I am working on two searches that have turned out to be somewhat of a purple squirrel and shouldn't be..I thought. Having advertised the positions, direct called, asked for personal referrals etc. etc. Still no viable candidates that are of interest to my client. Now, they have changed the job requirements mid search which caused some whiplash. But here's my thought. To all you who believe that social media recruiting is the holy grail..show me the candidates. If you can find candidates for these two positions using only social media, no posting ads, no direct calls, if you have one in the data base he/she has to be the result of social media recruiting, i'll split with you.
These will not make you rich, but on the surface they won't seem to be that difficult so if you want to give it a try, let's see if your medicine works. If it works we'll post about how you did it and give you the opportunity to show us how you did it.
Here's the job description:
Position: Staff Level Operations Manager - Wholesale Distribution
Location: Atlanta, Georgia - Here's the catch. Must be within 20 minutes commute time from the Lawrenceville, Georgia area. Prefer not to relo.
Salary Range: 50 to 60K. No bonus potential. 401K, Medical insurance effective after 90 days and expensive for family coverage first year. Fee is 20% of base, split paid upon receipt of check from company. 90 day replacement guarantee.
Deg. Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Business with supply chain management or other four year degree with Supply Chain/wholesale distribution experience..
Functional Responsibility: Supervise a team of 20 -25 hourly associates in a fast paced , automated pick, pack ship environment. Flexible for second shift or weekend shift work. Position is one of 12 Ops Managers at this level reporting to the AGM and GM. Experience with SAP, Red Prairie, High Jump or Manhattan WMS PkMS.
What the client wants. Min. of 3-4 years management experience in the wholesale distribution warehouse facility of any of the big box DC's ie; Target, K-Mart, Toys R. Us, Best Buy, etc. Can not consider candidates coming directily from Wal Mart distribution. Manufacturing background not a fit.
Retail not a fit. Stable job record. Heavy on the stable job record. Good reasons for change.
If you can find candidates using social media only i will be impressed. Questions, comments, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Or post it here. We have looked at a lot of candidates for these positions. If we already have them from ads or direct recruiting will let you know immediately. I want to see if social media is really a tool that will produce candidates who are not findable using other recruiting processes. Wanna play?
If social media recruiting is going to replace all third party recruiters so we can RIP and won't be missed i darn well want to know how i am going to die so i can have time to write my last will and testament. Or keeping an open mind i want to know how to avert my untimely death. :)
Only one player so far. What happened to all these bloggers raving about talent communities and SM as the end all to be all. Where are you kids? Not only can you prove you are right, i'll pay you to do it. Hello, hello. Third party recruiter to all those gurus of social media talking about how easy it is to find those hidden candidates.
We have an interview! This is a scream. Maria sent me a candidate last night. On first read i turned him down. He is in retail not wholesale. His current salary is almost 10K over the range. He doens't have any of the technology they have asked for on this position. His resume is functional with no dates or companies. He sent a link to a video presentation. After turning him down i watched the video. not once but about three times. Decided that since my client is wondering about SM etc i would do a take away presentation. I sent the link to the page with the video and a profile, no resume. My presentation was. This candidate is not a fit for what you are looking for he is asking X, he is in retail ops management not wholesale. His background is not what we want on these positions but i wanted you to see a pretty impressive candidate presentation.
I expected a "looks like an impressive candidate but not a fit for our position or what we can pay" response.
The email from my hiring manager said, "I'll bite, how about i talk to him on Monday at 4:00".
Ok now i get to eat a little crow. I have been a voice against video presentations. I am a stickler about candidates fitting as closely as possible the job requirements. There was something about this candidate in the video that compelled me to send it to my hiring manager. With a take away presentation.
We are a long way from this working but this is a linked in candidate with a functional resume and a video presentation that at least got him the phone interview. We may end up right back at not the right background and too much money but we got a phone interview. Stay tuned.