Every Wednesday we host a free 30 minute webinar for Recruiters and today’s topic was LinkedIn & Twitter Special Operators.
For those of you who attended, here is where you can find the full list of Operators for LinkedIn & Twitter. We have also enclosed the Prezi that we used for the presentation and will upload the video over the weekend.
LinkedIn Special Operators:
The example that I used on the webinar is:
ccompany:”cpl OR hays OR manpower OR grafton” ctitle:”recruiter OR recruitment OR consultant OR talent” country:ireland joined:3m interest:h
You just insert this into the top right hand corner “Search People” box within LinkedIn.
For Twitter, here is the full list of Advanced Search Operators:
There are loads of Twitter Search Operators but these are the ones that I recommend Recruiters look at:
” “, OR, -, near:, within:, filter:links (and -filter:links)
Again, this is the example search string that I used on the webinar:
(java OR agile) -job -jobs near:dublin within:25mi -filter:links
Confused? If you don’t already use Advanced Boolean Operators, Modifers and Commands to search then you need to check out our Certified Internet Recruiter training.
We are running our next one day course on Tuesday 10th May in Dublin, Ireland. To find out more and register, click here.
If you are overseas or would just prefer online training, leave your comments below. We’re thinking of running the course on-line and would be interested to hear whether you think we should and if so should it be live, over several recorded videos etc and how should it be priced (bearing in mind that the “in person” course is €499 and we are not a charity!!!
This month, I’ve been using a free trial of the new LinkedIn Job-Seekers Premium application. LinkedIn has grown massively over the last two years to over 100 million members, and more and more companies are seeking new hires through social media platforms, wishing to gain a more rounded feel for the person after perhaps seeing their CV, or from just happening upon their profile when on a web search. It makes sense as a job-seeker to further your job-search through Linked In.
What Linked In is offering with their Job Seekers Premium application for €17 per month is:
- A job-seekers badge next to your profile, indicating your status to recruiters;
- A “featured applicant” band on your profile, bringing you to the top of the list in job-searches,
- Facilitation to introduce you directly to your target companies/ recruiters/employers without having to go through a current connection, and
- Enhanced customer service.
Is it all worth it though? In my opinion: no.
So what should you do instead? Enhance your profile and Internet image by following these instructions:
- Fill out every segment of your LinkedIn profile, detailing (in bullet-point form) your job and education history. For your job title, use phrases like “Experienced Software Programmer at ….”, rather than your actual long-winded and protracted job title, to grab the attention of hiring managers and recruiters.
- Insert a professional-type photo of yourself. This isn’t Facebook.
- Get connected to people you previously worked with, or went to school/college with, and write a recommendation for their job role when you were their colleague. More likely than not, they’ll return the favour for you, which will give great tangible value to your work experience.
- Ensure that your connection preferences state that you’d like to be contacted for job opportunities.
- List any professional bodies or societies that you’re a member of – this will show you’re a team player.
- Join groups within LinkedIn of industries or specialities you desire to work in.
- Be active on LinkedIn, and update your profile and status updates (in a professional tone – again, this isn’t Facebook).
- Speaking of Facebook, look at your Facebook Profile privacy settings. Privatise photos and your Wall to protect yourself from potentially turning off hiring managers from your antics at the weekend. Then, publicise your Information, including Education and Work, and detail your work experience just like your LinkedIn profile.
- Add your LinkedIn profile link to your CV.
- USE YOUR CONNECTIONS. Get introductions to companies and employers on LinkedIn the old-fashioned way – through your friends and acquaintances. Employers will take notice of people recommended through their fellow colleagues, friends or affiliates.
For more information and a demonstration on how to enhance your online image through Social Media, check out this video.
The much talked about Social CV launches today after months of private beta testing. So the big question is; how good is it? I have spoken to several people who have had the opportunity to beta test what is essentially a recruiter’s filter of the web and all things social, and so far they have all been blown away!
The Social CV makes sense of the scraps of data that exist online about people and sorts it in a manner that recruiters can understand. It also comes with a really cool interface and database that enable you to find people by skills, job titles, employer etc and then view all of the available online data about that person before contacting them or saving their details for a rainy day.
This quick video demonstrates it best:
Have you had a chance to test it? What did you think? If not, do you think this is something we will all be using in 2 years time?
Here’s what the folks at Work Digital had to say in their press release today:
Title: The Launch of thesocialCV.com
London, UK – 13 April 2011: After 3 years in development and 6 months in private beta, thesocialCV.com launches today. The product emerged from the R&D of a partner product the company launched with Google and was previewed at a London TechCrunch event. It makes use of sophisticated semantic tools to aggregate data contained within social profiles. The product contains more than 65 million candidate profiles and is indexing an additional 400,000 daily.
thesocialCV.com will be sold on a seat-license basis and at launch is partnering with leading global recruitment software providers and staffing firms that can put the product on more than 300,000 seats by year-end.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the commercial interest in the product,” says sales director, Jonathan Cooney. “Our challenge has been identifying the right partners and locking down a commercial strategy.”
In private beta, WorkDigital Ltd, the parent company of thesocialCV.com, worked with leading edge recruitment companies representing more than 35,000 staff to test the user experience, feature sets, and relevancy algorithms. Through tests with global recruitment companies and market specialists like Quest Search & Selection, hundreds of tweaks were made to the product to address the unique challenges of recruitment professionals.
“Live testing is a critical part of the product development and most critical when optimizing our search algorithms,” says product manager, Katie Canton. ”Our new TalentRank algorithms and our semantic skills extraction processes, for example, were dramatically overhauled during our private beta.”
- Access to a talent pool of more than 65 million individuals globally. Adding 400 thousand, daily.
- Ability to build custom talent pools and get notifications when candidates update profiles.
- Ability to update/refresh current CV database with realtime data.
- A 360 view of candidates [to assess engagement and corporate fit] that currently sit in their DB or for prospective candidates.
- Access to TalentRank and semantic skills extraction CV search capabilities.
In private beta, thesocialCV.com was the Winner of Onrec Technical Innovation Award for 2011.
A video overview of the product: http://youtu.be/0mdjx468dck
Commercial Director Jonathan Cooney at +44 2073169206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About WorkDigital Ltd:
thesocialCV.com and TalentRank are products of WorkDigital, a natural language search technology company that builds enterprise and consumer facing products that power general classified channels and social CRM solutions. WorkDigital clients include Adidas, Lloyds, Ernst & Young, Adecco, KPMG, KFC, and other leading global brands with products that have been featured in the NYTimes, Financial Times, the BBC, WIRED, Guardian, TechCrunch and hundreds of other publications/news outlets.