Q: What is your opinion on sourcing from MySpace.
A: Mixed in general but overall...any responsible recruiter is going to at least attempt to use this vast resource for sourcing new candidates. There are over 100 million people on MySpace, versus about 40 million on ZoomInfo and about 25 million on LinkedIn. Many people view MySpace as a place where very young people hang out, which is very true but most don't realize the average age of the users is 35, so many users are in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. One of the issues is that people are on here for fun, not to be recruited, so...there is often information in these profiles that as recruiters we are taught from day one to ignore. Age, sexual orientation, race...it's all there. Another issue is that so many of the users tell so much about themselves...often too much...including details on drug and alcohol use/abuse, and sexual exploits. You simply have to weed through these. One more...another big problem is that many of the profiles do not have the persons name on there, or any contact information. But...often searching for skills on here yields hundreds of results, many of which you are not going to find on other sources.
Having said all that, searching on MySpace is easy. They have a rudimentary profile search interface where you can search for specific skills and job functions and the good part is they also have a selectable geography feature. You can also use the SITE search method to search the profile database by going into Google or one of the other search engines and typing in:
This search will get you many profiles with the keyword java on there. Once you have your results the first thing I do is review the page for contact information. There might be external links for email addresses, personal homepages, blogs, etc. On most pages down near the bottom they also often state where they work. If all else fails MySpace offers users internal communications capability via email and instant messaging. You have to be a member and be logged in to use these features but it is free to join.
Perfect...no. Potentially productive...absolutely. Next time you really need a candidate give it a try.