Finding Talent Isn’t Always Going Externally

Hiring in this economy is not a bad so this is not meant as an anti-economic or anti-employment discussion.  As a recruiter, it is my job to find and attract top talent but there are occasions when hiring is not always a solution.


Is it possible that companies and management are not looking internally enough for talented individuals for project work?  I have been hearing and conversing with a number of people from companies who are looking externally for subject matter experts in various areas while there is staff internally either interested or available to take on projects.  So what should be done?


First, the employee needs to stand up and say they are interested.  The more you let pass over you the less experience you will get and the less you maybe viewed as a valuable employee.  Volunteer.  Get involved.  Make a stand.  Take on this work and show your value.


Second, companies while looking at costs don’t always look at the correct or right person for work.  Managers may neither know all of their employee’s skills nor know who maybe interested or qualified to do this work.


This is a missed opportunity for both groups.  Bottom line, make yourself known and take on what will add value to you and your company!

How Not To Use Twitter

If you want to loose followers and provide no value, then follow this advise!  (NOTE and WARNING: There is some language in this video)


Social Networking Hesitation?

This most likely does not pertain to you specifically if you are reading this post or found it through Twitter or another networking site.


After a great conversation with Mary Wilson ( where we spent a few minutes covering networking sites/tools and why they are so powerful today, I wanted to put this out there for those of you that also encounter the naysayer to social networking.  I am somewhat shocked at the feeling out there of people having any hesitation for social networking sites.  I have been hearing a negative connotation surrounding them with a few common threads:

  • I don’t want to tell everyone what I am doing every minute of the day
  • I don’t care what you ate for lunch
  • I don’t understand why someone would want to tell people things about their life
  • Isn’t it scary that someone out there knows what you are doing

The one thought that is escaping the individuals who I spoke with is that YOU control what information you put out there and who you follow and with some sites you can block those you don’t want following you.  If you don’t want everyone to know details of your day, life, work, etc. then don’t publish it.  If you are seeking advice on a particular topic then these sites are fantastic for networking and knowledge sharing.


Being closed minded to expanding your network, short term or long term, could be detrimental to your career.  Think about this scenario for a moment.  Let’s say you and your colleague are being considered for a promotion.  Your manager asks for each of you to complete a project by the end of the day and you both know this will be influential as to his decision.  Research is required and you jump on Google and start to search and now have to sort through numerous pages and links to find what you need.  Your colleague jumps on LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. and asks questions on each site… the responses come flooding in with feedback, guidance and even links for what was asked.


Does this happen all of the time?  Is it realistic?  I really did this to prove that these sites are not all about “Enjoying a sandwich at Panera” or anything along these lines.  These sites are business and professional but, again, it is on how you choose to utilize them.


My recommendation to those who question this new medium, get out there and give it an honest try but give it a good try… don’t fool yourself with a weak effort.  Try it and if you still have a poor opinion then just cancel your account.  I have a feeling you will find true value, and who knows… you may even make some strong connections along the way!


Job Seekers to Network with Recruiters

Recruiters have an addenda when they speak with you and a plan.  Typically, a recruiter wants to learn about your experience and get to the root of can you fill one of their positions.  Some recruiters will have a long term approach as to how can I find a position for you if I don’t currently have one.


A job seeker needs to have a similar plan.  Ask the recruiter:

  • Do you currently have a position?
  • Where do you see me as a good fit?
  • Do you recommend any revisions to my resume?
  • Ultimately I would like to be in an XYZ role.  What have you seen from other candidates that have allowed them to get to that level?
  • What other recruiters do you know that I might connect with?

That’s right.  Ask that question.  Recruiters know recruiters who know recruiters, etc.  Maybe ask for a connection with a corporate recruiter at a particular company that is of interest to you.


If you don’t ask you won’t get an answer.  As a corporate recruiter, I always connect with other recruiters to share qualified candidates and help good people.  Now the term “good” is subjective but more times than not I will do what I can or at least try to point someone in the right direction if they are interested or at least try to be engaging.


As a candidate, take a big picture approach.  Gauge the recruiter based upon what they see in the marketplace, for individuals with your specific qualifications, most common types of positions they work on.  This will give you a good feel for the recruiter, their knowledge of the market and what level of positions they most work on.  This will help to narrow down those you are comfortable working with on a search and those that appear to have your interest in hand.


Questions are a good thing, or you won’t get the answers you need.

My Public Service Reminder

Remember to Exercise Caution.


There are also many new Twitter add-ons and applications coming out daily, I’m sure you have seen them tweeted (,,,,,,, etc.) and they do get around the Twitter-world rather quickly.  This is also the case for Facebook.  Everyone making a buck on the new hot networking site… and there is nothing wrong with any of this.


What maybe most of concern is now how easy it is becoming for you to be found.  It is almost inviting anyone and everyone into your life and we don’t even give it a second thought.  Should we be concerned with this?  I think there should always be caution exercised on social networking sites as who knows what or who is out there.  These sites are inviting you to find people close to you, and everyone flocks to them so that they might add followers and spread their connections around.


I’m not opposed to any of this, I am on these sites as well.  What I do find odd is how readily people will follow others actions without really knowing more about a particular application or site.  Do you really want your information out there everywhere on a million sites?  Do you remember what you have put out already?


All I am saying is to think before you act.  Don’t follow everyone else, build your brand the smart way.  You are always in control and that is power you shouldn’t take lightly.

Follower Appreciation Day, Random Acts of Awesomeness

Talent Revolution and Amanda Hyte (on Twitter at @sexythinker) have a fantastic idea and initiative going: Follower Appreciation Day, Random Acts of Awesomeness (FADRAA):  In my opinion, one of the best ideas to hit Twitter along with JobAngels.


This is a fantastic way to get to know your followers better and provide positive blog comments OR video shout outs OR complimentary tweet OR introduce to other Twitters OR free giveaways.  Five fantastic options to do and so easy to complete.  Then, you simply ask them to do the same to five members in their network, a pay-it-forward initative.


Creative, sexy thinking is awesome to see and kudos to Talent Revolution for driving this new groundbreaking Twitter/Facebook drive.

Personal Branding, always evolving

Today, Dan Schawbel launched his new book, Me 2.0.  This looks like an interesting read as getting different perspective on these topics are always interesting, especially when it is regarding you and your career (referring to me, sorry to be confusing).  Personal Branding is critical for everyone because you always need to have this in the back of your mind ready to go as you never know who you may come across when you are out on the town.


There are always blogs and tweets regarding personal branding, personal elevator pitches, blog elevator pitches, landing pages and the like.  All are important, but don’t get caught up in all of this too much.  It is good to have them but when you start aggressively going down this path, you begin to shrink-wrap yourself into a package.  Networking is still people interaction and you shouldn’t brand yourself as something you are not.


My brief thoughts on this just to get you thinking:


  • Be yourself.  This is always the most important aspect.  Don’t put yourself out there as something you are not as this will be uncovered very quickly.
  • Talk with your friends/family.  They will give you objective feedback and help you to realize points you may not have thought about.
  • Create a landing page.  This is a personal page where you maybe found and put a little bit about yourself out there for people to learn about you.
  • Update your resume every 3 months.  Have different copies of your resume, a one pager and a two pager, just in case.
  • Try to meet one new person a day.  It is amazing who you may come across out there.

I know this is just scratching the surface but something just to get you thinking a bit if you haven’t begun already.

HR in the office… professional advice

Need some HR help in your office to spice things up a bit?  Check this out and keep it professional!