Get a Social View of Candidates

Although social media has been around for a while now, companies are still trying to figure out how to use the sites to help them find the best candidates, while exerting the least amount of effort. Well now there’s a software solution that helps you do just that.

San Francisco-based TalentBin recently launched its own search engine, which gathers information about job applicants from their social media profiles, including: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Meetup, and Quora.

TalentBin’s talent search engine should make it easier to isolate top-flight talent by aggregating candidates’ background information – and implicit professional achievements – in one comprehensive profile.

That means recruiters who are evaluating potential new hires can simply input a candidate’s name in the system and quickly receive a profile with important information about that person’s past and what they’ve done throughout their career.

According to a report by PR Newswire, the search engine is available as a standalone solution or as a plug-in for Human Resources Information Systems, Recruiting Customer Relationship Management software, or Applicant Tracking Systems.

So far, more than 60 companies are already using this type of technology for social media-related recruiting purposes. Big-name companies such as Groupon, Intuit, Dolby, and Yahoo! have found success with the new social search engine solution.

If reports and testimonials about the product prove to be true, recruiters and HR professionals who are always looking for the latest and greatest technology will now have a tool to help them make the best possible hires.

Dustin Carper, who is an employment brand strategist for daily deals site Groupon, said the new technology has helped to advance how the company’s recruiters find top technical talent. He said sourcers and recruiters at Groupon love the search engine, because it helps them do a more efficient job and eliminates the need for manually searching for information about candidates on Google or other search engines.

Jennifer Hasche, a recruiter at Intuit, said it took no time for her sourcing team to realize that the new technology provides results that traditional recruiting tools can’t. This includes helping the company find highly-qualified and experienced candidates that might not have profiles that show up on Google or LinkedIn.

So if you’re in need of a little boost to your hiring process, and you want to use social media to help you leverage the best candidates, then you should consider using the new search engine technology we’ve been talking about.


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