Archive for August, 2010

Career Path for Hitting the Slide

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

We have a new term for those who dramatically quit their jobs, thanks to the JetBlue flight attendant, Steven Slater: “Hit the Slide!” With so many people picking up the work of 3-4 or more jobs that have been eliminated, the frustration and stress levels are very high in many organizations.  Who doesn’t want to yell at the top of our lungs, “Enough is enough!” ?  Whether you post whiteboard messages on you tube, yell profanities and storm out, or dance on your desk (noted as one of most embarrassing acts) it is quite cathartic, but can hugely effect your reputation.  Here are some potential future career paths:

1) Your employer sees how they have wronged you, begs you to return and offers huge salary increase (Do you really want to return to what drove your nuts?)

2) You are denied unemployment and references when you look for a new job

3) Your reputation precedes you via social networks  and recruiters avoid you like the plague

4) No one responds to your job applications or other work related requests

5) You get picked up for the speaker circuit by an enterprising agent and maybe even get a book deal out of it

6) You become a [business fill-in-the-blank] consultant

7) Become next contestant on “So You Want to be A Chef” and make a total career change

For others who have made dramatic job exits, what’s been your experience?

Recruiters Using Social Networks

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

In addition to keeping your resume up to date, be sure your online presence is giving you the visibility you need.  The 2009 Jobvite Social Recruitment Survey shows that recruiters are using online methods for finding candidates more than ever.

  • LinkedIn use grew from 80 percent in 2008 to 95 percent of respondents in 2009 and Facebook use grew from 36 percent in 2008 to 59 percent in 2009
  • Twitter, ranked third with 42 percent of recruiters using the tool to source candidates
  • 66% of respondents reported that they had successfully hired a candidate who was identified or introduced through an online social network.

    “Companies are in a very different economic situation now than when our first Social Recruitment survey was conducted last year. Now, not only are recruiters engaged in social networks, they are investing in social recruitment in place of more costly and inefficient methods,” said Dan Finnigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobvite.