Expert’s Secrets of Social Media Candidate Sourcing

Compensation Administration
by Stephen Bruce, PhD, PHR
"You can find candidates via Social Media, says Staffing Advisors Recruiter Kelly Dingee, but it’s like a puzzle. If you work at it, you’ll save time and you’ll “save dollars phenomenally.”"

Just for example, says Dingee, do an advanced search on LinkedIn, say, for an HR manager near ZIP 06475 in banking. Here’s the search:

Dingee’s tips came at the Advanced Employment Issues Symposium in Las Vegas. (Info on this years’ symposium here. )



Here are some of the results:

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Similar searches are possible in thousands of places, Dingee says. Try Google+, Pinterest, FaceBook, Twitter, and dozens more. It’s like puzzle. You have to go play with it, Dingee says. You’ll get different results in different places depending on the kind of search you’re doing.


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Try the ‘Site’ Approach

Put “site:” in front of your target site’s address to have it searched for your terms. For example:
Site:linkedin.com “project manager” “industry*construction”

Here are some of the results:

When you get into a group, when it’s appropriate get into the conversational feed, says Dingee, slip in “got a great development job. Anyone interested?”

Here’s a Pinterest search for an online marketer: (site:Pinterest.com “online marketing”).


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Here’s a twitter search (site:twitter.com “CAE” association)



In tomorrow’s Advisor, you’ll learn more of Dingee’s tips for finding great candidates through social media, plus an introduction to the all-HR-in-one-place website, HR.BLR.com.

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