December 06, 2006 |
If you are a recruiter you’ll find lots and lots of web 2.0 tools you can use. There are various tools intended to help you in your hunting for candidates, communicating with your customers, evaluating fit between the prospective candidates and your customer, establishing connections with useful people and managing your contacts. In the Web 2.0 era it would not be wise not to benefit from at least some of the tools. But which ones are a ‘must’ and add real value to your business, which ones are just a waste of time?
I have made an overview for you in which I mention some good tools which are beneficial to your business.
|1) Find candidates
||- Create a large network first using easy tools. On Myspace you can find youngsters and leave advertisements for free.
- Experienced professionals can be found on LinkedIn, Doostang or in specialized Yahoo Groups.
- Hunt candidates on blogs, search for them using Netvibes.
|- Spend too much time building a quantity in your network first.|
|2) Find customers
||- Find out which customers are in the strategic changes. Search intelligently using Netvibes.
- Find out who the true networkers among your target clients are using LinkedIn. Search for decision makers in your network.
|- Send emails. Try to get personal and contact your client using Skype or VOIPbuster.
|3) Call for free, lower my costs
||- Use VOIPbuster.
||- Use phone.
|4) Interpret profiles of candidates (and websites of clients)
||- Ask yourself what communication style the candidate uses and if it would fit with the clients’ one.
||- Just look at the resume and competences (and what your client does). Communication style is what matters for having a good fit between candidate and customer.
|5) Advertise for free amongst specialists
||- Use Doostang.- Make HR-Blog for your company.
- Use LinkedIneffectively, ask your network to help you finding candidates.
|- Just advertise in local papers.
- Advertise on Monsterboard (way too expensive!).
|6) Network in order to headhunt
||- Look for Same Interest Groups on LinkedIn, Myspace||-Broadcast your message
|7) Online project management
||- Use a simple online tool such as Paystage to monitor your project
|8) Payment to third parties
||- Use Paypal, it’s insured against fraud and it’s the standard
||-Give your Visa / Master / AE card numbers away.
-Use banking tools for international payments (way too expensive).
|9) Manage your contacts, candidates and clients
||- Use Plaxo.com. Make different folders for clients and for candidates on Plaxo.
||Manage your contacts one at a time, by hand.
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