience prefers and expects from your brand is paramount.

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    Our client Ericsson serves the type of content it sees growing in demand from its

    followers: results from original studies and surveys. Above is Ericsson’s recent popular post about global smartphone usage. They engage their audience to consider the survey findings through one simple question: Where do you fall on the spectrum?

    Ericsson also has a TMJ for Pages career tab for candidates who, after reading Ericsson’s timeline posts, are then moved to seek out open opportunities.

  11. Build Your Network Before You Need It

  12. Be it online or offline, building and nurturing the network takes time. Graph Searching can make online networking seem deceptively easy, quickly pulling a directory of people in just a few clicks to whom you can then fire messages as fast as you can type.

    However, refrain from making any direct requests from your network especially if you’ve just joined or reconnected. Instead first ask how you can serve that network: share content that speaks to your interest to communicate your brand and occasionally send influencers content that speaks to their interest in personalized direct messages.

    Since Facebook has made it really easy to silence updates from individuals, you want to make sure your messages give more than they take.

  13. Don’t Be Creepy

  14. With all its power, Graph Search itself cannot substitute for the recruiting and sourcing know-how that will drive the strategy behind how you search and what you do with the information you find.

    Some advanced Graph Search filters that specify age, religion, political views for example will not really benefit your work. When messaging a new contact, refrain from mentioning the photo you saw of him and his family at the Grand Canyon from a trip he took two years ago which was just breathtaking. Yes it’s a compliment, but it gives the impression that you just spent the past hour combing through his photo albums—another activity we advise against.

    We think the Golden Rule best applies here. Put yourself in your candidate’s shoes and picture the ideal candidate experience from start to finish. Now follow your lead.

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Veteran Committed Icon 3 Ways You Can Use Social Media To Hire Veterans Although it has dropped almost one percentage point since 2013, veteran unemployment remains high at 9 percent and above the 7 percent average civilian unemployment level recorded during the same time period. Young veterans between the ages of 18-24 are most affected, currently experiencing the ultra-high jobless rate of 21.4 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)—a tax break that last year incentivized employers to target U.S. vets for hire—expired this past January, undoubtedly adding more challenge for returning soldiers who face an already competitive labor market.

However many companies—including several of our clients—are realizing the ROI from bringing veterans on board: beyond benefiting from veterans’ wealth of skill and experience, employers report that veteran hires help build morale and goodwill within the company, customers, and community.

Why Use Social Media to Hire Vets?

Simple: Because the new generation of vets are on Social Media. And when we say “new” we don’t necessarily mean “young”: the VA found that over 40% of veterans who use their Facebook pages are older than 45, prompting the VA to invest millions each year into reaching this target audience.

Social media use among veterans has risen so much recently that it has been credited for bettering established veteran organizations, and even blamed for overshadowing more traditional veteran networking organizations.

Like the VA, the private sector is also taking note of veterans’ active online engagement, and employers are using creative hiring strategies—including social recruiting, branding, and job distribution—to attract this vast, and often untapped, talent pool.

Here are 3 ways to harness social media to hire talented and experienced vets.

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  1. Use Social Media to Listen & Learn About Veterans
  2. One very positive look at the wide use of social networking among veterans is in appreciating the way it is giving this group—often depicted and perceived as homogenous and faceless—a face, a voice, and a name. Open social networks give brands a tremendous opportunity to learn about veterans, or any other talent groups, before ever marketing and distributing jobs.

    Follow veteran-focused hashtags, such as #vets, #veterans, #MilitaryMonday, #SOV (SOV – Support Our Veterans), and #MilFam (Military Family). Join veteran groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. Soon enough you will pick up on the pace and vocabulary of the exchange and have the pulse on what matters most to vets, their families, and supporters in real time.

    Learn what they care about, so they can care about you.

  3. Distribute Veteran-Targeted Job Posts and Tweets
  4. Social networking sites can get noisy, challenging social recruiters who struggle to reach their ideal candidate. When sharing your open jobs on the social web, make sure vets are (1) the first to know about each opportunity and (2) that vets know your brand specifically seeks out qualified veteran applicants.

    Hashtag all your job tweets

    with #vets #veterans #jobs and other relevant hashtags so that the jobs are visible via these veteran-focused searches. TweetMyJobs automates this process for companies who specify their commitment to hiring vets, like we do for our client, CSX.

    CSX Veterans Tweet 3 Ways You Can Use Social Media To Hire Veterans

    Brand your jobs as “Veteran Committed”

    In 2011 TweetMyJobs worked with President Obama to help boost veteran hires at a national level and drive awareness to the issue. Since then, we’ve continued to make it easy for employers to distinguish their jobs as Veteran Committed and attract more veteran applicants for each requisition. Learn more about veteran committed recruitment.

