How Social is your Social Recruiting?

According to Statista there will be 2.6 billion users of social networking sites by 2018. But not all social networking sites are created equal.

If you ask the average recruiter what social networks they recruit on, more than likely you will hear LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. And while they are definitely powerhouses in the space, if they are the only sites that you regularly look at, you could be missing out on a lot of valuable candidates.

Find your Tribe

You don’t have to be active on ALL the social media sites out there. That would be impossible. What you can do, however, is to take the time to find out what sites will produce the very best candidates. Here are some websites that are popular with the general public but overlooked as a resource for recruiters.


Known as the “Front Page of the Internet,” Reddit is a site where users, aka Redditors, share links, information, stories, and news. Visitors then can “upvote” or “downvote” on what is posted. That way, you can have an idea on what other Redditors find to be the most newsworthy.

To keep things organized, people then create moderated “subreddits” to share more specific information around a topic. For example, a subreddit under the category “Funny” is — /r/animalslookingatfood.

Let’s say you are a recruiter based in New York that does recruiting in the accounting industry. With Reddit, you can find groups like — /r/Accounting or:




I need to warn you that to use Reddit, you have to be VERY disciplined. It’s very easy to just get sucked in. You can be recruiting one minute, and the next minute, left unchecked, you could be looking at pictures of the world’s most beautiful turtle. (That actually happened to me while writing this article.)


Medium is a publishing platform that is an alternative to traditional blogging sites. It even helps make the novice content creator look professional. As a bonus they use HUMANS! Yes, similarly to Reddit, they use humans to promote the best content.

For recruiters, Medium makes sense because of its search capabilities. For example, if you are looking for Home Care Nurses, in the search box you simply type “Home Care Nurse.” The results you get are stories, publications, tags, and PEOPLE all associated with Home Care Nurses.

Inevitably, it will give you more results to find more talent.


Billed as the world’s leading software development site, GitHub primarily allows developers to host and review code, manage software, and generally build out products among millions of their peers. As a recruiter, you can use the search bar to query excellent developers as well.

For example, if you need a coder skilled in Javascript and based in NYC, you can enter “language: javascript location: new york city” in the search bar and filter the search results accordingly. SignalHire actually now has a Chrome extension that works with GitHub and allows you to scrape contact information for developers from the site. It also works on LinkedIn and other sites; try it for free here.

Niche Social Sites

Everyone knows that the Internet is an endless sea of information. That’s why we are seeing so many niche websites – a site tailored for a very specific audience. Here are some that may help as you recruit:


Data Science and Analytics

Sales Professionals

Web Developers

Diverse Candidates

Social RecruitingBuild Relationships

To truly stand out in social media groups, it’s not enough to just join. You must build relationships, and start by asking questions.

Ask members what they wish a recruiter would do when approaching them. Find out what is most important to them when looking for a position. More importantly, ask people about the work that they do so that you can vet candidates properly.

Also, be passionate and get excited about the candidates that you search for. True relationships occur when you are passionate about the people you engage with. Of course, you cannot fake passion; it has to be authentic.

Lastly, talk to the people you connect with. You don’t have to get into deep conversations, but a simple message like, “Hi. Thanks for sharing such great content on LinkedIn. I find it really helpful” works well. Don’t make it about you.

The most important part about using social media sites for recruiting is to make sure that you are truly social. Spend the time to research what sites are going to help you to be successful.

And one more thing: the more sites that you can reach out on, the better chance you’ll have to find THE perfect candidate for the job.

Editor’s Note: This post was sponsored by SignalHire, and RecruitingDaily received compensation for publishing this post. One last little bit of disclaimer (thanks, lawyers): this post does not constitute an endorsement of SignalHire on behalf of RecruitingDaily, but we’re convinced they are doing some interesting stuff.

About the Author: Jackye Clayton is an Editor here at RecruitingDaily. Follow her on Twitter @JackyeClayton or connect with her on LinkedIn.

About the Author: Jackye Clayton is recognized as a people expert who puts the Human in Human Resources. An international trainer, she has travelled worldwide sharing her unique gifts in sourcing, recruiting and coaching. She offers various dynamic presentations on numerous topics related to leadership development, inclusionary culture development, team building and more. Her in-depth experience in working with top Fortune and Inc 500 clients and their employees has allowed her to create customized programs to coach, train and recruit top talent and inspire others to greatness. Follow Jackye on Twitter @JackyeClayton or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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  • Jen Dewar

    Oh my, that IS a beautiful turtle!

    I love these ideas for sourcing and engaging talent—I’m not sure I would have thought of Reddit right off the bat. Once you get more familiar with these tools, and have some recruitment successes, you may also want to rope your hiring managers and other teammates in to scale your social media recruitment program. I share some of my marketing hacks for recruiters here:

    You make a great point, Jackye, that it’s important to build relationships with candidates, and you can do that on a much bigger scale if you can get others in your organization to participate in this process. Hiring is a team sport!

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