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Personal Branding – The Social Network Way

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

I attended the Professionals In Human Resources Conference (PIHRA) at the end of August 2012.  Besides exceptionally interesting workshops and keynote speakers, I learned new terminology “Employer Branding”.  Companies are creating their own Social Network brand in-part to recruit potential employees.  Did you know, according to Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey results 2012: As much as 92% of recruiting is now happening through social networks!   Most popular social networks being used for recruiting:  LinkedIn 93%, Facebook 66% and Twitter 54%.  Since implementing social recruiting, 49% saw an increase in quality of candidates, 43% reported an increase in candidate quality, 20% reported it took less time to hire, 31% saw increase in employee referrals, according to the survey.  Has your company created its Social Media Brand?  As you may know I have been advocating “Personal Branding” for jobseekers for several years; interesting, the way Social Media is changing the method individuals are recruited and employed.

John Silver

ITT Technical Institute

jsilver@itt-tech.edu

Paralysis of Analysis

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you know, many companies are now being held back by the “paralysis of analysis.” Maybe it’s time to jettison some of data analysis and return to conventional thinking and develop a more creative vision for action. A sense of urgency and the ability to make prophetic decisions, not necessary data driven decisions, may end up being the difference between being successful and unsuccessful in a competitive world.

John Silver

ITT Technical Institute

Business Culture

June 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A Business’s culture is a complex fusion of the values, beliefs and norms that permeates all levels of the business – from the physical appearance, to dress codes, team dynamics, comp and benefits, hiring and retention strategies, training and development programs and communication processes.  A healthy business culture can reduce turnover, improve the quality of new hires, enhance productivity, encourage innovation, and enhance a company’s stature in the community.

What would your employees and customers say about your business culture?

 

John Silver

jsilver@itt-tech.edu

Job Hunting a shifting process

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

There is nothing as constant as change.  And changing technology is fueling a shifting Job hunting process.  Today job seekers interact in a virtual world therefore should possess a virtual job-hunting toolkit.  However until such time as a bar-code is implanted on our foreheads enabling employers to scan a candidate’s; education, skill levels, personality dimensions, compatibility with the job requirements and culture of the company as well as background checks for electronic employment predictability.  Candidates will continue to personally interview with people who are in a position to make a hiring decision.  Up till now that has not changed.

John Silver

Director of Career Services

ITT Technical Institute, Sylmar Campus