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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

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Welcome to the amazing world of Hashtags!!!

#Hashtags!! What are Hashtags!! How can it be used!! Will it help me!! Well, these might be some of the questions that may be running in your head. For those using Twitter, might surely have a fair idea and might be also using Hashtags regularly. The following post will answers these questions and will also share some of the examples of how it can be used.Twitter

Do you know when was the first Hashtag used on Twitter!!! Chris Messina, a social technology expert, is credited to have come up with the very first Hashtag on Twitter.He first posted the hashtag #barcamp in August 2007. The whole tweet appeared like this:

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

So let’s begin the journey of Hashtags. Twitter has defined Hashtags in their own way and the definition is as follows – Definition:The # symbol, called a Hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.

So moving on from the definition, Twitter is a great place where people use Hashtags. People use Hashtags especially during LIVE events, Twitter chats and webinars. Why do they do it!! Well, Hashtags are the best way to organize conversations online.

Following are some of the interesting and popular Hashtags that have been used regularly. (Have tried to cover more of India based Twitter Chats)

–  #hrtrends: PlugHR sets up & runs HR department for companies for a fixed subscription bringing in the best HR practices,across sectors in 7 Indian Cities. They have Twitter Chats which Occurs every Thursday at 4:00pm IST

#indiahrchat : #IndiaHRchat is a monthly twitter chat aimed at creating conversation with/for the Indian HR community and those interested in the region. It occurs at 7 PM IST, 8.30 AM EST, 1.30 PM GMT on the last Wednesday of every month.

#brandchat :These are Weekly chat Weds 10am CT about BRANDING moderated by @mariaduron (founder) & @mr_mcfly.

–  #dthr : @drivethruhr is a Daily 30 minute radio program hosted by @bryanwempen @williamtincup & @thehrbuddy. You can tune in for great HR conversations.

–  #IndiaHRLIVE – Is there a LIVE TV Channel for #HR Professionals!!! The answers is YES 🙂 @IndiaHRLive Broadcasts LIVE video interviews & Panel discussions every Tuesday 8 pm IST.

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So now that you have a list of Twitter Chats to follow, let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts while using Hashtags :

– Try using Hashtags which are easy to remember. For example, if your event or Twitter Chat is based on #HR or #SocialMedia, you can use the name of the event ie #SocialMedia2013 or #HRCONF2013 or so on. The idea is to have a unique Hashtag for the event.

–  Don’t forget to search for Hashtags, as you need to avoid duplicate Hashtags. As there are regular events happening on Twitter, hence first search if anyone else has already used your hashtag.

– You can search Hashtags on http://www.hashtags.org/ . This is a great place to search Hashtags and it also provides analytics for your Hashtags.

–  While posting on other Social Networking sites, do use Hashtags; as this will give you a wider reach in terms of visibility.

–  Do not use Hashtags for every word. Example – Don’t forget to join us for #Importance of #SocialMedia for #HR #Professionals at our #HRCONF #Event today at 7pm IST.

So are you all set to enter the amazing world of Hashtags!! Looking forward to your views on how you are using it for your events.

Regards

#RamblingRecruiter

Have you branded yourself on the latest craze – Pinterest

What’s this buzz about Pinterest?? I’ve been hearing and am sure even you too have been hearing a lot of news throughout the industry on this new social sharing site. All of our reaction to this news is – Oh No!! Another Social Networking Tool!!! Well, you are absolutely right in saying that it’s another Social Networking Tool, but then its Different ;). So, getting into the details of it- what is Pinterest all about? Is it worth using? Is it here to stay for a longer duration? Who should use it? How to use it?  And anxiety continues…Hang on, you will surely get all the answers to these questions (Almost All). Here we go..

In simple terms, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.Remember during our school/college days we use to have notice boards where most important and interesting information was pinned. Even today we Pin “good reads” or another interesting stuff to our office board, so with similar concept is – Pinterest, a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting”. 

