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It Recruiters Mine Social Media For Hidden Tech Talent

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As IT professionals increasingly leave bits and pieces of their personal information and professional history scattered across many different social media sites, it's making it easier for IT recruiters to find hidden tech talent. For example, Dice's new Open Web tool pulls a candidate's information together in one place, making it easy for recruiters and IT hiring managers to find and organize information, thereby streamlining the recruiting process. In developing the tool, Dice attempted to blend the granular search functionality found in a typical resume database with the ability to take a deeper, broader look at a candidate over and above what people tend to include on a generic resume or cover letter.

The Open Web tool is a searchable index of individuals and their profiles based on aggregate data from across the spectrum of social media sites, both personal and professional. In short, Open Web gathers and standardizes information about people from nearly 50 social media sites to give recruiters and hiring managers a 360-degree view of that individual and their relevant activity — whether they have an active resume on a site like, or are currently employed and answering questions on a technical forum site, blogging or posting about their hobbies on Facebook. Using Open Web can gain recruiters access to IT talent that may already be employed, might not actively be looking for a new position, but who may be open to an opportunity nonetheless. Open Web makes it easy to find passive candidates by consolidating all kinds of valuable, public information about technology candidates in one place.

Because Open Web creates a complete picture of professional tech talent using a number of sources, it simplifies the search for recruiters and hiring managers, and gives them access even to those hidden gems that might otherwise be inaccessible. Not only is there a different, deeper level of information about a candidate, but recruiters can customize their pitch to the candidates. Even if talent's currently employed, if you show people their 'dream job,' they may jump at the chance. One of the benefits in being able to pull information from across a user's entire Internet presence is giving employers, hiring managers, and recruiters a much broader view of a candidate as a whole person. That depth can help ensure the right hiring decision, and that the candidate is the right fit for not just the position, but the company's culture and work environment.

From Computerworld
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