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IT recruiters mine social media for hidden tech talent

Sharon Florentine | Sept. 26, 2013's Open Web tool, currently in beta, lets recruiters harness the power of the social Web to target candidates, even if they're not actively looking for a job.

Finding Hidden (or Passive) IT Talent
Open Web is currently in beta while Dice gathers feedback from users, Bewley says, and about 1,200 Dice customers are currently using Open Web on a monthly basis. Because Open Web creates a complete picture of professional tech talent using a number of sources, it simplifies the search for recruiters and hiring managers, and gives them access even to those 'hidden gems' that might otherwise be inaccessible, she says.

"Not only is there a different, deeper level of information about a candidate, but recruiters can customize their pitch to the candidates," she says. "Even if talent's currently employed, if you show people their 'dream job,' they are going to jump at the chance," she says.

Lee agrees. "The people that are in high demand will already be employed, so it's a sourcing product as opposed to just a resume database. Many of these folks always are open to new and better opportunities."

One of the benefits in being able to pull information from across a user's entire Internet presence is giving employers, hiring managers and recruiters a much broader and deeper view of candidates as a whole person, says Bewley.

That depth can help ensure the right hiring decision is made, and that the candidate is the right fit for not just the position, but the company's culture and work environment.

"I always say that the closer you can get to the core of the person, the better hiring decision you'll be able to make," Bewley says.


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