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#SHRMiAC in 140 characters

It was that time of the year when #SHRMiAC aka the most premium HR event in the subcontinent, which has the top thought leaders from across the globe who share key insights, best practices and equip us with tools that propel you to become a winner.

This year too it was no different. You must be wondering that how on earth is it possible to know all about this event in just 140 characters !!!! Well, its not that difficult, thanks to the Twitter.

The best part of #SHRMiAC hashtag was that it was the best place to connect, learn and engage with the HR community.

So let’s take a look at some of the interesting discussions that happened at the event in just 140 characters :

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One thing is for sure that learning never stops. All we need to do is follow the hashtag #SHRMiAC 🙂 So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such insightful tweets.

Looking forward to your views and comments on the topics that were discussed at #SHRMiAC

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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Power of Hashtags : 10 years and counting

It must surely be a proud moment for Chris Messina, a social technology expert, who is credited to have come up with the very first Hashtag on Twitter. He first posted the hashtag #barcamp in August 2007.  As of today, it’s been 10 years since the birth of Hashtags. For those who are looking for that tweet with the 1st ever hashtag, here you go: 

“how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?”

Talking about the power of hashtags, right from individuals, brands, companies and governments are leveraging it. Following is an attempt to showcase few examples of how hashtags are being used:

a) Celebrating Employees / FunAtWork :

Amazing way to showcase the culture of the company and create relevant hashtags. This helps both employees and external audience to promote and know about the various celebrations at workplace.

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b) Jobs: Enough Said 🙂

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c) Corporate Events / Employer Branding:

Companies are using it during events, announcing quarterly  results, product launch etc

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d) Blogs :

Hashtags are a great way to find relevant blogs, articles around any topic that you are interested in . Do try it out.

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e) Contests :

Yet another interesting way to connect and engage with your audience

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Would be interesting to know how you are using hashtags and how is it helping you to connect and engage with your employees, audience etc.

So are you all set to enter the amazing world of Hashtags!! You can also get more tips from my previous blog about Hashtags right here – https://goo.gl/mDjWTr 

Regards

#RamblingRecruiter

 

“Should companies also post anonymous reviews of candidates just like candidates do on Glassdoor?”

I am sure the moment you might have read the title of the blog post, you would have said @#$$#@#$$#@##$@$$#@$!!! Ooops Typo Error : ) It’s not your fault. The moment we hear about “Reviews” all we can think about is negative reviews. But reviews could be either positive or negative.

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a panel discussion that was conducted by Rezoomex around this topic. At first I too was taken aback by the topic, but then I did settle down and started to do research about this topic. The 1st thing that I did was to ask this question to my hiring community and candidates in my network. The reason was to know their views as it helps you to understand the pulse of the audience.

Candidate reviews can be a very sensitive topic. There could be many reasons why a candidate chooses not to join your company; post accepting your offer. At times candidate joins, but does not come to office post that. But let’s for a minute imagine if companies go ahead and share reviews online, how it will actually happen. Here is one of the ways in which this can be possible: 

Probable Solution:

118 of the IT & BPO companies present in India are already members of NSR. Web registration for IT professional has been completed for over 1.1 Mn IT work forces. Bio metric registration has been completed for over 0.73 Million IT professionals. Total numbers of Employee Background Checking Companies are 17 and NSR today has 126 POS deployed across various IT centric locations

So, can this be done? Can there be an independent agency who can go ahead and start providing “Candidate Rating” just like we have credit rating? Do you think this will help HR and Business? Do you think a central database of defaulters help reduce cost of wrong hiring?

A lot depends on how this framework is designed, on what parameters can this agency decide on candidate ratings! Will candidates get worried about this rating? How much weightage must be given to such rating? Well, this is an endless debate, but do you think this is possible in the near future?

 As promised, following is the results of the survey that was done around this topic.

I will leave it to you to decide if this is possible. PS: At the end of the day, we are all candidates, so think well before you pick sides

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

WhatsApp Hiring!! Not a Myth anymore!!

It’s been almost 3 years since I wrote this post “WhatsApp as Social Recruiting Tool!! You must be kidding!!!” Since there has been lot of insights, discussions, agreements, not so good agreements around how WhatsApp can help in Hiring. But as time went by, we did learn new ways to leverage it for social hiring.

Well, some might still say that the LinkedIn Posts about people asking for phone numbers and adding them as part of some technical or jobs group is crap. But what is right and what is wrong, who decides. If that so called approach works for them, so be it. At the end of the day, it’s a choice that people make to share their number of a public platform or not. So, moving on, I know us being into the hiring business, we are always surrounded by numbers, data, and reports. So here are some facts about WhatsApp that might help us to discuss more about how it can make an impact in the coming years in the space of social hiring.

