What is JobShouts Social Search? How Can it Help with Recruiting/Sourcing?

Posted by | February 16, 2010 | How to ..., Social Recruiting

Most people that are familiar with JobShouts know about our job postings and that we’re integrated with social media – but some may not know about or have yet to try our Social Search feature.

So, what is JobShouts Social Search? How can it help my recruiting/sourcing process?

If you’re an employer or recruiter who regularly uses resume databases to source your candidates, pay attention.

Social Search was developed from a sourcing technique that I personally used very successfully in my days as a recruiter. I specialized in recruiting a lot of hard to find candidates and clients were often amazed at my pinpointed accuracy. My secret? Social media, networking sites and search engines. I used a variety of sites to source from where I could make real connections with people based on a specific opportunity uniquely matched to them. Some might call this cold call sourcing or passive candidate sourcing. This method for me was very successful – so successful in fact, that I was able to stop relying upon resume databases full of outdated content.

The only trouble with this method was, it was very time consuming. Going to each site, figuring out what search criteria worked best, sifting through results for good quality, etc. Each site search could take from 5 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of results that I got.

The premise behind Social Search was to streamline this process. Social Search allows you to search up to 8 different sites all at one time: LinkedIn, MySpace, Spoke, ZoomInfo, VisualCV, Twitter, Facebook AND – the best part of Social Search – the resume search feature. Social Search finds “hidden” resumes of potential candidates wherever they might be posted publicly, such as on their webpage or blog. Best of all, the results are sorted and labeled according to the network on which they were located.

Here’s an example. Using Social Search, I searched for “business analyst” in Miami:

You can see it pulled up a number of profiles on various sites; from there you can click on a profile to see if it’s a match.

So now let’s say you’ve located a great potential candidate on MySpace (“Suga Cane” listed above) but you don’t know her real name or how to reach her. Well, you can message her through MySpace and hope she responds OR, you can use the information you find on her MySpace profile to help locate her real identity.

This is what we know from her MySpace profile:

So now we know who she currently works for. Using “Gemaire” and “Inventory Control Analyst”  I searched LinkedIn and found out that her name is Marisa Howell. Now, she’s a viable and potential candidate! Connect with her through a shared group on LinkedIn or use her name to search for contact information. It’s as simple as that.

Let’s face it – in the world of social media and online networking  – far more people are keeping up with their social profiles more often than their resumes. Using this search will net specifically targeted candidates through publicly available information and eliminate the need for using a resume database. Recruit smarter, deliver better results to your clients and stop wading through the same candidate pool as everyone else.

Questions? I’m all ears. 🙂

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5 Responses to “What is JobShouts Social Search? How Can it Help with Recruiting/Sourcing?”

  1. Comment made by Kitti on Apr 29th 2010 at 9:39 am:

    I hope you have permission from “Marisa Howell” to use her information on this site.

    • Comment made by Robin on May 4th 2010 at 8:08 pm:

      Kitti, thanks for asking about that but believe it or not all the information I have shared with you is public domain. There is no information revealed here that she has not chosen to reveal publicly on other sites.

    • Comment made by imjustagoyle on May 5th 2010 at 7:03 pm:

      Kitti, thanks for asking about that but believe it or not all the information I have shared with you is public domain. There is no information revealed here that she has not chosen to reveal publicly on other sites.

  2. Comment made by Glenn Manko on May 6th 2010 at 7:12 pm:

    Robin…you and your team just keep knocking it out of the park like my Philadelphia Phillies! Love the updated improvements. Keep on keepin' on!

  3. Comment made by Glenn Manko on May 7th 2010 at 12:12 am:

    Robin…you and your team just keep knocking it out of the park like my Philadelphia Phillies! Love the updated improvements. Keep on keepin' on!

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