This note is in response to The Future of Recruiting.
No matter which route recruiters (or the industry) decides to take, there will always be disadvantages. When you rely on job boards, you're going to be flooded with applicants and need to establish a system of efficiently and effectively mining for the top candidates.
When you rely on social-networking sites, you're going to have to ensure that your recruiters are social-savvy enough to not only distinguish between a great candidate and a not-so-great candidate but also carry out the search in a way that doesn't make your brand look unprofessional or socially illiterate online.
Are we also considering the time it takes to effectively source candidates online via social networks? What's the ROI comparison on time invested reading resumes from job boards versus sourcing via social networks?
I look forward to this debate lasting for several years. It's a Cold War arms race that won't easily be resolved.
PS: There are also legal implications of social media recruitment.
Joey V. Price
Washington D.C. Metro Area