Facebook Recruiting Tips

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Employers are flocking to the social networking site as a place to recruit the next generation of talent.

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it's filled with millions of passive candidates that employers covet.

Facebook is among the top 10 most visited websites, but employers have yet to utilize the site as a recruiting tool. That is changing, however. Fueled by successes like Ernst & Young's Facebook Group, which has attracted over 12,000 members, the popular social networking site is becoming a player in the talent acquisition game.

"Facebook is a talent goldmine," says Chris Russell, founder of Jobsinpods.com, a podcasting service for jobs, "it's filled with millions of passive candidates that employers covet." Russell is so impressed by the site as a recruiting tool that he put together a list of Facebook recruiting tips, many of which companies can employ at little to no cost.

Tip #1: Create a group on Facebook. "Federated Media is Hiring" is the perfect example of what I mean. Post your apply info, list your latest jobs, build the group into a marketing tool. As people join the group you can send broadcast messages to them alerting them to news and new jobs. It's a chance for you to establish relationships with young candidates who are interested in what you have to say. Think of a Facebook group as an extension of your company career site. Use the same kind of content and consider adding unique content for the Facebook audience (internship opportunities, video, etc.)

Tip #2: Target 'boomerangs' or ex-employees by courting them with a Facebook group. The group section of the popular social networking site is filled with groups of former company alumni. Have your recruiting team (or an actual alumni) start a group. Call it "Ex-company name" or "Company name Alumni". Promote the group among your current employees and encourage them to tell former employees that they are still in touch with. The group will slowly start to populate itself.

Tip #3: Assign your recruiters to the specific regional networks you are hiring in. If you have offices in Birmingham, Bangor and Eugene, then have one of your recruiters join those networks. Once joined, you can take advantage of network features like the marketplace and events calendar to promote your jobs and hiring efforts.

Tip #4: Advertise. Ads com in two flavors: Social Ads and Facebook pages. You can advertise an external URL like your career site or an internal Facebook page which keeps users on the Facebook site. Advertisers can list ads for as little as $5 on a CPC or CPM basis. What's great about Facebook ads are that you can target certain keywords, demographics and even other workplaces. Imagine being able to display ads in front of your competitors' employees!

The key with using Facebook to recruit is to participate and connect with the candidates you seek. Establish relationships with them and you will go a long way towards being their employer of choice.

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Facebook Recruiting Tips

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