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Importance of Facebook Recruiting!!

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There is more to Facebook than what we all think. Everyone is one Facebook, Yes almost everyone. Let’s take a look at some data:

  • Facebook has more profiles than Any Job Portal and LinkedIn too.

  • Facebook has around 1.3 + billion accounts. This is where many say “So what’s in it for me”

  • Well, 108+ million People in India are on Facebook

  • Mumbai has 6+ million / Delhi 8+ million, Pune 3.6 million, Bangalore 4.4 million, Ahmedabad 1.4 million users

So after this data, would like to ask recruiters “Are you searching candidates via Facebook” If yes, great, if no – its never too late…start it 🙂

Following is a video that talks about Importance of Facebook Recruiting!! This show is done by Rakshita Dwivedi. Looking forward to your views on how you are using Facebook for Hiring.


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Rambling Recruiter

Best of HR TweetChats 2014 – Part 3: #CHRDX

Twitter is my personal Learning management system“. This is a small attempt to share some of the best HR TweetChats of 2014. Twitter has been an amazing learning tool. Was fortunate to connect and learn from some amazing HR influencers via Twitter.  There have been some amazing Tweetchats that did make 2014 an amazing learning year for me.

It’s time for the the 3rd Part of Best of HR TweetChats 2014. For those you might have missed on the first two parts, can catch up with it right here:

Part 1 : #HRtrends

Part 2 : #ihrchat

TwitterSo, lets look at the 3rd TweetChat that has also create a buzz in the HR community this year.

#chrdx is Hosted by @nidhisand .  It occurs on 3rd week of every month (Wednesday) at 7:30pm.

Following are some of the interesting TweetChats Topics that were covered on #CHRDX in 2014

The Micro-Learning Wave

Unlocking Women Potential

Building a High Performance Culture

Continuous Learning

Mentoring Minds

Engaging Employees for Change

Goal it Right

Reshaping the Leadership Mindset

Professional Networking

Managing Gen Y at Work

Looking forward to your views on these interesting topics related to HR. You can also follow Nidhi Sand on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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Have you identified your Social Media Ambassadors!!

Your Company has a Facebook Page! Twitter Handle! LinkedIn Company Page! If your answer is YES, then the following question is for you. Have you identified your Social Media Ambassadors!! Who are they? Where do they work? Loads of Questions, right. Let’s make it easy. Now a days almost every company is on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. They would like to increase their presence and increase their followers on Social Media Channels. Nothing wrong in that. They are all trying hard to build their social network. But are they forgetting something? 

Yes you guessed it right. They missing out on their very own Brand Ambassadors on Social Media. Every company has a set of Social Media Ambassadors who have good amount of followers and are great influencer’s within their network. Yes, you read it right, every company has such employees. So have companies tried to identify them and make the most of their network? Well, some have, but most are still clueless about where they are and how to encourage them to promote their own company on Social Media Channels. 

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It it one thing to create a Company Twitter Account and other thing to promote it. Do you know how many in your company are on Twitter? I bet most of them will not have an answer. It’s important to build your internal network first and encourage your employees to embrace such powerful social channels. Companies need to train them, engage them and nurture them to use Social Channels. Then they need to identify top influencer’s from them and slowly develop them into their Social Media Ambassadors.

Companies have also created multiple Facebook Pages, but are these pages talking to each other? Are they even following each other? In this case too, companies must promote their Facebook Pages Internally and then encourage them to share relevant content within their networks. As every employee has his/her strong network on social channels. And companies must make the most of it. 

LinkedIn is a channel where we by default mention our Company name and our designation. So is there a way we can ask all our employees on LinkedIn to share important links in their company sections, add videos, careers website url’s on their profile? Companies must realize that charity begins at home. In other word, promotion begins from internal networks and then one can go all out externally. 

So have you identified your Social Media Ambassadors? 

Looking forward to your views on the following topic.


Rambling Recruiter

Rambling Recruiter

India’s largest database of employees!​!! Free!! Possible!!

“Employee Database” – we feel Corporate HR alone has access to these names. Ever wondered or dreamt of getting access to real time employee data of all companies without being had to run behind insurance companies or by illegally buying the databank. YES there is a way to get access to this without shelling out a single penny.

