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Caught in the nets: how to find a job using LinkedIn or Facebook

Caught in the nets: how to find a job using LinkedIn or Facebook

Social networks are nearly as popular among job-seekers as recruitment websites are. Antal Russias survey results, conducted among 3,500 top and middle-level managers has shown that 70% of candidates consider social media to be one of the most useful sources for finding interesting job offers and 87% of respondents admitted the importance of specialized recruitment portals.

Using social media makes access to potential employers and employees much easier, allows quicker ways to find and share information about vacancies, plus expanding ones network of contacts.

What indeed should one do to be noticed by headhunters, who are hunting in social networks?

Antal Russia consultants have formed a list of main recommendations for people who want to use social media to find a job:

Treat your profile information thoroughly. Its very important to understand that your profiles in social networks are actually the same as your CV which you send to a recruiting agency or publish on recruitment websites. The information on your page shouldnt be too short: it is necessary to specify your professional discipline and to describe your working experience. Moreover, your profiles on various websites shouldnt contain any contradictory information. The content of your profile ought to be relevant to your aim: its preferable not to publish too informal photos and information. Remember that photos from cheerful party could become the reason to deny you that job interview.

Use one of the main social media advantages the ability to spread the information quickly. We hear of many examples when posting the status Im currently looking for a job in Facebook or VKontakte helped to find it rather quick. The majority of social networks have an opportunity to spread information with the speed of a virus, which is one of the main reasons for recruiters to use them as a place to post vacancies.

Join professional groups and communities. Almost all social networks provide the opportunity to create communities, where you can communicate with colleagues and find information about job opportunities. Add your colleagues and partners to your network. Recruiters usually look through recommendations posted in candidates profile or request them from his colleagues, who are also easy to find.

Divulge your contact information. It would be much easier for recruiter to contact you via mobile or e-mail that to wait for you to accept his request in social network.

Dont close your profile. The possibility to set up the direct personal contact is one of the main advantages of social media. Quite often it turns out to be not so easy if the privacy settings of the candidates page are too strict.

Certainly, headhunters prefer to use specialized networks (LinkedIn,, etc.) for searching candidates, but some exceptions occur.

Evgenia Logvinova, a finance consultant with Antal Russia comments: Recently I needed to find a candidates contacts it was quite a difficult task. I found his profile in, but he didnt use it. Moreover he was not registered in the other social networks. There was his wifes profile in the friends list. I set the status Im looking for the chief accountant for a major company and visited her page several times. As a result the wife sent me his contacts and weve managed to place him into the company.

According to Antal Russias estimates from 10 to 30% (depending on the discipline) of candidates were found through social networks. The most active job-seekers are usually the representatives of marketing-related specializations.

Social media is an excellent tool which makes search for necessary people considerably faster. Recruiting agencies and representatives of the major companies actively use it during looking for personnel. However the predictions which tell that soon all the recruitment process will take place in the social media could hardly become true. Anyway, finding the necessary contacts is just the first step, - says Oxana Chirko, Head of HR dept., Antal Russia.
Antal Russia is one of the largest recruitment companies in Russia and CIS, focused on quality mid-senior level managerial recruitment across most industry sectors.

The British Recruitment Company Antal International entered the Russian market in 1994. At this time Antal was one of the very first international recruitment firms operating in Russia and the CIS. The Moscow representation was one of Antals first international offices and one of the largest and most successful all over the world.

In March 2008 Antal Russia was acquired by the FiveTen Group operating across 19 cities, 12 countries and four continents. Although most positions need to be filled in Moscow Antal Russia successfully work on projects in the regions and in other CIS countries, particularly Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Antal Russia opened its Kazakhstan office in Almaty in July 2010.


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