Diving In…Means Is Your Sourcing Team Ready?

…HR ideas from Jeffery Giesener – CEO – SourceMob

Many evenings you can see along the horizon the “evening star” called Venus. Above Venus is the planet Jupiter, which has more than 60 known moons.

Don Peppers from a recent blog post states, “The solar system is a network of planets, each of which has its own network of moons, so it provides a analogy for social networks, which are also networks of networks.”

Should your company be engaged in Social Talent Acquisition?

Should you be jumping on the Social Talent Acquisition bandwagon? Frankly, NO!

But read on…

Based on my career experience, you shouldn’t jump into Social Talent Acquisition unless you are ready to dive into the water from the deep end. This isn’t “toe in the water” stuff.

Diving In…Means Is Your Sourcing Team Ready?

  • To participate, champion and manage this Social Recruiting space for better and for worse.
  • To participate and monitor Social conversations on your Career Sites and Social Career Pages in a timely fashion.
  • to try new things and not look over its shoulder or get bogged down with cultural or organizational obstacles or politics. Who controls your Social Career Pages and Career Website?

I know all of the above are easier said than done. But to start, who on your Talent Acquisition/HR Team is going to hit the conference room table and challenge your sourcing business to dive into Social Talent Acquisition? Who will be your Social Champion?

Case in point: in the late 1990’s, when I worked as VP for DoubleClick (now owned by Google), I often heard Fortune 1000 companies say, “eCommerce? Heck, I will stay with my stores or my catalog. Spending time on this eCommerce thing–come on Jeffery, you got to be kidding!! We make all our money with the way we always have.” Now look what has happened just a decade later. Where are these stores and catalog businesses now? Many are simply gone! E-commerce has disrupted them all.

Embracing Talent Acquisition…

Unless you are willing to embrace Social Talent Acquisition (and that means also HR Marketing to drive candidates to your Social Career and Career Web sites), why bother starting? Ahh…I can hear your thoughts. It’s Kevin Costner’s dilemma in the film Field of Dreams: “if I build it, will they come?” How will I get my candidates especially niche ones there?

Everyone knows, of course, that “Social HR Marketing” is a key way for your candidates to find out about why they should work for your company, your career conversations and career opportunities. However the best way is social employee referrals. Yes there is an easy way to leverage your current employee to generate visits to your Social Career Centers?

Almost 30 years ago, a landmark study by Granovetter called “The Strength of Weak Ties” showed conclusively that the best leads for job opportunities are more likely to come from your more distant colleagues and friends, as opposed to your closest ones. This isn’t because your close friends don’t give you good recommendations, but because you and your other close friends are more likely already to know about the same job openings, while the job openings known to your more distant colleagues–those with whom you don’t interact very often–are not as likely to be known to your own friends.

So why is this all-important? It’s exactly how Social Recruiting will work to find you candidates who won’t find you on their own. Simply put, your best source of Passive candidates is your employees’ networks, and your success rests upon enabling them to virally spread your job postings and Social Career Centers to viable candidates. At SourceMob we are very successful helping our clients do just that every day. It is also why they renew with us. We lower their overall recruiting costs. For many by more than 50 percent and we will do it for your business as well. Not only do I know it will, I will put my skin in the game to prove it to you.

To learn more about how we can help you start conversations with targeted Passive Candidates through your Social Recruiting and leveraging your employee networks, simply ring me up at 952-417-6955 or email me at jeff@sourcemob.com for a conversation and a short virtual presentation. Visit our website at SourceMob.com.

Playing Catch Up or Leading Your Industry?

Today It Is Your Choice To Decide!  

I help educate the recruiting industry, and it is one of the many factors to why SourceMob is growing. Catch one of the many SourceMob webinars!

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ABOUT SOURCEMOB: SourceMob integrates Internet, social, talent community, HR Analytics, social listening solutions, HR Marketing Services and mobile recruiting solutions to help talent acquisition professionals recruit the very best candidates for tough-to-fill positions. SourceMob’s solutions seamlessly integrate and distribute conversations, engagement and job content, all done on autopilot, providing a job posting springboard to over 3.5 million candidate profiles on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, plus all of the major search engines. We help you engage with your candidates and capture niche passive candidates. Our solutions also enable Mobile Quick Apply and candidate application management services to create more efficiency and lower recruiting costs. You won’t need your IT Team or HR Department to implement them. That is the beauty and ease of the SourceMob platform.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Jeffery Giesener





Twitter: @sourcemob