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Big Idea 2013: Genuine Communication

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Not many articles motivate me towards a blog response, however, this one did… “10 Things You Should Never Say at the Office” click title for article.

After reading it, I realized the terms are forms of “Disingenuous Communication“.

It seems people use “buzzwords / buzzterms” to avoid real topics and/or actions required.  Buzzwords make avoiding accountability easy because they fill our communication with”fluff”.

They detract from the real issues and allow people to avoid reality in what’s being communicated.  For example, when someone says “It is what it is” … what they are really saying is “I don’t know”… but few people in the workplace want to admit they don’t know something. “Fluff” terms keep them from having to.

I gave it more thought and wondered “How could I say what I mean… without using any of these terms?  What other terms are there?”  How could I be a more genuine communicator with my co-workers, customers, candidates and clients?”

Well, for one, I could simply say what I mean… we all could.

Here are things to say instead of the buzzwords/terms on the left:

Leverage –  “Influence” “Bargain” “Take Advantage” “Debate”

Reach out – “Call” ‘E-mail, “Communicate” or “Contact”

It is what it is – “It’s unfortunate”  “It’s a slow process” “It’s Challenging” “It’s Pointless” “I don’t know why it’s happening”

Viral –  “Popular”, “Mass-Marketed”, “Everyone’s doing it”, “Everyone is aware of it”

Game changer – “This Changes Everything” , “Stop and listen to what I’m about to say because it will change the way you live your life or do your job”

Disconnect – “I don’t think you understand”  “It appears you’re not listening”  “You must not have heard me”

Value-add – “You will get more with this option and here’s why”  “It’s advantageous” “The benefit to you is… ”

Circle back – “I will call you back”  “I will find out and get back to you”

Socialize –  “Tell those who need to know” “Communicate” “Mass Market”

Cutting edge – “Advanced”, “Recently released or developed” “I don’t know all the details, you should probably Google it”.

Hope you enjoyed this lighthearted post, let me know what you think by leaving a comment!

Happy Networking,

Terry aka “TerryJobs”

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The Forgotten Sourcing and Recruiting Method

People often ask me, “What’s the best way to source talent for my open jobs?”

Potential Candidates are Everywhere!

Clearly, there are many ways to source candidates. The online venues can be overwhelming to keep up with. You may ask: “Besides Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Plaxo, Pinterest, Instagram, Zoominfo and a plethora of other social media and social networking sites available, what else is there?”

My response: Recruiters and sourcers sometimes forget to network and source talent in-person.

So, what does that really mean?

Go where your target talent “physically” goes… where they spend their time away from work.

It sounds simple, but many recruiters are so focused on sourcing talent via the internet, they’ve forgotten that getting out and meeting people is as important as meeting them online.

How can you find your target talent? It may not be as quick as a Google search, but it’s possible to do your research and go where they are.

Think about this:

Where would you go if you were trying to source military talent? A military base. Where would you go to source college grads? A local university.

Those are obvious source examples, but if you know your target talent’s industry, you can use the same methodology to go where they are too.

For example, if you are sourcing Human Resource-specific talent, you could attend a Toastmasters meeting in the area you reside.  You’d be surprised the types of talent you meet at these meetings. The clubs typically list the job-titles of each member and each meeting is usually free for guest attendance.

Other, less obvious, talent sources are the gym, the bus, the mall, a popular restaurant, a Meetup group, a career mixer… the list goes on.

How do you source these venues?

1.  Talk about your company to everyone you meet.

2.  Let them know how excited you are to work for your company.

3.  Share your open jobs with everyone.

4.  Have your contact information or business card available at all times because they’ll ask for it and want to connect with you via social media.

5.  Ask for referrals!

My experience sourcing talent in random places is always positive and fruitful.  I frequent public transit for my work commute and meet new people every day.

Without fail, I talk to the people sitting near me.  I tell them about where I work, the jobs I’m recruiting for and ask them about what they do.  It’s important to be engaging and that means being a good listener.  People like to talk about what they do and if you’re a good listener, they will feel a sense of trust.  Once you’ve gained their trust, they will feel compelled to share referrals with you.

Remember, sourcing talent is a constant effort and as a recruiter or sourcer, you must integrate in-person networking into your talent acquisition strategy. Be a brand zealot of yourself and your company and view every interaction as an opportunity to source and network for top talent!

