Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess


Cool Tool Alert: StartUpers!
April 30, 2008, 11:45 pm
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert, Recruiting, Research

I stumbled upon this site tonight and just had to share! This website is called StartUpers, and as per its own title, it is a jobsite for innovative startups. You can either look for or post up jobs, or you can view resumes.

This is purely a board for start-up companies and people who want to work with them. Almost all the job opportunities are in California, with just a few exceptions. If you look at the job page, at the bottom there’s a link for “crusty postings” – i.e. ones that date back before March 2008. LOL 🙂 There’s also a page for VCs for companies needing funding. Checking out the resume section, there are people listed in all areas, from marketing to programming to C-level execs who’ve had experience with launching start-up companies. There’s even a page dedicated to recruiters! Check this resource out, and of course, follow them on Twitter!

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Emerging Web 2.0 Technology in Recruiting
April 30, 2008, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert, Recruiting, Research, Technology | Tags:

Hi all, the next post on ERE Inside Recruiting is ready! Check out Emerging Web 2.0 Technology in Recruiting on ERE.



Recruiting @ Web 2.0
April 28, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: Recruiting, Research | Tags:

Check out this post on ERE’s Inside Recruiting! What worked and what didn’t at the conference…



Jerk Bloggers and CeWEBrities
April 28, 2008, 12:34 am
Filed under: Article Reviews, Blogging, Public Relations | Tags:

Amybeth with Joel PostmanI had the absolute pleasure of spending about an hour with Joel Postman, a PR contact referred to me by the wonderful Marie Domingo, while I was in San Francisco. We chatted after the Web 2.0 conference was officially over and I was waiting around for my red-eye flight. While we chatted, we threw around some ideas and discussed how some folks who blog, regardless of the industries in which they write, are just downright mean to both their readers and their colleagues. Joel told me he’d been thinking about writing a post about this very issue, and I just read it here. I think there is so much truth to this and I’m glad he had the gumption to write it out. He calls out those who have “gained their fame through a first-mover advantage and are ultimately, well, jerks who use bullying and other questionable tactics to generate traffic.”

But, he says, there is good news in that the very social aspect of blogging will eventually show the true colors of these folks and expose them for the jerks that they are!

I will add a bit of advice to this, and that is to all the folks out there who are relatively unknown bloggers – don’t let the cewebrity jerk bloggers intimidate you, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you yourself have to be a jerk in order to become popular. Be true to your writing style and have patience 🙂 And remember that what goes around eventually comes back around!

Read Joel’s whole post right here!



Web 2.0 Expo Updates
April 25, 2008, 9:31 am
Filed under: Education, Recruiting, Research | Tags:

I am having a wonderful experience here in San Francisco attending the Web 2.0 Expo! I just wanted to provide the link to where my updates and information will be posted for this particular conference. You can read all my updates on ERE’s Inside Recruiting page.

Look for more posts in the next couple of days, and be sure to check out the post about Yahoo!’s new SearchMonkey tool!



Ask And You Shall Receive
April 20, 2008, 10:00 pm
Filed under: Education, Networking/Social Media, Research | Tags:

Those of you who have been following me on Twitter know that I will be attending the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco this week – woo hoo! But what you don’t know is WHY – or HOW – I am going. And the story of how this all came about is pretty fantastic.

I have been seeing lots of people talking about this conference. It’s the gold standard for social media and internet geeks. If you want to see developers, internet entrepreneurs, social media buffs, big dogs as well as cool new startups, messaging stuff and new kinds of search tools, and the glitterati of Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Web 2.0 is where it’s at. Well, being a fan of social media myself, I was itching to go. My company, Waggener Edstrom, is very supportive of its employees in learning and growing and we are encouraged to attend conferences where we can learn our trade. However, I have already committed to attending a couple other conferences this year, and I would not be able to attend Web 2.0 under normal circumstances. I was bummed about this as I kept listening to people talk about all the cool stuff that’s going to be happening at and around this conference. On Tuesday morning while conducting a search for one of my recruiters, I stumbled across a list of attendees to the Mashable and Chi.mp after-party, Evolve, taking place on Wednesday the 23rd. This was apparently the last straw for me. As a joke, I typed up in my Twhirl window, “Would anyone care to sponsor me to attend the Web 2.0 conference? :D”  never in a million years expecting anyone to take me up on the offer. Boy, was I wrong! I received a direct message not 5 minutes later saying, “We might be interested in covering your T&E [travel & expenses] in exchange for you covering the event for us.”

OMG!

What had started off as a whimsical fantasy just became reality. Someone was actually going to sponsor me to attend the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco! And that someone is none other than Mr. David Manaster, of ERE Media. So in exchange for this, I will be checking out the conference and writing some articles from a recruiting and research standpoint – what technologies will be useful to those of us in the recruiting world, how the things that are changing online are going to affect the way we do our jobs, etc. I will be twittering throughout the event, and I’ll also be breaking out my video camera from time to time as I come across interesting people.

My company has been incredibly cool about this. After all, it’s a GREAT story, plus we’ll get some excellent press as well! I’m also hoping to rub elbows with some PR folks while I’m out there (BTW, if any of you PR people reading this are going to be at the conference, please get in touch with me – I’d love to meet you!). This is a complete win-win-win for all involved, and I couldn’t be happier!

The biggest lesson to be learned here is to ALWAYS ask. You just never know what’s available to you unless you ask. When you don’t ask, you can’t possibly receive. You won’t always get an answer you’d like, but every now and then (as with this!) you’ll get a pleasant surprise.

Please stay tuned to ERE as I will be posting up articles and other stuff during and following the conference. Big thanks to Dave and Todd at ERE, as well as to my coworkers for being incredibly supportive, and I am looking forward to a fantastic event!



Survey on Research and Sourcing
April 17, 2008, 10:51 pm
Filed under: Education, Recruiting, Research

A note to all my blog readers who work in research and sourcing, I have a favor to ask of you. In June, I will be attending the Fordyce Forum in Las Vegas, and have been asked to give a presentation there on a research topic. I am humbled to do this, and have chosen to make my presentation on using research effectively.

In my desire to make this presentation as relevant as possible to all areas of recruiting research, I have created a brief survey asking about the use of research within various recruiting organizations. I am polling recruitment agency owners and recruiters, corporate recruiters and HR professionals, and vendors as well as telephone and internet researchers and sourcers alike in order to get a good sampling. I would love to have you take a moment to complete this survey and contribute to the results, which I will review during my presentation on June 5th.

I am going to close this survey on Saturday so that I can begin analyzing the results. Thanks for helping me out with this project!