• facebook share button
  • linkedin share button
  • twitter share button

Ever wonder where all the traffic to your job postings comes from?

Ongig took a look at our last 100,000 visits to the “social job descriptions” we help power for our employer users (and thus have visibility into via analytics).

Given that Ongig specializes in “social job descriptions,” the results surprised us!

First, a couple of non-surprises:

Ongig.com — The largest source is “direct” traffic to our own site, Ongig, which is no big surprise (the top source of traffic for most Web sites is from internal links of its own site).

Employer Career Page — The second largest source of traffic is our own employers’ careers page. Again, no surprise here: many of these employers show a thumbnail embed of their job description on their own Web site (such as the one salesforce.com has pointing to Ongig below) or link to their jobs that are listed on Ongig.

The surprise came next.

Google Beats Facebook and Twitter

Google is the next largest source of traffic to job descriptions — and (at 17%) it beats Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn combined (which totaled 14%).

Note: The vast majority of the Google traffic is from Google Search (not Google+). 

Despite the massive traffic of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, job candidates still appear to rely on Google when searching/evaluating job opportunities. Check out the types of job searches candidates made that resulted in them landing on a job description:

  • New Company Searches — e.g. “gokrt” and “hirevue”
  • Title Specific Searches — e.g. “customer centric engineering salesforce”
  • Team-Specific Searches — e.g. “Aparna Ramani” or “Angela Meyer Zaarly” or “Phil Cullen Calypso” or “twitter tnternationalization team”
  • Interview Phase Searches — e.g. “klout full-time interview” or “memsql interview questions”
  • Compensation Searches — e.g. “travel account executive groupon salary” or “commission zerocater”

Our guess is that Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn will have higher percentages of traffic when we look at this data again in a year or so.

But Facebook & LinkedIn Beat Google In Candidate Engagement

While Google still dominates job description traffic, there were some nice wins for social media in terms of candidate engagement. In particular, check out the average time spent by a candidate on each job description based on traffic source:
  • Facebook: 5:15
  • LinkedIn: 4:53
  • Google: 4:06
  • Twitter: 3:19

Why would candidates coming from Facebook and LinkedIn spend more time than candidates searching Google. We don’t know.

At this point, we don’t have enough visibility into Facebook and LinkedIn analytics to understand the data part.

However, one guess based on common sense is that candidates who find out about a job through Facebook and LinkedIn are closer to the hiring team than candidates searching Google.

Such candidates from social media might be an extension of the valuable employee referral candidates that employers prize so much they pay employees hundreds and thousands of dollars per as a reward.

If you’ve got any opinions of your own or data to share, please comment below.

*For more SEO recruiting tips, check out this comprehensive list of free best practices on recruitment SEO.

Rob Kelly

Co-Founder and CEO at Ongig
Ongig transforms your job descriptions to attract the best talent faster. Ongig is a content management system that supercharges your job descriptions through video, images, pictures, chat, social sharing, microsite creation and much more. Jobs can be more easily found through Artificial Intelligence-based job search and all pages are Mobile and SEO optimized. Ongig's professional copywriting team will even rewrite your job descriptions. Early clients of Ongig include Yelp, GoDaddy, Verizon, Intel andAutodesk.

Related Posts

These 5 Top Facebook Career Pages “Get It” [2016 Editor’s NOTE: Ongig (the video job description platform) did an update to this post at Top Facebook Company Career Pages (and Why!) (2016)T...
Social Recruiting 2013: Think Like Marketing As the "battle for talent" heats up in 2013, the buzz will be about the hot trends in Social Recruiting: Employer Branding, Mobile Engagement, Social ...
Bullhorn Reach Should Thank You For The Free Marketing If you're connected to recruiters on LinkedIn, you've seen the Bullhorn Reach logo in your news feed. My attention was grabbed when I saw top recruite...
Top Quotes From The Social Recruiting Strategies Conference Several of Social Recruiting's top thought leaders gathered in San Francisco last week at a conference focused on the latest trends in the field.T...
2017 Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC) Insights: Day 2 The  2017 Social Recruiting Strategies Conference (SRSC) has begun and is creating quite a buzz in the talent acquisition/recruiting industry. In cas...

by in Social Recruiting