“Talent community” is one of those phrases that means something different to everyone — something I mentioned back in 2011 with the launch of a bartender community.
But — setting aside the definition of these communities in the first place — who exactly might be part of such a group?
Ascendify Founder & CEO Matt Hendrickson says there are five different categories of people who could be community members:
- Candidates and prospects
- Hiring managers
- Current employees (Hendrickson says they can help build the community through referrals; I’d add that they can also produce or share content)
Marvin Smith, who wrote a recent and excellent post explaining what he sees as the different kinds of talent communities, sees a sixth group as possible community members. That category consists of consultants and others who are a part of a given field, though they are not necessarily job candidates.