Social Media Recruiting Slugfest – Linkedin vs. Facebook

Facebook vs linkedinEverywhere I turn recently I keep hearing that Facebook is the place to recruit. It’s bigger than Linkedin, has more daily visitors, people stay on it’s pages longer, blah blah blah.

  1. But does it have more hires than Linkedin?
  2. Even more importantly can it source more great candidates than Linkedin?
  3. Who has more future potential to truly become an outstanding recruitment vehicle?

Currently both sites are still lacking but even with lower numbers Linkedin is that much more effective in identifying, tracking and hiring talent.  Linkedin’s recruitment tools are better and the opportunity to be innovative and blow the doors off other recruitment social media sites is there for the taking. Even with the Monster initiative BeKnown, Facebook does not seem ready to attack the talent market directly, preferring to leave the effort to other parties. Sure Facebook is another good tool but compete with Linkedin, not even close. Linkedin has the opportunity to launch the killer app, employee (referral) program, with immediate payouts on hire, immediate follow-up, real-time stats, etc. Hopefully it goes way beyond it’s current meek plans. Sure Facebook could try to do the same but it’s platform is not set up to truly allow participants and recruiters to effectively connect.

The key determining factor in this ongoing battle will be the business side of the equation. How will businesses use these sites moving forward for things other than recruiting? Remember recruiting is our end, not everyone elses. People often debate Linkedin’s proffesional approach vs. Facebook’s laid back one but when doing business as it relates to partnerships, legal matters, intellectual property, venture capital, etc.. as a successful business who’s site would you rather be on? As the site’s evolve to take on the larger social media market, it’s critical to look at how they are constrained by what’s already been established. The more companies use a site for business purposes and ultimately making profits, the more effective recruitment will be on that site. I for one see a ton of potential on Linkedin for future revenue generation, not so much with Facebook. In the end it’s all a question of how innovative and daring Linkedin or Facebook can be. Who has the bigger cojones, as they say. I for one am betting on Linkedin to continue to lead the recruitment social media market.

What’s your view on the battle of the giants?


About attackdefenddisrupt

An executive with over 20 years providing recruiting, talent management and IT solutions to corporations and government.
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2 Responses to Social Media Recruiting Slugfest – Linkedin vs. Facebook

  1. Jane Davis says:

    Facebook already has a great app for recruiting called Work for Us, which is used by over 9000 companies including Accenture, Intel, and Gap. The company behind Work for Us has also developed job databases that are available on Facebook. Here are a couple of examples: and

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