James Mayes

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Blog: The Social Recruiting Conference – #srconf #socialrecruiting

In Community, Conference, Human Resources, Personal Development, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting on June 22, 2011 at 9:06 am

For me, one of the best events on last year’s social recruiting calendar was #SRConf – organised by Alan and Vic.  There’s a number of reasons why it all came together for me – the venue, the tech support, the great line-up, not to mention some great “corridor conversations” that are often such a key part of these things.

#srconfThey’re doing it all again – and there’s only a week to go.  There’s a selection of great speakers already announced and as per the last event, the focus is very much on practitioners – presenters from firms who are out there, doing this stuff and happy to share the results.  That, for me, sums up Social Recruiting: sharing the results.

There’s no single right way to go about this at the moment, and I’m comfortable in stating a belief that no single vendor can offer the perfect tool or platform – yet. There are a lot of great ideas and a lot of platforms that have made a good start and have an interesting roadmap. There are also a number of early adopters who’ve tried, failed and learnt. These are the stories I enjoyed so much last year, so I’m hoping this year continues to deliver some of those elements.

While Social Recruiting is still young, it’s also moving fast.  This means, moreso than last year, there will be success stories too. I have a rough idea what some of the speakers have been working on, so I very much hope their organisations are open enough to let them share – what could be more social than that!?

Finally, it’s always a pleasure to spend time chewing the industry with Alan.  He’s worked on more projects than I care to name and has a wealth of experience to draw on – but he retains a thirst for knowledge and innovation. Last time we spoke on Skype, I voiced some thoughts on  a particular data source that I feel is being under-used currently – Skype itself. Not my own inspiration, something I actually picked up from a track at Bill Boorman‘s recent #TruDublin event – but great to hear Alan instantly “get” what I meant. I had the overwhelming impression that the rest of the morning would be wiped out for him as he shot off to investigate further!

#SRConf?  Can’t wait!

Blog: I know this much is #TRU

In Community, Conference, Personal Development, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on February 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Getting very close to the next #TruLondon event now and the buzz is quite impressive.  Having had a very busy start to 2011, I’ve been trying to keep track through Twitter and the blog posts, but it’s a struggle – so I leapt at the chance to catch up with organiser Bill by phone recently. Yep, old-school is sometimes the best.  As always with Bill, there’ll be some well-publicised activities in advance, in addition to some surprises on the day.  So which bits am I most looking forward to?

  1. #trulondonThe sheer range of assembled intelligence and experience. You’ll struggle to find an event with more talent in one location than this.  Quite how Bill pulls them all in, I really don’t know. I’ll say this though, the man’s an artist!
  2. I’m hearing a rumour that there’s going to be something rather interesting on the Twitter front. Twitter’s always been a key element of the #TRU events and Bill’s one of those who really understands the value of the backchannel. I wrote a review of this for one of his previous events here – but if I understand correctly, it’ll be worth installing Layar on your smartphone if you’re attending.
  3. I’m actually going to be at a professional event with my better half! She’s always been in the HR industry, I’ve always been in recruiting, so while there’s a common interest, the events we’ve attended have been very different.  Social Media is starting to bridge that divide, and Bill’s event really does drive that message home.
  4. All being well, I’ll be playing with a new app while I’m there. No commercial interest in this one for me, but something I was lucky enough to see an alpha demo of at the recent TEDxBrighton event – and I’m hoping I’ll have a beta test version by the time I get to #TRU. If you’re a regular conference-goer, it promises to be quite exciting – #TRU should be the perfect place to let it loose!

There’ll be loads more when I get there, I’m sure.  As always, I’ll be tweeting heavily through the day – so if you can’t be there, follow the event on Twitter. As soon as I have a live-stream link, I’ll share that too!

Infographic: The Social Web’s gender balance

In Facebook, LinkedIn, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on December 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Need to address the gender balance of your organisation?  Social recruiting might just be able to help.  I believe this was prepared at the tail end of last year, but it puts a very clear picture across – so much so, I wanted to share!

Who rules the social web?

Graphic source: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net

Data source: Brian Solis, Google Ad Planner

Personal highlights of #srconf

In Conference, Facebook, LinkedIn, Mobile, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm
I was lucky enough yesterday to be at the Social Recruiting conference (hashtag: #srconf).  Great venue in London and an enticing line-up of speakers, presenting from a “we’ve done this ourselves” perspective.  I bagged a great spot and settled down to learn.  I also took the opportunity to have a crack at live-tweeting the event.  I think in the final analysis, there were about sixty from me during the day.
Having now reviewed, here are my top fifteen. I’ve removed hashtags but they’re otherwise unedited. They’re also reverse chronological – number one being the final presentation of the day, number fifteen being the first.
  1. Cummins are a heavy engineering firm – halved their time to hire with social media.
  2. In the world of social, if it’s perfect on launch then maybe you waited too long.
  3. If you find change hard, imagine how irrelevance will feel. Sell THAT to the board.
  4. Cisco using Facebook advert targeting to increase female IT applicants. 17% up to 24% in 1 month. $5000.
  5. Deloitte aim to be first organization in Netherlands to kill use of job boards.
  6. 234% more traffic from SM than job boards. Deloitte
  7. A happy person tells three friends. An unhappy one tells Google.
  8. Give people options for engagement. Let them start in the place THEY feel most comfortable.
  9. Social rules from @heatherataylor – Don’t say anything you wouldn’t say to your Grandma. Simples
  10. Why so keen to separate SM from other channels? Integration drives stronger adoption.
  11. There’s not much that’s LESS engaging than a static newsletter. If you want people to get involved, let them contribute and respond.
  12. Part of the company = part of the brand – that includes +ve and -ve messages.
  13. Your employment brand is what employees say when you’re not in the room. Measure that!
  14. Jobs and content is the starting point, not the goal. Community, conversation, relationships. These things give real value.
  15. 80% of corps have social media presence, only 20% are cohesive.

I’ll write a more thorough review when I have the opportunity.  In the meantime, kudos to Alan and Vic for a first class event!

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