Everything is an Interview…

Are you looking for a job?    Did you send your resume in to a potential employer?   Keep one thing in mind – Everything you do and every conversation you have – IS AN INTERVIEW.  Whether you are talking to the Manager, to Human Resources or to the Front Desk Receptionist, Everything is an interview.     

  1. Do not have a weird font or graphics on your resume
  2. Do not have an unprofessional voicemail
  3. Do not have an unprofessional email id
  4. When meeting someone for coffee to network, dress professional and pay for the coffee
  5. Be prepared – expect that person calling you to be an Hiring Manager
  6. Respect and professionalism
  7. Social Media – keep it professional.    Companies will search your social media, be prepared and delete the party pictures from college.

When being interviewed or considered for a job, you are under a microscope.   A lot of times the companies will look for a reason not to hire you instead of reasons to hire you.    Do not give them a reason.   The little things you do, do matter:   Hold the door open when walking into a room or building, have good eye contact when speaking, have a firm hand shake, sit-up in your chair and speak slowly and clearly and thank them for their time and consideration.

Your resume will get you in the door but how you portray yourself will get you the job.

Recruiters: New Boolean Sourcing Tool – Recruitin

I was recently told about a new tool – Recruitin.    I was told it let you X-ray LinkedIn, by creating the boolean for you, so I figured I would give it a try, last week.

First, make sure your web browser will allow pop-ups.  You will need this turned on to get the results.   After you are on the site, Recruitin, you just fill out the following tabs: 

  1. Country you want to Search.  Use the pull down menu to select the country.
  2. Job Title.  Enter in the job title you are looking for.  (also click the box for similar job titles.  This way if you are searching for a Project Manager you will also pull up PM and so on.)
  3. Fill out and list the location and key words. (Use a comma to separate the words.  For example:  Columbus, Ohio, OH, Engineer, PLC, automation, solidworks)
  4. Exclude words.   Do you have any words you do not want to search for, if so list them here, also separate by using a comma.   If you do not have any words to exclude you leave it blank.
  5. Degree.   Use the pull down menu to select a specific degree or leave it blank.
  6. Finally click the button – Find your people.

You will now notice a Boolean String at the top of the page.   This is an X-ray string that is using Google to X-ray and deep dive into LinkedIn.    You can either save the string or click on “open in Google”.  If you click on open in Google, a new window will pop up with your results.  You do not need to be connected to the people on LinkedIn to see the full names.    It doesn’t matter if you are a first connection, second connection, or connected at all.

I also suggest you save your strings, if you wish to reuse them.   You will see your saved strings on the right hand side of the screen.

Try it and play around with it.    Recruitin has its own user guide here, if you need more help.  I think it works pretty good.   If you do not like writing your own strings and need some help – this could be a useful tool for you to use.

 

 

6 Steps on How to Train a NEW Recruiter…

To be a successful recruiter, you need to possess certain traits.   These are not learned they are part of who you are.    However when you do hire a new recruiter (Newbie), you cannot throw everything at them at once.   Here is a the step-by-step approach that I like to use.

  • Step 1:  Start with a job description and how to dissect it.  Next, teach the Newbie how to navigate the job boards.   You want them to be able to demonstrate they can find and deliver matching resumes to job descriptions.   They need to master this first.  It is important to know how to dissect both a resume and job description to find a match.
  • Step 2:  Searching LinkedIn and social media.   Now that your Newbie knows job boards, it is time to master the next step.   Can they find and source candidates using social media?   Get them set up on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and any other social media sites that may be useful to their sourcing.
  • Step 3:  Create a culture of learning.   There are many free webinars out there, about recruiting.   Go to YouTube and watch “how to” videos.     It is time to start learning more advanced sourcing (Boolean Strings and so on).   These first three steps are about sourcing and how to find the candidates that are active on the boards and the ones that may be passive.
  • Step 4:  Time to start talking to the candidates.   Now that your Newbies are delivering matching candidates (at least on paper), it is time to pre-screen.    Initiate conversations with candidates, verify they are interested and go over the basics.    If they are a fit, let the candidate know a Sr. Recruiter will contact them to go over the job requirements and their background in more detail.    (Let the Newbie sit and listen to your conversation with them).
  • Step 5:  Your Newbie should now also be sitting and listening to you while you talk to the client and candidate.   They need to be learning and listening to the interview prep, briefing and all 30 steps of the placement process.   All of these steps will probably take at least up to 6 months if not longer to learn…training is an investment and a marathon – not a sprint.    
  • Step 6:  Finally, when pre-screenings are accurate, Newbies are ready to be fully engaged.   Start them with a job or two as a full-cycle recruiter and see how they do.   You will need to sit and listen and be available for questions.

