Gareth Jones's Blog (25)

Recruiters turned Community Managers? I doubt it somehow...

Back in 1999, I was working on the development of a piece of software that allowed the recruiter to reach candidates that were coming together in newsgroups, on-line, to converse about their specialist subjects. It was while delving into this world of on-line groups that I had a light bulb moment - I realised that tapping into these communities, or 'special interest groups' as we referred to them back then, could be the future for creating a more robust and credible recruitment supply…

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Added by Gareth Jones on February 25, 2010 at 6:12pm — 11 Comments

I am not a brand. I am me...

I read a blog post last week via twitter on the growing subject of the 'personal brand', discussing yet another recent 'survey' that puts at 70% the number of employers using social media profiles to check up on, or screen out, candidates in the recruitment process. …

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Added by Gareth Jones on February 8, 2010 at 7:30am — 19 Comments

Gen X using Gen Y tools spells trouble...

Social networking sites, such as Twitter and facebook in particular, are featuring significantly in online debates at the moment, principally for two reasons it seems:



* Employers are using social networking sites to 'check out' candidates before extending job offers



* Employers are complaining about the time 'wasted' by employees who use these sites regularly at work



If you are currently in HR, and find… Continue

Added by Gareth Jones on January 29, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

2009 is dead! Recruitment outlook for 2010...

As 2009 gasps and wheezes its way to the finish line, all eyes and hopes are on 2010 and the fortunes the coming year may bring. Or not, as the case may be. If you listen to many commentators out there, both within the recruitment industry and outside it, you will hear much talk of recovery; lots of tweeting of potential upsides.



Me? I'm not so sure. And here's why.



For those not around during the last proper recession in the 90's you need to take a close look at what… Continue

Added by Gareth Jones on December 22, 2009 at 2:34pm — 8 Comments

Job Boards RIP v2.0 - From jobs to communities...

All the traditional channels of recruitment seem to be in for a kicking right now and the job boards seem to be the latest victim! The recruitment agency model reached middle age before its viability was questioned but the job boards are merely teenagers. One wonders if social media will make it out of nappies at this rate, particularly with all the fuss being made about 'ROI'. Since when did recruiters ever care about that?!



Anyway, job boards are definitely coming under significant… Continue

Added by Gareth Jones on December 3, 2009 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

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