I’m an HR guy, so I’m heavily involved in the recruiting efforts for my agency in the Atlantic region. What those close to me also know is that I’m a closet IT “wannabe”. I dabble as much as I can in all things tech, I’m actually (slowly) trying to teach myself how to do some coding.
I’ve been promoting and using social media for several years as a mechanism to share recruitment opportunities with candidates and I’m slowly seeing others become more comfortable with using these tools as well. Our agency has student ambassadors who work on campus during the school year and they use Facebook and Twitter to promote events and job opportunities. We also use social media to stay in touch with each other. I’m always looking for ways to use technology to help me in my job.
I recently read an article by Heather Huhman titled “Why HR Should Bet on Tech to Find Top Talent”. In it she highlights the overwhelming evidence that the majority of companies are planning to use social media and technology in their recruiting efforts.
One item that really jumped out at me were are the stats around mobile devices. “Only 7% of employers have a mobile version of their recruitment site yet 70% of job seekers use their mobile device to find jobs.” Definitely an area that all employers will have to focus on. As recruiters in the public service we’ll have to keep this in mind when planning our recruiting efforts.
As Heather states: “Your hiring efforts should never be a gamble. Using new technology increases your odds of finding the top talent your company needs to thrive.
I’d be interested in knowing how your department or agency is using social media and technology in it’s recruiting efforts.
Originally posted on www.govlife.ca