[Part 1] Social Networks and Search are Driving Customization

The Web, recruitment technology, generational changes, and the skills gap have uprooted traditional recruitment strategies practically overnight. With the proliferation of HR tech, the talent acquisition landscape has become something of a shapeshifter, continuously changing and slowing down for no one. 

For great hiring to go off without a hitch, it needs the right talent acquisition tech to support it, especially with today’s invariably changing market conditions. What used to be a market for large corporations is now saturated with SMBs. In fact, the segment of employers with between 100 and 2,499 employees is 26 times larger than the segment with 2,500 or more employees. This shift in the economy inspired recruiting tech innovators to develop solutions to accommodate smaller companies with unique hiring needs.

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Leveraging social media for hiring and recruitment purposes isn’t a new concept, but how it’s leveraged? That’s a different story. Social Network and Social Search companies have changed how recruiters source candidates, making the recruitment process faster and more efficient.

There is a lot of crossover between the revenue these companies are after and the services offered by Job Boards, convoluting the talent acquisition tech market, but opening up increasingly unique recruitment opportunities. Understanding the differences between Social Network and Social Search companies and the companies driving change in those segments is the first step in optimizing a social recruitment strategy.

talent acquisition strategySocial Networks

The growing prevalence of social networks has catapulted giants such as LinkedIn and Facebook into every recruiting strategy in the country. However, now that social media recruitment is a well-known recruitment tactic to job seekers and LinkedIn’s user agreement restricts data scraping on user profiles, niche players catering to industry specific networks are popping up left and right, providing talent acquisition leaders with more social networks to utilize, some that are even more effectively bringing in top talent.

Social Network Features Roundup:

  • [Individuals can create a profile to feature personal data / professional accomplishments.
  • Employers can create branded pages to display their employee value propositions.
  • Candidates can share (through broadcast and direct message functionality) relevant content with their contacts and followers.
  • Candidates can access content that prepares them for the job search and interview processes.
  • Candidates and recruiters can easily “make contact” with each other based on relevant job postings or skills and quickly evaluate what common ground (e.g., connections) they might share.
  • Social repository of data where contributors can find new work opportunities and collaborate to develop content.]

For example, companies like Github and Dribbble are amassing a significant volume of data and provide more relevant screening content in highly technical job categories than a traditional resume. What’s more is this new approach to how social networks are modeled makes these companies much more interesting and specific for job seekers and recruiters alike.

Masterbranch, for example, is a web development community that allows users to create a profile with their projects and accomplishments, ranks their skills locally and globally, and connects them with recruiters for jobs listed on the site. It’s similar to LinkedIn, except more specific and with much more advanced user features.

If these unique companies continue to grow, there is opportunity for these digital profiles to take the place of the resume as we know it, opening up an entirely new segment of the HR Tech market.

Social Network Market Contenders:

  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • GitHub
  • Dribbble
  • Stack Overflow
  • Tapfame
  • Masterbranch
  • Treatings

talent acquisition strategySocial Search

Social Search companies aggregate all of an individual’s information that lives in the public domain (i.e., through Social Networks) and provides search access, for a fee, to employers so they can get a more detailed overview of who a candidate is. These technologies leverage innovative algorithms and machine-based learning techniques to produce search results which provide significantly more visibility into the candidate being searched. What makes Social Search companies so important in social recruitment is in large part thanks to LinkedIn’s user agreement that restricts data scraping.

Social Search Features Roundup:

  • Proprietary database(s) of candidates.
  • The ability to search candidates across social networks like Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Github, Google+, about.me, Xing, etc.
  • Analysis of aggregate social data to identify high-performers and best-fit candidates (e.g., Gild rates developers’ code on Github and provides a score).
  • Technologies which leverage the most searched (i.e., effective) keywords to optimize job requisition language.
  • Organizational tools (e.g., workflow management) to help recruiters stay on top of candidates with notes, stages, tasks, and reminders.
  • ATS integrations to refresh / clean aging resume databases with new social data (including de-duplication processes).

As social networks became an integral part of talent acquisition strategy, Talent Acquisition Tech innovators saw the opportunity and need for social search technology. There are significant expansion opportunities for Social Search companies to scrape and capture data around the individual to better understand his / her preferences and goals and create hyper-focused or personalized recruitment campaigns, similar to how advertising technologies are able to target prospects based on individuals’ online behaviors, searches, and posts.

This article originally featured on Recruiter.com.

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