Job seekers who ignore their online presence are playing Russian roulette with their job search. Job seekers who are not on LinkedIn are virtually invisible to employers. Social networks afford easier access to those with the power to hire. Social networking is preferred by recruiters and employers. If you don’t believe these statements just look at results of the newly released 2012 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey.
- 92% of companies will recruit in social networks this year. (Up from 89% in 2011)
- 43% of recruiters who use social recruiting saw an increase in candidate quality this year.
- 73% of companies have successfully hired a candidate through social media.
In addition, LinkedIn has become nearly universal with 93% of companies using the site for recruiting. 66% of companies surveyed use Facebook and 54% of companies use Twitter; with both sites showing increasing usage for recruiting purposes over the past two years.
And the hiring statistics are impressive as well. 89% of companies have made a hire through LinkedIn, followed by Facebook at 26% and Twitter at 15%.
And, did you know that 86% of recruiters are likely to review your LinkedIn profile before deciding to contact you?
Social networking is not going away. In today’s job market you must have an online presence to attract the attention of employers. For starters, try Googling your name and see what results you get. If there is no footprint, you have work to do. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.