Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter (CSSR)

Did you know such a certification existed?  I didn’t …. but I’m not surprised. I’ve been saying for years that social networking is a career management strategy that is not only here, but critical to overall career success.

Here are a couple of quotes from an article I just read on Fistful of Talent that you might find interesting:

— … how can I use it [social networking] to effectively bring myself to people?

The old definition of networking is “who do I know.” Today, it has been redefined to “who knows about me” … or … “who needs to know about me.” Social networking ensures those people who need to know about you, do know about you.

–Not only did I learn how I can, indeed, use Twitter to actively source candidates, but we also played around in some tools that help you search.  

Twitter. To source candidates. Are you still avoiding Twitter?

–Also…have you ever considered X-raying Facebook

Now, I don’t know what “x-raying Facebook” is … and Jason Pankow doesn’t explain it, but I do know that being on Facebook expands your digital footprint so you can be found by those who are looking [the new definition of networking].

Great class for people serious about social recruiting.

Finance executives who aren’t using social media to build a visible online presence risk extinction. Yes, it is that important!

Are You an Explorer?

If you are, recruiters are looking for you! What, exactly, is an Explorer?

Earlier this week, Lou Adler delivered a teleseminar for ERE.net entitled “A Story About Bulls and Bears – How to Tame the Economic Cycle.” The purpose of the seminar was to guide recruiters in sourcing top quality candidates in this crazy economic period where the tendency is even greater for candidates who are employed to stick their head in the sand and pretend their position is secure.

With all the “unemployed candidates” available, why would such a teleseminar even be necessary? If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I talk constantly about the high desirability and value of passive candidates. The Explorer is the crème de la crème of passive candidates.

Mr. Adler drew an arc and starting at the bottom left with an “employed candidate,” he continued along the arc with Explorers, Tiptoers, Googlers, Networkers, and Posters … these are the phases a candidate will pass through as he moves from job to job. According to Adler, the folks recruiters want are the Explorers … semi–passive and, because they are not looking, will need to be found by recruiters … and NOT through public job boards.

Are you one? With a solid record of contributions, a clear and compelling brand, and a strong digital footprint, you, too, can be a highly–coveted Explorer. And if you are currently unemployed, the moment you land is the time to position yourself as the Explorer recruiters are seeking.