The goal of this six step method is to get the Newbie to be an expert, one step at a time before they move on, to the next.   

What are your thoughts?

The 4 Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

Are you networking?    Some people are, but EVERYONE should be.    While networking this past month or so, I have run across some Do’s and Don’ts that I think everyone should follow.   

DO

  1. Keep in touch with industry leaders  (Nationally and Locally)
  2. Have coffee or lunch with industry leaders, co-workers and even competitors at least once a quarter.
  3. Pay it Forward
  4. Use social media to stay up to date on your industry and their trends.  Make sure your online profiles (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and About.me) are filled out 100% with details describing who you are and what you do.

DON’T

  1. Ask someone to lunch or a coffee, to pick their brain, to ask for advice and then make them pay.   If you ask for the meeting, you should pay.
  2. Take, take, take and never give.
  3. Send a generic invite to connect on social media – Personalize each one.
  4. Be concerned with only your agenda.  Always ask how you can help them.

Recruiters offer HOPE…

Recruiters need to remember the one thing they offer candidates, is HOPE.  I recently participated and presented at the Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group, Tuesday Tune-up.  I was there to help Job Seekers search for work using social networking, using internet tools and to give tips and suggestions.   One of the main points and discussions was on, how to work with a Recruiter.  I had many conversations, with different individuals – all looking for one thing – HOPE.

The next candidate you talk to – even if they are not a fit for your opening or company – Remember you are still able to give them the HOPE they need to help find work, in this economy.  Maybe it is a hint on how to improve their resume, an interview tip, an internet site that may help their search, a networking group – or any bit of information that may help them.  Take a minute with each candidate this week, this month or longer and give them HOPE.

The Power of Networking

Why don’t more people NetworkIt boggles my mind, especially in this type of economy – it is not who applies to the job first, BUT who you know and who knows you.    Everyone should get to know their local Recruiters.   You never know when you may need one.

Networking is simple.  It is staying in touch.  It is asking questions to the experts and answering questions.  Most people I have found and was able to hire for my openings, were not from my first conversation but from staying in contact with them and talking to them over time.  Networking is a time commitment – IT IS A RECRUITING COMMITMENT!

An easy way to get started is to first, go to LinkedIn and find groups, in your geographic area or specialty and join them.  Become involved with the local and industry leaders.  If a group does not exist – create one.  Not only have I created the Recruiter Files LinkedIn Group, but I have joined many industry groups (#Hire Friday and ere.net). Plus I have joined some local groups (Linkedworking Columbus and Network Pittsburgh).   LinkedIn allows you to join up to 50 groups at a time.

Network in your community and your industry – see who you can meet.   Also, review the Social Networking’s Guide for Finding Employment.

Do not put all your eggs in one basket…

Dear Job Seeker,

I am glad that we have started to work together, in your job search.    As a Recruiter, who partnered with you, I will do my best to help you land that NEW opportunity you are looking for.    We will talk and get to know each other, to find the best job and best fit for you and the Company.   My goal is your goal = Getting you the new job and for you to start your new career.

