Are we (HR) ready for this Digital Change!!!!

2015 : WhatsApp was the most active social platform in India!!!

2016? Any Guesses!!  

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Does this mean anything for us as HR folks!!! Let’s look at some interesting insights related to India from the latest Digital Report via We Are Social.

a) Facebook is the top most active social platform in India:

Good news for Companies and Recruiters !! There is no doubt that Facebook is an amazing place for companies to showcase their culture, employer branding activities and so on. Recruiters too get an opportunity to connect with prospective candidates (Candidates who may not respond to so called InMails, do respond to FB Messages) Surprised? Do try it :) 

b) India with population of 1319 million has 1012 million mobile Connections:

Mobile is the future!!! We have been hearing this since long, right!! Well, it’s time for us to make the most of this. Companies which have invested in making their Careers Sites Mobile friendly, will have early advantage. This is also a great opportunity for HR folks to also work closely with IT teams to develop Mobile Apps for Internal and External folks.

c) On an average we spend 4 hours 22 mins on Internet via PC / Tablet and 3 hours 7 mins via Mobile:

Companies will have to analyze this and work on policies that will help employees to make the most of Social Media Channels at work. Some companies have already taken the lead and have provided Social Media access to their employees. Employees are your brand ambassadors and we must encourage them to share relevant company news and events.

d) 66% folks view web pages via Mobile and 33% via laptops and desktops:

Interesting insights for companies to work on their Digital Marketing Strategy. This will also help them to work on content that is relevant to the specific Digital Channels. Companies need to keep a balance between various channels that will help the audience to consume relevant information.

Would be happy to know your views on these insights. In case you want to check the complete Digital Report, you can explore it right here :

Digital in 2016 by @eskimon : http://goo.gl/kj4Ahh

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Twitter List of 101 Inspiring Gentlemen

Rambling Recruiter Annual Blogging Report 2015!!!

It’s that time of the year when WordPress comes up with stats that tell how about your Blogging Report. It’s always exciting to see the insights that they provide about your Blogs at the end of the year. Well, being in Recruitment field, we are always surrounded by Stats, Data, Numbers, PPT’s, Reports etc.

Such Stats do help to analyze about the past 12 months, how did I perform, did I blog frequently, did I create engaging posts and connect with the readers etc. Such reports also help you to prepare the road-map for the next year aka 2016.

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Here are some stats that I am really happy to share with you. (All the credit goes to you, yes you. As you have always encouraged me to come up with interesting topics. Will try my best to continue doing in the years to come)

– Rambling Recruiter Blog had over 36000 views this year.

– The busiest day of the year was December 20th with 8,060 views. The most popular post that day was 101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars.

– In 2015, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 111 posts.

– The traffic came from over 102 countries and most visitors came from India.  United States & United Kingdom were 2nd and 3rd respectively

– The Top referring sites were Twitter.com , linkis.com, Facebook.com and LinkedIn.com

All in all it was an amazing learning year for me. Connected with amazing Bloggers and learnt interesting tips and tricks from them. Here is a list of Bloggers that you too can follow : https://goo.gl/Vb1hMq As the more we connect the more we learn. And the more we learn the more we need to share.

Hence taking this opportunity to urge you all to take up Blogging. As its the most amazing platform that helps us to learn and grow together as a community.

Happy Blogging

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars

There are lists and lists. Some are focused only on how active Influencers are, some are focused on Klout Score, some are focused on how many followers they have etc etc. Well this following list does not focus on such technical parameters. This is a list of 101 Inspiring Women we all can and must learn from. A list of true champions in their respective professions. A list of Women who have inspired people who have worked with them, who have inspired other women to make an impact on society and the industry they belong to.

I have been fortunate to have met many of these Inspiring Women Leaders. Hence taking this opportunity to share a list of 101 Women who are a true inspiration.

Before I could pen down this list, there were some valid questions such as “What is your methodology to prepare this list?” “What tools are you using to rank them?” “What do you really mean by Influencers” etc. Also SEO was putting lot of pressure on me to give a Jazzier Title to this post. It was prompting me to have titles such as – “Top 101 Women Influencers on Social Media” “Top 101 Digital Women Influencers on Social Media” and so on. I did try my best to not fall in the trap of SEO Keywords :) And most important the intent was not to rank or compare these amazing women leaders, but the intent was just to share a list of these amazing women who are role models to many out there.

