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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

Dare : A Bold New HR aka #SHRMI16 in 140 Characters


Just 140 characters!!

It was time for 1000+ HR folks to gather at the biggest HR event aka SHRM Annual Conference. 2 days of non-stop learning, sharing and connecting with passionate and inspiring HR folks. The discussions were not just restricted within the 4 walls of the conference room. They went viral all over Social Media Platforms. Twitter being the most happening place of all and guess what #SHRMI16 was trending on Twitter within 60 mins of the event being opened.

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

Learning never stops. So why stop exploring more tweets 🙂 Go on and share your feedback, insights, views and inputs around this interesting theme : Dare a Bold New HR 🙂 

So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such BOLD tweets on #SHRMI16.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Google Allo : HR’s New Best Friend!!!

“Send a reminder mail to Mr. Jayant, Miss Naina and Mr. Kunjal for sending across their Education and Work Experience Certificates”

“Share the list of last weekend drives final Dot Net and Java Selects. Also attach their Interview Assessment Sheets”

“Do Schedule a meeting with Mr. Kamdar on 5th Oct at 4pm IST for discussion around celebrating #WomanAtWork. Also attach Diversity Hiring Report 2016 with the schedule”

Response: Done 🙂 Happy to help.

So, by now you would have realized that I am dictating this to someone and that someone has done the needful. Any guess who this someone might be? Well, it’s my new friend aka Google Allo. Life has become easy and I am able to focus on other productive work. All I have to do is type these instructions and Google Allo (Assistant) will do the rest. This is really an amazing way to delegate some transactional work and it surely saves lot of your time. You can ask for reports, schedule meeting, set reminders, ask Allo to also attach important files, links, Videos, Pictures and so on.

One of the major challenges that hiring professionals face during weekend drives is to follow up with candidates, remind them about their schedule, ask them to bring in the required documents and also follow up again on the day of the weekend drive. Allo can help you do it all. All you have to type in the required instructions and that’s it 🙂 Simple right.

And guess what, post the event Allo can send in thank you note to all those who have attended the recruitment drive. To make things more interesting, Allo can also send the list of Final Selects to the Delivery Manager. That’s amazing stuff. All this possible just by typing 😉

Here are a few more examples that might help you to leverage Google Allo:

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So how many of you actually tried it out!!! Did it work for you? Yes, No!!!  Before you remove me from your friends list, let me confess; this does not work as of now. But this will soon be a reality and HR will benefit a lot from this. Getting Data will not be boring anymore. It will be just a chat away. (Was tempted to use this line “Data is the new OIL”) 

Would be great to know your views, comments and suggestions on any other ways in which Allo or any other  Assistant apps can helps our HR community.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?

I get an email. It says “Your profile is interesting and we would like to meet you.” I’m sure a system screened my resume and assigned a bot to write me this mail. Soon I realize that the meeting has been scheduled via a Video Call. I sit back and wait for the call.  As soon as I get in the call, I see some questions on the screen and all I had to do was answer those. Some were objective and some were subjective. Soon  After I answer all the questions, the system says “Thank you Kunjal for your time, here are your results” 🙂 [2 minutes silence!!!!] I was hoping that the bot would say “We will get back to you soon with the results” But that was pretty quick (and impressive).

So, moving on. Fortunately I did crack the interview. I soon got another email inviting me for another round. I was hoping it to be in person. Well, it was in person but there was no person in the office!!!! I was surprised to see a bot moving around and soon it entered a conference room. And another bot at the reception announced my name and I walked into the conference room. To my surprise a Beam Robot welcomed me and asked how my day was going. I was speechless as I could see a human actually interacting with me through this Beam Robot. That person was some 500 miles away from this location, but it was able to move around and interact with me.

Okay, so moving on, the interview did go well and I was hopeful to make it through. To make things more interesting, the Beam Robot escorted me to the reception. Out of habit, I put my hand out for a handshake but it struck to me that it was just a robot!!!!  So, after a few days, I received a call (Not sure if it was a bot or a real human) Anyway, I was more keen to know my final result. Fortunately, I did make it through and they offered me a job.

