September 30, 2009
Posted by dtalamelli under Oracle
I was having a discussion the other week with a colleague of mine (take a wild guess what about), yes it was about social media. The person I was talking to does not work in our Recruitment Team he works in one of our Product Lines, we were talking about how social media has changed the way we are working. From a Recruitment perspective social media has created a large shift in the way that companies recruit – this includes everything from sourcing candidates, communicating with candidates and developing your Employment Brand.
With all the changes we are seeing and the continuing changes I think we will see in the recruitment space, it made me wonder - will this be the end of the road for the traditional .doc resume?? It seems the traditional resume is becoming a redundant part of the recruitment process. For example a candidate and I may talk on the phone and go through their online profile together (whether it is on LinkedIn, FB, a Blog, web resume, etc…). Ok so after this that same candidate then normally emails me a copy of his resume in either .doc or .pdf format. This is where the redundancy takes place.
If I already have access to his online resume or ‘profile’ what do I need the resume for?? If the online profile is a complete profile, besides the fact I can then forward this onto a Hiring Manager (hmmm, I could just as easily send the link to the profile we reviewed together online) and beside the fact it may have contact details on it – the resume does seem to be becoming a redundant feature in the recruitment process. The same thing applies for candidate referrals or when a candidate cold calls me or when they apply for a role via a job board. Rather than sending an attached resume – candidates can now send an email with links to their online profile which may include work history, examples of their work, contact details, etc….. this may give a much better and real representation of that person than a word document can.
The traditional resume has worked well in the past. It worked well for the technology that we had to work with. It worked well when resumes were mailed out to companies or faxed to managers (how many people remember faxing resumes???). However, over the past few years people have been flocking to use various social networks as part of the professional lives. As people get more comfortable sharing their work history online, engaging with each other online and as this becomes more engrained in the corporate culture I think this will lead to the passing of the traditional resume.
Yes, there may be the odd person who creates a false profile or embellishes their experience, but as Recruiters our job is work with the candidate and see what they are capable and not capable of doing. Creating a false online profile is the same thing as creating a false resume. Advancements in technology will not change a person’s behaviour/ethics. I would argue in fact we would be less likely to see a false online profile than receiving a resume with false details in it. If a person puts false details about themselves in a public forum they are more likely to be ousted by the online community for doing that.
There are a number of other issues to consider such as how does the information flow into a DB or ATS, but I am sure there are ways to address that. What do you think of the resume, is it on its last legs?? Will we start using video resumes, will online profiles reign supreme…what about all the talk about Augmented Reality..can that be used in a recruitment capacity as well?? Let us know your thoughts.
September 21, 2009
I bought the book Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith the other week. I just finished reading the book over the weekend and wanted to do a quick book review (this feels an awful lot like my High School English class). I really enjoyed reading this book, there wasn’t any groundbreaking information in it that I was not already aware of, but it did provide some great insights into how we are connecting with people online and more importantly why we are connecting and trusting the people that we connect with. When I am talking on any of my social networks, I think I display many of the traits and actions described in this book. It is great to take a step back and see how my actions impact my communities from a bigger picture perspective. Reading this book was useful as it helped me make sense of my behaviours of how I use Social Media Tools in both my work and personal life.
I love the introduction: Hey I Know You, Have we Met?. When I read the introduction, I was thinking, how do these guys know me so well – I have never spoken to them before, have they been watching me?? My online behaviors follow to a tee, what the typical reader of this book is: Am I a business professional [check], social media evangelist [check], official job title does not match my passion [check] [edit: I changed my email signature :)], looking to improve my business on the web [check]. This book is about understanding how the web has become more humanised then it has been and using that humanisation to help us build business online. People that do this as Brogan and Smith refer to them are called “Trust Agents“.
According to this book there are six characteristics of becoming a Trust Agent – I wont spoil the book and give away all the details, but the six characteristics talk about changing the rules of the game (what ever game it is you play), building honest relationships, understanding those relationships and gathering and working with your social networks. My favorite chapter is the “Make your own Game” and “The Human Artist” chapters. In the “Make your own Game” chapter there are some great examples of how people have changed their own markets which really stood out for me – from Radiohead’s ‘pay what you think it is worth’ online release of their ‘In Rainbows’ album to Gary Vaynerchuk and his Wine Library. This chapter was quite motivating and reminded me to not be afraid to try new things as that is what will likely give people their business advantage.
In “The Human Artist” chapter I enjoyed being reminded that even though the technology will change people skills and how we treat others is still what is important regardless of the medium. From a company perspective working in the social media space is the new customer service. What many companies do not realise is that the way we talk online should be the new call centre for companies to listen to. So when we talk about a product or service on Twitter or Facebook these are the “new phones” that are ringing for companies to pick up. These are your customers looking for help – companies should pick up the call and talk to your customers. The only difference is that call is not coming from a phone or a fax machine anymore, it is now happening on various online conversations (conversations that some companies are not hearing).
