I just love Google. Whenever my siblings, spouse or children are having a discussion, it usually ends up with one of us saying “Google it”. I Google for personal reasons, to find out facts, events, gossip, weather, sales. I Google at work to find companies, associations, blogs, people, attendees’ lists. There is really no end to my Googleing.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I was sent some information on how Google Plus is going to be the next great tool for recruiters. Google Plus? I had never really even known what Google Plus was. But I thought since Google has proven itself to me as being a great search engine, why should I doubt that it could find a way to make a good social networking site. And I was right. You can join communities, which are like groups in LinkedIn. However, you don’t have to wait for anyone to approve you. You can reach out to community members or you can post your openings to the community. You can also add and organize people into specific groups, called circles, such as networking, friends, co-workers, etc. Now, while I do feel that the process of finding and adding people to your circles is a little time consuming, I do think that in the end, it will be worth it.
I also found this really cool website to locate people on Google Plus called findpeopleonplus.com. On this site you can look up people based on location, schools, occupation, employers, etc. I am excited to uncover all that Google Plus has to offer and I know that it may take a while but I do believe that it will be a great asset to sourcing in the future.
This post was written by Lori Miller. Lori is a Strategic Sourcer with 4 1/2 years of experience working on the Yoh/Syngenta RPO team. Prior to joining Yoh, Lori was with Manpower for 12 years. She has extensive experience in employee relations, training and staffing with a strong background in recruitment and candidate selection.