Recruitment: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Millennials?

Talent Acquisition of the Largest Labor Segment in the Age of Social Media

Millennials, the the generation born between 1981 and 1997 today represent 35 percent of the workforce. This compares to Gen X at 34 percent, boomers at 29 percent and the silent generation (pre-boomer) at 2 percent. (Pew Research)

It stands to reason that a greater percentage of millennials use social media than, say, baby boomers, and they do so on mobile devices while on the go. So, where to reach them on social media? Pop quiz: What social media site is best for reaching job seekers? If you said LinkedIn you’d be right — but that’s best for older, more experienced hires. For recent graduates and those with under two years of experience Facebook, as well as YouTube, is where you have to go to reach them best.

What does this prime pool of potential employees want out of a job? Reports site short term rewards and long term relationships as key attractants (SHRM), but from my experience you cannot understate the role company culture plays in attracting millennial job seekers.

That’s why you need to build a relationship with them online now, in order to attract them to fill spots later. Things like an inside look at what it’s like to be an employee at your company. What freedom-friendly policies do you have (e.g. flex hours, work from home)? What on-site amenities (e.g. health club, game room, free food/snacks, etc.) can they enjoy every day on the job? What team building and other fun events can they expect to participate in if they worked here?

When you share these and, eventually, job openings, you need to optimize your social media posts for mobile devices as part of an overall mobile-first digital strategy.

The golden rule for attracting millennials to your company using social media is the same as successfully marketing to any potential customer — know your audience.

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The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry — and so let it be with blogging.

Sure, you have every intention of posting one blog per week, or at least one per month. But then “real life” gets in the way and you find yourself pushed further and further to the bottom of the to-do list until, well, until you’re 3+years down the road.

So, let’s see if we can get back on track, shall we? Oh, I think, with this blog, we just did! pexels-photo-273011.jpeg

 

Thanksgiving 2014 — Thank You

Thank you. Thank you for being you and for being a part of my life, Thank you for for letting me be a part of yours. bedanken

Pre-cursor to #Sharknado II – New York?

Pre-cursor to #Sharknado II – New York? Certainly looks like a NYC sub(way)mariner http://ow.ly/nIQck

Sharknado II

Great Infographic on Social Media in 2012

The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company
The State of Social Media 2012 by The SEO Company

From Mashable, a compelling case for teaching social media

From @mashable, a compelling case for teaching social media – in grammar school #socialmedia #education http://ow.ly/34pGn

Vote Like Your Life Depended On It

Because, you know, it does. Some say that every vote does NOT count, and that is technically true.

After all, a red state voter casting a ballot in a heavily blue state does not affect who gets that state’s electoral votes. Vote by absentee ballot? Hell, they don’t even get read unless the race is very close. And, of course there’s those rejected ballots.

So, why vote? To send a message to the winner. An electoral landslide with a close popular vote tells the winner that they do not necessarily have a mandate to govern without concern given to the minority voters. Oh, and I am not referring to this election nor am I publicly coming out for either Obama or McCain. I just want you to vote and while voting realize the privelege it is to be able to do so.

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