So, let’s get to the list. They are in alphabetic order. PS: I am taking this liberty to break the rule for the 1st Name. She is truly the most inspiring and amazing women that I have ever met aka Neena Kamdar, My Mom :) You would not believe, she is more active than me on Facebook and WhatsApp. A true Digital Rockstar Mom :)

Finally time to disclose “101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars”

So what are you waiting for. All you need to do is follow these 101 Inspiring Women aka Rockstars. I am sure you too would have your own list of inspiring women aka Rockstars. So go ahead and share those names too. So that it can also help the readers to learn from their rich experience.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

 

Social Media + Banks = Amazing Combination

Banking!!! There was a time when people used to visit banks (We still do) But the frequency has reduced drastically. Thanks to Technology. We are all digitally connected with our Banks. To make things even more interesting, there have been some amazing Social Media Campaigns via Banks and have got us engaged. Example : Hashtag Banking, Transfer your funds via Twitter and so on.

The following blog is a small effort to showcase the Social Channels that these banks are leveraging to help us get the best customer experience and also to tap the talent for their hiring needs. Based on the previous post “Big Big Opportunity for Pharma Companies!!! Social Media Presence!!! ” it was a similar amazing learning experience and gained insights while conducting research of these Banks Social Media Presence. Example : Some banks have a Pinterest and Instagram Account. Isn’t that interesting!!! 

So enough of Talking, let’s look at the DATA!!!! (We are all so obsessed with Data)

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So, hope via this Data you might have been able to get amazing insights around leveraging Social Media. It’s not a rocket Science, all we need to understand our Target Audience / Customers / Candidates and then work on a Social Media Strategy.  

Looking forward to your views, inputs and suggestions on this data.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Big Big Opportunity for Pharma Companies!!! Social Media Presence!!!

Data!! Well, that’s want everyone wants before you even speak :)

So here we go. This is a small exercise to showcase “Social Media” presence of Pharma Companies.

 

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PS: Before you jump to any conclusion, let’s take a pause and understand that the Objective is to showcase the HUGE OPPORTUNITY that Pharma companies have in the space of “Social Media”

One thing is clear that they do have good presence on various social channels, and have Likes and Followers. But still something is missing. There is a lot of talk of millennials joining the workforce, their expectations, their aspirations etc. They are even more social (Online) that the management, the leaders and managers. Hence it’s a big opportunity for Pharma companies to have a Social Strategy which is focused on engaging, connecting and tapping the future talent.

Companies must ideally have a dedicate team which only focuses on these Corporate Social Channels. Some do outsource such activities, which is still fine. As long as it does help companies remain active on Social Channels and remain connected with their followers. Here is one small example of where to get it startedhttps://goo.gl/qx99eU

So, hope this data did help :) (We are so so obsessed with data, that nothing moves without it, not even basic things)

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and get it going. Social Media is an amazing place to leverage your Social Strategies. Go ahead, create some amazing content and campaigns to attract your potential talent.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Employee Branding AND NOT Employer Branding!!!!

What is the difference? Does it mean anything!! How will it impact the organisation and employees? How can HR drive this? For those looking for technical definition or Harvard Articles are more than welcome to visit those sites. And for those who want to keep it simple and to the point can continue reading this ;)

I am sure just by reading the title, you might have had these questions running at the back of your mind. Let’s make it simple. Imagine a Brand talking about itself… blowing its own trumpet. And now imagine an employee sharing about her / his experience with the external audience. Which one would you believe? Which one looks more real?

ERWell, that’s the basic difference between Employee Branding and Employer Branding. This does not mean that Companies will completely move away from Employer Branding. But their main focus would and should now be Employee Branding activities. Always think from the candidates perspective, get into their shoes and think what would you like the organisation do to attract you or get your attention.

