Category: Sourcing

Talent Community Definition

The talent community concept continues to be one of the hottest topics in talent acquisition. It’s also a concept that Seven Step really believes in, and more importantly, has seen significant results from.

Talent community practices have evolved over the last few years. This is partly because of advances in technology that allow large scale social communities possible, and the inevitable evolution of companies that have shifted to embrace social media as a core piece of their recruitment strategy.

Let’s start by defining the individual terms. According to Webster:...  read more

Candidate Sourcing on Reddit: The Most Useful Website You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of

As a newbie to the sourcing world I’ve tried out a variety of social media websites for sourcing, from the obligatory Twitter and LinkedIn to the roads less traveled like Facebook and Tumblr. The website I’ve found most helpful, not to mention the most fun to use, has definitely been Reddit. With its young IT geeks for hire, variety of free job boards, and industry-specific forums and “Ask Me Anything” threads with candid commentary about the fields we source for, Reddit is an incredibly useful social networking website for sourcers and recruiters....  read more

Tackling the Talent Gap

According to the December jobs report, the unemployment rate is hovering at four-year low– but that’s not because more jobseekers are finding work, it’s because many have stopped looking altogether.

With 73 percent of companies reporting a “marked increase” in unsuitable job applicants, and President Obama attributing a third of our unemployment rate to “a mismatch between the skills of the workforce and available jobs” – it’s easy to see why they would.

But here is another stat to consider: Our team at Seven Step surveyed our network of 500 recruiters and found that fewer than five percent of respondents actually filled their 2012 job openings with candidates who met every one of the employer’s stated skills requirements.

So the question arises: Are companies causing the talent gap?...  read more

Social Sourcing: How Do the Big Guys Stack Up?

“Social” may have been the biggest buzzword among recruiters in 2012, and for good reason: 73 percent of companies made successful hires via social media channels during the last year, and job seekers’ use of social media is also on the rise. According to a 2012 Jobvite survey:

  • 52% of job seekers used Facebook to help find work (up from 48% in 2011)
  • 38% used LinkedIn (30% in 2011)
  • 34% used Twitter (26% in 2011)

While many top companies have what we consider to be the top tools for social-media sourcing in place already – job sharing apps on postings and a career-specific presence on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are the essentials –surprisingly few of them are actually using these tools effectively to engage with top candidates....  read more

SSR on Mashable: How Facebook Graph Search Could Transform Recruiting

On Sunday, Mashable ran a piece by Seven Step Sourcing Team Manager Erin Bazinet (@erinbaz) discussing the likely recruiting & sourcing impact of Facebook's new Graph Search capability. Here's a bit of what she had to say:

@Mashable: One of the greatest assets of [Facebook] Graph Search, in our opinion, is its ability to connect companies with hard-to-find candidates. Graph Search uses long-tail searches, which basically means that the more detail your search includes, the better your results will be. Searches can be tailored to include very narrow criteria — in countless combinations — meaning that hard-to-find candidates with highly specific skills, experiences and affiliations should be well-served by this platform.

Read the full piece here: http://on.mash.to/WpWMog...  read more

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