Is Facebook Graph Search (Not LinkedIn) the Future of Recruiting?

OriYankelev
Ori Yankelev Sales and Marketing Associate, OpenView Labs

Posted on February 1st 2013

Is Facebook Graph Search (Not LinkedIn) the Future of Recruiting?

Is Facebook Graph Search (Not LinkedIn) the Future of Recruiting?

You’ve probably heard about Facebook’s new search platform, Graph Search. There are articles going around about its potentially enormous impact on everything from SEO to online dating. Of course, what I’m really interested in is its potential impact on recruiting, and it looks like I’m not alone. Forbes recently wrote that Zuckerberg himself announced recruiting is one of his favorite queries.

Though Facebook Graph Search components do sound really cool, are they going transform the recruiting industry?  I’m skeptical. 

Here are four reasons why:

1) My Friends Are Qualified to Offer Advice on Many Things, But Recruiting?

Think about it: Do you trust your Facebook friends to give you great restaurant recommendations? Yes. Will you trust those same Facebook friends to give you great candidate recommendations? Not so sure about that. This overlaps with Reason #2…

2) Facebook Isn’t LinkedIn

For Graph Search to be relevant, users will need to fill out their profiles as completely as possible including career titles, current company, professional interests, etc. How many people actually have a fully-updated Facebook profile with all of their professional work experience and interests?

3) Information is Limited

With Graph Search you will only be privy to information that is:

  1. Public
  2. Belongs to a friend in your network

As with LinkedIn (unless you have the full Recruiter tool), it’s all about who you know/who is in your network. Are people going to start sending friend requests to “network,” similar to how they do on LinkedIn? Would you accept this type of request? Or is Facebook going to change their privacy rules and start charging for accounts? Are they considering a premium, higher-level account that could allow you to see certain degrees of connections, or certain pieces of a person’s profile? That’s one of the only ways I can see Graph Search being truly useful to a recruiter.

4) The Big Issue: Facebook Is Personal, Not Professional

Facebook’s intent thus far has been social networking in a personal regard. I’d argue that the majority of users are in a totally “outside-of-work” mindset when they use it – posting pictures of family, friends, travels, updates on where they are, what they ate, meme’s etc. It’s all about posting and sharing personal information.

On the other end of the spectrum, LinkedIn is specifically a social networking site geared toward the professional. That’s why it is successful as a recruiting tool. Users are in a “work” mindset when they use LinkedIn and therefore they specifically showcase their professional experience, achievements and interests in their profile.

If users turn around and change their profiles to reflect their professional image, will that totally change how they use Facebook? I would think it would, unless you had the option of creating a “professional” and a “personal” profile — and that just seems like quicksand to me.

Verdict

In my opinion, the success of Facebook Graph Search in reference to the recruiting industry will depend entirely on the users. Will users buy-in to Facebook as a professional tool? Will they change their profiles and the way they use the platform when they likely already have professional profiles on LinkedIn? If they don’t, the Graph Search tool is not going to be helpful for companies to use as a recruiting tool, because it won’t be able to provide insightful recommendations.

OriYankelev

Ori Yankelev

Sales and Marketing Associate, OpenView Labs

Ori Yankelev works as a sales and marketing associate for OpenView Labs, a strategic and operational consulting group for OpenView Venture Partners. He is focused on developing great business development and inside sales teams at OpenView’s portfolio companies. Ori also interested in high impact relationship marketing strategies. Ori joined the OpenView Labs team in 2008 as an analyst focused on helping portfolio companies develop business development teams, sales operations reporting, and implementing a variety of business processes in Salesforce.com. In 2010 an engagement with Intronis, an OpenView portfolio company, lead to a full-time opportunity at Intronis for Ori. While at Intronis, he lead the demand generation function, the development of its outbound prospecting team, and created its customer onboarding process.
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Comments

Hi Ori, I agree with you. The cultures of Facebook and LinkedIn are totally different. When two cultures are different, same goes to expectation. I don't have professional resume on my Facebook profile, so how can a recruiter knows me PROFESSIONALLY?

Kent,

Thanks for the comment, but this is actually Carlie Smith's article @carliejsmith. Social Media Today published this under my profile by mistake. Here is a link to the original article: http://blog.openviewpartners.com/facebook-graph-search-not-linkedin-the-...

If you post a comment there I am sure that she will respond.

-Ori

 

Kent,

Thanks for the comment, but this is actually Carlie Smith's article @carliejsmith. Social Media Today published this under my profile by mistake. Here is a link to the original article: http://blog.openviewpartners.com/facebook-graph-search-not-linkedin-the-...

If you post a comment there I am sure that she will respond.

-Ori