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!

Read More:

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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:

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

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: Social Media Posting Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

In exploring my RSS feeds today, I came across a great infographic entitled, Social Media Posting Guide, on Brady Josephson’s blog called re:charity. Whether or not you perform in the non-profit sector, you’ll be sure to glean valuable information from this infographic – originally from Top Non-Profits – which highlights best practices for using social media to spread your message.


Related Posts:

Social Recruiting Series: An Introduction & Infographic
Social Recruiting Series: Social Media vs. Social Communication
Social Recruiting Series: Popular Social Communication Sites
Social Recruiting Series: Best Practices for LinkedIn
Social Recruiting Series: Facebook Faux Pas
Social Recruiting Series: Tips for the Twitterverse
Social Recruiting Series: Make Blogging Work for You
Social Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC] from Bullhorn Reach

Social Recruiting Series: Make Blogging Work for You

Ever wonder where the term “blog” comes from?

According to the dictionary on my MacBook, the word “blog” originated in the 1990’s as a short form of the term “weblog”. Fascinating, I know.

Blogs are created every day and for every reason. In the case of social recruiting, blogs can enhance opportunities for both the recruiter and the candidate. Read more

Social Recruiting Series: Tips for the Twitterverse

When it comes to social recruiting, LinkedIn is the primary platform for use in recruiting both active and passive candidates, followed by Twitter.

Similar to Facebook, Twitter will most certainly not be the deciding factor in whether or not you land your dream job, but it can indeed play a significant part in whether or not you are considered a serious candidate. 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


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