Users of Pinterest are incharged of themed image boards, populating them with media found online using the “Pin It” button, or uploaded from their computer.Each such item of media is known as a “pin,” and can be a picture, a video, a discussion, or a monetary gift. Pins can be grouped into “boards,” which are sets of pins created on a given topic. Pinterest can be accessed by adding the “pin it” button to the desktop bookmark bar, “follow me” and “pin it” button added to personal website or blog pages. Pinterest makes it really easy to add content, either through smart phone apps, Internet browser extensions or, of course manually on the Pinterest website.

Now the question arises how can Companies use it to Brand themselves or their Products.

– You can mention about your company’s products / Services can also talk about your Leadership Team or Fun corner. All you have to do is copy the web link of the desired page and enter the details. The advantage is that you don’t have to worry about the content, as the company website already has all the details.

– Another way to promote your company is to highlight the various achievement of your organization with respect to awards/patents/Media News and also your project “Employee Speaks” section. Most of the companies use this space to project their employees (past/present) and share their experience working with the organization.

Recruiters can also take advantage of this new platform to promote Job Opening of their organization. All they have to do is give the link of Career Page and hope to get some traffic via Pinterest. It is potentially a brilliant way of engaging both existing and potential employees.

Most of us have no dearth of knowledge sharing on Social Recruiting, but it’s always worth exploring newest tool as an addition to your existing social recruiting tools. End of the day, none of us get 100% success using any new tool right away but with time comes success and challenges. I Still remember those days when people used to say “Are you Crazy, You cannot recruit via Facebook and Twitter”. But this is not the case anymore. It completely depends on how you plan to use it and also how well you execute it as part of your social networking tools. Also, in my opinion, it’s too early to judge its success or Failure, but it’s surely here to make you think and tempt you to use it.

Did I mention “Pinterest is driving more traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn Combined” Worth a shot right…..

Looking forward to your views on this latest tool. Hope to see you on Pinterest.

You can follow me on Pinerest – http://pinterest.com/kunjal13/

 Happy Pinning 😉

Check-in and Find a Job !!! Is this Possible? (foursquare)

Did you Check-in today !!!!

Well, Check-in via foursquare has really picked up, and creating a decent space in the Social Networking World. foursquare is a location-based social networking website based on software for mobile devices. This service is available to users with GPS-enabled mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users “check-in” at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by running the application and selecting from a list of venues that the application locates nearby.

In my previous posts i had mentioned about “Are you Posting Jobs on Twitterhttp://mcaf.ee/49fc8 and Facebook for Recruitinghttp://mcaf.ee/qp14i . Hence just wanted to try out something new with Foursquare.
 
As a pilot project, just tried to identify certain places where IT Professionals Check-in via Foursquare, and try to see the number of people checking into that particular area. All i did was post a Job Opening (In the Tips section). So every time and individual checks- in the location, they will get a info about Job Openings. And based on their interest, they might send across their resumes.

Following are some of the samples for your reference:

In this particular sample, Magarpatta / Magarpatta Cyber City and DLF are locations in Pune, India, where there are lot many IT organizations. Hence every time an individual checks-in, he/she will get to see a tip regarding that location. I have posted a job Requirement in the tips section. On the right hand side, you can also see the number of check-in made till date.

 Although this is just a small start, as the number of users in India are not as high as other European countries, but people are picking it up quickly. As the number of users will increase, the check-ins will also increase, thus the visibility of such job openings will improve.

So did you Check-in today !!!!

Looking forward to your views, comments on this topic. 

My take on the “Social Networking Impact into Recruitments”

 Based on the Questionnaire that was filled by the 90 recruiters (Check out the 10 questions at http://mcaf.ee/c8ef2) , it can be safely said that Social Networking sites have a impact on the Recruitment Process. There is also a section of professionals who do not agree or think that it’s still a long way to go before there is an Impact. Considering that fact that the Recruitment process is becoming more challenging, as the search options are getting smaller and smaller.