You must be kidding. How can you get India’s largest database of Employees!! And to make things more interesting, for FREE!! How on earth is this possible!! Well, I am not a hacker, so this option is ruled out. During writing this post, I often did ask myself this question “After this post, some authorities and companies might want to block this database access!! 

So have I scared you enough!! So if this data involves all the companies that are operating in India, how can it be free to access? Well, I am still looking for those answers. But imagine the power of this database. People can use it and also misuse it. Again it depends on how and what you want to do with this data. Normally people use the term Gold Mine, but I would like to call this as Diamond Mine. Such is the power of this data. Enough of selling.

 Some questions before we get into the database: 

Can you get the entire list of employees working in any company in India!!! 

Can you find the exact number and full names of employees working in any organization in India!! 

Can you get the latest report of employee’s headcount (Updated every month) 

Want to know how many employees your competitors hired last month, last year!! 

Is all this possible!!! If yes, can you access it for FREE!!!

Well, as they say what’s knowledge without sharing it? And the more you share, the more you end up learning.

Enough of suspense. Following is the magic link that will answer all the questions that were highlighted earlier and much more.

Well, you might say that this is just an Employee’s Provident Fund Account. How will they provide access to the entire database? Well, in employer’s column, there is a section called “Establishment search (Also view Remittances & Member Name)” Just click on this.

Once you reach the page, just go and click on the last checkbox, ie – “Also search on Estt. Name (enter a few characters of estt. name or in full)”. And now all you need to do is enter any Company Name that operates from India. Simple!! Once you enter that company name, click on Payment Part. And then what you get in nothing short of a Eureka moment, which includes:

Sl. No. –  TRRN – Date of Credit – Amount Wages Month – No. of Employee – ECR and Member Passbook details. To get the name of all the employees working in that organization, all you need to do is click on the hyperlink (No of employees) section. Also to add, this data gets updated every month. Well, EPF org has to do it, as companies pay their own contribution every month. So no chance of this data being stale or old. How cool is this!!!

So can this be India’s largest database of employees!!!

Some of you might question the ethics part while sharing such data. Well, this data is free to access (As we speak). Not sure if  companies plan to block it in future. But personally I feel such data should not be open to all. Looking forward to connect with you and know your views, opinions on how this data can help you? Will you use this data!! Is it right to have the access of this data!! Should this data be blocked!!!


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Have you explored “More” from LinkedIn !!!

What’s “More” from LinkedIn !! Has LinkedIn launched a new service, or a new product !! Well, not really. We are talking about the “More” section on LinkedIn Page. It’s on the left side of the Search Box. This section has a lot of interesting things that can help recruiters and candidates. Some of you might wonder what is so special about this section. Also at times we miss out on this section too. This post is about those interesting applications that LinkedIn has to offer us.

More Section Details:

A) Answers:

This is an interesting section where you can go through questions that are posted by the professionals in your network. You can also post your answers related to your field and expertise. Not only this, you can also search for Answers using keywords about your area of interest.

For example : I wanted to know what kind of question/ answers are being discussed in my network related to Recruitment. So all I had to do was search for this key word, and the following page did give me desired result. –  Advanced Answers Search

B) Learning Center:

This is a page wherein you can Learn about all of the different features you’ll find on LinkedIn. From a brief overview to detailed tips, you’ll find them in this section.

  • Learn about profiles
  • Find out how to get a new job
  • Use LinkedIn on your mobile phone
  • Get the answers to your questions with Answers

C) Skills:

Discover world-class professionals and related skills on LinkedIn !! Yes this is exactly what this section does for you. This section is very handy for recruiters for MI (Market Intelligence) that Recruiters have to do day in and day out. All you need to do is just enter the desired skill / Technology and LinkedIn will do the rest for you 🙂  You can read more in detail about it in the previous post “Discover world-class professionals and related skills on LinkedIn !!” Although this is a Beta version, but still it is very useful to gather precious information.


– Events:

This particular Application is majorly used to Promote your event on LinkedIn. This way you can leverage the millions of professionals on LinkedIn to make your event a success. There has been a positive trend where in recruiters do promote their Weekend / Walk-In Drives that they conduct almost every week. As a candidate too this does help you to search out the Events that have been organised.

