Is Social Media Changing Use of 3rd Party Staffing Vendors?

July 14, 2009
For the short term, I believe yes. It creates a forum for people to connect, and find new candidates in mass form. However, the great thing about Recruiters is that we take all the information in, whittle it down and create a nice tight package wrapped in the form of a great candidate. This is what we do.

Think about it – you post on Twitter that you’re looking for an Art Director. It gets retweeted time and time again until your inbox is overflowing and you don’t have the time to get to every resume or review every portfolio site. We understand. We’ll receive up to 500 resumes for one posting. Especially in this economy. Someone will see a posting for a Flash Developer yet they are really a Flash Designer with perhaps SOME AS3 – maybe they took a class. Yet they respond to your posting. We have teams of people to get us through the overload debacle and to filter all the submissions.

Social Media is also climbing at a high pace during a slow period in staffing. In-house Recruiters/Corporate Recruiters have more time on their hands to comb through all the resumes and portfolios. Companies are trying to cut costs. Rest assured, the market will change and they won’t have the time to review every submission. It’s a funny thing. When the economy changes this quickly and there’s more people searching for jobs, at first, it’s easy to find talent. And then it becomes more and more difficult as there’s more and more people to comb through…

The U.S. ad economy declined 18% during the first and second quarters of 2009 http://bit.ly/hDpka and Twitter usage has really jumped this year http://bit.ly/3L6O. As the past has dictated, things will pick up again. And when they do, we’ll be here for you. With talented candidates in hand, backgrounds checked, portfolios reviewed, personal connections made, and past performance to go on. We’re good like that.

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Comment by pam claughton on July 15, 2009 at 12:28pm
I'd say not at all really. Not substantially. Even though I have a decent following on Twitter, I've never received a flurry of resumes, ever. More like the occasional inquiry. Social Media is just another tool in the toolbox.
Comment by Kimberly Easley on July 15, 2009 at 12:31pm
Maybe it's my industry (Creative, heavily interactive) but I've heard several people comment that they've found people via Twitter - that they hired. I'm seeing more and more job posts being sent out this way. I'm keeping close tabs...
Comment by bill josephson on July 16, 2009 at 11:17am
In my field, Defense Engineering, the top candidates have little to no time to be social networking working long hours looking to spend their precious down time with family. Other disciplines could be different as the rare times I'm on them I notice lots of other types of proefessionals.

Bill
Comment by Kimberly Easley on July 16, 2009 at 12:15pm
I've been seeing it more and more. In fact, I've started following all the individuals sending out the job leads.
Comment by Kimberly Easley on July 16, 2009 at 12:32pm
@Slouch - thanks!

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