Social Networking has given an option to the Recruitment industry to find resources. There is a huge potential in the social Networking sites, as there is lot of activity happening in this world. Recruiters are in constant need to find resources through alternative channels and resources that are untapped. Now a day every other candidate has been approached by one or the other recruiter for a Job Opening. There are requirements that might require specific skills, and after a point of time the market is exhausted, and the same set of resumes are on the Job Portal. Hence there is a need to find those professionals are hidden, or who are not actively looking for a job, but want to know about the Job Opening. 

Social networking pays a vital role in tapping such resources; especially LinkedIn is a pioneer site for looking for such candidates. Majorly it is used for Executive hiring’s. 

Ever wondered why there are no Job Postings on Job Portals for CEO, VP, Technical Director etc?????

The major reason for this is that there are hardly any Senior Candidates at this level who put their Resume on Portals. LinkedIn or other Networking sites have recently become a place where you can find such Executives, but the only difference is that they are here for Networking. But there are ways and means to get in touch with them, where you can discuss a job opportunity with them. 

The Tools for Recruitment are the same old Job Portals, Newspaper ads, References. No doubt that they are also very effective, but social networking sites have managed to add one more options and a good option, where in the visibility is on a large scale.

Sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and many other such networking sites have proved its place in the Recruitment Process. You might have noticed that every other company’s website, you will find the Logo of Twitter / Facebook, asking you to Follow them. In fact there are numerous Groups on LinkedIn, where you can join a Group, look for Jobs, Go through Job Postings etc. 

There has been a good success rates at which recruiters hire professionals via these channels. Also to add to it is that most of them are free of Cost. And also gives a huge space on the Web World out there.

 The following research was a small attempt to share information about the Social Networking sites, and its impact in today’s Recruitment process.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Do you think Hiring via networking sites is emerging trend? Or still there is a long way to go?

Here we are, with the 10th and final Question that was asked to 90 Recruiters.

Based on the Data and the feedback that was collected during this entire research, It was amazing to see that Recruiters are slowely but surely getting used to Social Networking sites. Social Networking has given an option to the Recruitment industry to find resources.

There is a huge potential in the social Networking sites, as there is lot of activity happening in this world. Recruiters are in constant need to find resources through alternative channels and resources that are untapped. Now a day every other candidate has been approached by one or the other recruiter for a Job Opening. There are requirements that might require specific skills, and after a point of time the market is exhausted, and the same set of resumes are on the Job Portal. Hence there is a need to find those professionals are hidden, or who are not actively looking for a job, but want to know about the Job Openings.

Following are the details for the 10th Question:

This is a very useful data, where one can see that 63.3% think that Hiring via networking sites is an emerging trend. This is a positive response and has a bright future.

You can also check out the previous 9 questions and their Analysis in the previous blog posts  –

http://mcaf.ee/9507e

http://mcaf.ee/fb953

http://mcaf.ee/ba9c4

http://mcaf.ee/fdc86

– http://mcaf.ee/76984

http://mcaf.ee/580d2

http://mcaf.ee/c831e

http://mcaf.ee/91a0d

http://mcaf.ee/9cb62

Respondents Details:

All the 90 respondents are recruiters, who are responsible for Hiring in their respective organizations.

Looking forward to your views on this data. You can agree or disagree :)

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Do you have an account on any of the Social Networking Sites?(LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc)

HMMMMMMMMMMM……

What a strange question? You might be wondering, who on earth would not have an account of Facebook (every 14th person on this earth is on Facebook), LinkedIn (80 million ), Twitter (175 million)

So, where are we heading in terms of numbers, its usage !!!! for Recruitments. Yes, there were a set of 10 questions that was asked to 90 recruiters. The stats that i got from the survey was not surprising (for this question). But it would be an interesting aspect to take it to the next level, in terms of using Social Networking sites for Recruitments.

You can check out the 10 questions that were asked to them at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FB27XSG

You can also check previous 8 questions and their Analysis in the previous blog posts  –

http://mcaf.ee/9507e

http://mcaf.ee/fb953

http://mcaf.ee/ba9c4

http://mcaf.ee/fdc86

– http://mcaf.ee/76984

http://mcaf.ee/580d2

http://mcaf.ee/c831e

http://mcaf.ee/91a0d

Respondents Details:

All the 90 respondents are recruiters, who are responsible for Hiring in their respective organizations.

