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Job Searching Is Like a Pinata…

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How Companies Can Use Pinterest For Job Posting and Recruiting

I first tweeted about this new concept to my Twitter followers early in February 2012  here and here.

I recently tested a new way of sharing Jobs on Pinterest

What I discovered is a fresh new way to post jobs and recruit talent!

I posted an open “Infographics Designer” job I found on Indeed.com. The position (image below, at post end) is in Seattle with Harvey Nash.

The image shown is the only format I’ve been able to “pin” because its the “norm” for job postings.  Although the format works for job board websites, it isn’t visually stimulating enough to impact the Pinterest audience or cause them to “re-pin”.

How can a job post “pin” on Pinterest be improved?

Employers could create job postings in infographic format, using minimal wording, bright colors and bold graphics. Then pin it to Pinterest as a re-pinnable image.

THAT would be the ideal job posting to “pin” on Pinterest!

Why?  Because not only would the format be visually pleasing, but it could bring greater interest & visibility to jobs not ordinarily so popular.

This could also generate revenue for Pinterest because they could charge a small fee to companies for using the site to post jobs. For now, “pinning” to Pinterst is free for all users.

This is a new concept, but I hope it catches on!  Let me know what you think.

– Terry
http://socialmediateach.com/

>>> Click on the below job posting image to see all the jobs I’ve posted on my Pinterest Boards. <<<

The Future of Job Applications

Speaking of job applications, I’m impressed by many infographic resumes I’ve seen lately… I will share some of my favorite Infographics here very soon!

With the advent of social networks, video job applications, infographic resumes… you know what, this is getting tiring just talking about it. A lot has changed – what’s the future going to hold for job applications?

Check out this article I recently found on Recruiter.com to find out!

The Future of Job Applications

Happy Networking,

Terry

Seeking Moderators for Job Spot Seattle Group on Linkedin

Ready for real-world Social Media Community Moderating Experience?

Job Spot Seattle is one of many projects I personally manage.

As founder and group owner, I’d like to add team-oriented moderators to my group to generate diverse and fresh ideas for Job Spot group members.

If you’re interested in helping moderate Job Spot Seattle’s group content, please contact me at the e-mail below or via Linkedin.

Thank you,

Terry
Group Manager & Founder

http://twitter.com/TerryJobs
recruiter.tah.seattle@gmail.com

Get the scoop on Jobs, Company Culture & Work Environment.

… at http://www.jobvent.com.

Read employee job reviews & vents or post yours. I found the site is entertaining and insightful, at the very least.

Question:

Would negative reviews on a company impact your decision to apply or accept a job offer from that company?

Please answer “yes” or “no” and explain why.

I look forward to your replies!

Happy Networking,

Terry

Love your job? Hate your job? Free and anonymous employee reviews posted for jobs at thousands of companies.

If you Could “Test-Drive” any Job for a Week…

If You Could “Test-Drive” Any Job For a Week, Which would you choose?

I’d choose Kim France’s job – Editor in Chief at Lucky Magazine. The position seems exciting, ever changing and creatively rewarding.

http://www.luckymag.com/services/presscenter/bios/KimFranceBio

I look forward to hearing from you!

Happy Networking,

Terry 

Interview Confusion; HR Questions Gone Awry

Interviews CAN be an opportunity to network…
However, they can also be an opportunity for a company to gain a new customer or keep an existing customer.
I look at interviews as an opportunity to network and stay relevant in my industry.   I was contacted by a well-known Seattle based tech company for consideration of a sourcer position in their corporate headquarters.
My name was referred to this HR Manager by a professional contact. I didn’t apply to the position but agreed to interview.  The only caveat was that I interviewed without the benefit of an accurate job description or  job posting to refer to.
I interviewed with the HR Manager for 20-minutes via phone and his interview questions (in order) were:
“What makes you a good recruiter”.
“What areas of recruiting are your strongest”  (after stating: “no one is good in all areas of recruiting”).
“What was your worst hire”
“What was your best hire”
“Why do you want to work for … (company) “
“Do you have connections at (company name) “
“What have you been doing since February 2009; since WaMu”
“Has ALL your work with Job Spot Seattle and WoVEN been pro bono?”
“Based on what we’re looking for, you’re not going to be a fit for this position.”
He didn’t ask about my experience with and/or methods used to:
  • Measure my recruiting process
  • Track rates of quality hires
  • Determine time-to-fill metrics
  • Identify bottlenecks
  • Improve recruiting and hiring processes
  • Gather data sets for reports
  • Report and analyze data
The above questions would have extracted “measurable” responses.
His questions weren’t focused on extracting experience levels related to: “analytic” “metrics-driven” “data-driven” “numbers and results oriented” and “the ability to convey a market mastery”.  Most importantly, these are not in the job description.

So… What was this HR Manager is looking for? 

Based on his feedback, he was looking for a Sr. Recruiter not a Sourcer.

When I asked for feedback on his determination of “fit” he said

“There are 1000’s of good recruiters out there” and I wasn’t qualified* because I “didn’t show the ability to convey a market mastery backed by facts and data” nor did I “set [myself] apart” from other “good recruiters”.

*These disqualifying requirements were not in the job description, nor did he ask questions that would require such responses.

He said he was looking for an “Sourcer to develop into a recruiter, senior recruiter or staffing manager” … someone who is “analytic, metric driven, numbers focused, and results oriented”. Someone with “proof” of how “good a recruiter they are”

I’ve been a Recruiter and a Sr. Recruiter, among many other things.  Maybe he didn’t read my resume.  Either way, I was almost offended.  But didn’t allow myself to take it personal.

I would not refer anyone from my network to this company or to him because the experience was not positive.

When you contact someone about an opportunity in your organization and they haven’t applied, nor have you provided them with an accurate job description, these types of questions and  judgements are un-called for.

HR, Recruiters & Sourcers should consider each candidate a potential customer.   Even if they are a “fellow recruiter”.

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t do business with this company in the future, either as a job seeker or a customer.

Readers:  What are your thoughts?