Staffing Agency Insurance: Pros & Cons of Social Media
The recruitment industry has changed drastically over the last decade. Companies are no longer looking for a few basic skill sets and static candidates. They want dynamic, collaborative and innovative candidates with unique skill sets. Buzz words like company fit, culture and how a candidate will fit into a work environment are suddenly important. A candidate’s personality and how they interact with others holds greater weight, sometimes more than the actual qualifications themselves. Just take a look at these goofy interview questions people have asked.
The new emphasis on well-rounded, diverse candidates has been a natural evolution with social media. We place more of ourselves online and lead more virtually open lives. Looking across Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter you can gauge an individual’s background, family, friends, values and interests in just a few minutes. Social media has become an alternative tool that expands a recruiter’s candidate evaluation beyond the stark resume and cover letter. But it can also be a detriment to candidates as well.
One study found that 37% of employers use social networks to screen potential job candidates. That means approximately two in five companies will use social media sites to evaluate your character and personality. And since 89% of job seekers use social networking sites, that extends to a broad segment of the population.
It’s a great resource for job seekers. They can learn about companies they are interested in, connect with current and former employees and hear about job openings instantaneously. But with that comes added risks. The openness of the site means candidates should be cautious about what they post on social media sites.
World Wide Specialty Programs has always had a singular purpose – to design, develop and provide staffing insurance programs for the staffing industry. Working with over 2,000 insurance brokers nationwide, we know the staffing industry better than anyone, and can provide great options for your staffing industry insurance needs. Contact us today for more information about our staffing agency insurance solutions. (877) 256-0468.