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?
Trust me Paul it' is not filled. There are two positions open that i have been working on for three weeks and have hit the wall. I love this hiring manager, he is a class act so i have abandoned several other searches with salary ranges about three times this high to fill these spots. I have recruited for this company for 30 years so this is not the time to blow it.
thanks for the Linkedin tips. Actually i have done a bunch of what you suggested but not as focused as you have suggested. My little partner here seems to be running the traps hard. Paul , you and your time commitments. Where are you when i need all your sexy search skills? :) We are to the phone stage. It's a tag team match at this point.
Anyone who thinks twitter is an answer care to give this a whirl and report back.
Calling all twitteratti, calling all talent community gurus,
Maybe we need to really define what Social Media is anyway. What is social media, is it splits on RBC, is this not social media, what other than Linkedin (which some of us seem to feel is sorta not what the gurus mean when they talke social media) do you consider social media?
Linkedin seems to be the only source so far. What does anyone see as the difference between people who have a profile on linkedin indicating they are interested in career opportunities as opposed to a candidate who has their resume on a job board? Would it be "willing to listen as opposed to actively looking"?
If recruiters are proudly not sending job board candidates because internal recruiters can find them. Why are linkedin candidates better when internal recruiters can also find them ...for free...when job board candidates require either paying for postings or paying for database access?
Interesting. I have never had a candidate i contacted through linked in who had the career opportunities indication tell me they were not looking. Have had some decline the position or the location. But placed them later in other positions after we made contact.
Brought that up because one of the earlier responders mentioned she had saved agency fees by using linkedin internally. Some of my clients have internal recruiters who use linkedin also. We don't use the job board data base but do post jobs on some of the boards. Many of the candidates i get that way do not have a linkedin profile or have their resume on the job board just check out the postings. Some have not been actively looking just saw something that peaked their curiousity.
Put some thought into that one didn't you Nick.
Are you saying that if a person gets a candidate from a job board they are a sourcer not a recruiter because all job board candidates even the paid boards like The Ladders candidates are desperate? But if they get a candidate from linkedin they might be a sourcer or a recruiter depending on whether the candidate on linkedin is a narcissist , marketing or secretly desperate ergo; a successful recruiter is the one who can tell the difference?
If that is the hypothesis are we defining ourselves and our success or lack of same by where we catch the fish instead of whether we bring home something for dinner?
Take it one more step ,if a candidate is generated on Twitter or from a so called talent community where do they fall on the scale of 1 being desperate and 10 being narcissist and if someone is using twitter or setting up a talent community are they sourcers or recruiters?
In my mind if i go out hunting for something for dinner tonight, i might shoot it as it ran away, find it caught in a trap or hide and wait for it to mosey by. Nobody at my house would care or even ask, unless the thing had been dead long enough that jerky was the only option to eat it.