Here is a huge advantage of social media I hadn’t really thought about—hiring people you already know. Finding the right talent to fill out your team has always been one of the biggest challenges of making a business successful. I have always believed that most of that challenge is in the vetting of good talent. It is really hard. Many companies spend tons of money on trying to get the process right. Most still fail.
This morning, into my RSS reader popped what I think is the perfect answer. It’s evolving right in front of our eyes—social media and networking. Jim Keenan, blogger at A Sales Guy, pointed out so clearly the HR benefit of getting engaged in social networking communities—hiring people we know.
Go take a look at his suggestions for where to plug-in for hiring.
I think everyone wants to work with or hire friends. Unfortunately, in the past our local (offline) social networks are not large enough to necessarily include the right talent. Social networks immediately solve this problem.
Are you using social media to not just vet new prospects, but actually hire people you know? Please leave some examples or explain how you use social media for HR.