The SocialCV: Is this the worlds largest global talent pool? #Socialrecruiting

I don’t often get over excited by new products promising the earth.  There have been plenty of disappointments in this area in the past, but TheSocialCVcould be one of those products. Like all good products, it came out of an initial Google based project that didn’t get off the ground. By changing a few things around, the team behind Workhound and Twitjobsearch.

Bill Fischer: Director

The concept is an easy one to understand, it’s a giant database of 33million candidates across 238 countries. The records are built by continuous data-collection from the web, with spiders that constantly identify people from either the social channels or data provided. Once they are found in one place, all their other social places are explored, matched and their feeds updated. Records are up to the minute and come from a multitude of social places.

The about page from the launch site describes the products what TheSocialCV aims to do:

” The social profile is becoming an important data-source for identifying passive candidates, vetting current candidates, and building talent pools. For the first time, powerful semantic filters and constant monitoring of status updates from more than 30 leading social media sites, make it possible to manage and track the world’s largest global talent pool … in real-time.”

I’ve seen it and it works!

Howard Lee: COO

Rather than post  much more about the functionality, this is the video that explains how it works: (turn your speakers down if you don’t like cheesy music!)

Aside from just in time talent sourcing (see  the Boolean Black belt @glencathey if you are unsure what that means.) there’s a few other ways of usingThe  SocialCV for recruiting.

Company founder Bill Fischer explained that they are exploring all kinds of creative ways of using The SocialCV. Combined with a C.V/resume database keeps candidate records bang up to date, however far back the original application was made.  I can think of quite a few Recruiting firms that would really benefit from this, as well as job boards or in any A.T.S. How much of a saving could you make if you could bring all your old records back to life by constantly updating the contact details, current activity and work history? The potential is phenomenal, and I will be watching this one closely. What are your thoughts? Is this the worlds largest global talent pool?

I think it is a winner.


The SocialCV

11 comments on “The SocialCV: Is this the worlds largest global talent pool? #Socialrecruiting

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  2. Bill, I recall we’ve previously had some debate about the concept of referencing applicants on their social sites. At the last Tru event, most in the room took the stance that a candidate’s personal social media presence should not affect the hiring decision – seems very much at odds with the social cv?

    • James, I remember the discussion. I don’t see this as a monitoring/checking tool so much as being current. If you could keep your records up to date without the need for any updating from candidates, and always have a route to contact that is current, it works for me.

  3. Hi,

    Interesting website, its amazing that it can tag every profile under one page and make anyone with precise talents searchable throughout the World Wide Web. Will definitely use it. Thanks for the information 🙂

  4. Interesting indeed! Should be fun to see how SocialCV develops. What’s the revenue model?

  5. I’m wondering how the spidering will work…. what happens when it reaches several people with the same name, and who might potentially have some of the same profile info? If Though hard to prove, if someone didn’t get a job offer because of mismatched information…

  6. It’s taking us nearly 4 years to build this product. One of the tech challenges is to not mis-aggregate profiles.

    As you can imagine, just using Name + City + Company + Interests, isn’t enough to avoid this issue (with common names in large cities). We also look at interconnected links between profiles, we spider all the pages that are referenced, we evaluate the language used, and some other secret sauce tools, in order to build a unique “fingerprint” that we then use fuzzy logic to evaluate against another potential match.

  7. Looks an amazing service Bill. So Google was nearly going to offer the world’s largest Talent Pool? Or was the initial Google project something not quite the same?

    I wonder what the quality of search results would be compared to something like LinkedIn – Potential to seriously damage LinkedIn’s “World’s best talent pool” reputation?

    From the point of view of plugging in an existing Talent Pool or CV database and “refreshing” all profiles, in many ways that crosses heavily into the value proposition of iProfile too…

    Interesting indeed…..

  8. I’m sorely tempted by this product but for the moment it’s a temptation I think I’ll have to resist. I work on the catering side of recruitment and frankly the publicly available datasets for the demographic I work the most with are a lot more impoverished than they tend to be for Finance, IT or Business. There’s still value to be extracted from a product like this, for sure, and this product would be very useful despite the above caveats but given the more shallow nature of the data I work with, think Facebook profile data as opposed to XING or Linkedin, it’s a harder investment per seat to justify.

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