Lunchtime Links: Don’t Be Too Quick to Hire

Why responding too quickly to a job application might suggest you're running a revolving door. Also: Some food for thought on Facebook and LinkedIn for 2014.

Why responding too quickly to a job application might suggest you’re running a revolving door. Also: some food for thought on Facebook and LinkedIn for 2014.

You get an awesome résumé from someone who’s perfect for the job. What do you do?

If your instinct is to call—now—and fast-track the hire, you might want to slow your roll. More thoughts on that in today’s Lunchtime Links:

Careful with that revolving door: If you’re in the market for a new job, you might consider an immediate response to an application to be a huge blessing. But that might not be the case, according to Glassdoor, which points out a recent study on the topic. “The notion that some outfits are constantly and quickly hiring meshes with another finding: the higher an establishment’s worker turnover rate, the more likely it is to fill positions quickly,” Glassdoor notes in a blog post. “That is to say, the firms that get back to you immediately about your application may also be the ones where employees are frequently leaving.” But that metric varies by industry: Retail and hospitality tend to have quick hiring turnarounds, while finance and government positions often sit around for more than a month before a company hires. (ht Lifehacker)

Facebook’s turn to fade? It’s had many naysayers over the years, and it’s outlived most of them. But 2014 might finally be the year where Facebook starts to take a backseat as a social media titan, argues Fast Company‘s Joshua Rivera. Rivera rounds up a number of notable recent opinions on the site and suggests that its overwhelming scale and the large number of new competitors are starting to take their toll on the network’s usefulness. “It’s becoming a social network singularity, one in which [its] core product is a News Feed that works in ways that are hardly ideal,” Rivera writes. “Despite the social network’s very clear desire to have users share more and more—called Zuckerberg’s Law by the New York Times in 2008—the News Feed can only handle so much while being effective.” Worth noting as well is Maggie McGary’s recent take on Facebook privacy, which might offer a few more things to consider about the network as part of your own strategy.

Learn from the best: Thinking about boosting your LinkedIn presence next year? If so, hop over to SocialFish, where Maddie Grant points out LinkedIn’s list of the 10 best company pages on the platform. Some, like Kellogg’s, excel at showing off their company culture on the pages; others, like Dell and Commonwealth Bank, succeed through effective updates that use various features of the platform. But a good one to learn from might be Adobe, which has segmented its company pages to better target different parts of its audience. Be sure to check out the full list.

So, which network is better for your needs: Facebook or LinkedIn? Start the battle royal in the comments below.


Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is a former senior editor for Associations Now. MORE

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