November 10, 2010

How social tools are improving human resources

From left, Oliver Marks (Sovos Group), Eric Lane (Intuit), Ciara Smyth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Tony Treglia (Aviva), Bill McNee (Saugatuck Technology)

There’s gold in your employees’ personal social networks

David SparkI’m at the Enterprise 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., this week covering the event for Dice and its companion media division, Dice News.

Human resources is a time- and people- intensive task. Recruiters spend the majority of their time just building relations with prospective employees or people who could refer them to talent. We all know that social media in general has increased our ability to build and maintain relations with people. Prior to Twitter and Facebook, do you remember anyone telling you they had more than 1,000 friends?

If social media has proved to accelerate relationships and knowledge of these relationships, how can that information be put to better use to support all of human resources’ needs? Social tools can be used to manage compensation, benefits, acquiring talent, grooming talent, aligning employee success with business success, matching like-minded employees and cultivating innovation within the organization. How can HR people leverage social media to make their job more efficient and easier to do?

Somebody’s got to be doing it better, and luckily those people were on a panel discussion “Human Resources Meets Enterprise 2.0 and the Cloud” (#e2conf) at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif.:

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August 23, 2010

Tips for using social media & events to get your dream job

Even with social media, half of success is just showing up

David SparkSocial media as we all know is not a panacea to achieve your goals, but rather an enabler. If you want to land your dream job using social media, it still takes a lot of work. I chatted with Adria Richards of But You’re a Girl, who believes the secret for dream job success starts with attending events and building your relationships in person.

Are you a little shy about meeting people at conferences? Do you not know the best ways to follow up? Richards has some great answers to those questions. Watch this 4-minute video.

This interview is part of a series of videos I produced at Gnomedex 10 in Seattle this weekend as I was reporting for Dice and Dice News. They’ve got a fun contest to win an iPad on their Facebook Page. Just explain what makes you a true geek and you’re entered to win (August 31 is the deadline). Plus, check out Robert Scoble’s tips for getting started in social media.

March 8, 2010

End of the resume, rise of the super user

David SparkWhether you’re looking to get hired, or you’re looking for A+ talent, you want to be seen as or want to be looking for super users.

This 14-minute live presentation was given at the Dice event at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. In the presentation I explain the super user model and give examples of how companies have found, built relationships with, and hired super users.

What do you think? Do you think the 8 ½ x 11 paper resume has any future in the age of social media? If you want to get hired, become a super user. Attach yourself to a brand and/or industry. Create, share, and build relationships with industry members and other super users. And if you’re a company looking for talent, look to super users. They’re highly visible and passionate. You’ll find they’re an excellent source for marketing, staffing, and business development.

July 29, 2009 helping you find a job in the social media world

Disclaimer: Donanza is a client of my firm, Blonde 2.0, a one-stop-shop for all your social media needs.

Ayelet NoffPeople don’t look for jobs in the newspaper classifieds anymore. Instead, job postings are dispersed through a variety of niche networks, from groups on LinkedIn, tweets on Twitter, and widgets and search engines on a variety of sites.

While increasing the ability to network — one of the most important factors in finding a job — the growth of niche job sites can sometimes make it hard to find time to search for jobs. One often has to go to multiple sites just to find social media jobs, for example.

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February 20, 2009

Job resources on Twitter

Joanna LordHere it is: the most comprehensive list of where to find jobs on Twitter. I’ve been conceptualizing this post for a while. I was finally motivated this morning after reading Using Twitter for Job Search, a post by Louise Fletcher, a fellow career blogger. Fletcher outlines the different ways a twitter-lover can use their tweets to search out jobs and land them. She does a great job of stressing the importance of connecting with the right people and sharing quality information. After reading it I was left wondering. “What job boards are taking advantage of this partnership opportunity?

I’ve long wanted to put together a comprehensive list of job boards on Twitter. I did some research on which big brand job boards are embracing the Twitter platform as a way to reach potential users. Although there are a number of them squatting on their brand names, not many of the bigger boards are very active. Nice work folks.

There are a few exceptions, however (@indeed for example) and us of course (@theonlinebeat). I surprisingly came across a number of boutique boards spanning both geographical territories and niche industries. Many of them are working incollaboration with websites, but some are simply a community of users posting jobs for in a specific niche. As the Twitter community continues to grow, I can’t help but be aware of how it could drastically change the future of online job searching. It will be an exciting ride that is for sure.
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