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Major UK organisations adopt The IT Job Board's Open Web social search engine

Open Web is a new sourcing tool that tracks publicly available social data from the world’s leading 130 social sites. The data Open Web gathers is then enhanced with CV sourced information from The IT Job Board’s proprietary CV database.

How Open Web Works

In practice, Open Web works by taking publicly available data from over 130 leading social sites and mapping it alongside a range of criteria - skills, education, past employers, peer ranking and professional engagement. Recruiters can then refine their search by using multiple filters, including name, location, company, - and social interaction. And as Open Web also provides candidates’ publicly available contact details, recruiters can then quickly and easily reach out to those with the most relevant profiles.

Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, commented, “Social search is very much & lsquo;made for’ the IT industry as, in social media terms, tech professionals are highly active and often participate in multiple forums - not just one or two.

“And because Open Web uniquely aggregates and ranks data from a myriad of social sources, it provides organisations with a depth of insight into potential candidates’ social and professional DNA.

“From our perspective, Open Web is helping humanise the online recruitment process by allowing recruiters to engage far more meaningfully with the full spectrum of candidates –active, actionable and passive. Open Web is taking the current ad hoc approach to social search to the next level.”

Tom Harper, talent acquisition lead at Tata Consultancy Services, added, “For the first time, we are able to see candidates in the round from the get-go - rather than through the single lens of a CV or search on a single social site. This broader view is giving us a far better insight into the capabilities, passions, interests and personalities of people before we even engage with them. It’s a game-changer.”

Currently over 450 organisations have incorporated Open Web into their ongoing recruitment activity in the US, as well as leading organisations in the UK including Sainsbury’s, Cognizant and Tata. For further information on Open Web, go to http://www.theitjobboard.co.uk/recruiters/Open-Web/en.

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