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  • Matt Spencer

Using Google Plus for Recruitment and Job Alerts

Google Plus is the latest social media buzz, and it works for people who are searching new jobs! This post will share with you all the tricks Google Plus for recruitment has to offer.


Google+ strongly focuses on profile development, including the capacity for job titles and businesses. This profiling approach is what makes Google Plus for recruitment a natural resource for recruitment consultants. If you are a smart and forward thinking recruiter you should truly be developing your networks and circles on Google+ for recruitment activities.  

Searches in Google Plus for recruitment

It should be no surprise that the Google Plus search function is controlled by Google. This means your search results will be accurate, targeted and relevant.  Google Plus for recruitment purposes allows recruiters to search by keywords, people, pages, communities and posts, directing the most valuable information to you. Furthermore, Google Plus for recruitment allows recruiters to search by job roles.

Manage circles in Google Plus for recruitment

The Circle component on Google Plus for recruitment is an awesome feature that allows users to divide candidate contact lists by qualification, experience, skills, industry and anything you like. The beauty of this feature is that the numbers of circles you create are limitless.

The great advantage of Circles on Google Plus for recruitment is that you can share highly targeted messages based on those you have specifically assigned to a circle. (Remember, no one can see what circle you have been placed in.) It is critical that the content you have shared adds value to the circle members you are interacting with. An example of this for recruiters would be to promote job opportunities relevant to circle members. By doing this you will be sharing new employment vacancies without wasting the time of those who won’t apply for the jobs because of the lack of relevancy.


Communities on Google plus for recruitment are the network’s own version of a group and are intended to bring people together who are interested in particular topics or in this case, people with the same job title / experience. Google Plus Communities are endless and extremely diverse. Just like LinkedIn, Google Plus for recruitment is an excellent platform to scout amazing talent.

For recruiters this is a great tool as it gives you access to a group of people who have stated their interest in a particular topic or industry, typically because they work within the sector. It also gives you the opportunity to find out more about what these groups are interested so that you can target your content accordingly.

Meet and interview candidates with Google Hangouts

Hangouts make this platform for recruiting amazing! The multi-person video chatting tool lets you to hold a video chat with up to 10 people at the same time as well as share files and broadcast your hangout world-wide.

For the recruitment sector, Hangouts are a bit of a game changer as they allow you to interview a candidate whilst a number of relevant people listen in to the conversation. The ‘On Air’ feature allows you to broadcast the hangout and record it, meaning you can always re-visit the interview. There is also the option to share screens and files using this feature.

Leverage external tools to maximise your efforts

To make the most out of your efforts on Google+ there are some great tools you can use to find and target relevant people. Findpeopleonplus.com is a website that allows you to search Google+ profiles and filter the results by criteria like education, occupation and location, to name a few. Recommendedusers.com is another useful tool that lets you discover specific people. 


If you would like to be a part of our recruitment in Africa circle, click on this link and discover all the jobs we have to offer across Africa: https://plus.google.com/b/114103859550522852753/+caglobalint/posts

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