I Said Social Media, Right?
Call me crazy, but since I basically used social media exclusively to advertise the position, and mentioned it in the blog post, I thought it would be safe to assume that those interested in joining my team would have some level of comfort with social media tools. (Or at least would have read the requirements.) Right?
As might be expected during a difficult economy, we had a number of people apply who didn’t meet our requirements. What was surprising to me though were the responses from many experienced recruiters when reacting to my “social media experience” expectation. A few examples follow:
“I have a LinkedIn account, but it’s ‘personal’ – I believe social media should be ‘from the company’ because the information is ‘out there forever’.”
“My company is 100% against the use of social media in recruiting, so I’ve done some ‘on the side’ myself.”
…and here is my favorite…
“I have become a subject matter expert on sourcing talent via social media, including LinkedIn, Taleo and Twitter, but have no personal twitter handle (I had a bad experience with inappropriate comments and getting a computer virus from tweets).”
How About You
I’d love to hear from you .
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