has pointed to a mistake in my post: when I add a person to a circle, say, "top software engineers", the person is not able to see the name of my circle.)
Of course, people who are in your circles are on Google+ anyway and can be found in other ways, such as keyword search. Anyone can include them in their circles as well.
The point of my post is that you can (and should) start using Google+ for job posts and communications even without learning all about it or creating a huge presence.
Google+ has taken some actions to restrict spam and maintain privacy. It wouldn't allow you to have more than 5K in your circles combined. That includes all pages you create, such as your company page. So you will have to be selective. Also "pages" on Google+, as opposed to people on Google+, can only add people to their circles if those people add those pages first.
You can add and remove people from circles, thus creating "watch points" for them in your Gmail's "Other contacts". However, Google+ will restrict fast manipulations with circles done within a day. It also restricts the total number of contacts in Gmail to 25K. It also restricts the number of contacts to upload to G+ to 4K and the number you can add to a circle at a time to a few hundred.
The point that perhaps the majority of people on Google+ have presence elsewhere (such as LinkedIn, or a professional network, or a blog) doesn't undermine the value of functionality - especially ways to communicate and search capabilities - on Google+.
Google+ also gives a tremendous chance to jump up to the top in Google search results for companies who ever wanted to make that presence but were left behind by the now-"old-school" search engine optimization and much larger competitors.
Irina (Google+ LinkedIn Twitter Blog)
P.S. Try searching for Google-Plus Pages on my custom search engine:
also started building a Recruiters Circle - and you have quite a few people who spend a lot of time on this SM Channel... I think it's still a little early so I have to agree with you some what ... You are also right that you really need to spend time building and investing in developing your SM Channel regardless Twitter fb or G+ ... There some ideas that do come to mind for Recruiters: You can build developer Hangout Circles:
Java Developers, SAP Funtional Experts Graphic Designers NYC and so on ... Perhaps even hold a Job review session in real time about your Client's Job Description ... The possibilities for G+ is endless.
Just a thought.... +Paul Alfred (Add me to your circle - I will circle back :) )…
ontact management features are still crude as they are in Gmail. Little facility to really maintain information on contacts or attributes (company, location, last contact, etc.).
If I were designing + (which obviously I'm not), I would focus on the ability to maintain and manage contacts by properties, location, and other data. Just dropping a contact into one or more 'circles' really provides little functionality unless you have so many circles/properties/locations that itself becomes untenable.
Long way to go and not much better than Gmail contacts. You can group there too and don't have all the desktop real estate taken up by all the pretty 'circles'.