26/07/12	                                                               www.barbadostoday.bb	                             ...
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Talent Management & Social Media

  1. 1. 26/07/12 www.barbadostoday.bb Page 41 The use of social media The Honourable Mia Mottley, time out to find you and research your company. 2. Allow candidates to manually upload their own CVs even if you have a standard form. This MP, QC who will give you the opportunity to assess their ability will deliver a to prepare a CV. Keynote at 3. If you decide to use an online recruitment using the the upcoming Talent site, opt for those with good reputations in the market place or other specialised site/portals that technology for Management Conference. cater to your specific industry. There are many examples of these, like those who act as talent erecruitment Here’s she’s brokers for top MBA graduates from around the FOCUS speaking on world. Social Media. 4. Full online recruitment is not recommended by Global Expert Systems if it can be avoided. Nothing beats face to face contact which allows you to assess body language What is eRecruitment? and other attributes that can be lost in a virtual environment. 5. Do not forget to do your background There are two ways to look at eRecruitment. Firstly, checks, especially for qualifications and past it’s simply the process of using Internet and virtual experience. technologies to assist in the recruiting process. Before widespread use of the Internet, there was a movement To job seekers: towards interviews via the telephone which marked the first Opportunities” 1. Make sure your online CVs are always stage of eRecruitment. 2. Very often you are then prompted to fill out an online updated and in sync with your offline CVs. From the telephone interview, we evolved to assessment registration that mirrors your CV. Some sites will allow you 2. If a job announcement catches your attention on a tests over the Internet, full-fledged interviews with webcams to sign-up or upload your CV from social media sites like social media site, it is important to research that company and in many cases, companies are now making job offers Linkedin or even Facebook. thoroughly and see if the job is also announced on the without any physical face-to-face meetings. 3. Other sites will allow you to upload your CV and company’s site. If so, it’s better to apply directly through the Secondly, most companies use eRecruitment as cover letter manually. company’s site. a screening process to narrow down the number of 4. An email acknowledging receipt is then forwarded to 3. DO NOT pay fees to online recruitment sites. The candidates. So, the telephone interview may serve as a you until the next stage if you are successful in this first old adage still applies, “you do not have to pay to get a screening test to evaluate the use of language, preparedness, screening. job!” ability to represent the company over the telephone and 4. Make sure that your digital footprint is tidy, decent level of confidence. and wholesome as many employers are now running The other part to this post-modern recruitment process takes place where employers and headhunters are now The World of Social Media background checks/searches on candidates by reviewing their social media and other online presence. In other actively recruiting online via professional social media Part of Linkedin’s global success has to do with their words, be very careful what you put out there about portals like Linkedin, Viadeo, BranchOut, Talent.me and ability to convince potential employers that their portal yourself on the Internet. Xing, to name some of the more popular ones available in actually houses the world’s top professionals and many 5. If you are not comfortable in a virtual environment the English language. leading employers are using this as a serious source for and you make it pass the first stage, request to be headhunting. interviewed and/or assessed in a face-to-face environment. The popular Facebook still remains very much a true Online assessments social media portal but there are professional talent This is our brave new world and it’s here to stay! Next week we will look at the topic “How to implement a Talent management social media applications that are now Management System in a small business?” Here are some of the various forms that companies are interfacing with Facebook, like BranchOut and Talent.me. using the Internet to perform online assessments: Feel free to visit Global Expert Systems 1. Pre-screening timed exams done through specialised online at http://www.globalexpertsystems. centres or under the watchful eye of a webcam. These are usually done on secure websites to control for cheating and GES eRecruitment Tips org/index.php/event/first-caribbean-latin- american-conference-on-talent-management/ collaboration. To employers: or email us at info@globalexpertsystems.org 2. Online psychometric testing 1. Use your own website or portal as a first point for 3. Speed essays recruitment. This will attract candidates who have taken the 4. Speed interviews 5. Simulations Some companies can actually simulate the type of work the candidate is expected to perform in his or her daily duties. These online simulations are designed to test how the candidate will respond to stressful situations, tensions, managing multiple projects and deadlines and/or handling high-speed chaotic environments. GES has actual experience with multinational companies that conducted the entire recruitment process online. The obvious benefits are reducing airline travel and expense, simplifying pre-screening tests and other cost savings in terms of time. However, the downside to full online assessment is the possibility of cheating, the “coldness” of virtual reality and the inability to read body language as one would in a face to face environment. The Growing Importance of Social Media & the Online Interface in Recruitment Many Fortune 500 companies now start their recruitment online. Here are the usual steps: 1. Research the company’s website and find the tab that says, “Jobs”, “Careers”, “Join our team”, or “Employment