Job hunting is often a grueling task, both for the jobseeker and the recruiter. The jobseeker keeps browsing the Internet for hours on end in pursuit of the perfect job offer, and the recruiter ends up deluged with hundreds of CVs – some of them the length of a novel.

Yet, it seems that hiring in the era of social media may turn into a rather painless process. How? Check out: In the Twitter Era, You Should Never Post a Job Again




  • red-tape – bureaucracy
  • thrilled – excited
  • stumble upon – find by chance
  • disastrous – causing great damage, highly unsuccessful
  • idiosyncrasy – mode of behavior peculiar to an individual
  • water down the language – make it less forceful
  • mediocre – of moderate quality, not very good
  • by design – intentionally
  • chore – an unpleasant but necessary task


Think about it

Based on the text answer the following questions. Leave your answers in the comments below!

  • What does a typical recruitment process look like?
  • What are the advantages of advertising jobs on social media platforms?
  • What are the disadvantages of posting jobs on job boards?
  • Who are the best candidates according to the author?
  • How to make hiring less of a chore?


 Practice makes perfect

 In the sentences below replace the phrases in bold with the expressions from the original text. Leave your answers in the comments below!

  • Even if that causes the number of candidates to nosedive (a scary prospect for many companies, especially in the industry I know best — technology — where many jobs can be difficult to fill).
  • The best candidates are those who will be passionate about working for you, not those who just need a new job and happen to bump into you.
  • Candidates who follow you will self-select out from working with you if they don’t feel you are on the same wavelength.
  • They will have a sense of your quirks and your passions.
  • Just select the social media services you or your company like best, ideally ones you already like to use, and start by being more clear and detailed about what roles you’re hiring for and why.

 Write in the missing letters.

One of the least re-imagined tasks of a leader in a business or nonprofit is hiring. Depending on the amount of  r _ d   t _ _ e  at your company, the p_ _ _ _ ss might look something like this: decide you need a new h _ _ e, spend time d _ _ _ _ ing a description, and then p_ _ t it in a bunch of places online and then… wait.


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