Companies which celebrate their real assets ie Employees, will succeed in the so called race of hiring the Right Talent. I am sure you would have heard a lot of buzz around “War for Talent”. Talent is how you define it, Talent is how you nurture it, Talent is how you develop it. 

By this time I am sure that HR folks reading this might say, how can we contribute towards Employee Branding? Right? It’s not a rocket science, NO Jargons, no super duper expensive survey is required for this. All you need to do is focus on your employees. Celebrate their Success Stories. Since childhood, we all do relate to Stories and love to live them too. So just go ahead, look for amazing stories within your company, assign a dedicated SPOC in each Function / Department / Business Unit to collect such stories and then all you need to do is prepare an interesting post / blog around it and celebrate it on your Corporate Social Channels.

Simple right? Well, it’s actually simple. This also has a positive effect on your brand. It helps your own employees to become Social Media Brand Ambassadors too. They will promote and talk about your brand with pride. It’s surely more authentic and real too.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Velocity in 140 Characters!!!!

In 140 characters? You must be kidding. Well, this is the reality. It’s time for HR to embrace Velocity – the speed and focus that will take HR to the future of business. #SHRMI15 was the hashtag that created this “Velocity”. To add to this, 700+ HR folks under one roof, made it even more special. 

Was fortunate to attend this Grand Event aka India’s Premiere HR Conference. Wanted to take this opportunity to share some interesting insights that came out of this Conference. It ranges from John Mattone who coached Steve Jobs, to Laxmi N Tripathi , Founder Trustee & Chairperson – Astitva to TV Rao “The Father of Indian HRD” to CAPT. RAGHU RAMAN who zapped us all out of our seats, to Abhijit Bhaduri, the best story teller that I have ever heard.

So let the journey begin. These are some of the most interesting tweets that I came across during the event made in 140 characters. You read it right. One can learn loads via 140 Characters. 

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I am sure you would have loads to talk about these interesting insights. So what are you waiting for. Continue this conversation using #SHRMI15 and keep it going. We as HR folks need to have lot many conversations that will help us all take HR to the TOP of the table, where it really belongs.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Sourcing + Passion = SourceCon!!!!

It was time for yet another action packed SourceCon event. For those who might be new to this event, let me make it easy for you :) SourceCon is the SourcingAdda of US. I still remember my first post for SourceCon way back in 2011 “Sourcer OR Recruiter: A Classic Title Dilemma In India” For those who started Sourcing way back, might relate to the post. But Sourcing as function has got lot of respect in the recent years in India. Companies are finally realizing the power of setting up Sourcing Teams. They are zapped by the cost that can be saved by investing in a Sourcing Function.

Recently there was an All India Sourcing Contest organised by SourcingAdda know as “SPL“. There were over 160 + Passionate Sourcing Champs participating in a month long contest. Here is the final outcome of the event : “Final Leader Board“. Its an amazing feeling to see Sourcers getting their right place in the hiring industry. It did come a bit late, but was worth the wait :)

So let’s come back to SourceCon. They had their premier event in Dallas, TX from Sep 17-18, 2015. No doubt it had Who’s Who from the World of “Sourcing”. You won’t believe, but folks in India do stay awake till the wee hours, just to follow SourceCon and the amazing insights that come out of the event. This year too was special. Let’s take a look at collection of some amazing tweets that can help us all in the Sourcing Community.

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Source2Source4They were amazing right!!!! Do share your key takeaways at SourceCon. It will surely help us all who are passionate about Sourcing.

Happy Sourcing

Regards

@kunjal23

Not on Mute!!!! WhatsApp Learning Groups!!! Part 3

It’s time to explore the 3rd WhatsApp Learning Group. In case you missed the Previous 2 Groups, you can read it right here : MTHR and SourcingAdda . So this 3rd Group too is popular and is always buzzing with loads of discussions. It’s time to take a look at what this group is all about and how they manage to engage with the WhatsApp Community.

