Standing Out on Social To Attract The Talent You Want
- May 14, 2022
Love it or loathe it, social media continues to have a major impact on the world, from breaking news to building businesses.
During the first part of 2020, the number of people using social media hit an all-time high. We all clambered for connection and collaboration to understand what was going on in the world and how this might impact our professional and personal lives.
Data from Statistic, the number one global business data platform, reveals how many people use social media currently in 2022.
Social Media Stats That Might Shock You
I am writing this post in May 2022, so the figure for most channels will have increased depending on when you read this.
With roughly 2.91 billion monthly active users as of the fourth quarter of 2021, Facebook is the most used online social network worldwide. There are approximately 42 million U.K. Facebook users.
With the U.K. population being around sixty-seven million, over 75% of the U.K. have a Facebook account.
Instagram has 1.1 billion users worldwide, with approximately 31 million of these residing in the U.K.
LinkedIn has 810 million global members. In March 2022, LinkedIn had over 33 million users in the United Kingdom, of which 56.5 per cent were aged between 25 and 34 years old. Overall, 23.5 per cent of users were aged between 35 to 54 years old.
Twitter is losing popularity, although there are still over 200 million users globally with just over 18 million active accounts here in the U.K. It remains to be seen what the impact of Elon Musk’s recent interest will be.
The latest social platform everyone is talking about, TikTok, has over a billion users, though only 8.9 million registered U.K. accounts as of January this year.
The term ‘social’ is general and covers multiple channels.
So, if you consider the likes of YouTube, with over 2.6 billion users and podcast listeners growing exponentially and predicted to hit 120 million listeners this year, I suspect the volume of users you could access with your business and talent attraction messages may have surprised you.
Many businesses invest in marketing and business development, and I am sure your marketers understand how pivotal social media is as you build brand awareness. Alongside a Google search, social channels are often the first place a prospective client can find you and get a sense of whether you are the law firm to work with.
You only need to look at your own behaviours as you search for a supplier. I suspect you will check them out online first before engaging with them.
Here is the thing; this is exactly what candidates do before they agree for us to send their CV across. They want to know if you are the company that ticks all their boxes.
No matter your personal opinion of social media, the multiple channels we all have access to can enable companies across the U.K. to control the narrative of their brand to impact their business growth, AND in relation to talent attraction, highlight your law firm as the one to join.
Let us explore how you might do this.
Understand What Today’s Talent Wants
Here at Clayton Recruitment, we have placed over 5,000+ professionals during the last thirty-three years, and every day across our team, we are in consultation with hundreds of candidates who share what they now want in their roles.
The best talent knows their worth more than ever and are looking for a position that challenges them yet also where they are part of an inclusive culture and have great clients to work with while having the ability to reclaim balance in their lives.
Knowing what candidates are looking for, how are you communicating ‘why you’ across your social channels?
Picking Your Channels
Earlier in the post, I shared all of the current main social channels worth considering as you build the conversation about your company.
Candidates and customers can potentially find you anywhere; therefore, make sure you have claimed and are using all the channels I have mentioned. A quick Google search of the U.K.s top businesses reveals they have a presence across the board on social media.
Because of the volume of users of social having a presence will also improve your visibility on the search engines. Brown and Co Chartered Accountants for example, are Lancashire-based accountancy firm that appear on page one of Google and have a number of active social channels to further communicate their services, their culture, and their value proposition to clients – and potential employees.
Build a Content Plan and Use Multi-Media
LinkedIn is a natural vehicle to build your profile. The current platform allows you to have a company page, a newsletter, and personal profiles for every team member.
Your company page is easy to follow and allows you to share the level of clients you work with and your firm’s culture.
Share your CSR activities and celebrate the team and what they are achieving consistently.
And if your colleagues’ profiles are not communication channels for your company, they need to be. For those working in the professional services sector, most individuals will have their own personal LinkedIn accounts – encourage your team to share company news, like/love/support posts as standard or even better, communicate independently the benefits of working for your company.
As an experienced specialist recruiter, we can find the top talent you want though confirming you are the company to join needs your input.
Video, photographs, podcasts, and content can be huge convincers of what it could be like to join your company; therefore, communicating consistently is key.
Social media is the ideal platform to communicate your employer value proposition; we wrote an article previously on how to build an employer brand that you can access here.
Remember that all social channels are free to join; however, you can advertise inexpensively on all major platforms.
The acceleration of the capability of A.I. means that you can increase the reach of your impact to clearly defined audiences across the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Your Recruitment Partner Can Help
When it comes to understanding what candidates want and how to communicate this out into the market, we can help. We have detailed knowledge about what is important and key now; therefore, we can help you navigate the process and create your plan.
Because of our time and connections in the market, we can find the talent you want; however, your input is needed as you demonstrate what a career move could be like when they choose you.
After the tumultuous period of 2020 and early 2021, many sectors embarked on a growth trajectory with a renewed appetite for hiring – thus making it more vital than ever to stand out as a viable option within your market and region.
If you are actively hiring and would like an informed conversation about your talent growth plan, do not hesitate to contact one of our team here.
About Clayton Recruitment
Clayton Recruitment has been partnering with organisations across the country since 1989, and during that time has built up an excellent reputation for trust and reliability.
With specialist divisions covering Commercial, Financial, and Engineering appointments, on a permanent basis.
Whether you are looking for your next career move, or your next hire as a business owner of HR professional – we can help. Call us on 01772 259 121.