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Whether you are actively looking for a job or not, it is important to represent yourself online the same way you would during a live interview. Everything from your profile picture to what you “like,” “retweet,” or “share” represents your individual brand. Recruiters get information about prospective employees by viewing their digital footprint. Take a look at some of the articles below for advice on how to showcase your talents in the best possible light.

We Are Asking What when we should be asking WHY?

By | January 26th, 2016|

For each of us, as we become adults, working to earn a living is both a necessity and a key part of who we become in our world. There are financial implications, social implications, feel-good implications, and implications out into the future that our choices now will impact. We call this “the ripple effect”. And when we are asked the easy and common introductory question by others of “what we do”, those that are asking are usually asking to see where you fit in and where they fit in. But imagine if, once you proclaim the current role you work in, that the same person asks you this more thought provoking question: “WHY do you do that work?” What would your answer be? How would you really respond?

The Annual Survey Results Are In….

By | January 20th, 2016|

In December of 2015 the Elevate team met and decided that as Recruiters we wanted to look at some of the common conceptions and misconceptions that exist in our world and compare it to what candidates actual said.  To that end we created our first annual Candidate Survey.  For this survey we focused on the candidate communication experience.  Over the course of 2 months we surveyed over 10,000 successful and non-successful (meaning they were not hired) candidates that had been at some point contacted by one of our Sourcing team members for an Aon RPO client.  We had just over 1,000 respondents (making this one of the most successful surveys I’ve ever run).  Here then is a high-level overview of the results we generated:

Are We Getting This? A New Direction…Right or Wrong?

By | November 20th, 2015|

We live in a technological age. Everywhere, there is some sort of technology to take on both mundane and complicated processes. In certain instances we have become very comfortable with a certain way of applying technology, regardless of the less than stellar results from those efforts. So instead of throwing out the antiquated manner in which we have used technology, we go about trying to alter that process to tweak higher response results. The job or requisition posting process is one such process that is significantly outdated and severely flawed.

Welcome to the Texting Generation!

By | October 9th, 2015|

I recall seeing on the news a few weeks ago that JP Morgan had dumped voicemail for its employee’s. It is rumored that Coca Cola has also followed suit. My first reaction was “What the heck? Why would they do that?” But then I started to think about it more and it actually makes sense. Why pay for voicemail when you can send email and text? The reality is this is the new normal and what the world is coming to. When I think about how my own behavior has evolved over the years and that of my friends and family, rarely does anyone pick up the phone anymore. It is faster and easier to send a text or an email.

LinkedIn – it’s not Facebook people!

By | June 29th, 2015|

I look at LinkedIn every day. I look up people. It’s what I do. Even when I am not working, I look up people. It’s nice to match a face to a name (yes, I even look up people who are my customer care agents when I call tech support for something!) Awful, I know… Anyway, in this day and age, I would expect everyone to have a LinkedIn profile. Heck, even my 10 year old daughter knows about LinkedIn!! (she recently created a profile for a class in school!) So why is it that I still see many people who don’t have a fully completed profile? This is a virtual business card people! This is your chance to let everyone know who you are professionally. (Not to be confused with whom you are personally like you do on Facebook). This is your chance to highlight all those sweet skills you have spent years building up! Brag, it’s okay. This is the one time we won’t get annoyed with you telling the world you helped increase profits by 67% or that you saved your company millions with that brilliant idea you had!!

How Facebook Killed Spam

By | February 6th, 2015|

It’s Friday morning and by now I will be back from spending a week in sunny Florida meeting with members of our Aon RPO team leadership, and I’m sure it will have been awesome (spoiler I’m not writing this on Friday morning).  One of the most important things for Recruiting is the ability to make a connection with a candidate, and honestly most recruiters and sourcers over time seem to have more and more relied on email and written messaging.  Now the effectiveness of using and/or relying on email for messaging is a whole other blog post (spoiler 2 – the phone will come in on that one), however, thinking about messaging as a form of communication and let’s just say that ingrained habits will not change quickly and folks still stick to email as their primary source I started to think what communication portals I respond to most quickly.  Here’s what I came up with:

5 Ways to Manage Your Online Reputation, Brand

By | November 20th, 2014|

I invite everyone interested in topic of personal marketing in the Internet to read the article written by Christian Arno. 5 Ways to

Top Five Ways to Blow Your Job Search with Social Media

By | November 5th, 2014|

We all know and have been told that the best way to land that next job is via Networking.  And there is probably no better way to network on a large scale and show your thought leadership in your own domain than with Social Media.  Hands down it can be the quickest and most effective manner to get your job search out to your community and start those all important job referrals rolling in, except when it goes horribly wrong.  So to help you avoid that here are some of the top five ways that candidates blow their job search with Social Media….

How Recruiters Use Social Media

By | October 9th, 2014|

Reposted from: http://bit.ly/1s429da Using the data from Adecco’s global study, this infographic breaks down how recruiters can effectively use social media for online recruiting. The data is gathered from the responses of recruiters from 24 countries. 1,501 recruiters participated in this study,  73% using at least one social media account for professional purposes.

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