A recent report from Dice and The Linux Foundation states that in the United States, the unemployment rate for tech professionals is 3.8 percent, a major improvement from 5.3 percent last March and significantly better than the 8.3 percent national unemployment rate.  Working with an experienced recruiter will enable companies to find the right person for their open positions. Candidates working with a technology recruiter benefit from an experienced and well-connected professional to help them navigate the labyrinthine technology job marketplace.  Now that tech companies are hiring at a scale not seen since the late 1990's the services of an experienced technology recruiter are more important than ever.

A superior technology recruiter will be able to demonstrate an ability to learn and grow along with the expanding technology fields. In addition, strong recruiters have the ability to engage with and properly qualify the top talent that will meet the needs of their client.

Since the start of his career over 15 years ago, Scott Robarge has been recruiting high technology professionals and building teams for a variety of technology companies, including Fortune 500 and pre-IPO clients. Some of his current and previous clients include Facebook, Airbnb, Cloudera, Groupon, LinkedIn, shopkick, Dropbox, salesforce.com, Oracle and others.  Scott Robarge's extensive experience allows him to help technology companies scale their organizations in order to meet their current and long-term talent acquisition goals.

"I'm driven by my passion to help people find what they're truly looking for, both from the client and candidate perspective, " says Scott Robarge. "I utilize my network, an applicant tracking system to mine our database, social media, as well as other resources to ensure I engage with the most qualified candidates for my client."

Scott Robarge's specific industries of specialization include consumer, enterprise, and infrastructure offerings, ranging from retail, advertising, social, search, big data, etc.. Over the course of his career, Scott Robarge has been responsible for the entire recruiting cycle including sourcing, defining sourcing strategy, college recruiting programs, qualification of candidates; managing the interview process, interview training, offer negotiation and the immigration process. As his experience grew, Scott Robarge was able to offer his specific brand of insight to hiring managers, training them on what to look for in a candidate.

"In addition to  engineers that have made good career decisions by not job hopping, the best candidates demonstrate a willingness to constantly learn and stay up-to-date on the constantly changing technology world by participating in open source projects on sites such as GitHub," explains Scott Robarge. "For senior-level candidates, I look for those who can demonstrate their experience in the software lifecycle."

Source: http://scottrobarge.blogspot.com/

The field of recruiting is one area where technology can never replace the human touch. However, recruiters are embracing new technology, specifically in the social media arena, to recruit the best candidates for open positions. Companies need to ensure that they are still able to get a good read on potential candidates, specifically those identified via social media, which can only really be accomplished by meeting in person or talking at length over the phone. That being said, in today’s day and age top recruiters need to be able to effectively engage with social media to continue to identify the top talent. Luckily, some best practices have emerged that may make the social media recruiting process a little easier.

"Especially when you're looking at college recruiting or recruiting passive talent for a company, social media cannot be overlooked," says Scott Robarge, a leading technology recruiter for several top Silicon Valley companies. "2012 will be an interesting year to see the new recruiting offerings that will hit the market using the Facebook social graph as it’s back end. Today Branchout is probably the best known, but many other applicant tracking systems and recruiting tools have a component that utilizes Facebook, for sourcing purposes and connecting people with jobs.

According to Scott Robarge, a company looking to dip their toes in the social media pool can start with the following tips:

Be Mindful of Your Audience: If you're trying to recruit mid-to-senior level executives, social media may not be the place to start your search. However, if you need entry -level, tech-savvy candidates, utilizing Facebook or Twitter will be important tools for engaging that talent," says Scott Robarge.

Incorporate Video: When recruiting those in Generation Y, consider using a video to describe your company – things that separate you from the rest. "Using attention-grabbing details in your video will position your company as forward-thinking, attracting the best talent," explains Scott Robarge.

Think Big: Take a cue from advertising agency Campbell Mithun, which used a unique Twitter campaign to test candidates for their internship program. They asked candidates to submit 13 tweets for 13 days, garnering a lot of press in AdAge.com and Mashable in the process.

"The bottom line when engaging with potential employees via social media is to always ensure you have an experienced recruiter engaging the applicants, as communication is paramount" says Scott Robarge. "Social media should be a key component to your recruiting strategy.

Source: http://goarticles.com/article/Scott-Robarge-s-Tips-on-Social-Media-Recruiting/6361695/

Scott Robarge, a San Francisco-based talent consultant focusing on the technology sector, is launching a new blog for outdoor sports enthusiasts at www.scottrobarge.org. Scott Robarge plans to cover a wide range of outdoor activities, including running, skiing, mountain biking, road biking, mountaineering, camping and fishing.

"The world is waiting with excitement and anticipation for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics which begin July 27, 2012, this is the perfect time to start a blog highlighting outdoor sports of all kinds," explains Scott Robarge.

Scott Robarge has particular affinity for winter sports. He is an avid skier. "Being on the mountain is a remarkable experience. While I pretty much enjoy all things about skiing, I think being outside and enjoying nature is what I look forward to the most," explains Scott Robarge.

"I spend as much time as I possibly can enjoying the outdoors", explains Mr. Robarge. "I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with the followers of this new outdoor sports blog."

About Scott Robarge

Talent consultant Scott Robarge has over 15 years of experience as a recruiter, which allows him to enable companies to enhance and meet their acquisition goals. Obtaining experience as both an in-house and agency recruiter, Scott Robarge has spent the most recent 12 years of his career focusing on building strong teams of diverse individuals for his clients. In addition to his strengths in identifying and recruiting top talent for his clients, Scott Robarge is skilled in establishing recruitment processes and implementing technology.

Scott Robarge can be found on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scott.robarge
Google+: http://plus.google.com/112955954288281426837
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scottrobarge
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/scottrobarge

Source: http://www.1888pressrelease.com/scott-robarge-to-launch-new-outdoor-sports-blog-pr-386540.html