According to Top Echelon Communications Coordinator Matt Deutsch, using social media sites to screen candidates is not a top priority for recruiters.
Social media and employment have become synonymous for job seekers in today’s marketplace. That’s because more and more companies are using social media as a way to screen potential candidates for their job openings.
But do executive recruiters do the same thing, and if they do, how often do they do it?
According to a recent poll conducted by Top Echelon Network, an elite network of highly specialized search firms, nearly half of Network recruiters indicated that they don’t use social media sites to screen candidates.
As part of that poll, Top Echelon Network asked the following question: “Do you use social media sites to screen candidates?”
The most popular answer was “No, I do not,” which was chosen by 43% of poll participants. Over a quarter of recruiters (25.2%) selected “Yes, every once in a while.”
In addition, 17.8% opted for “Yes, some of the time,” and the remaining 14% of recruiters chose “Yes, all the time” as their answer.
According to Top Echelon Communications Coordinator Matt Deutsch, while using social media as a screening tool has been scrutinized again and again in the media, recruiters aren’t necessarily the ones who are doing so.
“As you can see, only 14% of the recruiters in this poll screen candidates using social media all of the time,” said Deutsch. “For other recruiters, it’s just a ‘once in a while’ thing, and nearly half of these recruiters never use social media as a screening tool.
“While candidates should certainly monitor their social media accounts to ensure that they’re branding themselves in a positive fashion, recruiters are looking for candidates who have the skills, experience, and expertise that their clients want—regardless of what they may or may not have posted on Facebook.”
Top Echelon Network was founded in 1988 in Canton, Ohio.