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?