Some brief observations and retrospective alerts:
1. Make time to visit Susan Burns’s beautiful site, Talent Synchronicity. It proves that a website can be visually interesting without being gimmicky, and that an “artful” design can still look orderly and energetic.
2. While there, read Susan’s post on Community managers and the evolution of recruiting. This excellent summary supplements a post I did a while back on Recruiting 2.0: The new importance of community.
3. As much as I like the Talent Synchronicity site, and even though I get the intent of the name . . . the “T-word” seems to be everywhere in recruiting these days. The word “talent” has become dominant in the standard jargon of recruiting (“talent management,” “talent wars,” “talent search,” etc.)–and I think that raises some concerns:
- It sounds dehumanizing to refer to human beings as “the talent.” Whatever happened to “persons,” “people,” and “human resources”?
- “Talent” language seems to focus on finding star performers and high-value resources. Don’t companies need regular “workers” any more?
- There’s a bit of show-biz glitziness to these phrases that would seem to put interviewing and hiring on a par with American Idol.
Love to hear a contrasting point of view!
4. Speaking of (potential) comments, here are a few good tips provided by commenters on earlier posts:
- Mel Kleiman–author of the white paper on hourly recruiting mentioned in Tick Tock–hosts a very interesting community forum at HRExchange. Good content, in addition to worthwhile discussions.
- A comment from autom8 provided a link to Smashing Magazine’s 10 Harsh Truths about Corporate Websites. Though not about the Careers site in particular, the article offers a provocative and generally accurate summary of typical problems and pitfalls.
- The post On the Hunt for Passive Candidates produced several good tips. In separate comments both David and Richard mentioned RealMatch–worth a look if you’re not familiar with this “pay-per-performance recruitment advertising solution.” And commenter Patrick has a nice instructional post on LinkedIn for HR and recruiters.
5. Finally, here’s the info on a site I can’t quite figure out how to categorize, so it never gets into a post. But it’s very interesting, and a good resource:
“Communitelligence.com is a member-based, knowledge-sharing portal aimed at improving organizational and interpersonal communication. At the center of Communitelligence are nine expert-led communities on topics such as intranets, internal communications, marketing, media and presentation skills, photography and design, communications technology and public relations.”
(Thanks to Ana Patricia Almeida for the “art of speed” illustration.)
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