Facebook Recruiting 101

June 15, 20152:00 pm1045 views

By now it is common sense to tap the power of social media to recruit. And it amazes me that many recruiters I speak with are simply not getting the kind of ROI compared to job board. It amazes me why that is happening. That is until I came across this:

Lousy facebook job ad

This post happens to be from someone I know and I’m pretty certain her inbox won’t be flooded with applicants via Facebook any time soon.

Originally published on Adrian Tan Blog

What did I learn from her Facebook post?

I know she is probably looking to hire a couple of Finance Managers……and that’s about it.

And I know this because I made an effort to read it.

But few would when such a bland post is placed between a post on Marijuana and a friend who is talking about cats.

Facebook Feed

Why should I care about social media recruiting?

Before I further dissect the problem, let’s take a look at social media and in this case Facebook.

According to a study by Hashmeta in Aug 2014, Facebook is top social media network in Singapore with 3.8 millions registered users.

Source: Social Media in Singapore 2014 [Infographic] - Hashmeta

Source: Social Media in Singapore 2014 [Infographic] – Hashmeta

Facebook is also the 3rd most popular sites in Singapore according to Alexa, a leading company that ranked websites. If you are wondering, the top 2 belong to google.com and google.com.sg

JobStreet.com.sg (which the ad was shared from) is at number 62.

With 70% of social media penetration, Singapore has more than double the global average of 26%.

90% of iOS users are on Facebook while 60% of Android users are on it too.

The importance of traffic

You know that corner store in your neighborhood? The one that is keeps changing because no business can seem to sustain there long term.

The best idea and product is useless if you can’t get human traffic.

That is why rental at shopping malls and popular train stations are so high because they virtually guarantee you the traffic.

Capturing attention on Facebook

According to Associated Press, the average attention span for 2013 was just 8 seconds, beating the 9-second attention span that the average goldfish has.

Although there is huge traffic on Facebook, capturing their attention can be tricky.

As I shared earlier, one of the reason why most people will look past that ad is because there are plenty of others more interesting postings.

Let’s look at the basic mechanics to making that post stand out and effective:

1. Put in an image

According to a study conducted by HubSpot, 8,800 Facebook posts from B2B and B2C companies’ Facebook Pages in October 2012 were evaluated and the result shows that images on Facebook Pages received 53% more Likes than the average post. Image posts attracted 104% more comments than the average post, too.

It’s a no-brainer to make sure you have an image with your post.

And you would notice that image sizes appear to differ from post to post. Facebook will auto scale your image depending on the size and layout (square, landscape or portrait)

There is a entire blog post on this by the folks from Buffer.

The best way for image display is to upload a landscape one. This will ensure your image gets maximum screen space.

Facebook Post with Landscape Picture

I’m using Buffer’s recommendation and selected an image that is 1024 x 512 pixels. I highly suggest you use your phone to take a unique picture rather than find a stock image (like I did here)

However you would notice that the content from the url won’t be picked up unless the picture is taken away.


It is possible to have the best of both worlds. You can see an example from one of my recent post:


But this can only be done if the image is designated as the one that facebook should grab when you share the url. And this might not work perfectly if the image is of inferior size.

An alternative is to use solution such as CoSchedule. It will allow you to use the url and customize the header, image and content.

It’s a worthwhile investment if you are serious about recruiting successfully on facebook. And you can trial it for free for 14 days if you register via the link from this post.

2. Enter a teaser message

According to Wikipedia, advertising is a form of marketing communication used to persuade an audience to take or continue some action, usually with respect to a commercial offering.

To use the movie analogy, your advertisement is supposed to be the official movie trailer.

And your post on Facebook is at most a teaser to the trailer so do not cramp the whole dictionary into the post.

There are a few ways to do that although the means and ways could be limiting for external recruitment agencies in a bid to ensure the confidentiality of the client.

But you still can sell other stuffs without getting the name across:

  • Longevity (120 years of history in the chemical manufacturing industry)
  • Presence (Locations in more than 30 countries with 50 over offices)
  • Size (2,000 employees and growing)
  • Revenue ($1 billion revenue over the past 3 years)
  • Accolades (Multiple award winners)

Even if the company is a small one there are still things to sell across such as the culture, the dynamism, the opportunity to scale the ladder quickly, etc.

Here’s an example:


3. Create a tracker

How would you know if your ad is useful if you are not tracking its traffic?

Turn your usual url into a trackable link by using https://bitly.com. You will get something like this:


You would need to create an account with Bitly in order to make this work.

Head to Bitly and go to Sign Up


A quick way is to sign up with Facebook or Twitter.

Once you have login, enter the url into the space on top and bitly will automatically create a bit.ly link that you can use and track the traffic with.


To track, simply login to Bitly again after some time and you should be able to see traffic movement display on the right.


From here I can see that there had been 113 clicks on this specific bitly link.

You can’t continue to ignore social media

With 3.8 million Singapore users and growing, Facebook is a platform that many cannot afford to ignore.

And all your target audience are there.

You can even do deep to target them by their demographics if you choose to sponsor your post. At a few cents per view, it is peanuts compared to the 5-digit fee when the placement is made.

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