Job Seeker’s Guide to Making the Hiring Manager Happy

Careerbuilder.com ran a survey of 31,000 employers about their use of social media in screening and finding job applicants. The results include:

  • More than 1 in 5 employers use social media sites to screen job applicants
  • 22% of the 31,000 employers said they use social media to find human capital
  • 9% more said they would begin utilizing social media sites in 2009
  • 31% or nearly 10,000 employers will focus on social media as a recruiting and screening tool in 2009

The writing, pardon the pun, is on the wall. If you want to make a hiring manager happy, and help yourself, you will adopt all of the steps outlined below to help you–stand apart from the competition.

Silicon Valley star Guy Kawasaki did not intend for his chapter “The Art of Driving Your Competition Crazy” in Reality Check to be job seeker’s advice; yet the main theme is vital for any job seeker’s success. The chapter outlines 8 steps to drive your competition crazy aimed at helping entrepreneurs and corporations understand how to win at the art of business.The most valuable theme and step is “Focus on the customer.” Guy outlines the irony that entrepreneurs and businesses should not take action against the competition–don’t do anything to them but everything for the customer.

Theme: Make the Hiring Manager Happy

The idea and theme here is to ignore your competition and focus completely on a hiring manager’s happiness. Ignore the millions who are out of work and competing for the same jobs, ignore the pundits who continue to fuel the panic, ignore the negative naysayers who continue to bring your spirit down.

Instead think about what makes hiring managers happy? How about taking the task of reading resumes off their plate. What about saving them time, energy, and focus by removing the screening process that entails resumes and cover letters. Why not remove the gray areas and guess work for a hiring manager by delivering a better more revealing resource than a resume which is simply a job seeker’s listing of their value? How about removing the issue of back checking aka background checks to validate claims on a resume? Why not attempt to reduce their time wasted recruiting and looking for the right candidate for the job when you are available?

Most Hiring Managers Dislike:

  • Deluge of resumes create huge time crunch
  • Lost productivity in their own jobs due to resume review process
  • Tasking other people from their jobs to help in the review of resumes
  • Guess work involved in hoping they choose the right candidate
  • Decisions about new hires ultimately reflect upon the hiring manager’s own judgment
  • Lack of information or verifiable proof that job seeker can deliver their listed values in their resume

Make a Hiring Manager Happy:

  • Craft your value message of expertise, accomplishments, and experience
  • Establish your “employment campaign” blog that delivers your value message
  • Research how you can provide value to targeted hiring managers then deliver your value message
  • Write a keyword rich, descriptive, and opportunity message Linkedin profile
  • Utilize Twitter to broadcast and deliver your value message
  • Research your target companies for their participation in Web 2.0 blogging, social media networking, and engage them through these channel

Realtor’s #1 Tool: Twitter The Social Media Broadcasting Tool With Power

Twitter.com

Reuters.com published this deansguide article October 21, 2008

FoxBusiness.com published this deansguide article October 21, 2008

The newest and most exciting strategy for Realtors who do not want to blog, refuse to blog, or feel they will never be able to handle the work schedule of a blogger have an alternative: leveraging Social Media sites. The #1 tool for exposure in Web 2.0 and for your business is establishing your writing platform via a blog. Yet the barrier to entry is often too high for people who don’t wish to keep up with the technology curve, research curve, avalanche of reading, and writing articles.

Social Media sites provide Realtors with the ability to create a strategy where you connect your profiles, writing, and media together within the system. This method provides added exposure, helps to create a persona, produces lead generation opportunities, and allows you to network on a global scale.

Strategies for twitter.com

This is one of the best site to utilize in my personal branding, my system of delivering my message, and my quest to create my differentiating factor:

1. Create: A succinct profile aka bio. This is your billboard and what attracts people to follow you if they have never read one of your “tweets.”

2. Follow people: Go to your most trusted twitter connection and “mine” their “following” list located on the right sidebar. This is exactly like mining a blogroll on a popular blog

3. People Search: Perform a people search and follow people in your industry

4. Company Search: Perform a company search and follow companies that are in your industry, competitors, niches that work with your niche

5. Direct Message: Send a direct message to someone you wish to connect with on twitter. Offer value, ask for feedback, provide your feedback, interact and collaborate

6. twitter Blog: Read the twitter blog for more tips and strategies

Free, sound bite sized at 140 characters, broadcasting messages sent real time with impact. In addition twitter is fast becoming one of the most powerful search engine optimized sites on the internet. Utilize twitter as one site to help defend your reputation while locking up the top 20 positions on a Google search of your name.

