2010-08-03 We Are The Network: Social Media Applied – How to Get Consulting Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!
Social Media Applied – How to Get Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!
This Tuesday, Aug 3rd at the Epoch Institute in Second Life™
This Week’s Topic
Social Media Applied – How to Get Consulting Projects, Recruiters and Hiring Managers to Find You!
Techniques for finding consulting projects and full-time jobs have changed radically in the last few years. Some of the changes have been driven by the emergence of social media. Others have appeared through changes to recruiting and hiring processes (for full-time positions), changing beliefs and strategies employed by hiring organizations, and large dose of new recruiting automation technologies.
While plenty has been written about social media marketing for products and services, little information is available to help job seekers understand how these changes affect what it takes to get found on this new playing field.
The number of applicants for any project or position outweighs the number of available opportunities by a wide margin (in recent times this number has been as high as 6:1, and is still almost 5:1). The large gap between supply and demand, coupled with new, advanced technologies, have changed the landscape of recruiting and seeking work in fundamental ways.
There is good news. Once you understand the new recruiting model, how the “recruiting ecosystem” fits together, and how companies, hiring managers and recruiters look at the process today, you can change what you do and obtain better results.
Instead of submitting your resume to job boards and wondering why you can’t get any results, you can know which possibilities to focus on, and how to get recruiters and hiring managers to start sending you messages asking if you’re interested in what they’re offering!
Moving from blindly submitting resumes, and getting no response, to having an inbound queue of recruiter and client requests is not instant. It does not rely on magic. It does not rely on luck. Each step is fairly easy, although some of the pieces involve new skills. There is real work involved, but this work can be done bit by bit. These new skills will pay you dividends for the rest of your career – so now might as well be the time to learn them!
Our session this week will be a slightly different format, in that I’ll start off by presenting some techniques and approaches developed and proven from experimentation, interviews with recruiters, and discussions with hiring managers and consulting firms, followed by a group discussion about how to best get from “Where do I start?” to fielding regular inbound queries asking “Are you interested in this opportunity?”
Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!
If you do not have a Second Life account and would like a quick start to attend the session, please contact me for more information.
Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!
Job Seekers Swamping Employers Who Are Hiring
NOTE: The links below do not represent recommendations of any sort. They are part of our reference list to illustrate some of the capabilities and features used by today’s companies in managing the recruiting process and selecting hires.
Monster.com “6Sense” Search (SearchEngine.com)
Kronos Workforce Acquisition System
Taleo (a common “talent management system”) – this is a link to their recruiting system info:
SmartSearch recruiting system (this link is to their candidate database that aggregates across numerous public resume sources and provides integrated search)
Picking the Best Keywords for Your Resume
Resume SEO: How to pump up the keywords without turning off recruiters
How to Find Your First Customer
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Joel Foner (Second Life: Joel Savard)