"Recruiters absolutely should use twitter in the hiring process - but as part of the candidate vetting and reference checking. "
@Russell: I think recruiters are already doing that as part of their background check over social media sites. I've seen recruiters scanning Facebook pages and going over Tweets to see if they can find something suspicious.
It's hard to imagine a smart company -- even if they're ruthless -- leaving strategic positions unfilled in the hopes that someone might emerge who's willing to take the job for less money. That's just self-damanging. But companies have done self-damaging things before.
"not just authors and bloggers but even photographers are making a lot of name from social networks. I know many photographers who dont own a photo-studio but they are more popular than the guys who own a photostudio"
Agreed. Even I know many friends who have turned into successful professional photographers just by starting off by sharing their work on the social network. Social network can be a blessing for creative people esp those who are good at marketing their creations.
"Many companies still prefer internal references because it helps them to get the candidates with the right candidate."
Yes they do. But for normal hiring (i.e. other than executive hiring), talented candidates may get ignored if they had no references in the hiring organization. Secondly, I have seen many organizations that hire only based on references and the organization ends up having all friends or family relatives around.
One thing is for sure that if you are an author or a blogger, you can make a lot of name from social networks.
@WaqasAltaf, not just authors and bloggers but even photographers are making a lot of name from social networks. I know many photographers who dont own a photo-studio but they are more popular than the guys who own a photostudio. To them social medium is a means to reach to their customers.
There's still plenty of demand for employees with the right skills.
@Mitch, I totally agree with you. There is lot of skill-gap between what the industry wants and the employees have. I think industry and educational institutes should join hands to build a curriculum so that it helps the employees to master the right skills.
What online resources do you use to promote your professional skills online?
@Russell, thanks for the post. I totally agree with your opinion that twitter helps candidates to promote themselves and get visibility to employers. But personally I prefer linkedIn and online job portals to promote my professional skills.
Hiring process of those people is initiated based on references and evaluation during informal meetings.
@WaqasAltaf, I totally agree with you. Many companies still prefer internal references because it helps them to get the candidates with the right candidate. Online job portals and consultancies are also very popular.
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