Looking forward to your views on this data. You can agree or disagree :)

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Which Social Networking site do you use the most for Recruitment Purpose?

So we are done with 2 questions that were asked to 90 recruiters about social networking sites.

Question 1 –

Do you use Social Networking sites for Recruitment Purpose? http://mcaf.ee/ba9c4

Question 2 –

Are Social Networking sites changing the way you recruit? http://mcaf.ee/fb953

Now we are on our way to the 3rd question. I am sure that you might not be surprised about the results of this question.

Respondents Details:

All the 90 respondents are recruiters, who are responsible for Hiring in their respective organizations. Hence in order to get authentic data, Recruiters were the right audience.

Here is the 3rd Question:

Which Social Networking site do you use the most for Recruitment Purpose?

Well, i was also not surprised when i got the data from the 90 recruiters that were involved in this research.

Yes, and the winner is…….. LinkedIn.

Yes surely LinkedIn has created a very important place as a recruitment tool. Some claim that LinkedIn should not be mixed with or compared as a Job Portal, but the facts are different. LinkedIn is slowely but surely moving toward being a Job Portal. Well, i will try to cover this point in my future blogs, but as of now, LinkedIn is the winner as per the set of 90 recruiter 🙂

PS: This does not mean that Twitter and Facebook is not being used for Recruitments. Recruiters are slowly picking up these 2 sites as well, but as of now, LinkedIn is the king of the pack 🙂

Looking forward to read your views on the same, if you disagree, or have an opinion, i will be more than happy to go through them,

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Are Social Networking sites changing the way you recruit?

As part of the research that was made earlier ie What do 90 Recruiters feel about Social Networking Sites!!!!! http://tinyurl.com/2abxbbh , following is the second question was was asked to those 90 recruiters.

Are Social Networking sites changing the way you recruit?

Based on the Online Survey done via http://www.surveymonkey.com/, Following are the details of the Data for the same. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the winner is…………..

Yes – 81.1%

NO – 18.9%

So, based on the responses, there are good number of recruiters who belive that Social Networking sites are changing the way they recruit 🙂

Respondents Details:  

All the 90 respondents are recruiters, who are responsible for Hiring in their respective organizations. Hence in order to get authentic data, Recruiters were the right audience.

Looking  forward to your view s on this data. You can agree or disagree 🙂

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Why do we comment on Blogs!!!

This morning I was going through this post, an Amazing post by Robert Bravery – http://is.gd/7cx5x

Robert had asked a question, why we comment on Blogs!! It seems an easy question, with may be simple, yet complex answers. But it’s a very important question.

Why?

Comment on Blogs

Well, this is my version of the answer.

As far as I am concerned, I comment on blogs on topics of my interest. That includes anything written about Twitter, Facebook and majorly about Social Networking sites. ( Social Media is my Favorite ) There is a list of Bloggers (Amazing Bloggers) that I follow.

They have some amazing piece of art on their Blogs. The reason I mentioned art is, because its really amazing to go through their content and their views on various topics about Social Media, Blogging World and Social Networking.

Following is the list that I follow :

–  Author: Robert Bravery  – http://www.integralwebsolutions.co.za/Blog.aspx

–  Author : Amybeth – http://researchgoddess.wordpress.com/

Author: Rick Mans – http://dontmindrick.com/

–  Author: Darren Rowse – http://www.problogger.net/

Author : Naomi Dunford – http://ittybiz.com/about/

Author : Ileane Smith – http://bloggingwire.com/podcast/

Author: Daniel Scocco – http://www.dailyblogtips.com/

–  Author: Hesham Zebida – http://www.famousbloggers.net/

The list goes on and on…. But it’s just an amazing experience to follow them, and read their posts.

Your list could be different, and you might also have different reason to comment on Blogs.

At the end of the day, it’s all about sharing Views, comments, knowledge to the Blogging world out there.

Looking forward to know your views on the same and also to know why you comment or don’t comment to Blogs.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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