So another chaotic but successful #TruLondon has come and gone. The tracks have been led, the discussions have been filmed and lots of beer has been drunk! One of the defining tracks of this year’s #Tru asked a question that is extremely relevant to all of us in the recruiting and sourcing game: Where will recruitment be in 7 years time? In other words, what does the year 2020 hold for recruitment and recruiters? Where is our industry going? Bearing in mind that 7 years ago it was 2006 and still ahead of us we had the birth and growth of social media and one of the biggest financial depressions in history!
The question and the resulting debate seemed to capture the imagination of the attendees and produce many strong opinions on the issue, all of which stemmed from 3 rather stark predictions from #Tru founder, Bill Boorman:
1. In 2020, Hiring Managers will use automated tools to do all the recruiting
2. in 2020, Recruiters will move up the chain thanks to People Aggregators and become Talent Consultants
3. In 2020, Recruiters will become admin staff, only useful for dealing with the logistics and timing of setting up candidates meetings
The recruiters and sourcers in attendance were certainly not shy about coming forward with their opinion on the topic and offered a variety of different alternatives, suggestions and predictions as to what the future holds for recruiting in the coming years:
For those of you who are still unaware of exactly what big data is, let me first explain. Big data refers to the masses of data collected from all manner of sources every single second of every single day. It specifically refers to all the data that gets collected but doesn’t get used effectively because traditional data processing applications fail to analyse it effectively or at all. We’re used to the various types of traditional media like documents, personnel files and finances that we can easily make sense of, but big data like photos, audio, video and location data etc., are proving a much greater challenge for us to assimilate and use to our advantage.
But what has that got to do with recruitment and HR I hear you positively scream while shaking the screen. Well, with more and more information attributed to individuals on the internet, big data is big news in the recruitment world. Recruiters who are able to harness the power of big data have a very valuable commodity on their hands. The more you know about the candidates you are trying to target, the better you can target them with your job openings.
But as a recruiter, taking advantage of big data is not something you can do single handedly. The key to big data for recruiters lies in the resulting products supplied to us by the owners of big data e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Google, TalentBin, Entelo, Dice and 3Sourcing. Big data means big bucks for the likes of LinkedIn and Facebook who earn a significant amount of their revenue from selling us products to help us recruit candidates effectively. For example, LinkedIn have provided us with new features like status updates, targeted aggregated news stories, sponsored updates etc. that help us do our jobs as recruiters, thanks to the insights they have gleaned from big data. We need to know how to use these products correctly and to our advantage if we too are going to take advantage of big data. Depending on what kind of recruiter you are there are several different ways you can do this:
It’s that time of the week again! The Sourcing News Weekly brought to you by Social Talent is here. Each week we’ll be bringing you the social recruitment stories that matter most from around the globe and condensing them into one short news bulletin presented by our very own Ron Burgundy, Mr. Johnny Campbell.
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We’ve been advocating the use of social media in recruitment since day dot (‘go fishing where the fish hangout’ and all that), but if you’re only new to the field or maybe you just want to know where to get started on your social media journey, this great infographic has all the facts and figures about where you should go looking to find the people you need to hire and how best to engage them.
If you’d love to learn more about what social media can do for your sourcing and recruiting, take a look at our Black Belt in Social Networking module on our training page or give Wendy or Vince (our lovely salespeople) an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
So we all know that promoting the content we produce is almost as important as the quality of the content we produce. In 2013, that means getting your content seen and spoken about across a variety of relevant social channels and one of the most powerful is Twitter.
So how do I save myself the hassle of having to remember to promote my blog on Twitter every single time I post a blog? Have it post automatically of course. But how do I go about this? Well, here are Social Talent we currently use a little tool called IFTTT (If This Then That) to auto post blogs from Andy Headworth, Bill Boorman, Stacy Zapar and SourceCon to our account and you can do the same.
IFTTT’s magic lies in the recipes it allows you to create in order to produce powerful connections between different social sites. As the name suggests, every ‘recipe’ that IFTTT creates is based in one simple statement “if this then that”, this being the trigger and that being the action. So in this case we need “if posted in RSS Feed then tweet on Twitter”.Read More
The first thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is to upgrade to the new LinkedIn Contacts. Click here to see if you’re eligible. If you are, click ‘Get Started’ and LinkedIn will upgrade you.
Once you’ve done this you’ll be greeted with this screen:
From here you should be able to authenticate your Twitter and your Facebook accounts. To do this, click the ‘Settings’ button in the right hand corner. Select ‘Sync’ next to Twitter and Facebook to authenticate your accounts, then LinkedIn will add all of your social connections into your LinkedIn Contacts. Note that this doesn’t mean that it will connect with them on LinkedIn; the new LinkedIn Contacts is a CRM tool that shows your connections and contacts from lots of different sources in one place. It’s up to you to then filter just your Twitter and Facebook contacts and then go through them manually to find the ones that you are not yet connected with on LinkedIn. Bear in mind that this isn’t available for everyone yet (as you can see from my screenshot) so don’t be alarmed if you upgrade but don’t have the option to connect your social accounts yet or you can only connect just one, you’ll get it eventually.
We cover a whole range of other communication methods and techniques in our “Networking & Engaging” module on the Black Belt online course, so if you’re interested in learning more about how to connect with candidates online, check out our training page for more details or send one of our lovely salespeople a mail at email@example.com and become a Black Belt in Internet Recruiting today!Read More
Welcome to the second week of the Sourcing News Weekly, brought to you by Social Talent. Each week we’ll be bringing you the social recruitment stories that matter most from around the globe and condensing them into one short news bulletin presented by our very own Ron Burgundy, Mr. Johnny Campbell.Read More
The Wall Street Journal recently released a list of the Best and Worst Jobs of 2013, a list compiled by CareerCast.com. Jobs were rated based on 5 criteria including physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. Pretty comprehensive!
The 200 strong list was topped by careers in financial services, IT and health, while the lower end of the scale was occupied by jobs that would traditionally be seen as high powered and lucrative including journalism and acting.
|Best Jobs 2013||Worst Jobs 2013|
|1. Actuary||1. Reporter (Newspaper)|
|2. Biomedical Engineer||2. Lumberjack|
|3. Software Engineer||3. Enlisted Military Personnel|
|4. Audiologist||4. Actor|
|5. Financial Planner||5. Oil Rig Worker|
|6. Dental Hygenist||6. Dairy Farmer|
|7. Occupational Therapist||7. Meter Reader|
|8. Optometrist||8. Mail Carrier|
|9. Physical Therapist||9. Roofer|
|10. Computer Systems Analyst||10. Flight Attendant|
(*Recruiter came in at 69th by the way. Not too shabby!)
But despite the “hardships” faced by both Newspaper Reporters and Actors, at least there are still thousands of would be writers and actors gagging to get into positions across the world. These are still glorious easy-to-fill roles for recruiters. What about the jobs that no one wants to do, that still need filling? What about trying to fill these real life doozies: