Hello Recruiters and welcome to your Columbus Day edition of the week that was. Are you at your desk today? Making calls? If not, you should be. This is historically a great holiday to connect with candidates. After all, that placement is not just going to happen all by itself.
So I’m going to start this week (like last week) with a promise. I’m not going to overwhelm you with HRTech news. For those of you interested, you can get your fix here.
In fact I going to take a different angle to open things up. I’m coming off a week with an huge recruitment win by making the ultimate placement. That placement in the form of welcoming my third child. Say hello to Quincy Young Spagnola.
It’s nice not to worry about a fall off with this one. And yes, this could be viewed as a desperate attempt to increase my blog readership, but she is a cute one, no?
Now back on topic with staffing stories of note. There was a story late last week that I’m betting most of you missed. Occasionally we all hear about the next LinkedIn and/or the LinkedIn killer, but a new networking startup might just be worth recruiters checking out.
What is Conspire you ask? This Boulder, CO tech company is utilizing email communication to help users make their next professional connection. Last week TechCrunch ran a nice overview of this exciting new data heavy professional networking platform. The core functionality is centered on email analytics that help make the recommendation of who users should connect with. The tool also allows users to get updates on connections, explore email volume, response times, and provides a list of those contacts you’re at risk of losing touch with. I have to say the individual email reporting if for nothing else, is quite well designed and interesting to read.
“We want to understand who knows each other but also how strong those connections are,” founder Alex Devkar says. “Looking through email, we can see the length of an interaction and the frequency.”
This is the real value here – the depth (or frequency of email correspondence) of the connection with those that are part of your Conspire network. That is how the team at Conspire looks to counter LinkedIn with making connections much more ‘reliable’. Afterall LI Invitations are a dime a dozen and in most cases, after the initial acceptance that’s the end of the relationship. Unless you’re a recruiter who stays in front of folks, for most people using LinkedIn, contacts as a ‘networking bridge’ are questionable at best.
If you’re interested in checking Conspire out, a good place to get your feet wet is with our Recruiter Networking Group. So what are you waiting for? Let the networking begin.
A few other recruiting items of note –
- While we are on the topic of hot startups, everyone is trying to disrupt the traditional recruiting model and become the Uber of the staffing industry. Can one of these companies be the next big thing?
- Jobvite said show me the money as they secured a $25 million infusion of capital.
- Personality tests are becoming all the rage in the staffing and hiring of financial advisors.
- I love the reference to one of Michael J. Fox’s finest, but are today’s wins a result of past successes? Recruiter Stephanie Klein makes the case in her post Strategies: It’s back to the future with hiring.
- In India, Recruiters are partying like it’s 1999..er 2007, or so they say with the staffing industry seeing increased demand for top talent across markets.
- Are offbeat hiring methods the latest trend to vet today’s job seeker? This Time article offers a few helpful candidate tips to plan for the non-traditional interview.
- Organizational leaders don’t always get it. Clare Bettelley points that out on her Forbes post – Executives Aren’t Always Right: Why Social Media Recruiting Has A Place In Every Industry.
- Can facial hair be what is preventing your candidates from getting hired? Recruiters weigh in on weather or not growing that beard is a good idea.
- My nomination for RecruitingBlogs.com post of the week goes to newer RBC member Tim Saumier. His ‘Everything Must Change’ series offers a solid read and welcome addition to the community voices. The latest entitled Headhunter and Unashamed makes the case on why the term headhunter is not a bad thing, and should be worn as a badge of honor.
Lastly, my selection for favorite social update of the week. I happen to enjoy entertainment along with education and enlightenment from my social consumption, and no one captures that better than Mr. Tincup.
Thank you my kind sir. Not sure I can disagree much with that tweet. Tincup made his own headlines last week in Vegas with his new venture KeyInterval. Be sure to check it out.
And there you have it recruiters – consider yourself now in the know for the week that was.
Feel free to share what’s on your mind and contribute to the ongoing conversation over at RecruitingBlogs.com!