It is not as if you could miss it anyway with the sounds of Vuvuzela’s booming from every TV set but even if you tried to take refuge online there is no escape as 30% of all Facebook updates currently reference the world cup, an interesting statistic from Facebakers.com which gives detailed statistics on Facebook usage by country, age group, sex, applications and so on. Check out www.facebakers.com
Last night we were one of the first groups of people to sit and pass the new CIPD Irish Recruiters Certiied Internet Recruiters (IR CIR) course.
After nearly 7 hours of study across 2 nights, a 25 question multiple choice exam, numerous cups of tea and choccy biscuits, we made it.
So, what is the IR CIR qualification all about? Essentially the course is the first step to empowering Irish Recruitment Professionals with the skills they need to compete nationally and internationally in an increasingly on-line sourcing marketplace.
The way that we consume digital information has changed. In the early days of the internet (mid 90s to early oo’s), your email inbox was king; it was a source of humour, news, gossip and entertainment. As the 00′s rolled on, we became less patient and more demanding, moving to Google to look for information as we needed it, whether that be “news”, “jobs” or “cinema times”. Now search engines are a blur, and we struggle to find the information we need without sophisticated search strings and algorithms. Social Media has offered us the latest evolution in how we consume our media. I now open my Facebook stream to find out what my friends are up to, read the latest news from Mashable and The Irish Times, check out what’s on in my local cinema and see what bands are coming to town. Searching for a job is no different, “jobs” is one of the most popular search terms on Google and invariably produces more background noise than quality results. The Passive job seeker is king and such people aren’t likely to find themselves on job boards every day. Enter Facebook, the perfect medium to passively hear about targeted jobs that fit your career aspirations or experience.
During the week I happened upon a nifty list of tips from the Google Blog on how to get the most out of your Google Apps Email so for your benefit, I’m going to share some of the best ones that I found (not all of which are listed in the Tips list):