Now the real fun begins 🙂

My first and last day at office!!!!!  Yes, you read it right. Just wait till you realize it. I was there for my Induction and it was all done by a Beam Robot. This time, there were real humans behind the screen and I was able to interact with them. Some were based outside the country, some were 300 miles away from this office. So I wondered, where will I be working from. Soon I realized that I was going to work from home. But, my new bot was going to work from this office! So I don’t get a laptop on my day one (or on the last day at the office), I get a beam robot. 😉

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PS: I had to draw this line to tell you folks to come back to reality 🙂 Trust me, this is going to be a reality soon. In fact, this has already started in some or the other way. This year’s SHRMTECH16 had this on display and it was actually moving around and interacting with participants at the conference.

So, do you think Future of Recruitment is scary, exciting or boring?! Let me know in the comments below!

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Image Credit : https://suitabletech.com/

#TASCON16 in 140 characters!!!!

It’s tough to express all about #TASCON16 in words. You got to attend it for sure 🙂

 Sourcing Adda and team have yet again proved that they are India’s Premier Conference that is dedicated for TA and Sourcing folks. It’s an amazing community of like minded and passionate Hiring folks that are making a difference and creating the next set of TA and Sourcing Champions.

As the title suggests #TASCON in 140 characters, I will not take much of your time and come straight to the point. It was 2nd year of #TASCON and I was fortunate enough to attend it this year too. It had amazing line up of speakers and topics. Let’s take a look at a collection of tweets that contain amazing insights around the topics that TA and Sourcing folks would be interested in.

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Well, I hope these tweets would surely help us all to make the most of the amazing insights shared at #TASCON16. I am sure by now you might want to connect with these amazing Sourcing Folks. So what are you waiting for!!! Go ahead and connect with them and make the most. You can also know more about the speakers right here : http://tascon.in/

So, go ahead, explore these amazing tips and tricks and stay connected 🙂

PS: Already looking forward to #TASCON17 😉

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

 

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

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

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

The Results are OUT!!! Biggest Study : 200 Recruiters LinkedIn Profile

It’s time to announce the results.

For those who missed the previous post, here is the link : http://goo.gl/51jFj0

This includes the reason for this study of 200 Recruiters LinkedIn Profile. It also includes the methodology that was considered for this study.

So are you ready???

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So now that you are aware of the results, lets break the questions and understand the importance of it.

A) Out of 200 Recruiters, 27% have a LinkedIn Premium Profile. So how does it matter!!!

PS: It’s not mandatory to have a Premium Account. Its optional.

– Premium Profile gives you 10 InMail credits per month to directly contact anyone on LinkedIn , even if you are not connected

– Premium Profile Discovers who’s interested in you Access the full list of people who viewed your profile in the last 90 days, so you can reach out or follow up.

PS: Companies can pick up their Social Brand Ambassadors and subscribe for a LinkedIn Premium Account for selected Recruiters 

B) Out of 200 Recruiters, 65% have not mentioned their Company / Careers Website on their LinkedIn Profile!!!

– This is super basic stuff. Helps candidates to go and apply for openings. PS: Please go ahead and add it on your Profile

– Helps in creating traffic on your companies Careers Page and helps candidates to visit your company website and know more about your company.

C) Only 20% Recruiters have shared their Twitter Handle on their LinkedIn Profile!!

– This means that 80% are not on Twitter.

– This blog might be useful for recruiters to try exploring Twitter at least once. Rest is up to their personal choice 🙂

D) 86% of Recruiters have not included companies PDF / Videos on their Profile.

Nowadays almost all companies are Digital Savvy and have some interesting Company Videos to showcase cos culture, fun, activities, leaders speech, awards, rewards etc.

– With the help of your recruiters you can showcase all these to the prospective candidates

E) 89% Recruiters have not shared Jobs / Openings in their Summary / Profile section

– This is surprising. Well, we as recruiters are always on the hunt to tap talent. We should not forget that candidates do visit our LinkedIn Profile.

– Ensure that you list the current job openings on your Summary / Profile Section. This will help prospective candidates to know what skills you are hiring.

F) 95% Recruiters don’t Blog

– I am not surprised by this result.

– But with LinkedIn coming up with Publishing Platform, it’s easy for Recruiters to start Blogging. Start Expressing, Start Sharing with your community. The more your share, the more you end up learning.

 So do you think that Recruiters are ignoring Social Branding!!! 

PS: It does take only few mins to include all of this on your LinkedIn Profile. And also requires some passion towards the company that you are working aka representing.

Would be keen to know your take on the study and the results. You can also share your views with me on @kunjal23 

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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