SAN DIEGO, April 11, 2011 — More than half of human resource professionals (56 percent) use social networking websites to source potential job candidates, a significant increase from 2008 (34 percent), according to a new poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
The poll – SHRM Research Spotlight: Social Networking Websites and Staffing, which was released at SHRM’s 2011 Talent and Staffing Management Conference in San Diego – found that, not only are more employers using social networking websites to find new employees, organizations not using the sites currently are more open to utilizing them in the future. One-fifth of organizations (20 percent) do not use social networking sites, but plan to use them in the future. Only 21 percent stated that they currently do not use social networking sites and have no plans to do so in the future, down from 45 percent in 2008.
“Employers are increasingly using social networking sites to engage passive job seekers – those who aren’t really actively seeking new jobs, but [read full article]