Here is part two of my interview with Dan Contreras, an expert IT job recruiter. Learn how he leverages Social Media and online communities to source new candidates and reviews referrals. He provides great insight into the world of job recruiting and how Social Media and online communities support that industry. If you have not read part one of this conversation, How an IT Job Recruiter Uses Social Media for Job Recruiting, then I suggest you read that article first.
13. Has the prevalence of online communities and how you utilize communities changed since you first began your journey as a technical recruiter? How so?
I didn’t really know what an ‘online community’ was until a few years ago. I’ve attended a few Social Media conferences in the last three years where they examine how to effectively set up a community and why it’s important. I think communities are still growing.
14. Have your strategies utilizing online communities changed since you first began your journey as a technical recruiter? How so?
Yes, visiting or joining different online communities has allowed me to participate or observe other like-minded recruiters. The content that I gather helps with enhancing my knowledge in recruiting or just simply keeps up with industry leaders. It’s reassuring to know that there are places to go to find information that is helpful in my day-to-day job.
15. Is it important for individuals that are seeking employment or a new job opportunity to use Social Media? How is the best way to leverage Social Media to get the attention of a technical recruiter?
I think it is getting more important. Individuals can connect easier and keep in touch with people or things they like, that’s for sure. Social Media is simply a tool to use, since there are so many options to help people connect.
16. Is it important for individuals that are seeking employment or a new job opportunity to use community Media? How is the best way to leverage community to get the attention of a technical recruiter?
It can be, if they are perceptive. If they are connected thru email alerts, texts, RSS feeds, etc, then they can gain quick information on hot jobs, for example. That could be useful to some people, I suppose.
17. Should an individual seeking employment use Social Media or community? Which ones?
I think both are valuable. The individual should seek out what is comfortable, but at a minimum at least engage in the tool of preference. You don’t have to be a power user on Twitter or LinkedIn for example, but if you follow groups/communities or show in interest in something that you’d like to be a part of, you might surprise yourself and find solid connections in a career path you are excited about.
18. What are pain points in using Social Media and communities? Where are they lacking in supporting your role and ability to find candidates? How could they improve to resolve those pain points?
People using Social Media or communities sometimes want instant gratification, an interview lined up the ‘next day’ or a phone conversation with a hiring manager that afternoon after inquiring about a job opportunity they’ve seen thru Social Media or communities. It doesn’t work that way. I like to build a relationship with a candidate and make sure I seek out opportunities for them that they can be excited for, not just go in do a job. That process takes time. I don’t think it’s really a matter of Social Media or communities coming to the rescue to resolve those pain points. It’s just a matter of me getting used to how to effectively communicate with those Social Media or community sites.