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Social Recruiting: The Future of Sourcing for Talent Teams


Your company’s future depends on continuously attracting top talent — and it’s more critical than ever to widen the net to get more premier prospects into your candidate pool.

Job board ads simply aren’t enough to reach the right candidates in a crowded job market, especially passive candidates who are happy where they are. Social recruiting gives you a way to reach potential candidates in the places where they spend time online, whether they’re looking for a job or not.

Social recruiting: A premier candidate sourcing option

Social recruitment refers to the use of social media platforms to source candidates. If done effectively, you can reach an entirely new audience of interested candidates. Developing a social media recruitment strategy means you’ll need to decide how to tailor your message to reach the right group of people.

Here’s what we know about social media and recruiting efforts:

  • 84% of organizations recruit via social media. (Society for Human Resources Management)
  • 59% of companies found high-quality candidates using candidate sourcing on social media. (Sprout Social)
  • 75% of job seekers research a company’s brand, including checking out their social media presence, before applying for a job. (LinkedIn)
  • 73% of millennials found their last job on a social network. (Aberdeen Group)

Social recruitment boasts strong advantages over traditional recruiting. For one, it’s cost-effective. You can also advertise open positions to the people who possess the qualifications you’re seeking.

Each platform brings its own potential for reaching suitable candidates. You’re more likely to craft a successful social recruitment campaign if you tailor your message for each network. Here’s our guide to effective social recruitment in the top four social media platforms:

Social recruiting channel #1: Facebook

With roughly 2.8 billion monthly active users, Facebook offers you the chance to reach the broadest range of potential applicants.

Best practices

If you haven’t already, make sure your company’s Facebook Business page is up and running. The page is a good place to share updates about your company, including photos of team events, videos, and quotes from employees. People who land on your Facebook business page should be able to get a general sense of your company’s culture.

When you have a job opening to fill, use Facebook’s job ads feature to create a compelling post. Keep the posts short and to the point, and include language about benefits, salary, and anything that differentiates your company from the competitors.

People have a lot to sift through in their news feeds, and the goal with this kind of social recruiting is to grab their attention with something that makes this job worth exploring.

To reach a target demographic, you can designate which people can see your post in their news feeds. Another idea is to search for Facebook groups that might include potential job seekers in your industry and post the job ad in those groups.

Example post

  • Want to join an award-winning company and work on exciting projects in the tech industry? We’d love to meet you. We offer an inclusive, vibrant community with an on-site gym, free meals and snacks, and a flexible work schedule. Apply today: [link here]

Social recruiting channel #2: Twitter (X)

Twitter is another platform that’s ideal for sharing company culture in brief snippets, such as photos from a recent team-building exercise or thoughts from a current staffer. The platform also makes it easy to start conversations with potential job seekers.

Best practices

Disney, for example, tweets quotes from employees who share what they love about working there and follows up with links to join the team. It’s also an opportunity to share links to relevant industry content, such as blog posts and articles that may appeal to your audience.

Twitter’s use of hashtags allows you to zero in on job seekers’ locations and areas of specialization. For social recruiting, use several different hashtags, specifying the field and area or multiple job openings available.

The best job posts on Twitter provide a brief description of the job and invite candidates to seek more information via a link to the company blog.

Example post

  • Are you ready to spark #change in #healthcare? Come join our team in #location as our new copywriter. Apply here: [link here] #Jobs #Hiring #Industry #Location

Social recruiting channel #3: LinkedIn

LinkedIn remains a fixture in recruiters’ social recruitment efforts, with 95% of recruiters tapping into its extensive pool of top talent. With its focus on career and professional development, the platform is an ideal choice for reaching candidates in specialized industries such as finance, technology, and healthcare.

Best practices

Take advantage of LinkedIn’s business-focused reputation. Use the site to share your company profile, information about products and services, links to other social media sites and blogs, and spotlight career opportunities. It’s also a good place to showcase individual employees’ achievements.

Make it a point to post regular content relevant both to active and passive job candidates, such as links to industry-specific blog posts and articles.

LinkedIn groups can also help you find candidates that might be interested in your organization. You can join groups tailored to a specific industry, profession, memberships, and location and start conversations about your company and the industry.

Since current employees may already have a LinkedIn network, you can use their connections to source potential future candidates and send messages inviting them to apply for current openings.

Example post

  • Our company is growing, and we’re looking to hire top marketing professionals to join the family. As part of the team, you’ll [give a brief description of the job here]. To learn more and apply, visit our website at [link here].

Social recruiting channel #4: Instagram

A billion-plus people use Instagram monthly, with two-thirds averaging 34 years of age or younger. That makes this creative, visually appealing platform an excellent choice for attracting younger applicants.

Best practices

Even if you’re not actively hiring, Instagram provides a great platform for creating a strong employer brand.

Photographs of the day-to-day office life and employee spotlights can show potential candidates an insider’s look into the company culture. In so doing, you’re likely to attract candidates who are seeking an active, engaged, and positive work environment.

Use hashtags along with company photos to find users who might end up being future employees. Search hashtags for candidates who specialize in the areas you’re hiring for to source passive job candidates.

If you have an opening, figure out how to share a visual representation of what the job entails. Use a brief caption that explains what role you’re hiring for and directs interested candidates to apply at a provided link.

Example post

(Note: This works best if accompanied by a very strong employee image and when you update the link on your Instagram profile to link to your application page.)

  • We live by our sustainability initiatives, and our employees do too. If this sounds like you, we’d love to connect. #Hiring #JoinTheTeam

Pressed for time? Start your social recruiting on LinkedIn

Ideally, your company would have a presence on all of the above social media platforms, but we understand that time isn’t always on your side. If you can only focus your social recruiting efforts on one social media platform, use LinkedIn. It boasts the best professional reputation, and with its career-driven focus, you’re more likely to reach qualified candidates who actually want to work for you. You can also dial directly into industry-specific groups.

Whichever platform(s) you use, social recruiting is an important part of your overall recruiting strategy.

Partnering with an HR recruiting software company can help free up time on labor-intensive talent acquisition tasks, so you can turn your attention to growing your employer brand on social media.

Learn how you can use our leading ATS to augment your company’s social recruiting efforts — and better source a high volume of highly qualified candidates. Book a demo to see JazzHR in action.

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