Hey, how to get resumes from Twitter?
Twitter is very complicated!!!
Do we actually get resumes on Twitter?
All one needs to ask was, “Are you on Twitter?” The answer is -“No I am not on Twitter”
This is a typical problem that Recruiters / HR / Sourcers face and end up either not joining Twitter or end up not using Twitter.
In an ideal situation, Recruiters / HR / Sourcers must not Join Twitter (Just) to look for resumes. You might be surprised to here this statement. Well, there are many reasons to join Twitter other than looking for candidates. As they say you can’t learn swimming by reading a book, you need to get into the pool. Same is the case with Twitter. You need to be on Twitter to experience it. So, your next question is for what should we join Twitter for?
– Build your Brand (Individual / Company)
– Follow HR Leaders, Fellow Recruiters, CEO’s, Company’s Twitter Account
– Ask questions related to any technology, hiring process, new methods of hiring / you can also answers questions based on your experience.
– Dont just keep on posting jobs on Twitter, keep it going but at times its just too much.
We as recruiters are programmed to use social platforms such as a Job Portal. Twitter is not a Job Portal. Self Learning is a key, and one can only grow if one is willing to learn. . I’m not selling Twitter to Recruiters, but just trying to say that there is also a different side to Twitter. All you need to do is invest some quality time.
Looking forward to your views on this topic.
“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. http://www.epfindia.gov.in/
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!!!
Well this question might not seem right, as everyone has the right to apply for a job, and every employer must not ideally ignore candidates with 60/90 days notice period. But does this actually happen in the real world!! Let’s try to find out the concept of hiring or not hiring resources with a higher notice period. For those recruiters who are hiring in Western countries might not have to worry about this scenario, as the Notice Periods are very rarely more than 30-45days. They believe in the concept of having shorter duration of Notice Period for employees. But for those recruiters hiring in India, they have to face the issue of 60 / 90 days policy.
So what is wrong in hiring professionals with 60 / 90 days notice period? Well, to be honest there is nothing wrong in hiring them. So what is the real issue? Who decides to avoid candidates with higher notice periods? The answer is not that simple, so let’s dig out some of those reasons. Let’s take a real life situation, a recruiter needs to hire Vanilla Skills (Java / Mainframe, Manual Testing professionals), So given an option, will the recruiter go for candidates whose Notice Period is 60/90 days? I guess most of you might say NO. Do you have a reason for that? Recruiters might end up saying that the Delivery / Management team need resources as early as possible. Hence we end up looking for candidates who can join in 30-45 days max. There are some exceptions where they need resources ASAP. But at the end of the day, this is business, company wants to bill the resources ASAP and earn profits.
So does this mean the candidates with higher notice period might lose on opportunities? Hmmm… Well the answers is YES and NO. Again it depends on what skills you are working on. To take an example, niche skills such as FlexCube, Vision Plus (Some might say that it’s no more a Niche Skill), TransactSM, Business Analysts, CRM etc are available in companies with 60 / 90 days notice. So in such cases recruiters can’t ignore these candidates. So do you think this is fair? Candidates might not agree with this distinction, and might call it unfair practice. But…. this is the reality. Many a times have heard candidate saying, “I want to look for a new opportunity, but can’t join early as NP is 60/90 days”. Again to make things worse, companies are not ready to release their resources even with a buy out option. Strange, but true.
So what you think about this situation? Are recruiters right / wrong in avoiding candidates with higher notice period? Looking forward to your opinion and views on this topic.