Archive for April, 2010
Robins and rain showers have always been a sure sign of spring. But the birds and clouds in this year’s forecast are signaling a dramatic change in the recruitment landscape. Can Twitter overtake the Job Boards?
Twitter’s Lead-Generating Potential
Twitter is mainstream micro-blogging. Its social media meant to generate a stream of online reactions or real-time conversations. Bulk feeding job postings into this forum is really missing the point, if not simply doling out spam. Furthermore, Twitter participation is opt-in only, making it impossible to bombard anyone with job opportunities if they do not choose to follow you. Not many people want to follow an ongoing job feed. On the outset, Twitter’s reach as a sweeping recruitment tool seems rather unimpressive. Read More→
The function of HR is often undervalued and misunderstood. HR? They deal with dress codes, training packets, and stuff like that, right? Short-sighted HR workers stick to such “stuff.” On the other hand, HR pros master and manage how people issues affect business. They build, develop and retain a workforce that drives a company’s success.
In the latter sense, HR is an extremely powerful, influential and instrumental part of any business if properly managed. Yet many HR professionals wait for permission to innovate and develop business solutions. Well, it’s time to flex some HR muscle! Read More→
Ok – this is not my typical blog format but I felt the need to describe my interaction with this new toy. The key thing to realize is that I am typing this blog from the iPad while 30,000 feet in the air on a Delta flight to Orlando!
As a recruiter and business owner I am constantly on the lookout for tools that can help save me time and make me more productive. During the first hour of this flight I was able to accomplish all of the following on this new little gizmo:
- Sent off about a dozen emails to candidates to arrange calls, meetings, interviews, etc.
- Logged into my office network and scheduled some system updates.
- Retrieved 2 PowerPoint presentations and opened them for review.
- Texted my son to see what he and his friend were up to back in Detroit.
- Reviewed a handful of websites to better understand the structure.
- Sent out 5 LinkedIn connection requests.
- Performed a number of LinkedIn and other searches for potential candidates.
- Updated my Twitter, Facebook, and other social media profiles.
When I was actually done working I was able to order some accessories from the Apple web site, looked at flights for an upcoming trip, and did a little light reading of the Wall Street Journal and USA today.
It looks like the days of wasting precious time on planes and trains while traveling may be coming to end. As a recruiter I now have access to my candidates and clients from just about anywhere, including the air! So who is going to develop the first recruiting app for the iPad?????
“You’re fired!” These generally painful words became a fun catchphrase after reality TV’s The Apprentice. Millions of viewers waited weekly for ‘the Donald’ and his execs to dismiss ambitious upstarts for failing at their assigned challenge. It was tense, exciting, over dramatic and 100% fake.
In reality, losing a job is never fun for anyone. Handing out a pink slip, asking for a resignation or letting someone go is far from a thrilling power trip. A new survey shows that the way a company handles dismissing people from work may cause irreparable damage to your executive team. Read More→