The Hidden Job Market - Employee Referral Programs

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If at least 80% of jobs are never posted, how do people get hired? The hidden job market is like the secret underground for jobseekers and everyone wants to get in, but most people don’t know how. I think that’s because we don’t take the time to look for the easiest solutions, like employee referral programs.

Employers love ERPs. They cut the financial and time investments of hiring, provide the employer with a wide pool of candidates who are easily vetted, and make existing employees happy because they’re able to help friends, family, professional contacts and themselves by earning a bonus. Plus, research shows that referred employees have a stronger understanding of the organizational culture, better skills, and a tendency to stick around longer than a year.

So how can you take advantage of ERPs?

Hiring & Recruitment


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This weekend I spoke about hiring and recruitment at the Beyond the Professoriate conference (#beyondprof on Twitter). I love giving presentations, but what I love even more is the opportunity to surprise people by making them think differently about their career strategies. If you’re trying to advance, change, or break into your career, here are some thing you might want to consider:

A Netiquette Lesson

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A few weeks ago, I got an email cry for help from an HR colleague. Like many of us, she was on the receiving end of yet another generic LinkedIn connection request. The problem? Well, the requester wasn’t exactly putting their best foot forward. When Janine got the invitation, she replied politely and expected to start a conversation. This is what happened:

Hello Sheldon,

I want to thank you for your invitation to connect, and am always interested to start a conversation with people who want to connect with me.

I’m looking forward to hearing how we may be of service to each other.

Best regards,

Sheldon: Well as my tagline says, I am currently looking for a new opportunity.

Ouch! As you can imagine, Janine deleted Sheldon from her network, but not before sharing that conversation with her colleagues. Want to avoid being the object of attention? Then observe these netiquette rules when reaching out on LinkedIn.

Networking - How to Keep Your Contacts

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My post How to Work the Room Like a Pro got some attention (thanks for the shares) and I received lots of follow up questions. What most of my readers, clients, and LinkedIn contacts want to know is: once you've connected with someone, what exactly do you do with them after that first conversation? How often do you contact them to keep them in the loop without bugging them? What do you say? In short, how do you keep the relationship going, especially when it's new and the person is not someone you see every day at the office?

No matter what people may think, maintenance is the hardest part of networking because it requires planning, consistency, and ongoing action or you'll find yourelf with a list of people who are virtual strangers to you. It doesn't have to be a big deal, though, especially with all of the tools at your disposal. 4 simple strategies:

LinkedIn - Tag Your Network

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When I was a kid, tag was a game you played at recess where you ran around at top speed, and tried to reach out and touch one of your friends, yelling "You're It!" Tags have something of a different meaning today, with search engine optimization, blogs, metadata... all roughly translated as blah blah blah unless that's the world you live in. Most of us ignore tags up until the moment that we're searching for something online, and then we think "gee, that's handy." What if you could harness the power of tags to help you with your job search, business development, or career advancement? You can, using LinkedIn Tags.

Tags have been a feature of LinkedIn's network management tools for years, but it's been both undervalued and underused. Every time you connect with someone, LinkedIn assigns a tag, based on the type of connection selected in the invitation – colleagues, classmates, friends... They aren't very creative categories, and with the complexity of relationships today, they frankly aren't helpful. But LinkedIn offers you the ability to customize your tags to categorize relationships in ways that are meaningful to you, and then filter your network using your custom tags to help you find people faster. Here are 3 tips for getting your network organized:

Who are we?

Catherine Maybrey Coaching Services provides comprehensive career coaching packages to help clients move forward in their transition through action. As the principal and owner, Cate believes in “telling it like it is” and helping her clients to reach their goals through a combination of education, information, and collaboration. She also works with employers to provide custom training and organizational effectiveness solutions, believing that people should work smarter, not harder.

Our Services

For individuals seeking assistance with their careers, we offer support for everything from resumes and cover letters through growth and advancement, specializing in clients with graduate degrees and mid-level careers across all fields. We also offer client group coaching programs and custom designed solutions for organizations.

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