–          Terry Hall

http://www.linkedin.com/in/terryjobs

Twitter-Boosted Networking via Linkedin + Facebook Connections

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Linkedin + Facebook are great ways to boost your Twitter following and network.  

I recently created a group focused solely on Twitter.

Meet and/or follow other “Tweeters” on “Tweet cha!

Whether you’re already a Twitter user or want to be,  “Tweet cha!” is for you.

Join and introduce yourself… then post your Twitter-name for members to follow.

Check out Tweet cha! Networking groups: Linkedin & Facebook

A Twitter-user name account and mutual member following are not required for group membership.

Tweet with me! @TerryJobs or @WoWomen

Happy Networking!

Terry

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Are You Networking or “NOTworking” via Social Media Networks?

Last week, I removed a new member from an online networking group because their idea of networking was spamming other members.

Though new to the group, they weren’t new to social media.

Within an hour of joining, they spammed every group member and posted an ad and website link promoting their new business.  I termed this activity, “NOTworking”.

Removing members is a loathsome task. I use social media to network with people, not “police” them.   That brings me to my topic question:  Are you Networking or NOTworking?

What is “NOTworking”? Its the opposite of  “Networking” and it doesn’t work.  Its what “NOT” to do when  building a genuine network.

(My) Definition of NOTworking: (not a real word)

Under the guise of “genuine networking” – NOTworker’s ignore online etiquette and misuse venues for the sole purpose of self-promotion, personal agenda fulfillment and/or personal gain.

NOTworker’s don’t add value. They’re not interested in genuine networking, ie., collaboration, relationship cultivation and/or member engagement.

NOTworker’s suck up resources for self-benefit.  They either don’t know or don’t care about networking principles and online social networking etiquette. “Netiquette”.

Removing members is a last resort for me, but I don’t consider NOTworker’s group members.

Networking is more give – less take. I don’t network to get something in return; if something results, I’m happily surprised.

Genuine Networking isn’t about you. When you’re all about you, you don’t attract people – you repel them.

My suggestion:   Treat networkers as potential friends, neighbors or colleagues. Who knows, one of your online networking partners may be your boss someday.   Just something to consider.

To avoid “NOTworking” online, I follow networking principles, online etiquette and respect others.

If you plan to build your network, get to know your networking partners – that’s Networking … not “NOTworking”.

For additional online social networking tips, check out these article links:

The Principles of Reciprocity –  Wikipedia.org

Online Etiquette –  Netiquette Core Values of Networking

Happy Networking!

Terry

© 2005 – 2010 Copyright // Job Spot Seattle // ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Oh, Social Media! LinkedIn Network, Now “Followers”

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Did I miss the memo? I must have, because my Linkedin “network”  has changed to “followers”.  I noticed today, while scrolling my groups “members” tab.

Maybe I just didn’t see it before, but I’m sure I would have.  It would have been nice to get a “heads-up” before changes were made.

At least Facebook hasn’t jumped on the “follower” bandwagon… I checked today; my “friends” are still “friends”… that’s a relief!

Don’t get me wrong, followers are fabulous! I’m a follower of many on Twitter; celebrities, social media moguls, stores, brands, sports teams, companies, and average people with random or entertaining tweets.

But Let’s Be Real: @ChrisPirillo @Ellen_Degeneres, @ChrisBrogan, @AplusK or @LadyGaga don’t consider me part of their “trusted, professional network” just because I’m one of thousands (and thousands) of followers.

That being said, my followers aren’t all a part of my “trusted, professional network”, but who cares… I’m not on Twitter to “build a professional network” … I’m on Twitter to “tweet”!

My LinkedIn Network is relationships developed over many years; a trusted network, built from in-person, and/or mutually professional interactions.  In my opinion, the term “followers” dilutes the value of a professional network, something LinkedIn built its brand on.

About.com ‘s Definition of Followers: “Followers are the people who have agreed to receive your Tweets through Twitter. If you add someone else to the list of people you read, you “follow” them. Popularity on Twitter is often measured by the number of followers a person has.”

Is LinkedIn about Popularity? I think not. I don’t wantpopularity” on LinkedIn; I want to be a valuable and respected networking resource for my connections.

