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

Why Charity Executives Should be Active on LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC]

You need to be on LinkedIn.

This is especially true if you’re a charity executive with any sort of fundraising responsibility.

Even if you have no intention of transitioning to a new role any time soon, LinkedIn can be one of your most powerful tools for networking and raising funds. After all, according to one of LinkedIn’s latest infographics, LinkedIn’s members are:

  • affluent, educated, and influential;
  • have an average US household income of $83,000;
  • have twice the buying power (and therefore giving power) of the average US consumer; and
  • are six times more likely to engage with content on LinkedIn rather than job activity.

Sounds like the perfect breeding ground for potential donors, doesn’t it?! Read more

Social Recruiting Series: A Conclusion & Infographic

Using social media is no longer a fad – it’s practically an expectation.

As we look to wrap up our summer Social Recruiting Series of blog posts, I’m curious to know if you’ve used some of your down-time during this season to explore new social media platforms or have attempted to be more strategic with the social networks in which you were already involved?

In an infographic entitled, The Future, Social CEO, discovered on the future of C-Suite social media engagement is explored. Not only has social media and communication affected the recruiting sector, it has also had significant affects on intelligence and marketing research; customer relationship management; and public engagement. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Best Practices for LinkedIn

Of all the social media platforms, in all the towns, in all the world, LinkedIn is the strongest player in the social recruiting scene.

LinkedIn may be described as a professional social communication platform, which is comparable to Facebook in that you can post status updates and view other people’s profiles. Rather than acquiring “friends” on LinkedIn, you make “connections” with other professionals and colleagues.

The major difference between LinkedIn and Facebook, is the professional context that is inherent to the very inner workings and participants of the platform. For example, one’s LinkedIn profile is much like an online resume – describing one’s professional accomplishments and educational journey.

A common misconception about LinkedIn is that you need to be looking for a new role or job to justify being an active participant on the platform.

Au contraire. 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

To Be or Not To Be #LinkedIn

To be or not to be LinkedIn. That is the question.

It is a question that I’ve been trying to see both sides of since reading an article on entitled, “Recruiters Say: Avoid LinkedIn at Your Peril. Contributer, Allison Cheston, makes good arguments as to why some avoid and why others embrace the professional social media platform.

To be honest, after attending the LinkedIn Toronto event on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, I’d have a hard time justifying one’s choice to avoid developing a LinkedIn profile. Here are some facts and statistics presented at the event which left an impression on me as a recruiter personally: Read more

Your Permanent Job Search

Looks like your future employer is watching you online, involuntarily enrolling you in a never-ending job interview.

In the same way that you would strategically calculate every detail concerning a face-to-face interview, such as what would you wear, say, do, and admit, so too, must you adopt this same mentality everyday as you engage in online activity. Read more

Social Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC] from Bullhorn Reach

Social recruiting is becoming all the rage.

Funny how just over a decade ago one’s most valuable tool in recruiting was the good ol’ fashioned telephone and a business card rolodex which served as the tangible representation of one’s network.

Then came the dawn of job boards where hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants could search for job openings and directly submit their resumes to recruiters. Pffft – practically took all the fun out of recruiting in the first place. Read more


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