But what else are you doing?   Are you still looking on your own?   Are you still networking?   Are you still doing the things you need to do to find that job?   Did you update your LinkedIn profile and are you using social media?  Are you talking with other recruiters?   Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

I would love to be the one who can help you but the fact is – I can not help everyone, in their time of need.    I may not have a job opening you are a match for, at that time.  Not everyone is a fit for every job and not every job is a fit for everyone.   You need to do what is best for you – keep networking, keep participating on social media, keep applying, keep working with Recruiters and keep doing the tasks you need to do.    If I can help you in your job search or give you helpful tips, I will.     If you get that new job you have been looking for, through another venue, CONGRATS!   As a recruiter, I am not here to hurt your job search but to help and compliment it.   

In short, there are many tasks you need to do, when looking for a new job.  Do Not Put Your Eggs in One Basket, do all of the tasks you need to do, to reach your goal:  A New Job.

10 Traits of a Successful Recruiter

There are certain traits I think every Recruiter needs to have, to be successful.    Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Be structured.   Recruiting is a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
  2. Be able to adapt.   You must me able to drop what you are doing to start something else.   You never know where that next phone call is going to take you.   This is the people business, we deal with people all day long.   Even though each situation or scenario is the same – it is also different.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.   You don’t know everything.   Ask the candidate and company – they are the experts.   Keep learning and become the expert in the industry.
  4. Partner with the Candidate.   You are in this together.   Be the expert, be the advisor and counselor.   Make sure they have a good candidate experience.   They are going to get a job and if it is not yours then make sure they remember you and refer others to you.
  5. Pick-up the phone.   Too many newer recruiters are relying on technology and email.    Just pick up the phone and talk to people.
  6. Use new technology with old techniques.   You should be using social media to recruit and source.   You should be using and know boolean strings.   But you should also be networking, asking for referrals and again pick up the phone and make some cold calls.
  7. Prioritize.    What is the most important task for you to do today?    Is it sourcing new candidates?   Interview prep?  Each day is going to be different regarding which tasks are most important.
  8. Have a good home support system.   Recruiting is NOT an 8-5 job.   If that is what you want then choose another profession.  
  9. Embrace patience.   Everything doesn’t happen overnight.   My sense of urgency is not the same as others.
  10. Handle rejection.    You will hear “NO” more often than “YES”.   Get used to it.  

Did I miss any?    Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

8 Phrases that Describe a Successful Recruiter…

Social Networking’s Guide to Finding Employment

Social MediaWith the unemployment rates at an all time high, it is essential, now more than ever, to tap into alternative ways of getting noticed—and getting hired. Recruiters and Talent Acquisition Specialists have relied mainly on the job boards for their pool of resumes. Sites like CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, Dice.com, and many others are over-flowing with resumes from every industry and educational level. With such a large pool of competition, how can anyone become noticed?

Many recruiters rely on a well-crafted Boolean search string and wait for the website to spit out a handful of resumes that match their job description. But this method can only give recruiters a list of skills, completely overlooking the essence of who these job seekers really are. Most job seekers do not understand the processes recruiters use to find talented professionals, and as a result, become overlooked. The use of social networking creates a new layer for job seekers. The power of sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are drawing attention. There are millions of users on these sites. This is no longer a want-ad kind of world—this is a world of cut throat competition based on who you know and who you impress. Social networking can bridge the gap between a nameless resume to a memorable meeting with executives and recruiters ready to put you to work.

LinkedIn is a networking site geared toward professionals. This site has over 135 million members with the majority over the age of 25 making an annual income in the six figure range. LinkedIn members are serious about their professions by linking up with other professionals in and out of their industries. LinkedIn members conduct themselves in a more professional matter than members of Facebook which is geared more towards casual contact. LinkedIn also comes up in the top 5% of all Google.com searches. It is a key site to present your best professional face to the working world. Connecting with co-workers and friends on LinkedIn is appropriate; however, the key is to not limit yourself to those you know. By expanding your LinkedIn connections, there are more opportunities to network with professionals working in companies you might be interested in. Also, joining LinkedIn groups can give you an inside view of company news.

