Each day, there’s an enormous amount of great content produced by people all over the world and put out on the world wide web. Sometimes it’s from a high-profile journalist or weblebrity, and sometimes it’s from a little known blogger who took the time to share their thoughts with the few souls who follow them that have taken the time to subscribe to their blog. (Ahem… you can subscribe to this little known blogger’s blog via email here or RSS here.)
As a consistently curious consumer of vast quantities of information in the areas of Recruiting, Coaching, HR, Leadership, Career Development, Employment Branding & Social Media, I’d like to share a few links to stuff I found interesting on the Interwebs within the last couple of weeks.
It’s almost counter-intuitive to think that recruiting top candidates would be harder in the current economic times, but Auren Hoffman does a really nice job of explaining why that’s indeed the case in Why Hiring is Paradoxically Harder in a Downturn. And he uses lots of charts, graphs and data to do it. We have ourselves a smarty up in here folks…
Speaking of Sourcing Ninjas – the Boolean Black Belt (Glen Cathey) makes me dizzy with all of the ways that he can find potential candidates. Strap on your seat belt… Searching Social Media Requires Outside-The-Box-Thinking.
I’m a serious fan of Chris Hoyt – Associate Director of Talent Attraction at AT&T’ – who is probably more widely known (on the web) as the RecruiterGuy. Chris is way out in front in terms of trying and implementing innovative ideas in the recruiting/sourcing space. In 360-Crazy-Sexy-Cool (Recruiting/Sourcing) Part I , he begins a series of posts on a completely mobile and cloud based boxed set of recruiting tools.
Jason Seiden always has a way of getting in your face and daring you to take the actions necessary to grow as a leader or in your career – What “Color” Is My Parachute? Sh*t Brown – Thanks for Asking. I like Jason’s coaching style – a lot.
(From RecruitingBlogs.com) Anyone who can quote my favorite movie Jerry Macguire and use the phrase “up at dawn, pride swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about” to describe the (sometimes) life of an HR Director has me at “Hello”.
This week, I spoke at a local SHRM Group on the topic of How HR Can Use Social Media Beyond LinkedIn. Of the 100 or so in attendance, only about 5 were currently using Twitter. Workforce.com shares some of the drawbacks – and opportunities for HR in HR World Not Immune From Twitter Craze.
Great leadership advice and summary of Tips from Tom Peters for Leading in Freaked-Out Times on The Practice of Leadership blog.
From my perspective, the single biggest issue for many who are searching for a job is not being able to clearly articulate what they are targeting to best utilize their talents and experience. Couldn’t have said this better myself – To Get the Job, Get Specific.
Another famous Jerry Macguire quote is put to good use by Kathy Rapp on Fistful of Talent in Help Me… Help You. How Not to Play the Salary Negotiation Game.
The writers and contributors at ERE.net produce significantly high quality stuff on a daily basis. This week, one of my favorites was Ryan Estis – Employment Branding 2.0 – The 8 C’s of My Web My Way.
Social Media/Social Networking
Here’s an awesome post from the LinkedIn Blog about What Recruiters Look For in a LinkedIn Profile: 8 Tips. A similar post appeared on Mashable – with more good tips – Do You Pass the Social Media Recruitment Test? Of course every recruiter is different and these methods may not be applied by all, but it’s a good place to start.
Facebook isn’t just for poking “friends” and throwing sheep anymore… Check out these 20 Facebook Applications to Assist You In Your Job Search.
If you’re looking for some data to convince your CEO why it’s ok to allow employees to use social media at work – here’s your ticket – Facebook, YouTube at Work Make Better Employees: Study. But make sure he or she doesn’t see this – Does Facebook Make You Dumber? Study shows users of social networking site get lower grades. Just a minor detail in the pursuit of happier employees.
Bringing It Home
And finally, a CincyRecruiter shout-out to the social network for HR professionals – HRMToday.com! I was already a fan, but recently winning an iPod Touch for sharing one of my (too many) hiring horror stories has made me love them that much more. If you’re in HR – or work with people – join HRMToday and check out my winning submission on how a male stripper once tried to recruit ME during his interview. And you thought you had all of the fun in Accounting…
Until next time, take it away Len Berman