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So what have we learnt from this data!! https://goo.gl/a6bqev

– Out of 24 Active Social Platform, 11 of them at Messengers and FB Messenger and WhatsApp are comfortably sitting on 2nd and 3rd positions.

– As we move on there will be more and more new Internet Users and more active social media users

Coming on to the recent update that the entire world is talking about is the WhatsApp Status Update. Some are happy, some not. But how do you think it can help us as hiring professionals!!!

Here are some examples that we might be able to leverage and a tiny wish list from a passionate hiring professional of how WhatsApp can change the social hiring space:

– Can recruiters share interesting stories around their company updates via photos? I am sure many recruiters would have create a dedicated hiring group on WhatsApp. This is a great opportunity to share in stories via this new update

– In case companies have created an internal WhatsApp group, they too can leverage this update of sharing stories around workplace, updates, celebrations etc.

So now moving on to the wish list of a recruiter for WhatsApp teams:

– Imagine a dedicated Company Group (Official Page) on WhatsApp, where in companies can showcase their work, their culture, their events, their hiring needs, their awards etc. (WeChat already has this option)

– There is no doubt that we are all more active on WhatsApp than on any other social platform, so it would surely be a win win situation for all Corporates, WhatsApp team and prospective candidates, audience and followers to explore this option.

– It also makes a good business sense for WhatsApp to monetize this platform and also help Corporates to reach more and more candidates on real time basis.

Would be interesting to know your views on whether a dedicated company page on WhatsApp will help us as hiring professionals to tap in prospective candidates. Feel free to share your views.

Happy (Social) Hiring

Wokay…7 years of Blogging : Rambling Reflections

It ​all started on 23rd Dec 2009. You might ask “Why did you start Blogging” Well, I have a simple answer for it – I am normal person who likes to read simple blogs (without HR Jargons) hence I started writing blogs, so that I could understand it while reading it. Period 🙂

Things that I learnt while blogging (Here we go, time for some gyan!!!)

a) “Always write for yourself and don’t ever, ever, ever try to please the audience”

b) Stick to basics

c) “Your Blog Title must be one of its kind 🙂

Here are my top 5 favorite Blogs so far. As they say, the best is yet to come:

d) Wokay….. last but not the least, in fact the most important thing I learnt – Just have fun and be your real self 🙂

As mentioned in the 2nd point, here are the numbers. But no numbers can beat this feeling when people ask you “Are you that Rambling Recruiter Guy” Just amazing feeling. That is the most satisfying ROI ever. So now you know, when you ask me about my ROI of blogging, this is exactly what you will get to hear 🙂

Coming back to numbers, here you go


So looking forward to 2017. Hope to cover more and more interesting topics and as promised, will continue not to use Jargons 🙂

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Planet Earth’s Biggest List of Empowered and Inspiring Women : Made In India

This is not just a list, this is a list of amazing, passionate and empowered women. They have guided, mentored and encouraged more women at work. Following is just a small thank you note to all the Women who have inspired more and more women to make an impact on the industry they belong to. Yes, you guessed it right, just like last year ( 2015 List : https://goo.gl/dIUUjY) this year too this lists celebrates their amazing contribution.

I have been fortunate to have met many of these Inspiring Women Leaders. 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 a true inspiration to many out there.

So, let’s get to the list. 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 Empowered Mom 🙂

This list has CEO’s, Doctors, Singers, HR Influencers, Dentist, Food Bloggers, Travel Bloggers, Founders, Musicians, Teachers, Vlogger, Youtuber, Zumba Expert, Filmmaker, Banker, Baker, Chef, RJ Psychologist, Coach, CMO, Comedian, Journalist, Editors, Venture Capitalist, Marine Biologist, Microbiologist …….. and many more champs in their respective fields.

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 Would be great if you can share this list in your network. This will surely help many aspiring women out there, as they could be their mentor, guide and inspiration too. 

You can also subscribe to this twitter list and follow these inspiring and empowered women: https://goo.gl/VDO0Uf

A big thank you to all these empowered women. Keep it going and keep inspiring.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

 

World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Pharma Companies

Confession time!!!! Just like the previous blog about Banks, had to wait for 365 days to come up with this blog too. Had made a small attempt to capture the social media statistics of Pharma companies last year (2015). And here we are exactly a year later to explore the Statistics .

So before you get into the data part, would like to thank the Digital Marketing, HR, Talent Acquisition and Corporate Marketing teams of all these companies who have created an impact on their customers, clients and candidates via their social sites. So keep it going and keep inspiring.

