Financial Times features article on jobandtalent
Just a few short months after the opening of our London office, jobandtalent is already off and running, grabbing the attention of UK’s leading news source, The Financial Times. The four-page article released online Tuesday night and in print Wednesday June 6th, titled “A social media jobsite,” highlights how, by connecting with Facebook, jobandtalent is an entirely unique player in the job recruitment sphere. The article shows how jobandtalent connects the job searching experience with social media giant Facebook to open up opportunities for both job seekers and employers.
jobandtalent founders Felipe Navio and Juan Urdiales (who are described by the FT as being from the “twentysomething Facebook generation”) gave the newspaper an insider’s look at the evolution from the company’s birth in Spain in 2009, to the present where jobandtalent is emerging at the forefront of social recruitment in the UK. The article also describes why merging your social network with your professional network is so important: “The real 20-30 friends you would ask for a recommendation are on Facebook, not LinkedIn” explained Felipe Navio, adding “the most powerful professionals connections you have are on Facebook.” Furthermore, the article explained how jobandtalent users can click on any vacancy and immediately see which of their Facebook friends is working or has worked at the business- thus already have an edge on their competition, by having an inside connection. This is increasingly important in a time where UK faces troubling unemployment rates for recent graduates and young people.
The article shed light on the benefits for the 1500+ employers who use jobandtalent to connect with valuable passive job candidates. In the jobandtalent database, companies have access not only to candidates’ full professional profiles, but can also view partial professional details of jobandtalent users’ Facebook friends. That means the possibility to source vacancies with 200,000 candidates quickly multiplies to 7M! This is especially exciting to job sourcing specialist Gemma Draycott, who works Experian, one of jobandtalent newest UK clients: “I wanted to try using social media to attract talent and these guys can offer me something without us having to create our own Facebook page.” More employers are looking towards social media for their recruitment needs- but are unsure about how to go about it. jobandtalent offers a solution to employers who recognize the power of social media, but who aren’t sure how to make it work for them.
The article also provides a bit of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs from lessons learned during jobandtalent’s own beginnings. The Co-founders describe how, with a little help from friends and contacts in their inner circles, the company was able to secure not only the initial funding but also their first client- Accenture. Even with all the goodwill there were also some critics, as Juan Urdiales describes, “A lot of our closest friends were quite worried about our decision and were pushing us hard to rethink… “You really have to believe in what you’re doing.” This will be keen advice for jobandtalent as the company continues to grow and expand into other global markets… did someone say Deutschland?
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