Recruiting Blog: BuzzLinks 10-12-08 Employers Online, Social Networking, & LinkedInComments Off

Employers Lurking Online
We know employers and recruiters use social networking sites to vet job candidates and even see what current employees are up to. Now we have a better insight into how they’re using that information, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Since 2006, there has been a 17 percent increase in human resources executives who use sites such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn as recruiting, resume verification and candidate screening tools at least occasionally, according to the survey of nearly 600 HR professionals.

Social networking sites help companies boost productivity
Social networking is going corporate. The popular technology used by millions of people to share ideas and photos on MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and others is catching on at companies to improve productivity and communication among workers.

Private, internal social networks make sense as companies grapple with a slumping economy that has made travel cost-prohibitive even as workforces are spread out as never before, tech analysts say.

LinkedIn and Xing set to benefit from downturn?
LinkedIn, the social network for “professionals”, could actually be benefiting from the downturn, says the BBC’s technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones. That’s because the site’s value proposition really kicks in for those that have or fear that they might be about to lose their job.

The site provides a simple way to publish a resume online along with references, as well as sophisticated tools for networking in order to make new introductions, check out potential new employers, and get spotted by recruiters.

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  • Posted on: Sunday, October 12th, 2008