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

Presenting “World’s biggest Social Media Statistics of Pharma Companies”

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Few Key takeaways:

  • 66% of these Pharma companies have a dedicate careers tab on their LinkedIn Company Page
  • Glenmark has managed to create 52% increase (Likes) on their as Facebook Page
  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories has the highest increase in Twitter Followers as compared to 2015 ie 36%
  • Sun Pharma has seen an increase in LinkedIn followers ie 36% rise as compared to 2015
  • Till 2015, Zydus Group did not have a dedicated Twitter account. This year they have reached 554 followers
  • Pfizer and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories have seen an good increase on their YouTube Channel in terms of subscribers ie 47% and 65% respectively

Looking forward to your views and comments on this blog post.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

World’s biggest and largest Social Media Statistics of Banks

Confession time 🙂 Had to wait for exactly 365 days to come up with this blog. Had made a small attempt to capture the social media statistics of banks last year (2015). And here we are exactly a year later to explore the progress of social numbers. 

Being a student of social media, I do understand that it’s not an easy task to manage, create, implement, and track social media numbers along with its impact. So before you get into the data part, would like to thank the Digital Marketing, HR, Talent Acquisition, Corporate Marketing teams of all these banks who have surely created an impact on their customers, clients and candidates via their social sites. So keep it going and keep inspiring.

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

Presenting “World’s biggest and largest Social Media Statistics of Banks”

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Few Key takeaways:

  • 50 % of these banks have a dedicated YouTube Channel
  • SBI has recently crossed 1 M followers on their Twitter Account (Awesome)
  • 62% of these banks have a dedicate careers tab on their LinkedIn Company Page
  • IDFC Bank has the highest increase in Twitter Followers as compared to 2015 ie 97%
  • Kotak Bank has seen an increase in LinkedIn followers ie 93% rise as compared to 2015
  • RBL Bank has managed to create 88% increase (Likes) on their Facebook Page
  • Till 2015, Bandhan Bank did not have a dedicated LinkedIn Company Page. This year they have create it and has 1440 followers
  • SBI again takes the cake J they have seen a 56% rise in subscribers on their YouTube channel.
  • And one more, SBI again leads in the space of Instagram too with 184K followers

Looking forward to your views and comments on this blog post.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

 

 

No Jargon : That’s a promise!!

The results are out!!! It’s time to uncover some interesting insights around the world famous keyword aka “Jargon”. I am sure we have all used it in some or the form, forums, events, workplace, outside workplace and so on 🙂 This is a small attempt to capture the pulse and thoughts of folks who are exposed to the world of Jargons. They could be folks who have used it or were at receiving end of a Jargon.

So, enough of gyan. Let’s look at the results.

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I am sure by now you would agree that Jargons are everywhere. It’s a choice to use it or not. But would be great to know your views, inputs, suggestions, reactions around these results.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

#WomanAtWork as Chairman of $108 billion company!!

Can you think of an Empowered Leader as Chairman of an organization with revenue of over 108 billion USD!!

For critics who might think this is a crazy idea, here is a business case (We are all so obsessed with business cases) so here you go.

  • The following list of empowered leaders are running organizations with a combined revenue of over 579 billion USD
  • I am yet to add another 108 billion USD (Tata Group)

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There has been lot of talks around encouraging more and more #WomanAtWork, Gender Diversity and so on. There is still loads and loads of work that we and companies need to do to prove this statistics wrong. “The World Economic Forum in its Global Gender Gap Report 2015 estimates it will take until 117 years to achieve global gender parity in the workplace.”

So let’s take small yet concrete steps to nurture, encourage and inspire more #WomanAtWork.

Here is a small list of things that you, me and us can do right away:

Celebrate WomenAtWork:

No point giving Gyan!!!! Just pick up 100’s and thousands of inspiring stories from your women employees, celebrate their success stories within and outside your company.

Brand Ambassador and Mentors:

This is a great opportunity for us and companies to identify Brand Ambassadors and Mentors who can guide, nurture and inspire women at work.

Leadership Matters: 

At the end of the day, this is what matters. Rope in your leaders, showcase concrete data points and also involve them in such programs.

Attracting and Retaining Talent:

As a Sourcer and Recruiter at heart, I always believe that this is where all the magic begins. Empower your hiring teams to identify amazing talent out there. Create a list of amazing things that your company does to encourage more Women at Work. It could include policies, flexi timings, transport and so on.

Looking forward to your ideas, suggestions and inputs that can help us all in this journey to encourage more #WomanAtWork

 

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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