It's Friday and that means it's video day here on The Undercover Recruiter! We recently had a chat with Jennifer McClure, who is the President & Chief Talent Strategist at Unbridled Talent, LLC. On top of that she's a very nice lady that is happy to share her nuggets of wisdom.
In the video below, Jorgen Sundberg of Link Humans finds out how companies are using social media for recruiting, and how recruiters themselves are figuring out social media. Have a closer look at the interview and watch Jennifer McClure talk about:
The trends she is seeing in Social Recruiting right now, and in 2-3 years time
What General Mills, Deluxe Corporation & Sodexo are doing that we can learn
Her recommended first steps with Social Media Recruitment in a company
The common pitfalls to avoid
Her top 3 tips for using Social Media to attract top talent
Connect with Jennifer on the Unbridled Talent website, or directly on Twitter: @JenniferMcClure!
Hope you found this helpful! Do you agree with Jennifer's ideas? We'd love to hear your ideas, feel free to comment below.
And don't miss our other recent video interviews with career blogger extraordinaire Joshua Waldman.
Professional networking has to play an important role throughout one’s career. The benefits that networking brings can sometimes leave you amazed. If you want to achieve professional success, you should start career networking as quickly as possible. In fact, it’s a good idea to start building your network while you are still in college.
Given below are some cool tips that college students can use to network and connect with influential people.
#1. Meet as Many People as You Can
While you are studying in college, you should never hesitate to meet with as many people as possible. You never know who you meet by regularly interacting with a wide variety of people.
#2. Connect Online
Thanks to the emergence of social media, you can now use a range of social networking platforms to connect with influential people online. Participate in online conversations on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus among others. Get in touch with employers, industry experts, recruiting agencies, passionate people etc.
#3. Listen More Than You Talk
If you want to expand your network and benefit from it too, you need to become an active listener. Listening is a great skill, which you can use to attract a lot of people. So, don’t just speak. Let other people share their point of views. And learn from what they say.
#4. Attend Social Events
Many college students are too shy to attend social functions. This is not the right attitude if you aspire to achieve career success. Whether a social event is organized by your college or the community where you live, you can use this as an excellent opportunity for connecting with influential people.
To get social online, LinkedIn is a great place to network with fellow students. More at 7 Ways College Students Can Benefit from LinkedIn.
#5. Be a Conversation Starter
It’s always advisable not to wait for the other person to approach you or start talking to you. Be ready to take the lead and start the conversation yourself if the other person is not very comfortable.
#6. Make People Feel Important
People like to be heard. They want to be felt important. If you have the capability to make other people feel important, you can easily grab their attention. It is a great skill to connect to a lot of people and expand your network even while you are in college.
#7. Get Rid of the Fear of Rejection
When you start meeting people, you may have some fear of being rejected as well. Many people won’t simply want to connect. Don’t let this fear hold you back. Step up and march ahead. Always be positive!
The professional networking that you do while in college can pay great dividends when you are out in the real world. Your network of contacts can bring you plenty of career development benefits. Start using the above mentioned tips and start to build you network right away.
And when you finally graduate, here's How To Find Jobs as a College Graduate.
James Tomerson writes regularly on career, education and latest job trends. To read more from him, you can visit Jobdiagnosis.com, which also offers jobseekers a free career aptitude test to choose a career which is in tune with their career, aptitude and skills.
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We can't get enough about the art of interviewing in these times. We all fret job interviews and prepare as much as possible but there is little way of predicting their outcomes. Well at least we have some cool stats in this infographic complied by our friends at Come Recommended:
• 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone
• Having little to no knowledge of the company is the most common mistake made during interviews (see: How To Plan Ahead for the Interview)
• 67% of bosses say that failure to make eye contact is a common nonverbal mistake
• When meeting new people, 55% of the impact comes from the way the person dresses, acts and walks through the door
• 65% of bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost-identical candidates (see: What To Wear To An Interview)
• The number one question most likely to be asked is: “Tell me about yourself”
• The number one most common mistake at a job interview is: failing to ask for the job
We recently had a chat with the great blogger, author and speaker Tim Tyrell-Smith. In this interview, Jorgen and Tim discuss the importance of personal branding and blogging, go through the main pitfalls to avoid in looking for jobs, and give top strategy tips for anyone's career.
Tim's top three tips to job seekers are:
1. Get out of the house! As tempting as it sounds, don't spend all day long on your computer: get out there!
2. Knowing who you are. Have a strong personal brand and find ways to be memorable!
3. Be strategic. Don't be impulsive, figure out what you are going to do and put together a plan.
You can connect with Tim on twitter at Tim's Strategy. Feel free to share your thoughts on the interview below.