With hiring on the upswing this year, the war for talent is heating up. According to the recent CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey, one-third of the 2,030 business owners surveyed said jobs and the economy was their No. 1 priority. That means entrepreneurial companies on tight budgets need to raise their game to lure top talent.
Short video is one of the most powerful weapons for luring great recruits. Many companies — from Google to KPMG — have found that YouTube is a great place to showcase their culture to potential hires. Fifty-nine percent of job seekers use social media to research organizations' company culture, according to recent research by Jobvite, a software and recruiting corporation.
One recent example of an outstanding video used for recruiting is Delta's eight-hour Facebook Live video, where it thanks all of its 50,000 employees. Delta recruited more than 400 actors, athletes, comedians and business leaders to participate. It's an idea that could easily be replicated on a much smaller scale — and budget — by an entrepreneurial company.
But some companies' video recruiting efforts fall flat. The key to success is using video in an authentic way. Video is an informal medium, so using it to make your company look bigger or more corporate can backfire.
Here is an analysis of some videos by employers that offer inspiration on how small and midsize companies can showcase their own unique culture. Two are recent; the final one is a classic that still has powerful lessons for employers.