Job Hunting in a Social World
As working life returns to normality after the long break, and a new calendar year is greeted with equal measures of hope, optimism and apprehension, I’m left to contemplate the realities of job hunting in 2011.
The social media community have been great. My post announcing that I was now actively seeking a new role was read and re-tweeted to such an extent that it registered my highest number of one day reads yet, and despite only being live for a couple of weeks it’s the third most read post of 2010.
I’ve had messages of support, offers of help and leads are being sent to me through LinkedIn and Twitter, for which I am very grateful.
But I’m also thinking…how has social media really changed the job hunt process??
Over the 2 years or so that I have been actively connecting with the wider HR/Recruitment community through social media channels I have read, debated, listened and thought long and hard about attracting talent, building talent pools, communicating the brand and creating a compelling employee proposition…and how social media enables this to be done. This is really about attraction and retention.
There are also new and emerging functionalities for job seekers enabling them to find out more about roles that they are applying for, and giving them different ways to approach the recruiter. But is this is a two way process?? My question is…
Who is actually acquiring talent socially?
Is anyone using social media for talent acquisition as a two way process?
You can tweet out a job, but can I tweet you an application?
I can ‘like’ your company profile, but would you ‘like’ my personal one?
How will the ATS process a different type of CV?
Ah yes…a CV. Every role that has so far been sent in my direction wants me to apply by sending through a CV. A few months ago I started a discussion on Twitter about whether recruiters would interview someone based on their social media footprint, without a physical CV. I then posted it on this blog
So for day one of job hunting in a social world I’m starting with a different kind of CV. This one.
You may have noticed a few additions to my blog. As well as my stream of thoughts and observations you can now…
Find out some more about me
Read my profile
Watch me being interviewed
Ask me interview questions
Read some other stuff I’ve written
Find out about some of my likes
It will evolve…it’s my Living CV. In particular the ‘Ask me Questions’ section will be updated continually…it’s there for anyone interested in knowing more about me, either potential interviewers or curious readers, to ask questions. Hopefully it will build into an ongoing interview page. What more does a potential employer want to see?
I don’t know how an ATS will process this.
I don’t know if someone would actually hire me with just this and face to face interviews to go on.
I don’t know if companies are really willing to hire for attitude and look at how you work not where you work.
But I’m going to start finding out.
I’ll be posting about my job search. I want to do it socially and I want to know who out there will hire socially.
For two years I’ve heard many talking the talk…I want to find out who’s actually walking it!
As always…let me know what you think….