Looking for a job is a lot like dating
A gentle introduction from a friend, meeting up for an informal coffee, exchanges of text messages and birthday cards. What sounds a lot like dating in fact describes recruiting.
How workers perceive career progression together with the explosion of social media and new technology has transformed the recruitment process, making it more akin to dating, experts say.
"The recession and lay-offs that followed the global financial crisis changed the psychology of job seekers. The thinking goes: I cannot trust the company I am with right now to be the one I will be with in three years’ time," said Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, a recruiting platform that allows clients such as Starbucks and online retailer Zappos to make the best use of social networks in hiring.
"Because of the internet and mobile devices it’s much easier to look for a job, so people are always shopping and always applying. That’s a key aspect and social networks have made it more prevalent," he said. "Job seeking now is kind of related to dating, in that people are being introduced to each other to see if they want to spend more time together."
And in an environment where the competition for talent in sectors such as technology can be fierce, courting a potential candidate can pay off.
In a survey by recruitment firm Kelly Services released late last year, 56 percent of 25,000 workers surveyed across Asia Pacific said they are now more inclined to search for jobs on social media than through traditional methods such as newspaper advertisements, online job boards or recruitment companies, up from 47 percent in the previous annual survey. 51 percent said they use their social media networks when making career or employment decisions.
Against a backdrop where employees are constantly networking through portals such as LinkedIn and maintaining a social profile that might help their career path, recruiting through referrals has gained importance.
Please read the complete article here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hiring-game-lot-dating-really-225843313.html