Recruiters still on the hunt for top talent - and using social media to find it

    84% plan to hire in the next 6 months, according to recent survey

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - A recent webinar on using LinkedIn to recruit
new employees was surprisingly popular with Canadian recruitment
professionals, 86% of whom indicated their organizations are planning to
maintain or increase hiring in the next 6 months, according to recruiting
company Head2Head.
    "We knew that the Canadian recruiting market was picking up a little, but
the response we had to our survey about social media and recruiting was
frankly surprising," says Paul Dodd, President of Head2Head, a Canadian
recruiting company specializing in insourced and outsourced recruiting
solutions. "When we asked recruitment professionals and hiring managers about
their hiring plans for the next few months, the message was clear: 32% plan to
increase hiring volume and 54% plan to maintain hiring volume between now and
the end of 2009."
    The question was asked as part of a feedback survey for a webinar
Head2Head sponsored around using LinkedIn - a social networking tool - for
recruiting. The survey also asked questions about how Canadian recruiting
professionals are using social media to find candidates. According to
respondents, LinkedIn is the social media site most often used by recruiters
(69%), with Facebook second (44%). "This didn't surprise us - Toronto is the
No.4 worldwide in terms of LinkedIn use outside the US, and adds 76,000 new
Canadian members every month," adds Dodd, who reports that Head2Head
recruiters were responsible for placing 13,000 people in new jobs in 2008
alone. "And Toronto has long been one of the most Facebooked cities in the

    Other findings of the survey:

    - 9% of recruiters use Twitter
    - 6% of recruiters use blogs
    - 3% use YouTube
    - 3% use Craigslist
    - 0% use Tumblr or MySpace
    - 77% say it's improved their ability to connect to passive candidates
    - 44% say it's improved their quality of hire
    - 36% say it's reduced their time to hire

    "Recruiters are telling us that social media is becoming their first
resource when they're looking for candidates with specific skills and
experience. If you're currently looking for a job, creating - or updating -
your profile on LinkedIn is one of the best ways to ensure recruiters find


    Head2Head provides specialized recruiting services, including outsourced
and insourced recruiting solutions, to more than 350 of Canada's leading
organizations. Founded in Toronto in 2000, H2H has more than 35 employees, 120
consultants, and offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

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