Sorry Jack - but I just couldn't make it through your first sentence. "Social recruiting is becoming the gold standard for finding the top quality people for all types of professional positions."
While Social Recruiting may be many things to many people - it has a looonnnnggggggg way to go to hit that mark.
The most successful recruiters I know may use Linkedin from time to time - but they've already seen just how worthless most other tools are when real results are demanded.
The bigger my Facebook friends list gets - the more junk I find my eyes sorting through each day. It's quickly becoming a mountain of worthless links, updates, trivia and games.
My last 8 placements were all from either personal contact or job boards. This other stuff is all smoke and mirrors.......for now.
Ditto ...What he said.
If truth is in fact an aggregate of experience, my truth after wasting a lot of time with social recruiting is that i am totally bored with people promoting one more gathering of recruiters to talk about social recruiting. It remains to be seen if any kind of valid productive network can be built by people typing a list of @'s.
The scientists and docs and CFO's that i recruit are not tapping away on twitter so perhaps social recruiting is as one person put it...people yelling partial sentences at other people in cyberspace. It's not my truth but it's great to find out the weather in Nebraska.
By the by Jer. Did you notice the blog that purported that "Real Recruiters do not Post Jobs" and went on to say that those who do are inexperienced slackers. My last five placements were from Linkedin, job boards and personal contacts also.
If it is the "gold standard", mine is tranished and is turning my finger green. :)
Trust me when i tell you that none of us are experts. There are as many ways to recruit as there are recruiters. What works for me may not work for another recruiter and vice versa. I am an experienced recruiter. I don't believe that the way i do it is the right way for anyone else, it just works for me and my team.
If by social recruiting you mean personal referrals, that is the name of the game in my recruiting playbook.
Each person who contacts me or i contact becomes a source of personal referral when they know what i do and how i do it. I post jobs on job boards both to cast a wide net for candidates and also to let anyone looking know who we are ,where we are and what type of jobs and companies we represent.
Linkedin has been an excellent source for us in terms of people who post a profile who may be interested in opportunities if they are presented on an individual basis. I have had excellent referrals of other candidates from linkedin contacts based on people they know who may fit a position they may not be interested in themselves. I send job descriptions in full to individual contacts so they can forward on with my contact information. Just asking people to connect without a specific position is in my opinion an intrusion or just some recruiter trying to gather up followers. A well written job description with a personal note has yielded about 98% response and many future referrals. I get daily contact requests from people who have seen positions that we post on the internal group job boards. They may not fit any of them but they know what verticle we work in and will ask us to contact them about positions specific to their skill set when and if we have a fit for them.