Big Business Recruiting Via Social Networks Trending Upwards

I think we’ve all seen and heard the articles about how companies are starting to conduct “social media background investigations,” but how many companies are actually using social networks as a recruiting mechanism? Well, Jobvite has come to us with an answer via a survey they have now been conducting for nearly four years, annually, and the results for 2011 are quite interesting.

According to results:

  • 89% will recruit in social networks this year
  • 55% will spend more on social recruiting
  • 64% use 2 or more networks for recruiting
  • 78% expect increased competition for hires

So, what does this tell us? Well, historically it would appear that a rather large percentage of those polled (nearly 800 individual HR and recruiting specialists) support the use of social media/networks for recruiting and by year’s end nearly 89% of those polled will be actively using this method to scout out new talent.

Needlessly put, it’s time to polish up your social chops and be prepared to “wow” because your open presence is now officially in the spotlight. Will your profile shine?

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