Spotlight for Recruiting ProfessionalsJune 26, 2013
The new charge for employers eager to use social media as an effective college recruiting tool is to be innovative and strategic in their approach.
“It’s one thing to have these tools, but the new question employers have to ask themselves is ‘What are we going to ask our talent community to do?’ ” says Ashley Hoffman, vice president of marketing and strategic partnerships for Brazen Careerist.
These interactions have evolved from an organization simply tweeting out job openings or posting links to its career pages, to it issuing calls to action—such as engaging students in contests or virtual job fairs—that can strengthen the bond between the organization and its talent community.
“Employers have to develop innovative calls to action to increase the likelihood that students will apply for a job in the future,” Hoffman says. “They also have to understand the ways in which college students are using social media.”
For example, Gen Z may not use Facebook in the same ways that members of Gen Y do. And, she notes, emerging tools like Snapchat and Vine are gaining traction among today’s college students.
Hoffman also suggests employers use video to add more depth to their messages.
“They should use multimedia; it doesn’t have to be elaborate,” she says. “Instagram Video and Vine have made creating video very easy. Employers can do a quick ‘day in the life’ video or introduce a recent graduate hire. It doesn’t have to be a corporate message all the time. Instead, they should show the organization’s personality.”
Most importantly, when it comes to social media, employers need to have a well-researched and thought-out plan.
“Employers shouldn’t spread their resources too thin when it comes to social media,” Hoffman advises. "Instead, to be effective, they should be strategic about where and when they engage college students on social media.”
Ashley Hoffman will present “Social Media and Your University Recruiting Strategy” at NACE’s Social Media Mashup, August 22 and 23 in San Jose, California. For more information, see www.naceweb.org/events/social-media-mashup.aspx.
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