Ignoring Facebook, Job Seeker Confessions, and Typers vs. Talkers

ere-community-logoWhat a fun week in the community. I can’t wait to see more of you in person at the #socialrecruiting summit in May (pst… this is the last week to get the early bird discount).

Here’s what’s going on in the ERE community this week:

  1. Inhouse recruiters: ignore Facebook at your peril
  2. Confessions of a Job Seeker: What I Learned!
  3. Typers and Talkers
  4. Oregon Law Bans Use of Credit Reports for Employment Screening
  5. Diversity Firms — Know of any good ones?
  6. Featured group of the week: Dallas/Ft. Worth Recruiters

1. Inhouse recruiters: ignore Facebook at your peril

Katrina Collier writes regarding the importance of not ignoring Facebook, “Social Networking Could Soon Pass Search, written by ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick, summed up the importance of this beautifully: “What would it mean if social networking over-took search in terms of sheer visits online? It would mark a sea-change on the Internet. No longer would our dominant use of the web be seeking out web pages built by HTML web-masters! Now we would all be publishing tiny little updates that perhaps only our friends and family care about.” So what “tiny little updates” are being written about your company and are any of these preventing you from attracting and hiring great talent?

Is Facebook an essential part of your branding and attraction strategy? If not, would a shift in traffic numbers with Facebook in first place change your mind? Drop a line in the comments.

2. Confessions of a Job Seeker: What I Learned!

Chris Brablc blogs about his recent experience in job seeking, “By experiencing the ins and outs of the job search grind on a daily basis and more importantly actively seeking advice from job seekers and recruiters, I was able to garner some key takeaways on how the recruiting process can be better. In addition, as I talked to both sides, I came to realize the great value that came from these two sides sharing thoughts with one another.”

He takes a balanced approach talking about what each side of the candidate search function needs to do to improve the overall results. What is your take on this?

3. Typers and Talkers

A forum member asks, “Sourcing experts — looking for input: In a sourcing model that leverages technical sourcing skills and relationship-recruiting skills (“typers & talkers,” in the parlance of Eric Jaquith), what are the traits and measurable competencies of technical sourcers (“typers”)? What industries do they come from? How do you measure them? What “typer to talker” ratios work best for you, in your industry?

What is your experience with “typers and talkers” in your industry?

4. Oregon Law Bans Use of Credit Reports for Employment Screening

Doreen Koronios writes, ”During its February 2010 special session, the Oregon Legislature adopted Senate Bill 1045, prohibiting employers from using credit histories in making employment-related decisions. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2010 and makes it ‘an unlawful employment practice for an employer to obtain or use for employment purposes information contained in the credit history of an applicant for employment or an employee, or to refuse to hire, discharge, demote, suspend, retaliate or otherwise discriminate against an applicant or an employee with regard to promotion, compensation or the terms, conditions or privileges of employment based on information in the credit history.’

I wouldn’t be surprised if more states didn’t go down the same path as Oregon given how hard the recession has hit people’s credit report. What are your thoughts?

5. Diversity Firms — Know of any good ones?

Maureen Sharib asks in the SOURCING Techniques and Methodologies group, ”One of our members sent me an email asking if I knew who the contingency and retained search firms are who are specialists in diversity recruiting. I don’t really. But I thought you guys might. They’re a major financial firm here in the States and they’re looking to identify more diverse candidates for their senior level roles across all business functions to include Marketing, Legal, Operations, Risk, Investments, Finance, etc.

Do you know of any firms? Are you looking for one? Check out the comments.

6. Featured group of the week: Dallas/Ft. Worth Recruiters

I am continuing to highlight some of the groups that we are hoping to reinvigorate and one of those groups is the Dallas/Ft. Worth Recruiters group. It is “a group for recruiters in the DFW area to meet and discuss recruiting topics, network, etc.” We’ve already started discussing some of the in-person networking opportunities in the area and would love to see if there are any other DFW folks who would be interested in contributing.

To see what else you’ve been missing, check out the ERE community.

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