HR Shapers WhatsApp Community was started way back in Feb 2014. They do have 2-3 admins per groups, which is a great way to manage WhatsApp Groups. They also do meet offline once in a while. This helps them to engage and learn from the group members too. They do have daily topic discussions on the group and also allow professionals to join as an guest on the day of Whatsappinar to learn and interact from SME guest speakers. In case you wondering what a ” Whatsappinar” is all about, you can read this interesting blog by Dr Nitin Paranjape

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So let’s look at the list of all the HR Shapers WhatsApp Groups.

1. HR Shapers G1 – 80 Members
2. HR Shapers G2 – 80 Members
3. HR Shapers G3 – 80 Member
4. HR Shapers G4 – 80 Member
5. HR Shapers G5 – 50 Member
6. Pune G1 HR Shapers – 100
7. Pune G2 HR Shapers – 90
8. Fun G1 HR Shapers – 95
9. Bangalore HR Shapers – 65
10. Delhi HR Shapers – 50
11. Survey HR Shapers – 50
12. Hyderabad HR Shapers – 20
13. Chennai HR Shapers – 10
14. Ahmedabad HR Shapers – 10
15. Kolkata HR Shapers – 10
16. Fun G2 HR Shapers – 5
17. Advisory Board HR Shapers
18. Middle East Asia (MEA) HR Shapers – 50
19. USA Canada Europe (UCE) HR Shapers – 20
20. South East Asia (SEA) HR Shapers – 10

Total = Around 600+ Members

They also have conducted the following 14 Whatsappinar via these groups.

  1. HR Compliance (Part I ) by Pratik Vaidya​, MD – Karma Management Consultants (Full Day – Sept 2014)
  2. HR Compliance (Part II) by Pratik Vaidya, ‎MD – Karma Management Consultants (Full Day – Dec 2014)
  3. Diversity and Inclusion by Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President of AVTAR Career Creators and FLEXI Careers India ​ (Full Day – Jan 2015)
  4. HR Assessment Tools & Techniques by Sundara Rajan, ‎Director – Market Search India and Thomas Assessments India​ (Half Day – Jan 2015)
  5. Immigration by Poorvi Chothani​, Managing Partner – LawQuest (Full Day – Jan 2015)
  6. NLP by Bipin Mayekar, ‎Corporate Trainer & NLP GOLD Master Trainer ​ (Full Day – Feb 2015)
  7. Mind Map – Invisible Selling by Dharmendra Rai​, Mumbai’s First Mind Map Trainer (Half Day – Feb 2015)
  8. Office Efficiency Dr Nitin Paranjape, Founder and CEO –  Maxoffice Services Pvt Ltd & one of MVP – http://efficiency365.com ​(Full Day – Feb 2015)
  9. POSH and Sexual Harassment at Workplace by Basil Almeida​, Consultant – McKinsey & Company (Full Day – March 2015)
  10. IWD (In’tl Women Day) 9 Women HR Leader – (Full Day – March 2015)
  11. Lesson from 2 World Youngest CEOs by Sanjay Kumaran and Sharavan Kumaran / Kumaran Surendran​ (Full Day – April 2015)
  12. D&I initiative for corporate on LGBT by Pallav Patankar, Director HIV Programs – The Humsafar Trust ​ (Half Day – April 2015)
  13. Chanakya Philosophy and its relevance in today’s corporate world by Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, Corporate Chanakya and Founder Director – Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership (Full Day – April 2015)
  14. Success Mantra – Personal branding, image Enhancement and impressive executive presence by Greeshma Thampi, Chief Image Consultant and Director at Avancé Image Management ​ (Full Day – May2015)
  15. Innovation & Creativity by Dr Sunil Gupta, Chief Innovation Instigator – Ideas Management Consultants (Half Day – June 2015)
  16. Engaging employee through Gamification by Siddhesh Bhobe, CEO – eMee &  Business Head – Persistent (Full Day – June 2015)

HR Shapers Pioneer in Crash Course Whatsappinar on Corporate Readiness for Students and Professors

 1st Batch of Students – NL Dalmia and ifeel Institute – Overall 7 Students (June 2015)

1st Batch of Professor – Launching soon (June 2015)

In case you want to join this vibrant learning community, you can get in touch with Ashish Gakery

Do let us know if you are part of such interesting WhatsApp Learning Communities. This will help us to include them in our next blog post.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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