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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

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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

Not on Mute!!!! WhatsApp Learning Groups!!! Part 3

It’s time to explore the 3rd WhatsApp Learning Group. In case you missed the Previous 2 Groups, you can read it right here : MTHR and SourcingAdda . So this 3rd Group too is popular and is always buzzing with loads of discussions. It’s time to take a look at what this group is all about and how they manage to engage with the WhatsApp Community.

HR Shapers WhatsApp Community was started way back in Feb 2014. They do have 2-3 admins per groups, which is a great way to manage WhatsApp Groups. They also do meet offline once in a while. This helps them to engage and learn from the group members too. They do have daily topic discussions on the group and also allow professionals to join as an guest on the day of Whatsappinar to learn and interact from SME guest speakers. In case you wondering what a ” Whatsappinar” is all about, you can read this interesting blog by Dr Nitin Paranjape

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So let’s look at the list of all the HR Shapers WhatsApp Groups.

1. HR Shapers G1 – 80 Members
2. HR Shapers G2 – 80 Members
3. HR Shapers G3 – 80 Member
4. HR Shapers G4 – 80 Member
5. HR Shapers G5 – 50 Member
6. Pune G1 HR Shapers – 100
7. Pune G2 HR Shapers – 90
8. Fun G1 HR Shapers – 95
9. Bangalore HR Shapers – 65
10. Delhi HR Shapers – 50
11. Survey HR Shapers – 50
12. Hyderabad HR Shapers – 20
13. Chennai HR Shapers – 10
14. Ahmedabad HR Shapers – 10
15. Kolkata HR Shapers – 10
16. Fun G2 HR Shapers – 5
17. Advisory Board HR Shapers
18. Middle East Asia (MEA) HR Shapers – 50
19. USA Canada Europe (UCE) HR Shapers – 20
20. South East Asia (SEA) HR Shapers – 10

Total = Around 600+ Members

They also have conducted the following 14 Whatsappinar via these groups.

  1. HR Compliance (Part I ) by Pratik Vaidya​, MD – Karma Management Consultants (Full Day – Sept 2014)
  2. HR Compliance (Part II) by Pratik Vaidya, ‎MD – Karma Management Consultants (Full Day – Dec 2014)
  3. Diversity and Inclusion by Dr Saundarya Rajesh, Founder – President of AVTAR Career Creators and FLEXI Careers India ​ (Full Day – Jan 2015)
  4. HR Assessment Tools & Techniques by Sundara Rajan, ‎Director – Market Search India and Thomas Assessments India​ (Half Day – Jan 2015)
  5. Immigration by Poorvi Chothani​, Managing Partner – LawQuest (Full Day – Jan 2015)
  6. NLP by Bipin Mayekar, ‎Corporate Trainer & NLP GOLD Master Trainer ​ (Full Day – Feb 2015)
  7. Mind Map – Invisible Selling by Dharmendra Rai​, Mumbai’s First Mind Map Trainer (Half Day – Feb 2015)
  8. Office Efficiency Dr Nitin Paranjape, Founder and CEO –  Maxoffice Services Pvt Ltd & one of MVP – http://efficiency365.com ​(Full Day – Feb 2015)
  9. POSH and Sexual Harassment at Workplace by Basil Almeida​, Consultant – McKinsey & Company (Full Day – March 2015)
  10. IWD (In’tl Women Day) 9 Women HR Leader – (Full Day – March 2015)
  11. Lesson from 2 World Youngest CEOs by Sanjay Kumaran and Sharavan Kumaran / Kumaran Surendran​ (Full Day – April 2015)
  12. D&I initiative for corporate on LGBT by Pallav Patankar, Director HIV Programs – The Humsafar Trust ​ (Half Day – April 2015)
  13. Chanakya Philosophy and its relevance in today’s corporate world by Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai, Corporate Chanakya and Founder Director – Chanakya Institute of Public Leadership (Full Day – April 2015)
  14. Success Mantra – Personal branding, image Enhancement and impressive executive presence by Greeshma Thampi, Chief Image Consultant and Director at Avancé Image Management ​ (Full Day – May2015)
  15. Innovation & Creativity by Dr Sunil Gupta, Chief Innovation Instigator – Ideas Management Consultants (Half Day – June 2015)
  16. Engaging employee through Gamification by Siddhesh Bhobe, CEO – eMee &  Business Head – Persistent (Full Day – June 2015)

HR Shapers Pioneer in Crash Course Whatsappinar on Corporate Readiness for Students and Professors

 1st Batch of Students – NL Dalmia and ifeel Institute – Overall 7 Students (June 2015)

1st Batch of Professor – Launching soon (June 2015)

In case you want to join this vibrant learning community, you can get in touch with Ashish Gakery

Do let us know if you are part of such interesting WhatsApp Learning Communities. This will help us to include them in our next blog post.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Not on Mute!!!! WhatsApp Learning Groups!!!

Oh No!!! WhatsApp Groups!!! This is a typical reaction that all of us have been through. But it’s not the reaction that is important, but the WHY factor that one needs to take into consideration. There are loads of WhatsApp groups that me sure you all are part of. Some are related to your School / college friends, Family, Relatives, Cousins, Fun Group, Jokes Group, Secret Groups etc

So when one asks you to join a learning group, you would say WHAT!!!! Is Learning (Focused) possible via WhatsApp Groups!!! Before we explore some amazing learning groups, let’s look at some DATA that might help you understand the context of this blog.

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Enough Said!!! This data might help you to understand the WHY factor J Let’s move on 🙂 Time to focus on some interesting Learning WhatsApp groups. We will have a series of Blogs related to this topic which will cover various Learning Communities on WhatsApp.  It will focus on how they engage and keep the community active and alive.

Soucing Adda:

They are passionately crazy about Sourcing. Yes, you read it right. One could easily say that they are the pioneers in India to Promote, Live and Breath Sourcing. They have multiple WhatsApp groups that engage with Sourcers across India.

Following are the details of their WhatsApp Groups with the number of members that are part of their learning community.

Name of the Group Members
Sourcing Adda – Pune 1 99
Sourcing Adda – Pune 2 51
Sourcing Adda – Mumbai 50
Sourcing Adda – Bangalore 51
Sourcing Adda – Hyderabad 25
Sourcing Adda – Delhi 39
Sourcing Adda – Gujarat 18
Sourcing Adda – Chennai 32
Sourcing Adda – Kolkatta 48

They have an interesting concept of Good Morning Messages on WhatsApp. I know you thinking, Morning Quotes, Flowers, Beautiful Landscapes and all. But this is not the case with Sourcing Adda. They share Sourcing Tips every morning.  It could range from using TweetDeck or Instagram or Boolean Search etc.  So, one thing is clear, they are very much focused about the learning factor and keeping the discussions relevant.  Apart from this they have weekly chats on Whatsapp  on Wednesday. Followed by Twitter Chat – Once a month, First Wednesday 7pm to 8pm, followed by Hangout – Once a month 3rd Wednesday, 7pm to 8pm and Webinars – Once a month 2nd Friday 7pm to 8pm

So what are you waiting for. Do explore more about this amazing learning community. You can follow Sourcing Adda on Twitter and their Passionate Founder Yusuf Pathan if you want to be part of it.

PS: This is one WhatsApp Group that you will not keep on mute 🙂 

Hope you did enjoy the first series of this blog. We will be back with some more interesting WhatsApp Learning communities. If you are aware of any groups, do send across the details. We will cover them in our next blog post.

Happy Learning and Sharing.

Rambling Recruiter

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