Glyn Rees, managing partner at Reesmarx Europe, made the comments to HR Magazine after a new report by his organisation found that 57 per cent of employers are searching for potential candidates on LinkedIn, prior to interviewing or hiring them.
Although this highlights that people need to keep a professional air on social networking sites that can be viewed by others, it also demonstrates how flawed social media is, particularly as a recruitment tool.
"Companies need to be very careful about how much trust they put in these sources. The reliability of social media is flawed because it is difficult to verify, and users are essentially free to write whatever they like on their profiles," he added.
Although some sites have value for networking and building contacts, they should not be relied upon while evaluating potential job candidates, Mr Rees advised.
The survey found that 76 per cent of respondents prefer to use specialist recruitment agencies when seeking new staff, compared to just five per cent who will use social media.
Mr Rees pointed out that finding a top quality candidate for any role is always a challenge, and there are currently many ways to promote vacancies and identify new talent.
"It's only by utilising all of the job hunting tools at your disposal and making sure that candidates are fully reference-checked that employers will be able to determine which candidates they should consider - and this is where specialist recruitment agencies come in," the expert noted.
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Source: The Sales Director News