Yes, before you start; I know I’m late with my predictions for 2010 but better late than never right? There are already many out there and some of my predictions will sound familiar and some won’t. So here we go with my predictions or better said my Top 2010

1) Social media will turn from hype into necessity: pretty easy one right as very is talking, blogging and tweeting about it, it’s kind of a self fulfilling prophecy. Personally I don’t think that many recruiters will actively source for candidates on twitter (use the x-ray site:twitter *bio) but it certainly believe it will become much more interesting as a communication channel. Especially with the ease of integrating twitter into Linkedin, Facebook, FB pages, myspace etc it becomes very easy to reach a lot of people with one tweet. So perhaps the focus of corporate twitter won’t be in attracting tons of followers but much more in how many people can you reach through the other networks and how many times are you retweeted. With twitter lists the whole “I’m awesome because I have a gazillion followers” is becoming irrelevant as people can follow you through a list without follow you directly.

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X-ray Linkedin

I got a lot of reactions to my previous post on X-ray and I have had some interesting suggestions:

If you haven’t read the previous post please do so first.

One advise I got from several people is to actually delete site:linkedin.com in the string but put site:COUNTRYCODE.linkedin.com. That seems a pretty good thought and I set out to do some testing on it. Here are my results:

What does this mean? I don’t know? One conclusion might be that in the original search there are a lot of duplicates or it might mean that the new search eliminates valid hits. I think you need to try for yourself and see if you get enough valid hits. I would of course be very interested in hearing about your finding!

Sacha Otten did some very good work on the string if you work on several countries in the same string. My original string had; (inurl:be.linkedin.com OR inurl:nl.linkedin.com etc). Sacha came up with (inurl:be OR inurl.nl)linkedin.com

I did another test drive and here is what I’ve found

That actually seems to work very nicely and it saves us real estate in the search string. Make sure that you don’t have a space between ) and linkedin.com

Thanks Sacha!

If you have more suggestions or experiences with this search string just let me know!

Last week I read an old but amusing article about how horrible external recruitment agencies actually were and why on earth did we work with them again? You know; they have no knowledge, are slow or too aggressive, they throw resumes without really interviewing the candidates, send resumes of people that actually aren’t interested, send unsollicited resumes, they lie about the qualities of the candidates and on and on. As corporate recruiter myself last week I got another call from a desperate recruiter who just needed to get a visit or a job to work on. Despite the crisis they still need to make their 50 calls or 10 visits a week even though nobody is even hiring a receptionist. Their job isn’t easy and there we are, corporate recruiters putting salt on the wounds. But….let’s have a look at us corporate recruiters through the eyes of a external recruiter……………..

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In my search to optimize my linkedin searches I came across something interesting for recruiters/researchers that search internationaly. One of the great frustrations I personally have with Linkedin is that it only allows you to search one country simultaneously while for a lot of my jobs I really don’t care where people are coming from. It now means that I have to run a search several times in order to make sure I have the maximum amount of candidates.

I can of course try and search through the search engine of Linkedin directly and see what it gives me but the results have not been optimal. If I add say (Netherlands OR Belgium) to my keyword search I get a lot of false positives simply because of people having those words in their profile. One of my favourite ways of searching Linkedin is not using linkedin at all, it’s the all-mighty X-ray. Be prepared because I’m taking you on a bit of a journey.

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Linkedin has just released a new feature that make it easier for us to reach out to candidates that twitter as well (and isn’t everybody these days??)
For recruiters this has two implications: you can now link your Linkedin Status Update to your twitter account and thus get extra exposure for your updates (remember that the status update on your searches is free marketing). It as well means that other people who twitter can do the same and it conveniently leaves a trail as their twitter account now is added to their profile
linkedin twitter on profile
Following that link means that it opens another way of communicating with candidates and you don’t have to spend your inMails or wait until others connect you (providing you are not in the same groups).
Just click the link and you will go to the twitter page and if you have an account you can reach out to them.
I think Linkedin has just opened the gates to twitter recruitment. I’m aware that many early adaptors will smile and say: “wow Ted, we started sourcing on twitter 2 year ago” but I’m pretty sure that a lot of recruiters have followed the blogs around how to use twitter for searches but I bet 90% has never actually done it. The link now means you simply can get in touch with candidates but might very well lead to a higher acceptance of twitter as an additional platform to source for candidates.
I’m sure it will take some time to get enough people to link their accounts (it might even entice people to sign up on twitter) but it’s a great new step forward.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.