I love social media. LinkedIn, Twitter, blogging… count me in.
The challenge is becoming managing all the traffic it generates. I get regular requests for job search, career advice and requests about non-existent job openings. Requests to review and provide feedback on resumes. Although I encourage people to stay connected with me thru LinkedIn, they want to send me their resume to keep on file for future opportunities – which means I have to handle it someway. Sorry, but sometimes that way is >delete<
I just simply do not have enough time in my day to read/file/process every resume that is sent to me. Boohoo, I am sure you feel really sorry for me right now.
This tension between job seekers wanting feedback and recruiters needing to focus their time on finding the most qualified candidate comes up almost every week on #jobhuntchat. This week Rich DeMatteo @CornOnTheJob, creator of #jobhuntchat, unapologetically tweeted that there was no way the thousand or so candidates currently vying for his open positions were going to get a personal response from him. I tweeted that as much as recruiters would like to provide in-depth feedback to every candidate, we can only keep our own jobs by focusing on the most qualified candidates. There was a chorus of agreement from other recruiters on the chat.
So where is the happy middle ground?
Here are a few requests…
1. If you are seeking career advice about how to break into medical device sales, please read my blog. I have been writing it for nearly 4 years and there is a ton of information here. Please read it and feel free to comment. If there is something you’d like me to write about, let me know in comment form here on my blog. I really would love to know what would benefit you.
2. Only send your resume in response to a specific opening that you are qualified for. If for sales openings, you must be local. Everything else simply clogs the process and is a fairy tale.
3. Pay it forward. If you see I have an opening, please rack your brain for someone who might be a great fit. I will appreciate it very much and yes you will earn a special place in my heart. I pay it forward by writing this blog, participating on #jobhuntchat and sharing useful sales, industry and job search info on Twitter. I do this all on my own time.
Find me on Twitter @MyJobScope
4. I welcome LinkedIn invites as the best way to stay in touch for future openings. I search my LinkedIn network for EVERY opening I have. If you are in my network, you will hear from me if there is an opening in your area that you are qualified for. You do not need to send me your resume now.
Connect with me on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lisamcmedicalsalesrecruiter
My blog, Twitter and LinkedIn are great places were we can interact, benefit and learn from each other. I look forward to it!
This past weekend, I learned about Foursquare.com.
By “checking in” virtually, you can earn points and badges for places you frequent- coffee shops, restaurants, dry cleaners. You might even become the Mayor of your favorite hang-outs, if you are there more often than anyone else. These virtual check-ins coincide with your actual presence, and so it also creates opportunities to cross paths with friends and acquaintances.
I find it intriguing because it is a virtual/reality game, where on-line and everyday worlds overlap. Aside from it being fun, it is interesting to extrapolate how this platform might evolve for business use.
There are some obvious benefits for the businesses that are frequented. Since Foursquare facilitates connections, the networking potential could benefit salespeople and other like-minded folks.
For salespeople covering a concentrate territory, Foursquare might be a way for them to get their name in front of customers in the area. As they begin to develop relationships, Foursquare could increase the salesperson’s informal contact with their customers.
It will be fun to see how Foursquare unfolds and is shaped by its users.