Like Twitter, Linkedin has its place; I use both for different reasons.  It’s pointless (and confusing) that Linkedin adopted a term that makes Twitter uniquely appealing to its users.

That’s just me, anyone else care to chime in?

Happy Networking!

Terry

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What’s Your Social Media Mix?

 

My Off-Line Mix

How many social networking sites have you joined and which do you use most often? (Daily/Weekly)?

I’ve joined 100’s of networking sites since 2004, and use 20 (+/-) frequently.

My social media mix includes: Linkedin, Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, Google, Plaxo, Yahoo!, Twitter, Ning, Digg, YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, Photobucket & Flikr.

If you’re an avid networker, you’ve probably joined more than one social networking site in the social media ecosystem. 

If so, please reply to any or all of the following questions:

1.   How many networking sites have you joined?

2.   Which do you use and/or participate in often? (daily/weekly)

3.   What’s your favorite social networking site(s)?

4.   What keeps you engaged?  (ie., entertainment value, relevance, number of active networking participants, return on time investment)

Thanks & Happy Networking!

Terry

http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/

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I’ve posted this question on LinkedIn and on my website:  Job Spot Blog

My LinkedIn Groups:

Job Spot Seattle &  Job Spot USA

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Job Spot Yahoo! Sites:

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—- Background —-

I share public responses on my blogs, networking groups and/or social networking site groups to help members and/or readers make informed decisions about the social media.  

I’m working on a social media project.  Public responses may be mentioned in my final work and on my websites, blogs or networking sites and groups.   

Responses to this question are available to the general internet public.

If you want to remain anonymous, please don’t answer publicly.

For a list of my networking groups, blogs, and social networking memberships, please visit my website @  http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/

World Map of Social Media Networks; Why Should You Care? Because Its Your Privacy

Techcrunch.com featured the  “World Map Of Social Networks Shows Rise Of Facebook” article on its site today.  

The article, with its brightly colored graphics and corresponding map legend, caught my immediate interest. 

The article took me off task from posting my planned blog post, “Are You Too Networked“, but I’ll get that posted soon.   …

Social Media and Social Networking Sites allow you to “meet” people you wouldn’t otherwise have met.   

It’s easy to feel comfortable when networking online and common to feel like you “know” and can trust who you network with.  On some levels, you probably can.  

Looking at the World Map of Social Networks, shows the depth and potential of strangers with access to your data.

The article and detailed map, released today on http://www.techcrunch.com, shows the “depth” and reach online social networks have across the globe.   http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/21/world-map-social-networks/

There are risks when networking reaches this magnitude.  To avoid potential “security & privacy risks” use common sense safety precautions. 

One suggestion: don’t share your private/personal data unless you know who you’re sharing it with.  

On a side note, Twitter allows users to have multiple accounts with different user-names.   (a point to ponder).

Want To Protect Your Identity & Privacy on Social Networking Sites?  Take a few of these precautions.  They may seem rash, but could help protect your privacy. 

Do Not Disclose or Use Your:

Birthdate

Home or Work Address.  Use a location central to your area

Work, Home and/or Cell Phone Numbers (I use my Google Voice Number instead)

Primary e-mail (especially if it includes your name or birthday year etc)

Specific dates, ie., dates and times of vacation or business travel

Mother’s Maiden Name, Spouse or Significant other’s Full Name, and/or their Places of Employment

Family Names, Children and/or Next of Kin Full Names

Drivers License or Social Security Number

ID Card Style AvatarsPhotos like those on State or Government issued ID Cards.   In other words, make it hard for identity thieves to create a convincing / real-looking fake ID. 

Additional resources:

Each Social Networking site has its own Privacy Policy Page.  Read and understand it before joining.  

Registering for membership on a site isn’t as serious as applying for credit or filling out an employment application. 

Ask yourself;  Do they really “need” all that personal information?   

I’m not an online security and risk prevention professional, but I’ve safely used online social media since 1998.  

I also draw from my past military training when navigating the social media landscape.

For more info, check out this article on protecting your privacy: http://www.businessknowhow.com/security/opsec.htm 

Stay Safe & Happy Networking!

Terry

http://twitter.com/Twitr_Recruiter

http://www.Job-Spot-Seattle.com/