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  5. Build An Authentic, Veteran-Committed Employer Brand
  6. We have several clients who have not only pledged their commitment to hiring vets, but have grounded this effort with action.

    Their veteran-focused messaging is consistent across traditional and social channels, echoing their commitment through their marketing and job distribution channels.

    However, beyond carrying a consistent message, you must convey an authentic message—and nothing proves authenticity like action. Bolstering your veteran recruitment outreach with dedicated, ongoing programs like that of CSX and AT&T, will not only attract a healthy flow of veteran candidates, but will help create a loyal talent community from which to source great hires for years to come.

Honorable Mention: Optimize Your Career Site For Veteran Job Seekers

We had to give an honorable mention to clients like AT&T and US Cellular who are taking an extra step to better the veteran candidate experience.

How? By allowing veterans to use their Military Occupational Code—a code that denotes their military job title—to search for relevant job opportunities.

For example, do you know what an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Officer is qualified to do? Yeah, neither did I. But when I found out, I was still stumped to list the positions this might translate to in the civilian working world.

Then I typed MOS 2305, which is the military code for this post, into the AT&T MOS Translator Search bar, and suddenly dozens of potential jobs popped on the screen.

ATT MOS Translator Job Search 3 Ways You Can Use Social Media To Hire Veterans

It may seem simple at first, but translating skills and experience earned in the military to an equivalent job outside the military is a common barrier veterans face in their job search. Bridging this job verbiage gap serves as an example of how a brand intimately understands the unique challenges of a talent group, and has done something simple, elegant, and impactful to ease that burden.

Are you ready to make an authentic commitment to our veterans? Start here. Attend our upcoming ERE webinar on Veteran Recruiting—see details below. 

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img marketo page 8 bar louie 1 3 Ways Social Recruiting Helps You Survive Your Own Growth

Expansion is an exciting and triumphant time, a marker of success communicating to the world that your company is experiencing such impressive returns at existing locales that it must now do what’s natural—grow into new territories to conquer. This is supposed to be the best of times.

But growth also brings challenges. Bar Louie Restaurants is one of the fastest-growing restaurant brands in the nation opening about twelve to fifteen corporate locations each year. This year alone, they expect to hire workers at a volume that equals the size of its current workforce.

To face this demand, Bar Louie leveraged social media to solve some of the most persistent hiring challenges brought about by rapid expansion. They produced such exemplary results that we dedicated a case study to their winning strategy and execution.

From that study we share just a few headline results to help you learn from their lead. Here are the 3 Ways Social Recruiting Helps You Survive Your Own Growth:

  1. Social Recruiting Increases Quality Candidate Flow
  2. Hiring the right people is difficult enough, but having to recruit an entire staff in new, unfamiliar locales adds significant weight to the challenge.

    Luckily, Bar Louie owned one of the most powerful assets when it comes to using social media to recruit culture-fit hires–a bold employer brand. This is best illustrated by Jennifer Scott, Vice President of Human Resources at Bar Louie, who shared what kind of hires they look for:

    “We search for folks that are happy to express themselves and be who they are. We are not looking for robotic, corporate types: tattoos are welcome, stuffed shirts are not.”

    Bar Louie knew that by leveraging its distinct company culture, it could raise its employer brand and easily distinguish itself from other organizations competing for top talent. The company does this though a multi-channel, multi-media approach that gives job seekers several opportunities to engage with the Bar Louie brand.

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    An example of this is Bar Louie’s Facebook Page which houses a dedicated Careers Tab powered by TweetMyJobs. Here candidates can experience the Bar Louie brand, get a feel for company culture, as well as apply to and share open jobs.

    Result: “Growing our candidate pool was our ultimate goal,” said Scott. “And in this regard, social recruiting absolutely expanded our horizons.”

    Social Recruiting Best Practice: If you have a bold employer brand, flaunt it. Social media tends to reward the daring.

  3. Social Recruiting Decreases Time-to-Fill
  4. Finding the right people in new locales during an aggressive growth period is like aiming at a moving target from a race car: move too fast, aim too wide, and you are bound to miss out on a great hire.

    Scott explained, “We had a choice: find a better way to tap a continuous flow of quality candidates in new territories, or risk costly disruptions to our launch schedule that could domino into delays for multiple locations.”

    What Bar Louie needed was a reliable medium that could communicate the company’s culture, attract talent that strongly identified with the brand’s values, and immediately embolden those candidates to apply.

