Nearly half of companies plan to spend more on social recruiting in 2010 than 2009, while a third will spend less on job boards and on headhunters, according to Jobvite.com’s 2010 Social Recruiting Report.
Of the companies actively hiring right now, the percentages are even greater: 92 percent of the companies hiring right this minute are using social networks. LinkedIn is the most popular channel, with 86 percent of hiring companies using it, but 60 percent are using Facebook and 50 percent are using Twitter.
In fact, 58 percent of the responding companies say they’ve already successfully made a hire through social media channels. LinkedIn is again the big winner, with nearly nine in ten companies reporting a successful hire from there. But hires have come from all over: blogs, Twitter, and Facebook are major players, and some companies even report making hires through YouTube and Myspace.
Of these companies, a third (35%) also said “business is booming, and we need to hire now.”
So if you somehow weren’t convinced of the value of social networking before this survey…hopefully this hard data will win you over.