LinkedIn Case Study Success: The Weather Channel

In a very compelling case study answering the question why businesses and entrepreneurs must utilize LinkedIn.com to it’s fullest potential, The Weather Channel recently closed a deal to acquire sites Lakerentals.com and Coastrentals.com. The WeatherChannel.com is one of the top 20 websites (traffic-visitors) in the United States outperforming Facebook, CNN.com, and the New York Times.

Case Study in Effectiveness

Steve Hassett, Vice President of New Ventures, describes the deal. Steve was contacted by the entrepreneur and owner of Lake Rentals and Coast Rentals via an Inmail. As a result of the entrepreneur’s inquiry, “we reached out and contacted him and it resulted in a successful deal” according to Hassett.

Josh Schoenberg, Director of Corporate Development, concurred: “We received the email in June and closed the deal in late August, about three months”

Linkedin Take Aways

1. Opportunity: According to Hassett “I don’t know if we would have been aware of the opportunity if I didn’t have a profile on Linkedin.”

Benefit: Awareness and opportunity are key but the other hidden benefit is the fact that Steve Hassett, by virtue of his profile placement, is networking within our Web 2.0 world.

2. Profile Building: Hassett adds “As a result of that success, I rewrote my profile to make it more of a billboard for what we are trying to do”

Benefit: A robust profile with prior experience, expertise, and job history is the beginning support. The real effectiveness comes in building the rest of your profile to reflect your role in your business, your businesses’ goals, and the type of opportunities of collaboration available with you.

3. Visibility: “LinkedIn makes professional connections visible” that is a tagline that is very important. The concept that we often can not see beyond our own connections the people and opportunities that exist is the biggest problem in networking. LinkedIn helps solve this problem by making you and your company visible to those you are unaware exist. At the same time, you have the opportunity to investigate those same connections so that you can discover the “hidden opportunities” of your network and beyond.

Manage Your Online Reputation Through Profile Placement

Defending your online reputation is a key element in establishing your ability to capture the top 2 pages of a Google search engine query for your business or surname. The goal is for you to capture the top 10 positions on page one of a Google search. You want your own writing, web site, blog site, and positive reviews to show up first when a search is performed.

Strategy of Defense

By precisely crafting and posting your profile onto the major Web directories or social media networking sites, you will begin to leverage the Google SEO “juice” for those sites. In turn your profile(s) on these sites will populate your top 10 positions forcing any other blog or web site information down the search list. The idea is to bury any unsubstantiated bad reviews or unwarranted information below the first three search pages.

Reputation Management and Your Profile

In a fantastic article on online reputation management “50+ Sites To Help You Bury Negative Posts About You or Your Company” Jeff Quipp states: “Keep in mind, most people never go beyond the first page of search results.”

Jeff’s strategy is to “build a profile on various sites.  .  .  most important is that the profile name should be the exact term phrase that any negative piece of information is ranking for in the search engines.”

50 Sites To Help You Defend Your Online Reputation

1. Digg
2. LinkedIn
3. Twitter
4. Stumbleupon
5. Facebook
6. Propeller
7. Magnolia
8. Jaiku
9. Simpy
10. Technorati
11. coRank
12. YouTube
13. BlogCatalog
14. Zimbio
15. HubPages
16. Reddit
17. UPCHUCKr
18. BlogMad
19. Curbly
20. Flickr
21. PublicBlend
22. Bumpzee
23. Pownce
24. ViewZoo
25. PeekYou
26. Hugg.com
27. Connotea
28. BlinkList
29. BlogFlux
30. Netvous.com
31. Plime
32. MyBlogLog
33. Giggg.com
34. DotNetKicks
35. Diigo
36. CoComment
37. LiveJournal
38. Faves
39. Indianpad
40. Blogmarks.net
41. MySpace
42. Mixx
43. ZiiTrend
44. FriendFeed
45. MetaCafe
46. Last.fm
47. ZippyVideos
48. Quizilla.com
49. Kirtsy
50. Photobucket
51. Deals
52. Agentb
53. BlogSpot
54. HuffingtonPost