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    One way Bar Louie continued to engage and attract the right hires was through the use of the TMJ Job Map, which displays up-to-date job openings across all Bar Louie corporate locations. Having boosted online engagement and return visitors, the map now acts as the default starting point for anyone who wishes to apply for a position directly from the Bar Louie site.

    Result: “TweetMyJobs drove a continuous surge of traffic to our career site and pulled in larger candidate pools than ever before, helping us significantly cut our time-to-fill.”

    Social Recruiting Best Practice: Recruiting on social media pushes employers to be more inventive and engaging when reaching out and interacting with job seekers. Experiment with multiple platforms and reinvest in the ones that promise the most reach and return.

  5. Social Recruiting Boosts Employee Retention
  6. Bar Louie emphasizes a culture of retention and internal promotion across all levels of the organization, which is why they have instituted the Bar Louie Internal Promote program that strives to fill at least 50% of all management positions by hiring from within—a goal TweetMyJobs continues to help meet.

    When Bar Louie tracked hires sourced from social recruiting initiatives managed by TweetMyJobs, Bar Louie discovered that the greatest ROI TweetMyJobs had delivered was one that followed far beyond the initial hire.

    Result: “We’ve seen a major surge in internally-promoted managers who were initially sourced through social channels as hourly hires,” reports Scott. “[TweetMyJobs has] proven their recruiting solution can, in the long-term, impact retention—our highest measurement of recruitment ROI.”

    Social Recruiting Best Practice: Track your social hires—from hourly to salary—to discover your complete ROI.


Beyond the Extremes of Expansion:
Bringing Social Recruiting Best Practices Home

If you reread the 3 Ways Social Recruiting Helps You Survive Your Growth, you will find that these three ways could just as easily be titled 3 Ways Social Recruiting Helps you Target, Recruit, and Retain Great Hires, Any Day of the Week.

Bar Louie shows us how social recruiting—when expertly managed and optimized through innovative solutions—can bend, adapt, and scale to extreme situations like hyper growth. case study 4 3 Ways Social Recruiting Helps You Survive Your Own Growth However, the results we listed—increased quality candidate flow, decreased time-to-fill, and increased quality-of-hire and employee retention—are benefits we see our clients achieve daily.

To learn more about how you can apply these lessons to your campaign today, download the Bar Louie Case Study to get the full story on strategy, solution, and success.

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10891456256 0b557c1564 5 Social and Mobile Recruiting Posts You Might Have Missed

Aside from the story on the NSA using encrypted tweets to recruit code breakers, below are 5 stories on today’s recruiting tips and trends you might have missed.

  1.  Your Employer Brand Owns The Candidate ExperienceForbes -Read Time: 2 mins
  2. Employer Branding goes way beyond slapping on logos and slogans to a Twitter cover photo. This post argues that employer reputation should run as deep as evaluating and reforming the candidate experience and the employee experience. Read on to see how you can push your Employer Brand standard.

  3. Facebook Users Engage With Brands Most on FridaysMarketingProfs - Read Time: 3 mins
  4. Get the edge on your Facebook engagement by testing the findings from a recent Adobe study, which found Friday is the day when users were most actively engaging with brands, as well as brands’ videos.

  5. How to Hire Without Spending a Fortune. (Hint: Use Social Media.)Entrepreneur – Read Time: 2 minutes
  6. Yet another post on the cost-effective benefits of social recruiting. The article lists tips on other low-cost outlets and mentions a 1-800-Contacts case study that spiked click-throughs and tripled applicant quality.

  7. How To Hack HiringTechCrunch - Read Time: 3 mins
  8. This myth-busting post explains why Google threw out those surprise interview questions their employer brand was once famous for. Find out what other tips and trends are emerging, or receding, from Tech HR that may apply to your business.

  9. 4 Questions to Ask BEFORE Planning Your Mobile Recruiting Strategy [Illustration]The Middle Ground Blog – Read Time: 30 Seconds
  10. After that reading sprint, rest your eyes on this illustration on Mobile Recruiting prep questions to ask before you choreograph your next big mobile play. The illustration itself was entirely created on a mobile device–apparently in just 10 seconds.

Do you have any posts on modern hiring tips and trends? Please share them below.
 

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Social Recruiting Exceptions 3 (Counterintuitive) Social Recruiting Best Practices You Should Know There are several logical and widely-held beliefs that have supported social media measurement and management through the years. However, what may seem a common-sense rule in one context does not necessarily translate in another—especially in the context of using social networks as channels for distributing jobs and sourcing great hires.

As a hiring tool, social recruitment turns some beliefs upside down.

