I’m a recruiter who is passionate about social networking. I was an early adopter of Linkedin, Facebook (Ok I was on Friendster, blogger & Yahoo before that) RecruitingBlogs, Twitter (not my fav) Foursquare (in spite of warnings from my more cautious friend circle) and met my significant other on a dating site. I enjoy knowing people I might have never met, experiencing places I would have never gone, learning things I would have missed and in general I get a kick out of various personalities. From my perspective, why wouldn’t everyone want to be visible online?

I don’t ask all of my clients to endorse me on Linkedin thus giving away where all of my business has been but am pleased to have some words of kindness that validate my business. Since I run a full desk I don’t always have time to blog, tweet, and post but see these tools as an absolute must.

I am still surprised when I meet people who are in fields that touch technology who do not have a profile. I recently had a client tell me that they would not interview anyone that does not have an online professional or social profile. I was at a recruiter’s network meeting when a Talent Exec said that they review the social media and Internet history of any potential candidate for their company. Their recruiter's must embrace the use of this technology every day or would be considered failing at their job.

As recruiters, what is your take on people that are referred to you that don’t have a profile? Is it now automatic to distrust that person who is not public? Are they seen as old school? Behind the times? Paranoid? Resistant to change? Have something to hide? What about those with a very scant profile?

Are you seeing the same extremes?

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Comment by pam claughton on November 16, 2010 at 12:43pm
I think that any company that makes snap judgement like that is being short-sighted...unless of course the role falls within social media, like a social media marketing manager or some such where it would be required to have a social media presence. For anyone else, not so much.

There are plenty of reasons not to have a LinkedIn profile. Some companies are penalizing employees for doing it, (questioning if they are looking to change jobs) or overseeing what content they allow to be there.

Plenty of people just want their lives to be more private, not 'out there' online for the world to see.

Depending on what niche you recruit in, LinkedIn may or may not be a great resource. I know plenty of very good recruiters who barely use it, but still manage to bill up a storm by doing what they've always done, working the phones.

LinkedIn, Social Media, it's all just another tool in the toolbox.
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on November 16, 2010 at 3:42pm
Just one tool to use in your box...
Comment by Jerry Albright on November 16, 2010 at 5:49pm
For most professions there is absolutely no reason to have a Linkedin profile. Any client expecting someone to have one - or they're ruled out - is ridiculous.

Though I did say "most" as in Engineering, Accounting, IT, etc. I can't see any professional requirement in being there.

Sales folks on the other hand? HR people? Marketing types? They sure should be there - if only as a way to validate who they are and what they do.

The last several people we've placed had nothing to do with Linked. And for the most part - why should they?
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on November 16, 2010 at 8:38pm
I would hope most people whould know what linked in is or what Face book is. I would hope so or I would think they were living under a rock and not part of the 2010 world....

Just my thoughts.
Comment by Sandra McCartt on November 16, 2010 at 10:06pm
There are millions and millions of sane , prudent, highly qualified, withit, professional people who do not and will not ever have public profiles. They are for the most part more trustworthy than many of those who have profiles out there. They are in the business of running companies not trying to be a darling in the social media world. They are not particularly interested in everybody in the world having access to their resume and/or attempting to network with them. This may come as a shock but most executives in senior positions with companies are at least 45 years old and a vast majority in their 50's and 60's. Tapping away on social media sites is not on their list of things to do today. It's not paranoia, it's good ole common sense and a certain amount of decorum and respect for their position with a company not to hook up with every nut on the net.

I checked in on #jobhuntchat last night and was horrified to see people telling new college grads to put a section on their resume entitled "Social Media Footprint". Then put links to all their different profiles. Foot print indeed, social media or not. They have not lived or worked long enough to have any footprint (another stupid misuse of the queens English, IMO). I wanted to scream. DO NOT DO THAT! If you want to put a link to a linkedin professional profile go with God. But let me assure you that a new grad or someone with a year or two experience who is not in advertising or marketing or the media will be the butt of office jokes and classified fast as some little wet behind the ears hot shot who thinks they have a footprint. ( A You tube video of some kid dancing to rap music because they hit the 200 follower mark does not a good footprint make for eternity. ) The probability may be they will be passed over due to the perception that they may be a problem playing on the net on company time.

As the addiction to social media increases so do the company policies relating to use of social media and content. There was a point in time when the three martini lunch was considered the "cool" thing to do until it turned into four or five, folks came back to the office with a snoot full and lots ended up in rehab or on the street. Social Media has a lot of the same pitfalls. It makes people feel good for a while, gets them connected with folks, inhibitions decrease, they say things they wouldn't say in a face to face business situation, they feel powerful when they get lots of attention ie; followers. Then it's show time in the real world.

I predict that a whole screaming bunch of Gen Y and whatever the next crop is being called are going to wish a million times in the future that they had not flopped all the crap out there on the net . We are already seeing and hearing all the horror stories.

As to the comment made by the company that they would not hire anyone who did not have a public profile, i would immediately ask what their company policy was in regard to employees posting company information on their individual profile. I would bet big money that they would start talking about what could and could not be posted after they hired someone.
Comment by Paul Alfred on November 16, 2010 at 10:22pm
Good Post Ann ... It seems some of us need to re-check the reason LinkedIn was launched by its founders in the first place....
Comment by Paul Alfred on November 16, 2010 at 11:04pm
Great Post Jessica, It seems some of us need to review why LinkedIn was launched in the first place ...
Comment by Debbie Cantin on November 17, 2010 at 9:41am
There are many view points on Social Media. It all depends on the purpose that it is intended to accomplish. On a professional side, being a Recruiter is getting out there and being visible. I have found that Social Media has been instrumental in locating viable candidates for my clients.

No, I don't believe that all candidates must have an online profile to be professional. A lot of my candidates are "Old School" but fully capable and in most cases highly qualified.

Great post Ann!!

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