Expert Interview - Jessica Lee on Social Recruiting

Although I've been writing about various social recruiting cases studies for a while, I've been very aware that everything I've covered has been somewhat tactical and campaign based. With this in mind it was a pleasure to catch up with someone at the Social Recruiting Summit last week who has embedded social recruiting methodologies right at the heart of their organization's employer branding and recruitment strategy. Jessica Lee is a Senior Employment Manager for APCO Worldwide, a global PR firm headquartered in Washington DC. She is also the editor of Fistful of Talent and you can read much more about her here.

Jessica talks from experience rather than theory or conjuncture and it very interesting that she now sees social recruiting primarily as an employer branding tool (APCO were already getting a large percentage of their hires from employee referrals). However it has also been effective enough from a recruiting stand point to mean that APCO have canceled their Monster contract and are relying less on third-party recruiters.

I've split the interview into five short chunks to make it more portable, if you are only going to watch one of them I would suggest that Part Four where Jessica covers ROI is unmissable!

Part One - Jessica talks about the three different ways APCO Worldwide use social recruiting

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0_W_HS93go]

Part two - Jessica talks about the effect social recruiting has had on their referral process

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_gt7mP_qSU]

Part three - Jessica discusses which social sites and tools are used

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNfCNqT3oRM]

Part four - Jessica talks about the ROI of their social recruiting (this is a must watch!)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nghhSf-MHrM]

Part five - Some advice for those just starting out with social recruiting

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5sj-u2QEIw]

Looking forward to everyone's comments on what I think is some fantastic insight and experience. A massive thank you to Jessica for agreeing to be interviewed and being so open about her social recruiting experiences.