Putting the “Human” in Social Media…the Increased Importance of Good Recruiting

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Talent Acquisition

Putting the “Human” in Social Media…the Increased Importance of Good Recruiting

by Shannon Tinker

Social networking and recruiting has expanded beyond our wildest dreams and offers a gazillion (roughly) free ways to connect with people.  If predictions are accurate, we can expect 50% of web marketing and sales to attribute their growth to a social presence by 2015. Considering the number of free resources, it’s natural to question the need for recruiters and recruiting agencies altogether.  How do you quantify recruiting and justify recruiting costs, when most everyone is visible to the googling public? Has technology and the Internet posed a threat to the recruiting world, as we know it?  Or, has it made professional recruiters more valuable than ever? Read more »

“Today’s Job Seeker Report – 2010 Edition” – from Simply Hired

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Job Search, Recruiter / Recruiting

Job Seeker Preferences

Simply Hired, Inc. published their “Today’s Job Seeker Report – 2010 Edition, A survey of job seeker behaviors and motivations”. The report is based on over 75 user polls conducted on their website; this is what the job seekers said:

Tech-Savvy & Social Job Seekers

Internet is the number one channel for job search, with 86% of job seekers looking for jobs online. Social media is also a vital tool for today’s job seeker—32% find jobs through networking which is moving online, with LinkedIn (45%) and Facebook (24%) considered the most effective social networks for job search.

Passion for Work

Although jobs are currently hard to come by, the main career goal in 2010 for 83% of job seekers was to find a job they love and not “just a job.” Read more »

Tips for Finding a New Job While You Are Currently Employed

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Job Search

Tips for Finding a New Job While You Are Currently Employed

The current job market is not ideal and there is uncertainty; that said there are great career opportunities out there. If you are currently employed it is more difficult to conduct a job search, but it can be done smartly and respectfully. Here are some tips for a productive job search while currently employed, and moving on with grace:

Confidentiality

Job hunting while you are employed can be tricky. You don’t want to burn bridges or be replaced before you have found your dream job. While in general the more people who know you are looking, the easier for people to find you, this is not an option when you need to keep your current employment. Conducting a job search confidentially means choosing the people you tell wisely. Typically you wouldn’t include your co-workers, upper management, or company contacts in this secret. Working with a recruiter will protect your identity until mutual interest with a prospective employer is established. When you do have an interview, let the company know that your job search is confidential. Read more »

How to Write a Resume. (Yes, another article on writing your resume!)

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Resume

How to Write a Resume.

The number of words written on writing resumes is astounding. Just Google “resume” and the results go on forever. This article attempts to summarize some resume basics and put forth some ideas based on several decades of cumulative experience and countless thousands of resumes read.

Let’s start with the basics.

Why are you writing a resume? You are trying to sell yourself for an opportunity. You are the product you are marketing, so sell yourself! Why does a prospective employer need you? Explain your value proposition. Remember, your resume is typically your first opportunity to introduce and sell yourself; it is often also your last opportunity.

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