Here are 3 Counterintuitive Social Recruiting Best Practices You Should Know:

  1. Blanket Belief: The more followers, the bigger the reach.
  2. Exception: Why Twitter followers on your Job Channel aren’t as important.

    This one is a head scratcher at first because since the dawn of social media we’ve been trained to equate a higher follower count with bigger influence, greater reach, and wider popularity.

    However, when it comes to your job channel—the Twitter channel designated to generate only job and recruitment related tweets—follower size does not matter as much

    Below are screenshots of two Twitter channels belonging to Allstate, a TweetMyJobs Client. Notice the difference in follower count and type of tweets from the first channel–@AllstateCareers, the engagement channel; and the second channel–@AllstateJobs, the job channel.

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    This exception teaches several crucial lessons about Twitter’s unique architecture.  Unlike other networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, Twitter allows anyone to search all public tweets. You need not even be a registered Twitter user to access the millions of tweets posted daily.

    Job seekers harness Twitter’s flexible search capabilities by filtering and funneling job tweets directly onto a search feed they watch like a news ticker—receiving the most relevant job tweets in real-time.

    Brands that distribute a significant amount of jobs on Twitter a day establish a separate job channel so that their engagement channels can focus on building conversation, customer service, and brand loyalty.

    Brands care, as they should, about their follower count for these engagement channels; however, brands understand job channel tweets are searched for and found differently—via Twitter search.

    Best Practice: Separate your job channel from your engagement channel to optimize user experience, and continue delivering relevant opportunities as well as lively conversation.

  3. Blanket Belief: The longer your tweets live on, the better.
  4. Exception: Why you DON’T want your job tweets to live forever

    Instead of living on your feed for eternity, job tweets should perish and reincarnate frequently.
    Reading two identical job tweets on a feed posted even a few days apart make the opportunity look stale, the tweet channel look unmanaged, and the brand look unprepared to deliver the real-time data the social web demands.

    Perhaps worse, if a job has already been filled and scheduled auto-tweets are still firing for that opportunity, job seekers can be redirected to an error page on your career site, potentially turning off and turning away a great candidate for other openings—future and current.

    Keeping track of your tweets, scheduling auto-tweets to populate your feed at the right pace, as well as deleting tweets to keep your feed clean and current, sounds like a lot of work—because it is.

    To do all this manually—especially if you have dozens of requisitions to fill each month—would be an exhausting, if not impossible, task.

    TweetMyJobs does all this automatically and systematically. We also go a step beyond and tie these actions directly with the client’s ATS. For example, when you’ve marked a position as “filled” on your ATS, all tweets associated with that opportunity are deleted and no further job tweets will be posted.

    Best Practice: Implement a schedule to keep job posts fresh and delete job tweets for already-filled positions as soon as they happen. Without a social recruiting solution like TweetMyJobs, it’s a real juggling act, but one that will protect your employer brand.

  5. Blanket Belief: You need a branded company page or channel to start recruiting through social media.
  6. The Truth: You can always begin before you’re “ready”

    Failure to launch is often rooted in the failure to reimagine the rocket you’re building. Unlike a NASA space shuttle, your social recruiting ship need not be airtight; in fact it need not be a “ship” at all. Sometimes small exploratory solo missions can be a historic first step into the unknown.

    Here are a few tips on how to launch without the “ship” on the three most used networks for social recruitment:

      LinkedIn – Begin your social recruitment outreach with a more personal touch by leveraging the existing networks of your recruiters and hiring managers. Test conversion for job posts to their feed and direct email outreach through their account without anything more than writing copy and tracking responses.

      Facebook – Recruiting on Facebook without a company page looks a lot like leveraging networks on LinkedIn. Many recruiters use their personal network to source referrals, especially in reaching passive candidates in circles that may fall outside their professional contact list.

      Twitter – We serve some clients that opt out of establishing and managing a Twitter channel altogether but still distribute jobs through TweetMyJobs’ 11,000+ job channels. It’s easy for job seekers to find and subscribe to job channels specific to their career interest and location through Twitter and the engagement and reach is extremely powerful.

    The Caveat: Unbranded approaches, of course, do not utilize these social platforms for what they may be doing best—building a powerful employer brand. Nevertheless, if you find yourself waiting to start, baby steps into social recruiting are better than none at all.

    Best Practice: Don’t let the lack of official infrastructure prevent you from testing social networks as a hiring tool. Your independent successes may just validate the need for a more formal investment in social recruiting.

For more Best Practices, get our whitepaper on the 10 Best Practices To Get Your Facebook Page Delivering Recruiting Results.