For example :

Mumbai HR Summit 2012

5th Cloud Computing Summit 2012

Walk-in Drive (Scheduled) on 6th Aug 2011 @Wipro Technologies, Kolkata


Polls is also a unique application from LinkedIn wherein you can ask a question and and the same time you can get feedback and the responses from your network. This also shows you the results of the questions that were posted, and the results are displayed in the category such as Overall Demographics (Age , Seniority , Gender ) One can also share the poll on Twitter and Facebook and get more responses from their network.

For example:

How helpful would you find a short video from a hiring manager (part of the job ad) explaining the role in their words? 

 Is a university degree worth the price tag? 

What is the most important quality that you can’t find on a resume?

Company Buzz:

Company Buzz lets you tap into this information flow to find relevant trends and comments about your company. Install the application and instantly see what people are saying. You can Customize and Modify the topics and add new ones , you can see historical charts to track buzz and  get the top words associated with your topic and quickly drill into see related tweets. Interesting right !!

Google Presentation:

Google presentations is a professional way to introduce yourself and your work. You can add a presentation to your LinkedIn profile to Showcase a recent talk or presentation or Display a visual portfolio of your professional accomplishments and also this way you can introduce yourself to recruiters and professional contacts viewing your profile. 🙂


As you are aware of this news LinkedIn buys SlideShare cofounded by Indians for $118.75 million. SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. You can:

  • share presentations & documents with your LinkedIn network
  • upload portfolios, resume, conference talks, PDFs, marketing/sales presentations etc
  • display them on your LinkedIn profile
  • all formats supported: ppt, pps, pptx, odp, pdf, doc, docx, odt, Keynote, iWork pages
  • embed YouTube videos in presentations, add audio to make a webinar


This is one of my favourite apps on LinkedIn, as with this you can sync your WordPress blog posts with your LinkedIn profile. Once added, you can filter your posts with a special LinkedIn tag and even display your personal WordPress Gravatar (global avatar). Updates are automatically sent to your network for instant notifications and gratification.

Blog Link:

Powered by TypePad technology, the premier hosted blogging service. With Blog Link, you can get the most of your LinkedIn relationships by connecting your blog to your LinkedIn profile. Blog Link helps you, and your professional network, stay connected.Blog Link supports TypePad, Movable Type, Vox,,, Blogger, LiveJournal, and many more. Files: makes managing and sharing files simple. With this you can quickly and easily add virtually any type of file to your LinkedIn profile, so visitors can download and view them.

– If you’re recruiting, get your employees to spread job requisitions virtually by posting them to your profile.

– Looking for a job? Share your resume or portfolio on your LinkedIn profile and send it from Box to your LinkedIn contacts.

So are you Hungry for “More”, Well you don’t have to go far, all you need to do is just visit the More Section on your LinkedIn Profile and you will be amazed to see the applications that can help you to make the most of your LinkedIn Account.

Looking forward to know your feedback about the applications that you have already used, as this will help us to share and learn and create the best practices about using LinkedIn.

Happy Recruiting 🙂

Rambling Recruiter

Recruitment Season is ON !! Are you Ready?

You might be thinking what kind of season is this – “Recruitment” Some might say that it goes on for 365 days, so what is so special about this season. Well, Its time for you to get rewarded for all your hard work last year. Its time for Ratings and Bonuses to be announced. Some companies have already announced it, some are going to very soon.

The reason for writing this post is to try and understand the process behind this season. Its a season when people switch, jump, hop and shift jobs. (% is more compared to other seasons) Every one has a right to do that, and after all its for betterment of their career.

Candidates are waiting for their revised salary(revised salary would include % hike that they are eligible for – depending upon their ratings), and Bonus. Its a perfect season this time, as thanks to the recession, companies were not able to match the expectations of their resources.  But now the Market is OPEN, very much OPEN. Salaries are going sky high. Generic skills are selling like hot pan cakes, and their market value too is at an all time high.

So, why worry, every one is happy. Right…… May be… May be not……. This is just a start, the real problem will soon arise, once these candidates are out in market, with the revised letter from their companies, their expectations will also be high, in case they are looking for a change. So it will be a tuff time for their future employers to hire them. Now a days 30 % hike is just normal (Hope you all agree on this)

So, it will be interesting to look at companies who will try to match their expectations (Most companies have announced 10 – 15 % average hike), so employers need to be ready to add 30% on top of 15%……. (45 % HIKE) Don’t be surprised, companies have to shell out money. It will be a real challenge to also retain the current employees, as well as to hire employees from the Market………

Looking forward to your views on this amazing Season……..