There was a number of other great topics in this book that really got me thinking and put some new ideas in my head. Was this book worth the purchase price – I would have to say that yes it was. Whether you have an interest in social media and want to find out what “this stuff” is all about or if you are an social media enthusiast – this book will help change the way you communicate online.
This entry was originally publised on “David’s Journal on Tap” blog.If anyone else has read this book, it would be great to hear your thoughts/comments/review. Leave your comments below.
September 20, 2009
On Friday I presented at the RecruitTech Conference in Canberra, Australia and had the opportunity to talk about Blogging from a Recruitment Perspective and go through some of the success/challenges that I have had using our Oracle Recruitment Blog. On one hand I enjoyed demonstrating some of the successes and challenges using a blog because social media is something I am passionate about – I think the positive impact it has had on business and personal lives far outweigh the perceived negative impacts.
From another angle though, looking at the presenter list for this conference I was thinking before I stood up to speak, am I the best person to really demonstrate this?? Many of the other presenters at this conference have been blogging far longer than I have (I am a relatively new blogger – about 18 months) and have covered many topics I have not even touched.
While I recognise with the Oracle Recruitment Blog, the platform is not new and blogging itself is not new, I think the content that we have shared has been refreshing and has helped us add some real value to our community of readers. Content really is king – if a blog creates something that is interesting to people, they will read it and share it with their friends and connections. I will share my RecruitTech presentation online shortly either on my slideshare account or on the Oracle Recruitment Blog, I think presentation may be available on YouTube shortly as well.
As a wrap-up it was a great day and there was some very good presentations focused around the use (lack of use ) of Social Media in the Recruitment space. What makes a good Recruiter has not changed – a Recruiter who can add value to both a candidate and a client and is able to establish and develop strong relationships will be successful. What has changed is the tools that we use to make these things happen. Where once candidates relied on mail (no, not email good old fashioned snail mail remember that) to send in their resumes – now they let people view their profiles on LinkedIn or Plaxo. Where once a candidate used to fax their details to a company, now that same candidate waits for the company to contact them on one of their social networks or keyword search them. I do not think that Social Media tools are being used as effectively as they could be in the recruitment space (in general) yet, however as we see social media tools get further ingrained into our daily and corporate lives we will see more effective use of the technology by clients and candidates alike.
P.S. – thanks to the guys from GradConnection for the TwitPic, it was great meeting you finally. This blog entry is also available at David’s Journal on Tap
September 20, 2009
What does gardening have to do with Social Media?? For me, it has absolutely nothing to do with Social Media and that is one of things that I enjoy about it the most. I am sure there are prolific gardeners where the connection between social media and gardening applies, but for me I enjoy gardening mostly because it is not only time well spent with the kids but also for me it has no social networking connection.
Anyone need a Gardener??
Stepping away from the kids for a moment, I spend a large portion of my working week online and using various social networks in my role. My involvement in the Social Media space has grown over the past 3-4 years that I have been using it as part of my role. As I mentioned on the Oracle Recruitment Blog the other week I think it is important to find a work/life balance. Similarly, I think it is important to find a balance between social media activities and other activities as well. It can be easy to get caught up in all the noise on many social networks – we have seen the statistics of how many videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute or how many Tweets are happening every second. It can be all time consuming. By no stretch of the imagination am I a green thumb (I am actually surprised the kids and I have not managed to kill the garden yet), but gardening for me is a good reminder to keep social networking in perspective and make sure you are spending time on many things not just connecting with people and communities online.
The gardeners and I
From a work perspective this can mean making sure that you do not forget business basics and think business issues can magically be fixed by “social media”. The things that made you successful in the past likely will continue to make you successful in the future – this can be a good work attitude, great sourcing skills or great accounting skills, etc… Social Media/Networking Tools can act as a fantastic tool to the work you do but it is not meant to replace it. I think with all they hype it can be easy to forget this.
Am I a social media enthusiast – yes, but I like to make sure I keep myself balanced as well – it reminds of an old proverb “too much water drowned the miller” – I am hoping to keep myself from drowning!!!
September 14, 2009
Posted by dtalamelli under Culture
For those of you who are not aware I also blog on another website (talamelli.wordpress.com). This 2nd blog allows me to give a more rounded view about my life and talk not only about Oracle and Recruitment, but also about other things as well. Last week I posted a blog entry titled “Nike+ iPod Why Didn’t I Buy You Earlier“. I have been going for 3-8 km runs for the past 3-4 years about 3-4 times a week. I do this not because I want to compete in a marathon or break some time record, but I do this 1) to keep myself in some form of shape 2) it refreshes me and keeps me from getting lethargic/lazy 3) it’s a good way for thinking time on my own away from my desk and distractions.
I try to ensure that at least twice a week I take the opportunity to go for a run during lunch. We all know how easy it can be to work through lunch at your desk and finish off that candidate search or reply to that email/linkedin request/twitter message. I do not think this is a healthy thing to do every day, but I see people doing it regularly all the time. We are all busy, there is always something to do, but we need to make sure we are looking after ourselves as well. Yes, work is important and there are times we need to work through lunch or on the weekend or at night, but do not let work consume you – A healthy work/life balance will ensure you do not burn yourself out and will likely produce greater results than if you just sit at your desk all day.
