Category Archives: I Love the 80s!

Karate Kid, Boogie Nights and Social Media for Recruiters

Two movies that I have always enjoyed are The Karate Kid and Boogie Nights and each features a song that plays well into recruiting when it comes to your social media presence.

“Your the Best” (one of the best songs off of any soundtrack in the 80s)

“You Got the Touch” (also featured in the 1986 Transformers movie)

When people look at your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other profiles do they think ‘your the best’ and ‘have the touch’ (I know, I know – corny right) OR do they think you are a complete loser?

Here are some things to think about when it comes to all three to make sure you don’t fall into the latter:

Twitter

  • Actually have an account
  • Say something more than once a month
  • Have a profile picture
  • Work to develop a following (5 followers is not enough)
  • Join into a conversation DON’T JUST POST JOBS!!!!!!!!!

Facebook

  • Again, actually have an account or a fan page or SOMETHING!
  • Have good content on it that is interesting, funny, worthwhile, and thought provoking.
  • Again, don’t just post jobs!

LinkedIn

  • Make sure you have your profile 100% complete
  • Make sure you create a vanity URL
  • Work towards getting 500 connections so that your profile shows 500+  – recruiters are supposed to know people and if all you have is 100 connections it wouldn’t give me very much confidence in you
  • Contribute to group discussions and answer questions (DON’T JUST POST JOBS!!)
  • Have something interesting for visitors to look at and read (a blog, shared document, etc)

What say you – is looking important and like you have your stuff together important on the social media sites? Look forward to your thoughts and comments!

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!

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The One Thing About Recruiting I Can Never Stomach

I love recruiting, acquiring talent, hunting heads, whatever you want to call it but there has always been one big problem with the industry that I could never stomach.

In the move ‘The Lost Boys’ (an 80s movie that features the Cory’s fighting vampires in Santa Carla, CA) after all of the vampires have been vanquished the main character’s grandfather says “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.”

The same applies to recruiters – there are just way to many of us out there. If I could have my way there would be some sort of secret handshake or test that would make entry way into the professional I love a little more difficult than some big recruiting firm hiring everyone who couldn’t make it into pharma sales.

Ever wonder why recruiters get such a bad name? There are too many people doing the job that don’t take pride in what they do and don’t care about the company they work for, the hiring managers they are helping out, and the candidates that they find.

What are your thoughts? Are there way too many of us out there?  Is it too easy for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to gain entry into the club?

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!

Is Miami Vice Coming On Tonight?

I hate to be the one that brings this to light but it seems as if many in our recruiting family are stuck in the 80’s and waiting to see what’s going to happen this week on Miami Vice.

 A few examples:

  • Fax numbers and mailing addresses on job postings (even on their websites) – I saw an example of this just this morning
  • An inability to do even the simplest search on Google
  • The lack of vision to understand that there is a lot of information out there and you can find almost anything and everything you want
  • A complete misunderstanding of where candidates are and where they want us to be

To be succesful in recruiting (unless luck follows you around 24/7/365) you need to be resourceful, a step ahead of the competition (sometimes that is not too hard), understand where and how to find information, and do more with less (I don’t know of too many organizations pouring tons of resources into recruiting).

A few examples:

  • Are you using LinkedIn to its fullest potential (ie a 100% complete profile, searching groups and answers, answering questions, starting relevant groups, x-raying it with a search engine)
  • Are you using free job posting sites that are aggregated by sites like SimplyHired and Indeed (Ebay Classifieds is a great example)?
  • Are you building a following for your recruiting function on Twitter and Facebook with relevant qualified candidates?
  • Are you takeing advantage of all of free training resources out there (blogs, webinars, etc) to really understand best practices, up and coming techniques, etc?
  • Are you texting with candidates and using mobile technologies to communicate with those you are trying to place?

If you are not willing to embrace and utilize all that is out there to be successful as a recruiter I hope you enjoy being stuck in a decade that saw bad hair, worse clothes, and a plethora of technologies that we laugh at today.

Until next time – good hunting and good luck!