The Web 2.0 provides different ways to get information and through networking sites, there is a possibility of identifying talent and knowing more about the potential recruits. It gives a credibility actor to the candidate and you also get to learn more about the behavioral aspects and preferences of the candidate. They also help in gauging the pulse of the organization in addition to the other channels of information. These networking sites have already assumed importance in the work life of HR and recruitment professionals. As long as these networking sites are used as an adjunct source to tap talent these could come handy in locating the right candidates. IT and ITeS companies largely use such sites to source talent. They certainly depend on a clinical referral check to ensure that the talent selection is flawless and even discuss views about talent acquisitioning with other professionals and experts. For recruiters, social networking sites come to the rescue when one is looking out for candidates possessing niche skills or for roles based in line geographies. Basically the nature of issues around are similar and only the cultural context varies, and through these sites, a platform is provided on possible solutions, that can be adopted across and at times, they also help sharpen skills. Online recruitment helps in reaching out to more people across the country and even overseas. It gives a wider choice than before and makes the recruitment process easy and the search broad yet focused. These websites offer flexibility and recent analysis showed that around six percent of organization’s recruitment happened through these networking sites in the last financial year.
Today, the partnership between HR and IT, and their respective responsibilities in safeguarding their organizations is becoming increasingly important. Web 2.0 is here to stay and its inherent collaborative and inclusive nature means it will continue to change and evolve to appeal to an increasing number of users. The use of networking sites has been effective because of the number of middle and senior level professionals one finds on these networks which otherwise are usually hard to come by on large employment portalsToday, the partnership between HR and IT, and their respective responsibilities in safeguarding their organizations is becoming increasingly important. Web 2.0 is here to stay and its inherent collaborative and inclusive nature means it will continue to change and evolve to appeal to an increasing number of users. The use of networking sites has been effective because of the number of middle and senior level professionals one finds on these networks which otherwise are usually hard to come by on large employment portals.
Though these networking sites are used largely for recruitment purposes, they have also become an important platform for HR professionals to interact with each other. There in excessive knowledge sharing on topics of HR interest. These sites become an efficient platform for HR managers to discuss trends in the industry, challenges and innovative methods of recruitment. A lot of issues can be discussed and sorted out trough discussions on such sites. A lot of new ideas and practices are also shared by HR professionals from all across the globe on these sites.
Like all processes and systems have drawbacks, networking websites also have their own set of drawbacks. Spam and checking for credentials is the principal challenge for HR professionals. Cyber crime, hacking, forging content in the net etc. is a consistent problem that the online world is facing. These sites are wide open channels of sourcing talent. So, there will always be many takers for the same resource which becomes quite a drawback.. The tendency of people to focus too much on the web can be a major hindrance.
Though this trend of using networking sites by HR professionals is last catching up all around the world, is it here to stay? Will these trends fade away as time passes or will it gain even more impetus in the coming days? Yes, this trend is definitely going to grow since these networks are global. As people increasingly look to add the ‘Indian stint’ to their resume networking sites which unite professionals across the globe could be fruitful hunting grounds in the future. The trend is likely to grow as days pass by. On-line recruitment process offers enough flexibility but essentially, at the decision making stage, there must be human interface for a thorough examination of the resources being recruited through the online process.
Al the above discussed facts go in to prove that tough it comes with a few shortcomings, recruitment through networking websites is booming by the day and is proving highly advantageous to HR so, keep yourself logged on, not only to make friends but also to take a step ahead in your career too.