LinkedIn is not the only social networking site that can help land jobs. Facebook and Twitter also have a huge web presence. Many potential employers scan your Twitter feeds and Facebook posts in an effort to get to know you. Updating your statuses to reflect that you are job hunting will get attention. People are more than resumes and companies recognize that. In fact, recently a company posted an advertisement for an investment analyst but instead of receiving traditional resumes, job seekers were asked to provide their LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook links along with a video message as to why these candidates wanted this job. They are most interested in what people are like, what they are like to work with, how they think. By utilizing social media, hiring companies can get a better feel for potential hires and avoid the jungle of faceless resumes.

If you are still not convinced that social media can help you land a job, try these statistics on for size. For every six people, one gets hired using social media. Over half of job seekers use LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to find jobs. When polled 18,400,000 people say that Facebook got them a job, 8,000,000 give Twitter credit for their jobs, and 10,200,000 people credit LinkedIn with their current positions. And remember, the average LinkedIn user makes over $100,000 in annual income. Do I have your attention?

So, how exactly do sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn help you network and land a great job? First, it is common knowledge that having an inside contact is incredibly beneficial for finding a great job. That’s how I got my current job, but not everyone has a second cousin or friend of a friend that can give inside information or push your resume to the top of the stack. This is where savvy networking can educate you and bring attention to your profile with the big bosses. For instance, searching LinkedIn for company employees can bring you to the person that might end up interviewing you. This is the time to send a private message to connect—only. Pushing your resume during this first contact is ineffective and will most likely get you nowhere. Begin by asking questions about his or her job and develop a relationship. Your contact will be more likely to endorse you if you begin this way—trust me. Also, use groups to connect with people. You will most likely link up with someone in the same group verses going straight for the HR person who will delete your Inmail. And don’t stop there, find out about the person doing the interviewing. Pointing out commonalities goes a long way in relationship building and elbow rubbing.

Using social media has its advantages for getting you noticed. Millions of members take part in professional websites. It is a bridge that fills the gap between an anonymous resume and your professional presence. Recruiters and hiring managers alike troll these sites for potential hires. Introduce yourself and you will get that virtual handshake—that’s a promise.

Get started using Boolean Strings, on linkedin

Are you using boolean strings in your recruiting and sourcing?   Why Not!?   What a great way to find the professional you are looking for.   You save money because it’s FREE and you do not have to post the expensive job ads that produce tons of resumes of unqualified candidates.    Boolean Strings will help your search so you can get the results you are looking for.

This post will focus on searching LinkedIn and narrowing down your search.   There are three main search engines to use: Google, Yahoo and Bing.    I would suggest using all three of them.   Each search engine has a different indexing system and will produce some different responses.  

Next we want to start narrowing the Boolean String so that it only does a Deep Dive into LinkedIn.   We start with a site command.

 

  •                site:linkedin.com

 

If you notice there are no spaces so far in this command.   Next, let’s say you are looking for a Mechanical Engineer, with a BSME, to work in Columbus, OH and they must have PLC and Lean Manufacturing Experience.    Do you know what to write next?  Try this:

 

  •                site:linkedin.com “Mechanical Engineer” Columbus (OH OR Ohio) Lean PLC BSME

 

This is a good basic Boolean String.   If you notice above, you do not have to type the word AND anymore if you are searching for different criteria and multiple keywords.   A simple space in-between your keywords will work.   If you look at the string above it says, we are looking in LinkedIn only, for the phrase “Mechanical Engineer” who lives in Columbus OH (we added an OR so it will look for the abbr. OH or spelled out OHIO) and key words lean, BSME and PLC.  

Hope this helps – this is pretty basic so far.    You can play with it and see if you can narrow it down, if you want.    Try it and see.

 

How is your LinkedIn profile?

