I have a few friends that started recruiting pre-Internet and it is always fascinating to hear the stories of how they went about their business back in those days.
Every time we talk about it, it makes me wonder how many folks that recruit today (and also those that pretend to recruit) would actually survive if the Internet were turned off.
Imagine it – no LinkedIn, no Google, no Monster, CareerBuilder, or Dice. Just you, your phone, a phone book, and whatever resumes you might have stored in your filing cabinets and in your primitive computer.
Actually having to find candidates without the digital goodness we have come to rely on.
I want to hear from you – would you make it as a recruiter with no Internet? If so, what area of recruiting would you excel at?
Personally I don’t think that over 10% of our ranks would survive more than a week without being connected (just my opinion).
Since we are fortunate enough to have the Internet and it looks like it’s not going anywhere soon lets take a peek at a couple of tools that you can play with.
Quora (www.quora.com) touts itself as a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.
In the beginning it received a lot of hype (if you haven’t heard about it yet you must not sit with the cool kids at lunch) and a good number of people signed up and realized that they are just wall flowers instead of contributors and decided not to participate.
So right now you are asking yourself if it’s not ‘cool’ anymore what should you use it. I knew you were going to ask so I put a list together:
- Its a list of names of potential candidates
- You find out what their interest are and what they excel at
- Its profiles are indexed by Google so you can find them pretty easily without having to dive too deep
Another site that I am fond of is OpenBook (www.youropenbook.org) – a site that allows you to search status updates of Facebook by keyword.
It’s not the end all, be all BUT you can find some pretty useful information using it. The site also includes a very telling quote by Mark Zuckerberg that highlights some of the Facebook mentality.
What off the beaten path tools are you using to further your searches? Hope you decide to share!
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!