MeetUp.com: The Hidden Tool for Recruiting Tech Talent
To find software engineers and other skilled niche roles you have to look beyond LinkedIn. Learn how you can start recruiting tech talent with MeetUp.com.
When it comes to recruiting and sourcing resources, we hear a lot about LinkedIn. It’s the clear leader in professional networking and basically houses the resumes of over 200 million people around the world.
Then of course you have the job boards like Monster, CareerBuilder, and Dice, where you can find the active job seekers. However, in my opinion, those resources are becoming obsolete.
While LinkedIn and other sourcing sites are great for finding strong candidates for most positions there are some people who don’t really want to be found. They have incomplete profiles and you can’t always tell what their skills are — I’m looking at you, engineers. This is when you need to get creative and look for these candidates on niche sites.
Creative Sourcing: How to Find Tech Talent Using MeetUp.com
Each member has a brief bio that can include their current job, their specialties, and sometimes links to their LinkedIn profiles or website.
From here, I will typically search for them on LinkedIn and reach out with an Inmail or connection first. If you cannot find their LinkedIn profile, there is also an option to email directly through MeetUp.
When Recruiting for Niche Tech Roles, Look Beyond LinkedIn
When used correctly, MeetUp can be a great tool to find candidates for positions looking for niche skill sets that may not be on LinkedIn. For example, if you are looking for a Clojure expert, someone with no skills listed on LinkedIn may be in the “Boston Clojure Group” on MeetUp and you would have never reached out if you didn’t know that. So keep an open mind about how to source and you may find yourself with more qualified candidates.
Have you had success recruiting tech talent using MeetUp or another LinkedIn alternative?