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Social Recruiting

02
June
2011

Innovation from Across the Pond

The Social CV and Brave New Talent

Innovation from Across the Pond

Even though I have a business card with a title of Blog Writer, it really just means I am unemployed. One of the reasons write the blog is to stay plugged in and current with the industry. But when your unemployed, you really don't get out much. Fortunately if you spend enough time surfing the internet you will eventually come across everything.

Categories: Social Recruiting

14
November
2011

Talent Communities - That's so 27 seconds ago

Talent Communities - That's so 27 seconds ago

If you are just thinking about building a Talent Community, you are way behind the times. Everyone is already doing it. 

In our fast paced ever changing socialized industry, we all have the tendency to jump on any bandwagon that looks like it is moving in the right direction. But wait, do we even know the first thing about what it takes to build a community?

Categories: Social Recruiting

17
November
2011

Does Linked-In have an Identity Crisis?

Does Linked-In have an Identity Crisis?

Over the last several years as the social media firestorm has raged on, LinkedIn was quietly maintaining the status quo of being the "Professional Network." LinkedIn is like the Facebook for adults.

I used to think they would corner the market on the professional profiles and become the de-facto resume format. Anyone building an Applicant Tracking system had better be ready to process data from LinkedIn.

But ever since the IPO they have been moving in directions that make it less clear to me. 

Categories: Social Recruiting

30
November
2011

LinkedIn's Vision

In case you missed it!

LinkedIn's Vision

Last week I wrote a post about how LinkedIn might be having an identity crisis. That was based purely on my own speculation and the rumor mill as I have never had an opportunity to receive a briefing from them regarding their vision.

My good friend Linda Brenner sent me an email this morning with a link to this article which I think spells it out pretty clearly.

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

22
December
2011

Are we becoming over saturated in social media?

Are we becoming over saturated in social media?

It seems like every talent management technology vendor is scrambling to incorporate a "social" element into their products. I have listened to a lot of pitches and demos lately and I'm beginning to wonder have we hit the saturation point?

They are all propagating the concept that "we are social beings," and "this is how the millennial generation likes to operate." It makes me think with all this socialization when will any work get done? 

With any new trend, I think it's good to examine the cynical side - here's mine:

Categories: Social Recruiting

04
January
2012

LinkedIn Skills: Brilliant or Lame?

LinkedIn Skills: Brilliant or Lame?

Last February LinkedIn introduced the beta feature allowing users to add Skills to their profile. They have made some changes along the way and it is now almost a year since launch.

Will this become a brilliant move to create the largest skills inventory the world has ever known? Or is it just another lame attempt to lure in corporate recruiting clients? 

The Jury is still out, but here is my take:

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

06
January
2012

I am So getting Nimble!

I am So getting Nimble!

It seems that every time you turn around these days someone is inviting you to try out a new social tool or join a network. It does not look like it will slow down anytime soon.

Have you ever wondered how you will keep all these social profiles in synch? 

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

17
January
2012

Strategic Social Media Policies

Getting Beyond Regulation

Strategic Social Media Policies

Fact: most employees occasionally use social media tools at work for personal reasons, anyway. Unsurprisingly, business leaders want guidelines in place for regulating employee use of social media outlets--and protecting against misuse--on personal and company accounts alike.

Many 2012 corporate to-do lists include creating an official policy for regulating employees’ Tweets, Likes and Shares while at work. One thing that I've noticed, though, is that while regulation-focused policies protect an organization against any potential social media blunders, they cast a shadow over the shoulder of every employee who uses the internet on a daily basis (shudder).

Written by: Kyle Lagunas Categories: Social Recruiting

15
February
2012

LinkedIn Blows Out Q4 Results

LinkedIn Blows Out Q4 Results

While all of the discussion over the last few months has been about SAP/SuccessFactors and more recently the Oracle/Taleo deal, LinkedIn has been quietly going about the business of making money.

After the hyped up IPO there was a lot of speculation that the company was overvalued and no way it could meet expectations and the stock suffered. But with a very strong fourth quarter the stock price has been boosted and is approaching $90/share again.

The question is: Can LinkedIn sustain this type of performance? 

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

22
February
2012

The ATS Lives! It's called the Social Recruiting Platform

The ATS Lives! It's called the Social Recruiting Platform

In the late 1990's the explosion of the Web revolutionized the applicant tracking market. There were so many ATS products and it seemed like a new one popped up every week.  The market expanded, inevitably consolidated, and then more recently it has been moving horizontally to become the Talent Management Suite. In the last few years there has been lot's of speculation about whether or not the ATS is dead or dying.

But I am here to tell you that the ATS Lives! Only now it's called the Social Recruiting Platform.

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Applicant Tracking, Social Recruiting

13
March
2012

Moving from "Serial Monogamous" Employment to "Speed Dating"

Moving from

I received an interesting email yesterday with a link to an Infographic put together by Jobvite. It is an illustration of the changing relationship between workers and employer and indicates the current average worker will have up to 11 jobs in their career. 

The Infographic was accompanied by a press release and the data was also incorporated into Dan Finnigan's presentation at SXSW entitled: "The Future of Work: Serial Monogamy." During his presentation he draws the analogy that in our generation, moving from one employer to the next every 4-5 years is like serial monogamy. But the next generation is moving so frequently it's more like speed dating.

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Industry Trends, Social Recruiting

05
April
2012

What's Wrong With Recruiting?

What's Wrong With Recruiting?

Before starting The Newman Group I held four previous jobs. I only had to go through a traditional hiring process for one of them. I responded to an ad, had a phone call with a recruiter, two rounds of interviews, and I got the offer.  I have not been on that side of the fence for nearly twenty years. Until now.

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

16
April
2012

Social Technology: A New Value Proposition

Social Technology: A New Value Proposition

I have ranted before about the hype around the use of social media technology in recruiting. There has been so much written about it, you start wondering if it’s about to jump the shark. Based on the number of new social media related tools entering the market, it is definitely clear that this won’t be a fad.

Written by: Ed Newman Categories: Social Recruiting

16
April
2012

Content is King

Content is King

When you think about the Web 2.0 or 3.0 technology, you have to recognize that the value proposition has changed. For the last thirty years we have been deploying applications with one thing in mind. Efficiency. We needed to do more with less and so the purpose of technology used to be all about automation.

But lately it is a whole new ball game.

Categories: CRM, Recruitment Marketing Platform , Social Recruiting

24
April
2012

LinkedIn Still King of the Social Hill

LinkedIn Still King of the Social Hill

Back in November Jobvite published some results from their job seeker survey. From a national survey of more than 1,200 people in the workforce, the data suggests that more people use Facebook to find job opportunities than LinkedIn (48% to 26%).

I scratched my head a little, because this did not really jive with my perception of the market. Linked in is supposed to be the "professional" social network, Facebook is to share pictures of my dog?!?

I scoured the report to look for evidence to support my own preconceptions.

Categories: Social Recruiting

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