I like the saying ‘a healthy body = a healthy mind’. Not only is an unbalanced work/life perspective not healthy, I am not sure if sitting at your desk all day is the best environment for fresh new ideas or creative thoughts. One of the things I like about going for a quick run at lunch is that it gives me time to collect my thoughts and look at new and different ways to tackle an issue. I can not think of the number of times a solution to a problem has ‘popped’ into my head during/after a run when only hours before it seemed impossible to solve.
A work/life balance is the ideal result, however you do not want to spend too much time away from your job that it takes away from your results. I am not saying you should take time off work to the detriment of you doing your job, just make sure that you get a break for yourself regularly. It does not have to be running, it can be what ever it is that works for you, but make sure that during your work week you make some time for yourself – both you and your company will be better for it.
September 10, 2009
Posted by dtalamelli under Running
I know, I know – where have I been right?? What kind of blog is this, I have not blogged on here for months and I have been feeling guilty about it. I have been spending a fair bit of time on the other blog I write on (http://blogs.oracle.com/jobsatoracle), as well as this it has been busy at home with the kids, a few birthdays and an anniversary in between.
Anyways, I purchased a Nike+ for my iPod this week and do not know why I have not purchased it earlier. It is a great little addition to my iPod and makes my runs that much more enjoyable. I try to get out for a run 3-4 times a week and have been doing this for the past 3 or 4 years pretty regularly. My runs are anywhere between 3-8 kms just depending on the weather, my motivation and how much time I have. Besides a case of shin splints every now and again it is good to get out and stay in some form of shape. With the Nike+ sensor and the nikeplus website,
Nike Sensor for iPod
I can keep track of my runs, measure how fast I am running, compare performance,etc.. I remember struggling with statistics at university, but I love comparing my running stats and figures, especially when it has to do with my health. I find the Nike+ Sensor helps me push myself and motivates me to go that extra km or two to get some distance for my stats.
Now if I could only do something about those shin splints – maybe I will find a new pair of running shoes under the Christmas Tree this year
September 7, 2009
Posted by dtalamelli under Oracle
I am going to be speaking at the RecruitTech Conference in Canberra in a few weeks time. I have been asked to speak about my blogging experiences and how it relates to the work I do as a Recruiter for Oracle. One of the things that I will be mentioning in my presentation is that in the recruitment industry I feel that as we increase our use of online social networks, we are increasingly defining and creating marketing material for our employment brand. This got me thinking, with all the bloggers and people sharing their thoughts and ideas on social networks are we inadvertently taking on marketing/branding responsibility for a companies products/services. If so should we continue to do so or should we water down our online communication and leave the marketing/branding/PR work to the marketing and PR professionals.
I wanted to get a viewpoint from someone in the marketing/media space to compare to my thoughts. Last week I came across the homepage of DTDigital (I think it is great that the DTDigital homepage is their blog). I have asked Alex Campbell from DTDigital to share his thoughts on the increasing number of people who are sharing their ideas and experiences online and if it is having an impact on traditional marketing.
Alex Campbell: I always start with the premise that the people deep inside a business have much more interesting and useful things to say about the business than its marketing and PR people do. For example I’m sure that spending a morning talking with one of Oracle’s software engineers would be quite fascinating, whereas I wouldn’t be too excited about spending even 10 minutes reading any company’s press releases or marketing brochures. So the shift you’re describing is great news for consumers. We all need to go back to first principles and re-think the way we view “corporate communications” to support and manage these new conversations that are taking place between employees and customers.
There has been a fundamental shift in the way that information is shared. Information is no longer in the hands of a few to distribute to the general population. Now anyone can create an online community to share their view points on the topic of their choice. This shift could not be better for consumers (and in recruitment for candidates).
We are now able to see and hear peoples experiences that they have had interacting with any range of companies. This could be anything from dealing with customer service to the way that people may have been treated during an interview process. I would much rather hear honest and open feedback to help me make up my mind about a product/company than have to rely solely on marketing material that may only highlight the positives to “get the sale” or attract candidates. As an example what is a greater way to demonstrate great service – a blog/comment from a customer on their real life experience (good or bad) with a company or a glossy PDF file highlighting only the selling points of a product/service.
If you have not read the book “Groundswell” by co-written by Charlene Li – I would recommend going out to your local book store to buy it. I read Groundswell last year and in it there are some great examples of how companies are interacting with bloggers and communities to help them in achieving their business goals. Marketing and PR plays an important role in any company’s business, however I think the goalposts of what they will be responsible for are changing. People are now pulling information from multiple sources to make decisions about a product or service. I think marketing/PR folks and bloggers are going to have a somewhat interdependent relationship with each other.
Bloggers are not blogging to take on a marketing/PR function – they are blogging because they are passionate about the products/services/companies they are writing about. Bloggers and Marketing/PR people are creating content for different reasons (for the most part), but whether they are trying to or not both are providing branding exposure to many of the companies out there.