Win A Free Ticket To The Social Media In Recruitment Conference

We have just launched our new Facebook page ( thanks to Steve Evans at Net Natives) and we are offering a FREE TICKET to the Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April (worth £348.00, plus VAT.)

How To Win?

There are no complicated rules. If you simply “like” our new Facebook page between now and midnight on Sunday 3rd April 2011 your name will go into the hat to win a ticket.

The winner will be announced on Twitter on Monday morning.

UPDATE – 4th April 2011

The winner of the FREE TICKET is Cat Gutsell @catgustell. Congratulations!

Please note that there is no cash alternative for the winner if they can’t make the Conference although they will be able to transfer the ticket to someone else.

The free ticket does not include travel or accommodation costs.

Good luck and I hope to see you on the 7th April in London!

Mike Taylor

How Social Media & Mobile Have Changed The Way Job Seekers Search For jobs

At the Social Media In Recruitment Conference on the 7th April there will be a brand new panel session discussing how Social Media and Mobile have changed the way job seekers search for jobs.

Job seekers are invited to give their feedback before the Conference and Conference delegates in the audience on the 7th April are also invited to take part.

Panel Discussion

The panel will be answering questions about the use of social media and mobile in recruitment and so are keen to hear from job seekers about their experiences and any particular topics they would the panel to discuss.

The panel members are Felix Wetzel, Group Marketing Marketing Director for Jobsite, Matt Alder, founder of Metashift and Mark Kieve, Chief Executive of AMRIS.

Recent Research

According to some recent research from Jobsite 37% of jobseekers look to use social networking sites as part of their job search. They have also seen a 400% increase in mobile traffic to their web site over the last 12 months, with visits from mobile devices now accounting for 8% of total visits and 3.5% of the applications.


What has been your experience when looking for a job? How much has social media and mobile played a part in your job search activities?

To find out more and to leave a question visit:

And in the true spirit of  “Social” please feel free to pass this onto anyone you know is currently job hunting so that they get an opportunity to give their feedback.

Mike Taylor

The Growth Of Social Media In Recruitment

I am busy preparing for the third Social Media in Recruitment Conference next week and I have been looking at the growth of Social Media since my first Conference in July 2009.

It is easy to think that social networking sites have been around forever as they are now very much a part of normal day to day activities. Although Linkedin has been around since 2003, Facebook since 2004 and Twitter since 2006, it has only been over the last few years that the use of Social Media in Recruitment has really started to take off.

Here are some stats showing the growth in Social Media sites from July 2009 until March 2011:


July 2009 Conference – 42 million users worldwide
March 2011: – More than 100 million users in more than 200 countries including:

  • 20 million+ members in Europe as of December 2010
  • 5 million + members in the UK as of December 2010

Extra Stats:

  • As of January 2011, LinkedIn counts executives from all 2010 Fortune 500 companies as members; its hiring solutions were used by 69 of the Fortune 100 companies as of December 31, 2010
  • More than half of LinkedIn members are currently located outside of the United States
  • More than one million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages (formerly known as company profiles)
  • There were nearly two billion people searches on LinkedIn in 2010
  • LinkedIn is currently available in six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


July 2009 Conference – 250 million users
March 2011: – More than 500 million users

Extra Stats:

  • 50% of their active users log onto Facebook every day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • In 2010 roughly 7.9 new users signed up every second of the year, on average
  • USA and the UK are in the top 3 countries, but Indonesia is second with 32.1 million users
  • The large majority of users is between 18 and 34 years old but the fastest growing age group is 65+ (+124%)
  • Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month
  • More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month
  • There are more than 200 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices


July 2009 Conference - Around 7 million users
March 2011: – Over 175 million users

Extra Stats:

More than 95 million tweets are written per day (latest stats September 2010) which is almost 4 million tweets per hour.

What’s Your Experience Of Social Media Been Like?

The dramatic growth in the use of Social Media looks set to continue as every day more and more Recruiters start to use Social Media.

If you are using Social Media in your organisation then it would be great to hear your feedback about what worked for you and what didn’t?

Please leave a comment below or contact me.

Other Organisations Results

If you want to discover what results other organisations are achieving with Social Media then check out our next Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April.

Mike Taylor

How To Find Candidates Through Internet Sourcing

At the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April in London,  Katharine Robinson, Sourcing Recruitment Manager at Capgemini Consulting, will be speaking about “How to gain a Competitive Advantage by finding Candidates through Internet Sourcing.”

“Internet Sourcing” is effectively about having the skills and knowledge to know where and how to search for the best people online so that you ultimately end up hiring them.

Almost all Internet Sourcing is carried out across the Internet with information which is readily available in the public domain (apart from Job Board CV databases) and on the 7th April Katharine will be showing Recruiters how they can find the right people for their organisations through various sourcing techniques.

Whether being used for a Recruitment Agency or a Corporate Employer Internet Sourcing can be a cost effective way to to find new candidates and in the following  interview Katharine talks about her background and the kind of searches that can be made online to find the perfect person.

Further Speaker Preview Interviews

Further interviews with the Conference Speakers are available on our Speaker Preview Interviews page.

Conference Questions

If you have any questions about the Conference then please feel free to contact me.

Mike Taylor

Using Social Media For Recruitment In The Public Sector

At the 2011 Social Media in Recruitment Conference on the 7th April in London, Huw Davies,  Head of External Communication for the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), will be speaking about how the European Commission introduced Social Media Recruiting into a Public Sector, multilingual organisation.

Huw is currently on secondment to Brussels from the UK Government, working mainly on communication and publicity to help more people around Europe learn more about careers with the EU.

Huw has implemented several measures to modernise the office’s communication, including the development of a Social Media presence over the last 12 months. Huw is also responsible for running the EU Careers web site in 23 different languages as well as running their multilingual Facebook and Twitter accounts in English, French and German!

In the following interview Huw talks about how he is looking to improve the number of applicants across the EU Member States through the use of Social Media in different languages and the challenges of introducing Social Media into a Public Sector organisation.

Further Speaker Preview Interviews

Further interviews with the Conference Speakers are available on our Speaker Preview Interviews page.

Conference Questions

If you have any questions about the Conference then please feel free to contact me.

Mike Taylor