LinkedIn Is Not The Only Fruit

Last week I attended the Social Recruiting Conference (#SRConf) in London. Pete Crosby from Viadeo was one of the speakers.

Viadeo is a professional networking site with around 45 million members, 10 million of which are in Europe. While this isn’t as many as LinkedIn – Viadeo has significant penetration in France.

Viadeo at srconf

If you are looking to identify talent on the continent, it could well be time to check out viadeo.

At #SRConf we heard from EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services, employing around 133,000 people at more than 170 sites worldwide. They have had significant success using Viadeo. They launched a group there which grew to over 700 members in less than one week.

Viadeo have recently launched their company pages too.

While this video focuses on small business, at the conference, Pete Crosby identified American Express as one of the first businesses to make the most of the new feature. You should also take a look at Viadeo’s own page.

If you are wondering if the kind of people you wish to hire in the UK are using Viadeo, why not try an x-ray search from Google by adding a job title or a company keyword to this search string:

inurl:profile site:gb.viadeo.com

Google estimates that this string returns 300,000 viadeo profiles on the gb subdomain, which might not sound like a lot, but it might include someone that you wouldn’t otherwise have found.

Do connect with me on viadeo if you are already a member or if you decide to join.

You might also want to look at Xing. Xing has over 12 million members and great coverage in Germany. Here’s my profile.

UK Sourcers’ News – 25th June

Events

This week marks the return of the Social Recruiting Conference from Crexia. If you haven’t got a ticket yet then why not snap one up while there is still time?

If you can’t make it to the conference on Thursday then I’ll be providing live tweets and more on the day, just follow the #SRConf hashtag on Twitter to keep up to date.

You can also join us on Twitter on Wednesday evening at 8pm for #SRCHAT, Crexia’s weekly Twitter chat. The topic this week will be “Key features of a social careers website”.

Opportunities

RPO Resourcing Manager – Ochre House, based on site at United Biscuits in Hayes
Recruitment Resourcer / Researcher Team Leader – TheLadders.co.uk, Manchester
Experienced Recruiter (Merchandising) – Success Appointments, London

Social Media

Last week I seemed to be campaigning for more profile photos on Twitter. You are your avatar on Social Media, so don’t be an Egghead on Twitter!

Google Plus is arguably the most powerful resource to emerge for sourcers and people researchers for a long time. Irina Shamaeva shared a great post on the SourceCon blog about Google+ for People Sourcing.

If you represent a sizable brand and have not heard of Glassdoor.com, then it might be time to check it out. Glassdoor is a site where people can share information about companies from salaries to company culture to what an interview is like. The site is mainly US focused but is starting to see some usage in Europe and the UK. You might also find this video interview with Samantha Zupan, Corporate Communications Director at Glassdoor.com, interesting.

If you have anything you’d like to share on our weekly news round-up then do let me know – are you hoping to hire a sourcer or an Internet savvy recruiter, planning an event or know of a great tool? Then get in touch.

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