Since JerryB got the debate raging yesteday, I can't help but ask this question.

I'm talking at the DallasHR PEG meeting tomorrow about recruiting and twitter. And I'd like to use some quotes from those interested in providing the "1 thing you would tell recruiters about Twitter."

I'll provide your example (giving you credit, of course) and reference your username.

@Jessica_Lee already gave her response via Twitter:

"be personal and personable but don't forget you are a brand and also represent your company's employment brand."

What say you?

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No shock to me that it's working for you, Mr. Early Adopter : ) - My last interview was set up without ever talking to the person on the phone...it was all conducted via Twitter (and I was the one being "interviewed"). I did a follow-up to the interview via Twitter and it included several self-made videos. It was not only fun, but kinda cool.
craig silverman said:
I am using Twitter and have already generated a few strong candidates for a few internal account manager jobs we are hiring. Several of the people following me on Twitter have also forwarded a few referrals for potential UMS Franchise owners that I am now speaking with! I feed my blog postings on RBC directly to twitter automatically via TwitterFeed.
fyi! Anybody that wants to twitter me their answer can send it to: @dennissmith - that's what Steve Levy just did
Dennis, I would say that there is a difference between being a recruiter and using twitter to generate placements and being a recruiter and using twitter to be part of a recruiting community. It's the same thing as recruiters who blog to generate placements and recruiters who blog to be part of a recruiting community. Both are very valuable things to do and both will yield results.
Twitter is a great way for potential candidates to 'get to know you' and for you to be more approachable, more personal so that you are more familiar to them than some unknown recruiter. It lets you establish a connection more easily, and gets your name out there. I had several new candidates contact me who had been following me for awhile and knew I recruited in their space. When they were ready, they got in touch. I'm a big fan!
Perhaps I'm simply more anal because I'm an engineer but I like to have a plan. My advice to Dennis was to use Twitter like a GrandMaster plays chess - always thinking several steps ahead rather than stream of consciousness. But then again, I may be different... ;)
You are different, bro. But that's what makes you the GrandMaster.

Steve Levy said:
Perhaps I'm simply more anal because I'm an engineer but I like to have a plan. My advice to Dennis was to use Twitter like a GrandMaster plays chess - always thinking several steps ahead rather than stream of consciousness. But then again, I may be different... ;)
Perfect example, Pam....thank you. That's exactly why I started using Twitter. It helped make me 'findable' but still gives potential candidates the luxury of deciding when they want to make contact.

pam claughton said:
Twitter is a great way for potential candidates to 'get to know you' and for you to be more approachable, more personal so that you are more familiar to them than some unknown recruiter. It lets you establish a connection more easily, and gets your name out there. I had several new candidates contact me who had been following me for awhile and knew I recruited in their space. When they were ready, they got in touch. I'm a big fan!
I realize this will sound odd in a thread about Twitter but Duane Roberts just sent me a tweet thanking me for following him...and I called him to introduce myself in a quasi-non-digital manner (quasi because the telephone is digital).

I think brick-and-mortar can augment social media tools like Twitter and shouldn't be forgotten.
Thanks for your suggestions! I've included your mug shots and suggestions in my ppt and will present today at the Dallas HR meeting.

Thanks everybody!

dennis
@smheadhunter - Gaining trust will gain you candidates. Failing to gain trust will have you complaining this Twitter thing is a waste of time.
The ONE thing I would tell recruiters about using Twitter is the ONE thing I currently tell job seekers about using Twitter (and about utilizing recruiters also, BTW) -- THIS MEDIUM (Social Networking) is all about relationships. Twitter or Facebook, or LinkedIn or any other social network is a tool for building and strengthening relationships. Period. If you don't have a relationship with someone, then none of the tools make any sense. In fact, they can make things worse.
This distinction makes a ton of sense. I wholeheartedly agree Slouch.

Slouch said:
Dennis, I would say that there is a difference between being a recruiter and using twitter to generate placements and being a recruiter and using twitter to be part of a recruiting community. It's the same thing as recruiters who blog to generate placements and recruiters who blog to be part of a recruiting community. Both are very valuable things to do and both will yield results.

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