To be honest I have never written a Blog. I honestly didn’t know where to begin. So, in typical fashion I put it off and off and off, until finally I felt more like a slacker than someone who was just afraid to start. So I started to think about the fact that a great number of people probably procrastinate more because of the unknown than actual laziness just like me. So it brought me to the conclusion that I wanted to write about LinkedIn, because I am so often amazed by the fact that there are professionals that still do not use it! Then I thought maybe they are just putting it off because of the fear of the unknown! So let’s talk about it.

LinkedIn is NOT Facebook or MySpace. It is truly a professional Social Networking tool. You start by creating a profile for yourself and setting it up in the same way you would set up a resume, telling people about your past professional roles and what your accomplishments were. LinkedIn actually walks you through the whole process to don’t be afraid to get started. LinkedIn even goes and finds the people you know that already have accounts and suggests who you should connect with. It even gives you an option to request written references from people you have worked with in the past!

Once you have your profile set up you can begin to join groups that other people have created sharing your interests and backgrounds. Using a spin-off of the now common phrase there’s an App for that; trust me there is a group for that! Are you a BA in Charlotte, there’s a group for that! A JAVA Developer yup there is a group for that too. Are you a Recruiter – there’s a group for that or a job seeker yup that too. I think you are getting the point.

You can then use these groups and the network connections you make from them to socially network to get help with your current need. Are you looking for a Networking Event in your city to attend? You can find it on LinkedIn or ask group members ; someone will know! Is your neighbor’s 2nd cousin’s stepsister looking for work? You can post it out to your group to see if someone can help. Are you a recruiter with job openings? Post it on your profile and in groups and someone might know someone who will fit! Have a professional topic you would like to discuss with your peers? Start the discussion in your LinkedIn group and see how far it goes!

I think you are getting the point, but if you have any questions feel free to ask me here or on LinkedIn and I will be happy to answer or help you to the best of my ability! Now go create your profile and actually use LinkedIn to its full potential. Stop putting it off, you might actually enjoy it!

Hey! I think I just wrote my first BLOG!!!

How to Embed Your Tweets – the New Twitter

Did you hear the News, On Thursday December 8th, 2011 – they released a new Twitter (a redesign).  I did read somewhere they are releasing it to the masses and everyone should have the new release within a month or so.   I came in this morning, logged in and VOILA – I had the new design.

Most exciting is the ability to embed your tweets.   What does embed mean?    This will allow you to copy and paste the HTML code into a blog or website.   (see example of embedded tweet at bottom of this post).   You can include the tweet directly into a third-party site.    This will also give you the same functionality as a normal tweet.

Steps to Embed your Tweet:

  1. Make sure you have the NEW Twitter Redesign
  2. Click on your Name (It should be highlighted and in the upper left hand column).  It is next to your avatar.   This should take you to your profile page.   Once on your profile page, you will see your Bio. on top of the page, your tweets to the right and the list of folders on the left.
  3. Next open the Tweet you wish to Embed by clicking on Open, on that tweet.   This will expand the tweet – giving you more options to do with it.
  4. After the tweet is opened – you should see the link, near the bottom of the tweet – that says Details.   Click on that.
  5. Now the only thing on your webpage should be that tweet.
  6. You will see a new link at the bottom of that tweet – Embed this tweet.   click here
  7. You should see the HTML Code.   You can choose how you want it aligned in your site  (left, right or center).
  8. Copy the code and then go to your third party site and paste away.   See below where I posted a tweet and how it looks – VERY COOL.

Twitter and Social Recruiting

Recruiting has evolved and Social Media is here (and has been here for years now – where have you been?).    People ask me all the time – can you find candidates on twitter and the answer is YES.Social Media   Just last month, I placed a candidate on a PERM job and I sourced them from twitter.   

 

Twitter is also a great tool for broadcasting your opportunities and the jobs you are recruiting for.    Recruiters – do you have job seekers calling you daily or weekly to see if you have any new jobs, for them?   Now tell them to follow you on twitter and that you post all of your current opportunities and jobs there.   Now you have more time to do other duties – like recruiting.

