early adoption, linkedin, schalk, social networks, using social media in job search

Early adopting Linkedin: Member no. 39,974 out of 100 million users

I received a lovely letter on March 25th from Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and Chairman of Linkedin. He wrote to personally thank the first 100, 000 linkedin members as Linkedin secured its 100th million user last week. I was member 39, 974 - in the top 0.03% (so better than top 1%) of early adopters for Linkedin. Okay - so my ego is stroked. Honestly though - its not just ego - but I feel strangely validated for having promoted Linkedin to scores and scores of colleagues over the years. Here is a copy of that letter:

Facebook, How to, linkedin, recruiting 2.0, social networks, using social media in job search

Teaching social media

I just finished another course teaching social media to job searchers in downtown Toronto. The attendees were wonderfully diverse both in careers, interests, and backgrounds - so representative of diversity Toronto. I felt honoured to be in a room sharing with individuals so rich in experience. I really think I should add a coffee social… Continue reading Teaching social media

housing / home building, recruiting 2.0, the 405 club, using social media in job search

New for me: Contributing writer for the 405 club

The 405 club, New York's Official Unemployment Network, is a rapidly growing network and clever blog site started by Garrett Dale and Jose Gonzalez. As you may not know - $405 is the maximium unemployment benefit you can receive in New York State.   So for those who were earning over six figures - its a… Continue reading New for me: Contributing writer for the 405 club

Blogging, Charity / volunteer, How to, recruiting 2.0, small business, social networks, the 405 club, using social media in job search

For 405 club: Dodging the stigma of actively searching for work

yippeee kiyaaa mfff!  Here's my first post to the 405 club. I've been volunteering/consulting in social recruiting lately - a high demand and growing area - playing both sides of the fence between consulting with HR/recruiters & execs and volunteering with the painfully transitioned in Toronto.   I wanted to offer suggestions to those who choose… Continue reading For 405 club: Dodging the stigma of actively searching for work

enterprise 2.0, recruiting 2.0, social networks, using social media in job search

Social recruiting 2.0 – the pains of a new time

I had a fantastic coffee with Hugh Munro, of  H. Munro Associates. Hugh brought a wonderful inside perspective on how recruiters segment and think about job candidates, how the industry works (past) and how social media will be impacting how companies hire executives in the future. Hugh has an extensive background from Southam, IQ parters… Continue reading Social recruiting 2.0 – the pains of a new time

recruiting 2.0, social networks, using social media in job search

Lessons from job searchers – teaching at tcet

Is social networking for everyone?  Will it help all job seekers?  I am checking my assumptions after teaching a wide breadth of job seekers. Before teaching some 60 - 70 people how to use social media in their job search, I had a chance to introduce myself to a few early attendees and ask them… Continue reading Lessons from job searchers – teaching at tcet