“What do we tweet, post, share, write and update then?” say Recruiters


Recruitment content marketing
This week I have spent time talking to and training agency recruiters and corporate recruiters, and there was one issue that was the same in three teams of recruiters, and was it causing pain and frustration to both sets of recruiters

No idea on what to say on the various social media channels - All the teams had been 'told' they now have to use social media in recruitment. Some of the recruiters had taken it upon themselves to start tweeting, updating on LinkedIn and setting up a Pinterest board, but them stalled – they ran out of ideas – they didn't know what to say, tweet, update, post or share!

Aside from some of the things I mentioned earlier this week – two of the companies are actually having new career sites built at the moment – this content piece is the one thing that was causing the most head scratching. They all used LinkedIn, most had Twitter accounts, some had Facebook Pages and one even had Google + page – but the story was the same, "what do we post on them, we don't know what to write about or what content to share, we haven't got time to spend all day on social media".

Sound familiar?

The process is simple in theory – but the execution needs a little work:

  1. Make sure you have decided on your objectives for using social media- e.g. more candidates, brand awareness, referrals, SEO, showing your expertise, differentiating yourself from your competition.
  2. Now where are your target audience? What social platforms are they on? LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Github, Google+, Pinterest, YouTube?
  3. What content appeals the them?
  4. How do you create this content?
  5. Where do you find good content that others have created that you can share with your audience?
  6. Then, how do you share it effectively, minimising time and effort – what tools are available for you to use to help you?
  7. Measuring success is important, but how do you do it?
  8. It would be great to see how others are doing it as well, to see ideas for content and campaigns (and maybe to use in budget justification)

Sounds easy like this doesn't it?

Social recruiting isn't easy – no one says it is. It is not meant to replace your existing processes, it is meant to integrate with it and add further powers to your recruiting armoury. 

There are many things that you can create, find and share on social media channels – you just need a little thinking about what your audience might like.

For example here are 101 things you can write about - and of course then share, tweet and update across the social channels.

If you want some further ideas, then look at where I share my content and what content I share on the social media channels. 

Maybe we will see you at one of the workshops, and we can help you understand how powerful good content can be for your recruitment effectiveness.


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  • Hey Andy – good post – and yes, commonly a problem for businesses. 1. The lack of commitment to content production & 2. The frustration over lack of feedback/conversation in the shorter term.

    My added advice in this area – in the piece about knowing where your market are – is to study what THEY consume, share and the content THEY create. Sometimes what we think is good content to us, just isn’t to them. They don’t care about recruitment agencies (eg) very much, and so frankly – we’re not that interesting. Our own content is pants, and they don’t want us to talk about us all the time.

    My approach was always to listen, listen, listen; – then comment and share THEIR content – and see how that works and ingratiates them, and the industry – and it gives you pointers then, as to how you share, where you share from, and what triggers discussion and engagement.

  • Steve,

    Spot on and something I do definitely advocate. Your latest blog is a great example. If people took the time to listen what Poppy had been ‘talking’ about on Twitter for the months previous to the fateful day last week, when she hit the headlines, then maybe there wouldn’t be quite so many job offers?

    Also, as you say, one person’s interesting content is another’s boredom factor. Understanding YOUR audience is critical.