Here’s Why You Should Look To Social More When Recruiting New Talent

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May 31 2023, Published 8:05 a.m. ET

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So many aspects of running a small business have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. And one of the areas that have been most impacted was employee recruitment. It was, after all, quite challenging to find potential new hires when you couldn’t meet and interview them face-to-face.

According to a survey by LiveCareer, many businesses turned to social media as a recruitment tool. The company says the social platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook allow businesses to learn “a lot about a candidate’s personality.” In addition, for their survey LiveCareer defined social media as “any digital tool that allows users to create and share content with the public.”

Since social recruiting is relatively new, many people still don’t have a social presence. The good news for potential employees is, for now, “90% of hiring managers would still invite a candidate to interview for a job—even if they can’t find them online.”

What Small Businesses Search for Online When Recruiting

From the small business’s point of view, most will search online to see if a social presence exists. The survey shows:

  • 77% use social media to search for job candidates
  • 80% of companies screen candidates through social media before hiring
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In addition, the social media components most often checked by companies when recruiting are:

  • Main posts—66%
  • About me section—63%
  • Photos—60%
  • Candidate’s comments under posts—43%
  • Followed profiles—25%

And here’s what they look for:

  • 66% are looking for any red flags on a candidate’s social media
  • 62% want to get an idea about the candidate and their life
  • 57% check to see if someone would be a good fit for their company culture.

The specific red flags hiring managers look out for include:

  • Discriminatory comments regarding race, gender, and religion—66%
  • Provocative or inappropriate content—57%
  • Information about drinking or doing drugs—57%
  • Bad-mouthing or sharing confidential information about a previous company or fellow employees—51%
  • Extreme political views—36%
  • Bad language—34%
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The Benefits Of Social Recruiting

1. You can connect with more candidates. It helps businesses “get their job listings in front of candidates you wouldn’t otherwise reach”—those who aren’t necessarily looking at job boards but are looking at their social feeds.

2. You’ll save money and time. PostBeyond says, “In general, it costs businesses over $4,000 to hire new talent and takes 42 days on average to fill a given position.” One of the keys to social recruitment is leveraging not only your social platforms but those of your employees. Essentially, you’re reaching out through their networks to find job candidates.

3. Showcase your company culture. Younger workers (millennials and Gen Z want to work for businesses that reflect their values. PostBeyond says you can highlight your employer branding on social media by:

  • Sharing employee-generated content (EGC)
  • Informing people about your company’s benefits and initiatives
  • Encouraging your employees to post on social and interact with any interested parties since some of your best candidates are going to come from employee referrals
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How To Build A Social Recruiting Process

  1. Set goals and metrics
  2. Know your ideal candidate
  3. Check out what your competitors are doing
  4. Define your employer’s brand
  5. Choose the right social media platforms
  6. Launch an employee advocacy program
  7. Measure, optimize, repeat

If you’re not sure how to incorporate social recruiting into your hiring strategies, a SCORE mentor can help. Find one here today.

This article was written by Rieva and originally appeared on Score.

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