As a part of the Recruiting.com Blogswap here is one of the newest blogs and already a favorite of mine. Your HR Guy writes anonymously, although I think I know his first name, about his job, what he sees, and most importantly what he thinks. His blog is a great look into the HR world.
Your HR Guy writes today about using social networking sites for recruiting.
There has been a lot of talk recently about using social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and simply the Internet in general to possibly make a judgment call on a future employee. The scenario runs something like this:
1.) You get a great candidate for a position and you want to hire her
2.) You Google her name
3a.) You are horrified at what you find on the web, Myspace, etc...
3b.) You find nothing
I don't want to get into this argument of whether or not it is legitimate to do this other than to point out potential advantages and downfalls of using a social networking site that isn't designed specifically for business networking.
Downfalls include: Introducing factors that don't relate to job performance, low quality (or low perceived quality), and not targeted enough.
Advantages include: An almost limitless supply of possible recruits and a low cost way of connecting with those people in an atmosphere they are comfortable with.
For myself, I have found that MySpace is great for facilitating non-traditional networking. The people I talk to on MySpace aren't necessarily people we have open positions for but often times they know other people (which is what networking is all about). I had one person on MySpace whose father was looking for a job and while I didn't have anything available for him, I did know someone else in my network that had those types of positions available.
As for straight recruiting though, MySpace isn't that great. It isn't like keyword searching through resumes. It wasn't built for that. MySpace and Facebook are incredible tools for building the foundations of networks that you wouldn't necessarily become a part of and that extra network of people could be the connection between your next great employee, whether they have a MySpace account or not.