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Infographic: How Recruiters and Job Seekers Use Social Media by @sioffy



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While social recruiting is by no means a new trend (we are living in the year 2015 after all), it’s processes and it’s nuances are evolving all the time, and it’s importance in recruiting continues to grow. Back in 2010, 78% of recruiters were using LinkedIn to find candidates. 5 years later that percentage has risen to 95%. Similarly, 2010 saw just 14% of recruiters posting jobs on Twitter. That figure has now risen to a whopping 95%! The potential for employee referrals on Twitter has also risen from 16% in 2010, to 93% in 2015.

Technology & Resources

Not the same ‘ol XING

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Mouse Trap With Cheese

Sourcers need to fish in more than one pond. Most have mastered LinkedIn and have tinkered with other social networks, but even the best of us become complacent. Recently, I have been sourcing in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) so I decided to take another dive into XING.

Since 2003, XING has grown to an estimated 14 million professionals (primarily located in Europe) supporting 16 languages. I make the distinction saying Professionals, because unlike LinkedIn you will not find many work-from-home, MLM, or wannabe authors here. Plus they all have last names!

Social Media

Is Instagram a good place to source job candidates?

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OESS- Obsessive Exotic Sourcing Syndrome…….(If you don’t know what this is, I suggest you read this article by Glen Cathey…. “Do You Suffer from Obsessive Exotic Sourcing Syndrome?”)  

Yeah, I had it!  So what?! I was given a dose of 250+ dials a week to cure this syndrome! I wrote about this in my last post and have fallen back in love with the phone, BUT….but, I still use social media to supplement my searches throughout the day.

In this post, we specifically take a look at Instagram and how I used it to source, recruit and hire a software developer.

Candidate Engagement

10 Ways To Contact Candidates Without Relying on LinkedIn Inmails


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What would your manager say if you had a 75% failure rate? Would he or she be happy?

Turn it around the other way – you are successful 25% of the time – would that make it anymore palatable? Well, that’s what LinkedIn sales people are saying –  that having a 25% success rate with InMails is good and aspirational. That’s a great sales message that fills you with confidence in a product, right?

Industry News

A few details from Facebook’s Q2 earnings report and conference call

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Facebook held a quarterly earnings call yesterday. For those interested, the Wall Street Journal has provided a complete recap of the call. Our more financially minded readers can view more details on the Facebook investor relations page. If you’re too busy to read the entire recap, here are some important takeaways.

Sourcing Tools

Free Tool Fridays: Twitter Extension

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As I stated in a recent post, has a suite of Chrome addons that do different things. Two weeks ago, I told you about People Search. This week, I am going to tell you about

Social Media

Happy (late) 3rd Birthday Google+

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Google+ turned 3 years-old over the weekend (June 28th). Here at SourceCon, we’re big fans of Google+. I know, Google+ didn’t take off the way many predicted, but, I’m a huge fan of Hangouts ON AIR, so I will do my part to keep Google+ alive. In celebration of this milestone, here is an infographic from DPFOC. RSVP now for the next SourceCon Live Hangout ON AIR!

Social Media

eMarketer Reports Twitter User Annual Growth Rate Will Continue to Fall

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Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 9.16.05 AMA recent report from eMarketer predicts that the Twitter user growth rate will continue to fall in coming years. User growth percentage in 2012 was 49% while growth in 2013 was only in the 30% range. By 2018, eMarketer predicts the new user growth rate to be at around 10%.

Other interesting findings:

- In 2014, the Asia-Pacific region will account for 32.8% of all Twitter users, compared with 23.7% in North America.

- New user growth will be heavily focused on emerging markets in the coming years.

- eMarketer predicts Twitter will have close to 400 million users by 2018.

Read more about the report here.

Does this information surprise you at all?

Social Media

5 Ways Google+ Will Live On For Talent Acquisition



It was the talk of last month; Google+ Is Walking Dead claimed TechCrunch, followed by an equally dramatic claim by ArsTechnica.

As a happy Google+ user, I wasn’t too alarmed. All they’re really saying is that they are reshuffling their staff and will no longer force Google+ integration onto their users. It looks like they have listened to complaints, especially from the YouTube community, and adjusted what they’re doing.

In both articles they refer to Google+ as a social network, whereas it is a platform that sits over many Google services including Gmail, YouTube, Analytics, Images, Maps, Earth, Finance, Drive, GoogleDocs, Wallet and, of course, Google Search. [source: SocialMedia Today]

Social Media

The Basics: Google+ for Sourcers and Recruiters

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This week, I had the opportunity to speak at the DFW Texas Recruiters Network luncheon in Dallas. I’ve visited the group a couple of times and it’s always been a very engaged crowd.

My topic this week was Google+ for Sourcers and Recruiters. I shared why talent acquisition professionals should be on Google+, and a few search strings that can be used to identify candidates on the network.