In the digital age of job search, luring applicants is a breeze. All they have to do is hop online and search in Google these days to start gathering a list of jobs in their area. While that’s handy for the jobseeker in terms of getting an idea of what is advertised, it does little for the company who wants to work on sifting through those applicants to find the right candidates. Hundreds of applicants, if not thousands, make it really hard to narrow it down to just one. Ask any recruiter.
In efforts to better connect with their talent audience, companies turn to social media to build a following of people whom they can educate about their company, services/products, culture, and employment opportunities. Simply educating the masses, however, isn’t going to find the diamond in the rough. The trick to sharing all of this information is to actually engage with your followers and gather practical information about them in terms of making a hiring decision.
In today’s world, it is very common to find organizations who have talent communities. Just like any community, a talent community provides an environment of like-individuals to learn and share about specific topics. By joining a talent community, you can expect to learn more about the organization and what it’s like to work there.
Like many, you might think to yourself “Why should I join a talent community, can’t I just apply to a job?” You certainly can just apply, but where does that get you? A submitted application with little to no follow up from the employer. A talent community connects you with the organization allowing a relationship to develop.
We’re all aware of the Kevin Costner movie Field of Dreams. The movie is best remembered for the quote “If you build it, he will come.” Costner’s character, Ray, builds a baseball diamond in the middle of his Iowa cornfield and yes, Shoeless Joe came, along with the rest of the Chicago White Sox team of 1919. Once the diamond was complete, one by one, the members of the team came walking out of the cornfield, ready to play ball.
Sounds like an awesome concept, right? If you build a perfectly designed ‘field’ for a specific audience, you will meet their unfilled dreams while providing a sense of connection and achievement for those involved. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow - telepathically or otherwise - let your audience know you have something for them? Think of how great it would be if the moment you launched your talent community instantaneously there were 100’s of members already at your fingertips.
Ah recruiting metrics. They can provide such a wealth of information, but they can also fool you by providing unnecessary data. Some find them the necessary evil while others appreciate their value and have built sophisticated processes in order to capture every possible data point to measure their recruiting effectiveness. I, for one, have always loved recruiting metrics. From the time I stepped into corporate recruiting, I was determined to eliminate subjectivity on all fronts. At the end of the day, I was so determined to be prepared to answer that elusive question from my leaders and/or hiring managers: “Why?”. There was no way I would let myself answer with a vague “I don’t know” or “because” response. Instead, I would rifle through any data I could lay my hands on to put together informed and valuable answers. Remember, this was 15-20 years ago when the thought of recruiting efficiency was at it’s infancy and it was acceptable to point the finger at the recruiter for the blame.
My success in my recruiting profession can be attributed to the valued relationships I’ve established. As a recruiter filling jobs, I formed an immediate connection of trust and commitment with hiring managers and candidates alike. As my career advanced, building strong relationships became even more important. I know for a fact that there would have been no way I would have been able to introduce SEO, SEM, Social Media and even metrics to Arrow Electronics for recruitment if it were not the relationships I established with Marketing, IT and Finance. I was wanting to implement things that the organization hadn’t even thought of yet. I knew I needed to establish trust with my peers and beyond. While socializing ideas with these key partners, we were able to form a bond of trust which gave them comfort in my ideas and how they would impact the business.
These individuals became my biggest supporters.