Am I channeling Jerry Maguire this morning? Maybe. I find people. Predominantly I find them via their online information. I find people for job openings and reverse the process and find jobs for people. Really, that’s what I do in a nutshell- “I Find”. Fabulous if information is organized into a resume or profile, but I am absolutely ecstatic to have less information and dig out More from the world wide web.
I like to suggest to people to find themselves online. Kooky? Not so much. First of all, if you’re in recruiting, you need to put yourself out there. Name, Email, Profiles, Resumes, links to business and alumni associations and more. You want fellow recruiters, employers and candidates to know where you are. Don’t know where you are online or even where to begin? Googlng is fine, no problem with that. But please, go use Pipl.com.
I’ve been using Pipl (it’s pronounced “people”) since 2007 when AIRS first introduced me to it. Need a second opinion? Go here. This past week, I ran all my work contact information and user names through Pipl as well as my personal info, and was astounded by the results! It’s thorough and it also lets me know if I have any holes on-line that need to be filled.
This same logic goes for the job seeker. Can your future employer find you? Keep in mind, employers are cutting back, trimming job board access as well as trimming manpower. You may have to upload your resume on more than one site. It sucks, it’s time consuming. And if you’re going to do that, go to Gmail and create a free account to manage your job search and/or networking. Because you will get spam – you know it, I know it. It’s one of job seekers’ biggest frustrations, don’t believe me? Check out some of the comments on this poll.
You do need to take the time to build profiles on LinkedIn, Naymz, Plaxo, etc. If you’re really on the job hunt, make them public profiles. Many employers don’t pay to use LI’s recruiter module, they use free techniques like XRay to find people on the site. You also need to decide if you’re going to post your work information on MySpace and Facebook, because employers can definitely find you here, and a lot of what they find depends on what you’re willing to share. And if you have inappropriate stuff, now might be a good time to clean it up and detag yourself from those party photos. And lastly, go create your resume on-line and hyperlink it everywhere – and I do mean everywhere – your employers, your associations, schools, interests, on-line profiles, everywhere. Because we’ll find you. More people are going back to old school Boolean to find people on line as costs get trimmed.
Not sure where to begin? Well ask already! Please – as I said from the outset – help me help you!
Kelly is an HR Pro focused on recruiting Temp and Executive Talent in the Hospitality Industry and a 10 year writing veteran on FOT.