 

Evolve in your practice and try something new.  Let me Challenge you – try to find candidates using Social Media.   Try something new and see what happens.

 

There are many resources out there to get started and to show you how to recruit using Social Media.   Go on YouTube, visit blogs – see how people are using it and being successful.    I know I do.   Here is a video I found that may help the Beginner.

 

What Would Grandma Say?

How does an individual looking for a job, or a professional interacting with other professionals determine what is, and is not, appropriate to post on social networks?

I’m on Facebook, I’m on Twitter and I’m on LinkedIn. I have been a social media participant for several years now. For business I use Twitter and LinkedIn. For personal use I’m on Facebook in order to stay in touch with family and friends. The line between business and personal is sometimes grayed as many clients and co-workers have moved from business associates on LinkedIn to personal friends on Facebook.

If you look at what I post I try to keep almost everything informative however I usually incorporate some aspect of my personality. Typically this means blending my sense of humor into what is usually a link to a business article. I operate in a professional world where work does not stay at the office. Cleveland is a small town and I run into clients and candidates every time I go out with friends or my wife. Long story short I have to portray professionalism in real life and via social media in virtually everything I do.

In all honestly, I have sometimes struggled with taking my sense of humor too far, saying something that you might not find funny or posting something that could prove offensive. We’ve all heard the horror stories about individuals who have lost jobs or not been hired because of something they posted in the past. Remember, what you put online never goes away.

That’s why I follow my own rule of “What Would Grandma Say?”. What would my grandmother say if she saw this post. Would she be embarrassed for her grandson, or proud. If my grandmamma would object to how I say something, or something I plan to post to Twitter, I probably shouldn’t post it at all. I’m a big believer in being yourself, and that we should all communicate and share in ways that show off our positive qualities. That said, the things I say and do in front of grandma are typically much more filtered than what I say and do in front of friends. As such, the things I say and do on social media should also be much more filtered than what I say and do in front of friends. What Would Grandma Say about this post?

So what’s the deal with Social Media?

Ryan just checked-in at work. Nope. Not me. Never going to happen. I don’t care about who is going to the library to check out the next Harry Potter book. I don’t care that you are now the “Mayor” of Starbucks. Oh great, you just “tweeted” Awesome! Why do I care? I don’t. Not at all.

Until I couldn’t get enough of it.  Give me Facebook. Give me Linkedin. Tweet tweet tweet! Give me more social media! I want to know everything about everything and I want to know it now! I want to know what Ivanka Trump is wearing to the Academy Awards tomorrow. Tell me about your beautiful little baby boy and how “he’s growing up so fast.” PLEASE, give me details about your double espresso, non-fat, light whipped cream caramel deluxe coffee. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT…..And so does everyone else.

Why?

Because people are curious by nature. Social media is like reality tv on steroids. We can know what anyone and everyone is doing and we get to know RIGHT AWAY! I don’t have to “tune in next week”, just hit refresh and there’s more to see!

But….

There’s a lot more to it than just entertainment value. In the world of recruiting and job searching, it is invaluable! Learn about the companies you’re interviewing with. The people you’re meeting. Their likes, interests, dislikes, where they went to school… etc. This can make finding a job, and more importantly preparing for the interview much easier. People want to work with people they like. Learning about a person from sites like Linkedin and Facebook can give you just the right amount of personal touch when you are trying to make the right impression. Maybe you went to the same school. Maybe you both watch “Bones” religiously. (Why, I have no idea) Anything you can learn about that person and/or the company to show that you’re prepared and interested. Not just in getting a job, but in the team and company – That’s always going to be a benefit!

So tell me you’ve just checked in at krispy kreme to get your fav double glazed, artery clogging deep fried chocolate cream puff…. I might just show up to your office with one…..

Ryan