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.

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.

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.

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.

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

My purpose…

I am a recruiter who loves what I do.     I like to learn new innovative ways to do my job and to better my craft.   I love sharing what I learn with others out there, in the recruiting industry and in the world in general.  

 

I have been recruiting since 1999 – A lot has changed since then.   This is an ever-changing job and profession, which is one of the main reasons why I enjoy it so much.   I was told once that Recruiting is “A FEW SIMPLE DISCIPLINES PRACTICED EVERYDAY” and this is so true.   Even though you must do these disciplines daily, the way you do them has evolved.  I will mostly write about these changes/updates and how I use them to recruit.    Some might say these are the secrets recruiters use to help their clients and candidates get the job they are looking for.

 

I am hoping this is useful to other recruiters and job seekers.  Feel free to comment and ask any questions you may have to me and the others who have volunteered to contribute to the site.  These are our opinions and thoughts – and with over 100 years of combined experience we are still learning too.  Welcome to…THE RECRUITER FILES.