Given the rate that our industry is advancing, you can’t afford to miss what’s around the corner. Joining these recruiting conversations on social media will keep you right up there with industry best practice, and ahead of your competition.
Many groups and chats offer similar content, and it’s easy to get sucked into a time-consuming investigation. But you don’t need to get lost in the jumble. In the spirit of efficiency, we have combed through a few popular platforms and pulled out the best.
Setting aside 30 minutes now to pick the most relevant to you will ensure your social feeds are flush with fresh insights and relevant news.
Facebook Groups & Pages
You’re already connected with friends, and perhaps even hunt candidates on Facebook, but what about engaging with other recruiters? Facebook has recently surpassed Google with its amount of web traffic, and its popularity creates a frequent flow of conversation. Check out these groups to start.
- SourceCon: This group structured around the SourceCon event is helpful for more than just the attendees, and all are welcome. Predominantly focused on sourcing, all the pros are part of the conversation, and sharing relevant news, tips, and tricks.
Access: Closed group
- Recruiters Online: This Facebook group has a uniquely conversational environment, and you’ll see everything from light-hearted cat memes to frustrated rants about the limitations of LinkedIn. Expect thoughtful dialogue around common talent acquisition concerns or new recruiting trends.
Access: Public group
- RecruitingBlogs: This page gathers and shares content from a variety of sources – topics include sourcing tools, structured hiring and how to optimize your relationships with coworkers. This is also a good spot to read about acquisitions and other emerging industry news.
Access: Public page
- The Undercover Recruiter: The bulk of what The Undercover Recruiter posts is their own content, which covers less explored topics related to company culture, leadership and personnel issues. If you want to know if you are annoying at work, this page should hold your attention!
Access: Public page
- Trumunity: This smaller group was created for attendees of #tru conference, but has expanded to include anyone with the goal of improving recruiting practices. What sets this group apart is its sense of community – members are ready and willing to listen, they offer each other solutions and discuss common talent acquisition challenges.
Access: Public group
- 1-Page: We couldn’t finish without mentioning our own page! We post all our latest blog content here, alongside other useful reads we find, so make sure you hit like to keep your feed updated with the latest.
You probably already belong to a few professional groups on LinkedIn – the site is an obvious hotspot for niche industry conversations. To save you the trouble of sifting through hordes of inactive or useless conversations, we have narrowed it down to our top five for a manageable starting point.
Note these are not public groups, so you will have to request access to get started.
- The Recruiter Network: This is a group managed by Recruiter.com, and currently the largest group for recruiters on LinkedIn, with over 800,000 members. You can rely on this network to stay up-to-date on HR, recruiting, staffing and employment news.
- The Undercover Recruiter: This popular page comes from the same source as one of our favorite Facebook groups. Here you can access a huge volume of quality blogs and articles on a variety of topics, despite the smaller size of the network.
- HR Professionals Association: Although the name indicates a focus on HR, this sizeable group is heavy in their recruitment focus. Read up on tips and tricks from the hundreds of thousands of recruiters, or offer up some of your own.
- Institute of Recruiters: Join other HR and recruiting professionals to discuss fresh topics in the industry. You will find a wide range of topics here, from tackling diversity in the workplace to methods to increase open rates of your emails.
- Recruitment Marketing Network: This group goes beyond just recruiting tips – get the latest on lead generation, content strategy, and email campaigns. This group is tuned into the specialized marketing needs of the recruiting industry, and their goal is to give you that competitive edge that is so valuable in any field.
- ERE.net: This is a popular group with loads of content that gets global attention, particularly for those leading talent teams (ERE also hosts the popular SourceCon and ERE Recruiting Conferences). You can read up on the latest trends and practices from across the pond, and even expand your own international network.
You make time to attend conferences and professional events, so why not block out time to regularly take part in the same conversations online. Twitter is perfect for this: the 140 character limitation makes for a great way to share and sample short, sharp takes on key issues in sourcing and recruiting.
Here are some of our favorites:
- #Tchat: A popular and fast-paced chat that covers all things talent and culture. Some stereotypical Twitter sassiness comes through here, but you can also find quality articles and advice about how to fine tune your people skills.
When: Wednesday at 1pm ET
- #nextChat: This hashtag features a lot of casual Q&A among recruiters, hiring managers, and employers. You will come across conversations from how to work through common recruiting obstacles to what motivates people to work in HR.
When: Wednesday at 3pm ET
- #recHangout: Although posting is less frequent under this hashtag, it is unique in its focus on the role of technology in recruiting. This is a good spot to stay up-to-date on tech trends and discuss the implications on the industry.
When: First Wednesday of the month at 8am EST
- #OMCchat: OMCchat posts career-oriented questions on a new topic each week – some recently have included “Job you love or job you’re good at” and “Taking a step down the career ladder”. This chat is full of casual conversation among recruiters and offers a great opportunity to tune into the some of the main concerns that job seekers have.
When: Friday at 12pm ET
- #talentNet: If you are more interested in reading articles than engaging in back-and-forth chatter, this is a good tag to explore. Some articles are targeted at the job-seeker, but you can find some good reads for recruiters/employers as well.
When: Tuesday at 7pm ET
Other Sources for Sourcers (and recruiters too!)
Not all the fun happens on social media! Here are some other options worth investigating:
- OrgOrg: This is a Google group for everyone in business operations. The group is run by self-proclaimed organization organizers (hence the name) that are dedicated to sending out new and relevant content. Sign up with your job title to get a spot on their recruiter-specific email list.
- Quora: The Quora Recruiting page has a host of relevant questions to explore and add your own answer. Check out these two to get you started: What is wrong with the hiring process and What is the biggest problem modern recruiters face.
- Meetup.com: We’ve talked about using Meetup to find talent before, and the site also works to connect you with peers and industry leaders. Some like TechRecruiter have local chapters around the United States, or you can just do a quick search for recruiting to find a local event.
These conversations are a great resource to discover new perspectives and opinions on topical talent issues, and they are so easy to get involved in. With the amount of variety out there, you are bound to find what you are looking for (and maybe something you never knew you needed!)
Bonus points: What group or chat have we missed? Comment below!