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Networking is Dead. Long Live Networking!

Those of us embroiled in the ‘war for talent’ often fail to appreciate that this ‘talent’ is made up of individuals fighting their own war for the job they want, or even just a foot in the door.

This is the unique ugliness of our modern day labour market, in which we are plagued by both talent shortages as well as un- and under-employment. And those on the front line feel it. Recent grads beg to be given a chance to gain the experience required to get the ‘entry-level’ job that requires experience. Those seeking to join a desirable company find that personal branding and networking is a full-time, 40 hour per week job in and of itself, with limited returns. The ‘hidden job market’ taunts all. It is an arms race out there, where any little edge can make the difference.

Which is why we shouldn’t be surprised to see the latest effort to exploit that desperation, a service calling itself ‘Good Golem’. Good Golem (Toronto based – don’t we have so much to proud of lately…sigh) bills itself as “your portal to the hidden job market” and it is a very different kind of job board. It provides the platform for an employee leaving a job to post details about the role (industry, pay, duties) and to name their price to assist a prospective employee to take their place – that assistance can consist of anything from putting in a good word to the boss, to acting as a formal reference and coaching someone for the interview. Payment is made only if the job seeker is successful at securing the job. Read more

Impact99 2013 – My Profile

Hello everyone, I hope your weeks are going well! This week I am being profiled by Pam Ross over at Impact99. If you’re not familiar with this unique HR summit, taking place in Vancouver and Toronto, I encourage you to check it out and consider attending. It’s all about an authentic, underlying desire to question the status quo and explore alternate approaches to HR and the workplace, and the potential that social and digital technologies have to impact our organizations. The relatively small group of participants, the interactive format, and Pam and Christine’s whole approach and presence really contribute to an exciting, organic experience.

You can check out my post related to last year’s summit here. Plus, I personally promise that anyone who decides to attend the Toronto summit based on my recommendation will be owed several pints on my tab ;) Cheers folks!

Jane

Blueprint for Igniting a Social Workplace

I feel so very fortunate to have attended Impact 99 this week – an HR Summit intently focused on igniting a social workplace.  Putting aside the inspirational hosts, terrific participants, and enthralling presenters, I’ve just spent the last hour looking over my notes, the tweets, and the speaker presentations, and what I really can’t get over is how many actionable, practical ideas I came away with.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Social Media

Hello everyone. My name is Jane…and I’m a late adopter. Yes, it’s true. I’m ashamed to admit this, but until last year I still had…a flip phone. It feels good to finally tell someone.

The truth is that I’ve always been late to the party. Cell phones, Facebook, Linked In- I boarded the bus late on all of these. Believe it or not, I may have been the only person on Earth in 2002 that somehow still didn’t know that Haley Joel Osment could see dead people.

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