Posts Tagged ‘hfchat’

Video Friday – Watch this Video then Pass it On

February 11th, 2011

I speak on Social Recruiting and Job Search Tech once or twice a month.

Yesterday, I spoke at a local members in transition group.  I told the group that even though there were a great deal of advantages to using social media and social networking to source candidates, the triangle still lagged behind other areas of the US.  One of the participants asked me how this was possible – after all, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill has been singled out as one of the best connected metro areas in the country.

True, our tech is great, but that technology and comfort with social media hasn’t made extensive inroads in recruiting and HR.  There are a variety of reasons for this – from corporate policy, to adoption of what is still seen as relatively new technology, to training, to fear of the unknown.

This video was referred to me as part of the regular #hfchat on Twitter.  I suggest it is worth watching, not only for the information that it offers, but for the possibility it will change the way you think about your job search.

Watch it, and if you think it was worth your time, pass it on to someone else you think may benefit from it:

As it is the closing day of Social Media week – how has social media changed your job search?

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Why #hirefriday?

January 4th, 2011

If you were on Twitter last Friday you probably noticed the mad amount of retweeting going on thanks to Chris Brogan.

A simple tweet by Chris on behalf of #hirefriday resounded in over 1,500 retweets. While those retweets were well intended, I’m not sure everyone who retweeted Chris understands what #hirefriday is all about.

The #hirefriday tag is intended to promote the talents of people who are out of work and looking for their next career opportunity.  Instead of suggesting people with the #ff or #followfriday tag, the #hirefriday tag is used to suggest folks to be hired.

#hirefriday is movement on Twitter that began to gain strength in early 2010. In answer to people being out of work Margo Rose, (a.k.a. @HRMargo) conceived of an idea where job seekers could be found by recruiters and employers by tweeting out information about themselves. If you are unfamiliar with #hirefriday you may want to read the guidelines.

The great thing about #hirefriday that everyone can help here. It doesn’t matter if you have a job to offer or are out of work. People watch the #hirefriday stream and help by retweeting the tweets of job seekers to their network of followers.   Or to borrow from the old Faberge Shampoo ad‘and they told two friends and so on, and so on’.

Using the power of retweeting, a single job seeker’s tweet can be amplified out to a network of infinite proportions. Far beyond what the job seeker would be able to reach on their own.

That isn’t to say there haven’t been some bumps along the way. Well-meaning folks looking to offer actual jobs have posted them in the stream. Unfortunately, once the stream started getting filled with job offers, it was easy to lose sight of the people #hirefriday was intended to promote.  As a result #jobfriday and #workwednesday were quickly put into play providing an easy to find location where jobs may be posted.

There’s even a Hire Friday Chat – #HFChat – on Fridays (Noon – 1pm EST) where Recruiters offer career advice on topics ranging from how to get beyond the gatekeepers to what not to do in an interview.

And because not everything is best said in 140 characters, there are other media streams to help support people in their job search.

Margo Rose has a blog where she regularly imparts advice, tells the success stories of #hirefriday and fans the flames to keep the #hirefriday fires burning.

There’s also a #hirefriday LinkedIn group where displaced workers can have their tweets critiqued — because really, it’s just not that easy trying to explain who you are in such a small amount of space.  The LinkedIn group provides great resources like articles, tips and advice on job hunting, as well as a general forum for discussion.  In addition, employers are encouraged to post open positions jobs section of the group.

And what would this world be without a Facebook page to like?  The #hirefriday FaceBook page is chock full of daily job search ideas and suggestions features like ResuMonday, Tuesday’s Trending Tool and Work It Wednesday.

So as you can see, #hirefriday is more than an inspired tweet by Chris Brogan.  However, surely all job seekers can thank him for raising the visibility of this great and free job search tool.

You have a few more days to get your tweet critiqued.  Who knows, this may be the Friday you get hired.  Are you ready for #hirefriday?

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5 You May Have Missed – Holiday Job Search

December 8th, 2010

Most folks consider the time between Thanksgiving and New Years a wasteland for job hunting.  Last week, my own sister told me “no one is interviewing, no one is hiring”.  I find this amusing because today she told me that her husband was being flown out to the west coast for a job interview either next week or the following.

Even if you aren’t getting a job offer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there.  Here are a few articles you may have missed on how to use the holidays to your advantage in your job search:

Don’t Ignore the December Recruiter via The Ladders reminds you to be available when the phone rings.

Great Resumes Fast gives advice on Keeping Your Job Search on Track During the Holidays

AvidCareerist gives insight into what my possibly be The 38 Best Holiday Gifts for Job Seekers as gleaned from the November 26th #HireFriday #HFchat on Twitter.  So just in case you haven’t mailed your letter to the north pole, you can always email the link or bookmark it on the computer of someone you love.

Keppies Careers offers you not only some Holiday Networking advice, but there’s a present as well – a free e-book download.

And good news from the Huffington Post it seems that there is An Early Gift: More Companies Beginning to Hire.


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