Do you have any Counterintuitive Social Recruiting Best Practices to share? Leave a comment below to add to our list.

 

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Businesses tend to exert a large amount of effort growing their Facebook communities. After all, Facebook is one of the best platforms to engage with customers, colleagues and individuals that are genuinely interested in what your business is up to. So wouldn’t you want your job openings in front of the people that are most passionate about your organization?

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Let candidates know what it's like to work at your company

Luckily, having a professional careers page on Facebook is now a possibility for businesses of all sizes. With our new Facebook Careers App, you can now use your company’s Facebook page to post jobs, engage your fans and showcase why it’s a great place to work – all in front of the candidates that interact with your brand the most.

Clearly, one of the best ways to attract enthusiastic applicants to your company is to show what it’s like to work there. Companies like Hubspot, Rackspace, and GEICO are using the power of video to convey the authentic employee experience. Jennifer King, an HR Analyst at Software Advice, agrees: “The best recruiting videos authentically portray what a prospective employee’s life would be like at the company. Companies shouldn’t hesitate to show their true colors in a recruiting video.”

We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we give you the opportunity to post photos and videos giving prospective candidates a sneak peek into your company’s culture – all on Facebook.

Companies such as GEICO, Rue 21 and Sony have already jumped on board – join them by innovating and showcasing your company culture on Facebook!

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Raman Gulati is the Senior Director of Product Development at TweetMyJobs.

By Raman Gulati

At fMC, Facebook unveiled Timeline for Pages - a great new design for the 37 million brand and business pages that will be rolled out to everyone on Friday.

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We're integrating a social career site the new Timeline Page.

When Mike Hoefflinger, (Facebook’s Director of Global Business Marketing) made clear that the “Page” should be considered “mission control” for a business on Facebook, we immediately realized that this provided huge opportunities for companies looking to hire. Facebook is trying to help businesses craft a more personal story to build connections with people – exactly what recruiters and talent managers do each and every day!

So what if TweetMyJobs could innovate and enable recruiters and talent managers to integrate a social career site and connect with talent from within their new Timeline Page?

We decided to set ourselves the challenge of building an app that could do this and have it live before Timeline for Pages was rolled out to everyone on March 30th.   Our engineers and designers worked round the clock and with one day to spare it’s great to announce the new app went live today and is ready for your business.  We focused on 5 core principles:

  1. Design – It’s super cool and feels like part of your Timeline.
  2. Social – Anyone can share jobs, recommend friends, and enable referrals to you from trusted sources thanks to the Who? Button.
  3. Search – It’s dead easy for seekers to find jobs through search or by looking on our Google Maps mashup.
  4. Custom – It comes with a suite of tools that allows you to promote your brand, add content, include videos and control functionality.
  5. Talent – Now you can build a community of people interested in working with you and send them targeted jobs where they want them, when they want them.

Here’s what it looks like – check it out live on TweetMyJobs’ Facebook Page.

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A snapshot of our new career page on Facebook.

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Closing The Communication Gap

by Coleman on March 12, 2012

The highly anticipated February jobs report was released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and revealed the national unemployment rate held steady at 8.3%. The economy added 227,000 jobs in February and, according to some, is a positive indication of our country’s economic recovery. The BLS releases the unemployment numbers every month, but February’s figures are particularly interesting because of the political implications they have in an election year.

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Social recruiting helps to close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

Instead of addressing the politics of the numbers, let’s focus on the fact that our job market could potentially be recovering. After all, we’re in the business of connecting job seekers with employers and have been working tirelessly to build tools that put job seekers back to work.

Although the positive news is well received, there are still glaring discrepancies in our labor market – specifically, the 24 million Americans that are still unemployed or underemployed while 52% of US companies have trouble finding talent. This is a clear indication that the distribution model is broken, and it’s essential for companies  to continue to disrupt the status quo and close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

The “Great Recession” impacted each industry differently, and some fared better than others. The reality is that all companies were forced to evolve and adapt in order to survive, and the same logic applies to how employers find talent. Employers must put their positions in front of as many relevant eyeballs as possible, and social media is the most logical place to start. Facebook has as many users as the entire Internet did in 2004 and Twitter is now growing at a faster pace than Facebook – the untapped talent pool in social media is undeniable.

The unemployment rate is just one indicator, and we’re also starting to see a shift from the “old” online recruiting model. Forward thinking mayors in Newark and Atlanta have already adopted new, social technology to help job seekers connect with employers, and the masses are beginning to follow suit.

Are you incorporating social media in your recruiting strategy? Sound off in the comments below.

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