Recruitment season is ON… Are you Ready?

Rambling Recruiter

Is your Employer watching your Facebook Updates??

HMMMMM …. Scary…. right???

It’s been over 4 years that i am using Facebook. And i must admit, its an revolution. Some might agree and some might not.  It depends how you want to look at it. Facebook has changed the way we communicate, the way we greet our friends, the way we discuss in groups, events. You name it and Facebook has managed to do it as u like it.




Ok ok, enough of Facebook victory song 🙂 Lets get back to the topic “Is your employer watching your Facebook Updates”

You might say “So what, does it make a difference” or  “I don’t care, its my personal account, i will do what ever i want”  or ” i do care, but is that a right thing” or “They don’t have a right to keep a track on my personal Updates” and many more……

The reason for taking this topic is to just throw some light of what if they keep a watch on our updates…. (There are employers who have an eye on the updates / messages that have been published in the Social Networking world)

Me sure that by now, you all must have felt that its a personal thing, personal choice, freedom of expression – to be on Facebook, or post, update things you like etc. The only concern that i believe the employer might have (Future employers too) is that, during working hours there are times when there are some updates like ” This is my game score, can you beat it ” or “Getting bored at office” or “Work sucks” or anything related to your office mates or manager, it can be anything. (Me sure, some of you might not agree with my views). Again let me say this, its your personal Choice, and everyone has a right to do their own thing, after all it’s my personal account.

But just give it a thought for a second, you are a manager or a team leader, and an employee asks for a leave (reason could be not feeling well ) and the next day you come to see his party pics on FB. Not necessary he might be in your list of friends, but there  are ways the photo might come into public. It can happen with a manager too, may be  he is saying about employees or his employer. The reason for writing this post is not to blame or point fingers at anyone. It’s just to say – Have fun, make the most of your freedom, but do also take care of what you post or what you express.

“Think… and then put across an update ”


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Rambling Recruiter

Notice Period – 3 mths… You must be kidding!!!!

Well, I am not kidding 🙂 This is a common practice now a days. Gone are the days when a candidate could switch jobs easily. Things have changed drastically. Most of the companies have changed their policy regarding Notice Period.

The question is How will it impact employees?.. How will it impact the employers?

Just to give you a background about the meaning of “Notice Period”- A notice period is the amount of time an employee has to give to his employer from the time he decides to quit.
How will it impact employees?

The recession is over (Thank God), Market has opened up, There are lots of openings available, lots of new jobs, Projects etc 🙂 SO!! So, Employees are looking for a change…. Not all, but there is a good size of people looking for a job change.

The average Notice period is 30 – 90days. It might be different for professionals on contract. So, if you are an employee who is looking for a change, and your company has a NP of 60 or 90 days… will it be easy for you to shift.. or do you think the prospective employer will wait for you!!!!!

The answer will be Yes (at times) or NO (Most of the times). The employees might have a tuff time to come out, as companies are asking for them to serve the entire NP. (Buyout options too are very rare) Well… all that I can say as of now is… ALL THE BEST… But… there might be a stage when Employers will wait for 60 – 90 days.. as they might also run out of options in terms of the availability of the resources.

How will it impact the employers?

HMMMMMM Projects, Billable Projects, Clients, Resignations (Retention) … Employers are always hunting for resources to work for their projects. Lots of openings have been available in the job market. As an employer it’s very important to fulfill the positions, and start the billing for the resources placed.

But on the other hand, they are facing difficulties as they cannot afford to wait for 60 – 90 days (for some critical skills). Also even if they wait, there are times when the employees have 2-3 offers in hand by that time.

 People do wait for 3-4 months for a new car…. 🙂 So does it mean that there will be a time when this will be a common practice for Employers to wait for the same!!!!!!! 🙂

The employers have found a way where they can retain / atleast ensure that less resources resign, by increasing the Notice Period…. But does this really help???? YES … MAY BE NO….. DEPENDS……..

Looking forward to your views, comments on the same 🙂