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Social Media and Employer Brands

In doing some research for an upcoming webinar I am presenting, I found a statement on About.com in the article “Ten Deadly Mistakes Job Searchers Make” that drove me crazy:

Candidates Skip Human Resources and apply to the hiring manager or the CEO:

Why it Matters: Job searching books persist in making this recommendation, and maybe it was a good one, once upon a time. It’s still good when a person is introducing herself and making a professional contact. But, when job searchers use this tactic to apply for an advertised position, warning bells better ring. What about her qualifications makes her believe her resume won’t be noticed if it arrives over the transom? Does she persistently fail to follow directions? Certainly, the candidate fails to understand the importance of the Human Resources function. (The role of HR has changed radically in many organizations these days.) Will that continue if she’s hired? The better managers pass this resume back to HR anyway; they know they have no basis for comparison until HR builds a pool of candidates.

Granted, once upon a time every book recommended something insane… but in today’s digital world we have to remember that  the human resources funnel has quickly expanded into every nook and cranny of the organization.The beginning funnel of candidate application is no longer controlled by newspaper ads or a simple job board postings. It is now influenced by hundreds of contact points that exists both offline and online.

Employers who believe that they “control the world” of communication and personal exchange need to examine methods of participating and leveraging existing channels.

If a qualified professional applies through a forum and says “yep, I’m interested” – you should have a system in place to collect that persons information and engage with them in a conversation that they are comfortable with.

The end idea: don’t allow $150 spent on a job posting requirement derail engaging with a $5000 prospect.

Social Media Recruiting with the Wall Street Journal

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to share my expertise with a group of financial executives on a webinar that was hosted by the Wall Street Journal. If you have twenty minutes and would like to expand your thinking about how enterprise business can use social media (and be actionable, results oriented) then you should listen to my viewpoints for recruiting professionals.

Many of the lessons that I covered at “Mach 5” in the recruiting department are equally present in other silos (marketing, B2B business development, executive communications,investor relations, etc)

(FYI – I will be holding another webinar with Wall Street Journal on the 29th @ 11:00 PST on the topic of digital reputation. )

Recent thoughts on Executive Reputation

In the past month (aka last five years), I have been writing a bit about online reputation. We are finally seeing a critical mass of adoption happening where more traditional business users are connecting with opportunities and risk associated with executive reputation. An example from last month was when I co-sponsored and presented a webinar with the Wall Street Journal on the topic of social media recruiting, April’s WSJ webinar will be more focused on the topic of recruiting and digital reputation/brand.

Here are four of my articles from Read more