Coffee the App

You know us, we rely on networking and are very intentional about engaging our network. It’s the core of who we are, really: “We make connections with exceptional people who have exceptional connections.”

Yep, that’s us alright.

What you may not know about us, is that we’ve been integrating social recruiting more intentionally too. It has become a means for us to add greater value to our network and  be more encompassing to the leadership and hiring needs of those we serve in the not-for-profit sector.

As you can imagine, when we stumbled upon the Coffee app, which is designed to “create a mobile community of hiring managers and job seekers” (Bernard, 2014), we were eager to try it out.

Coffee_ScreenshotQuite simply, Coffee connects job seekers with hiring managers or recruiters. It quite literally allows you to strike up a conversation with the people you’d like to work for or with folks you’d like to hire in the same way you’d strike up a conversation over a face-to-face coffee.

With this in mind, Nathan Bernard, Founder and CEO of Coffee says, “At Coffee we don’t believe that a job posting should represent a person. Instead, a person should represent a job posting. You’ll learn a lot more about a company by seeing, connecting and chatting with a real employee / hiring manager rather than just reading a boilerplate job posting . . . This sort of social recruiting is going to be huge.”

It’s new – like brand new – so if you’re going to notice it currently has limited exposure to executive nonprofit professionals, Canadians, and nonprofit organizations, but that’s why you should download the app and try it out! The more people who begin to use it, the more beneficial it will be to the overall userbase!

Our social recruiter tried Coffee out last week and ended up having a “coffee” with Nathan Bernard, himself!

Nathan was happy to receive our feedback about how the app could better encompass the charitable sector and those who work and hire in not-for-profit organizations. He assured us that tags to reflect nonprofit interests are in the works for version 2, as well as a web app for hiring, and a way to indicate on your swipe card that you are hiring.

So download it! Try it out! Strike up conversations! The more nonprofit Canadian talent that uses the app, the better it will be!

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Bostinno:BU Alums Create Coffee to Connect Yo-Pro Job Searches

LinkedIn: Millennial Job Search Gets a Cue from Tinder

Boston Globe: New App Makes Job-Hunting a Social Experience

Recruiting for a Change: Scratching The Job Search Itch

Ah, the job search itch.

You know what it is – it’s the feeling of being unsatisfied or under-whelmed in your current role, which leads to daydreaming about all of the other possible jobs or careers you may like to explore.

In turn, the job search itch begins to lead to the job search daydream.

In the daydream phase, you dream about how different your life would be if you had “one of those jobs” that wasn’t as stressful, where work didn’t follow you home, that offered you steady pay cheque from week to week, and that didn’t require an unhealthy attachment to your smart phone. Read more

Recruiting for a Change: Maximizing Creativity

Now more than ever, candidates engaging in the job search or recruitment process are expected to be creative.

There are likely a number of reasons why creativity is in such high demand. For one, it allows a candidate to stand out from the rest. No longer does having a bachelor degree or even a masters degree set you a part from others on the short-list. It’s likely even your experience is comparable to that of the other candidates in the process. Perhaps you hope your skills would prove to give you an edge, but you probably all have the typical 3-5 years of experience in something; a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite; and have mastered punctuality. So, what’s the secret to standing out among the rest in a job search process?

Creativity. Read more

Recruiting for a Change: SocialHeadhunter.com

You never need a recruiter until it’s too late.

As a candidate, you never need a recruiter until you’ve lost your job, been fired, or resigned. And then, at that point, you’re not the ideal candidate no matter your experience because you’re an active job-seeker rather than passive. It’s always easier to place someone who has a job than one who is without a job.

On the other hand, as an organization you never need a recruiter until your President, CFO, or VP of Philanthropy resigns and you’re left trying to fill a gap in the interim while completing a search process and burning out your remaining staff in the meantime.

In the spirit of our newest blog series “Recruiting for a Change”, it seems that recruiters need to make more time for you now – when you don’t need them and they don’t need you. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Facebook Faux Pas

Facebook is not likely to land you a new job, but it may cost you a new job.

You see, the craft of social recruiting involves the use of social media platforms for both recruiting and screening purposes. Depending on what recruiters and HR managers discover on your various social communication networks during the screening process, you could either be thrust to the top of or deleted from the candidate short list.

Not convinced? Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Popular Social Communication Sites

Within the next few days, the Canadian working world is preparing to embark on the most anticipated season of the year – summer vacation!

The first two weeks in July are the most popular times of the year to take a vacation. Whether you have plans to travel or are instead organizing a more economical “stay-cation”, consider using this downtime to enhance and experiment with your existing social communication profiles and new social networking platforms, respectively.

Why?! Read more

Social Recruiting Series: An Introduction & Infographic

Social recruiting.

It’s the new “it” thing in the land of recruiting, so if you’re not effectively using social media within both your personal life and professional pursuits, you may be less likely to be considered for promotion, may be limiting opportunities for career transition, and may be compromising your chances of being the preferred candidate from the short-list in a new hire.

That said, if you’re not using social media at all, you’re in even more trouble career-wise. Read more

The Cost of an Angry, Alienated Job Applicant

Every industry has it’s good and it’s bad. In the recruiting sector, dealing with a mass influx of job applicants is generally something that recruiters are not very good at.

As a retained executive recruiter that goes to market on behalf of other companies and organizations, it is always my goal to provide a level of service and a personal touch that far exceeds a potential candidate’s expectations because I understand that a candidate’s experience not only reflects my own brand and company, but also that of my client’s.

Yet, for larger companies with HR and recruiting departments who often have dozens of job orders on-the-go at any given time, it can be difficult to respond to every single applicant. The danger, however, of not taking the time to appropriately respond to potential candidates can have an adverse impact on your company as a whole. Read more

From Chaos to Calm

I had the privilege to be one of the weekly presenters for Good Works – a Toronto-based group established to serve, support and encourage the transitioning, employed, unemployed, re-entering the workforce, as well as retirees and those soon to be retired.

When Carol Roberts – the workshop creator – showed me the list of potential topics on which I could speak, the only one that truly stuck me was this: From Chaos to Calm.

It struck me because it has been the journey of my life over the past several years. To be able to look at that topic on a sheet of paper and suddenly realize that it was a tangible reality for me, made it much easier for me to share on such a vulnerable topic. Read more

Once Upon a Time in the Land of Recruiting (a.k.a. The Power of Storytelling)

Apparently storytelling is all the rage.

Excuse my intended facetiousness, but I’m pretty sure that storytelling has been thoroughly utilized incessantly for hundreds of thousands of years. It’s what we generally would describe as “timeless” (insert Disney princess music here).

You know I’m right, too. Read more

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