Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess

Calling All Recruiting and Sourcing Ladies!!
May 30, 2009, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Recruiting, Research

We have some truly amazing women who work in our industry, and I think it’s time to pay tribute! So, I am asking for all of you ladies who work as recruiters or as sourcers/researchers to let me know who you are, because I’m cooking up something fun for us.

Please send me a cool photo of you. It doesn’t have to be professional, in fact it should be fun and depict your personality! If you can send me a picture with JUST you in it also, that would be great. Remember to keep it [relatively] clean – no booby-licious pics or suggestiveness. I’m working on a fun project, but I want to keep it tasteful 🙂

Email me your photo and use AWESOME PHOTO MONTAGE as the subject line. It’s important that you do this because I’ve set up a filter for my email for these pictures so they don’t get lost amongst everything else.

Stay tuned for what I’m cooking up – if I get enough of a response on this request I should be able to have this project done in just a couple of weeks. Pass the word along to all your female recruiting/research colleagues as well.


This Contraption Doesn’t Work!
May 29, 2009, 10:30 am
Filed under: Networking/Social Media, Technology, Thoughts

I needed to open a can of tuna the other day. So, I reached into my utensil drawer and looked for my can opener. That did the trick.

Had I reached for a spoon, I would have had a difficult time opening that can. I would have said of the spoon, “This thing doesn’t work! It’s not opening this @*&#%#^ can, so it’s obviously a worthless utensil!”

How stupid does that sound? Everyone know that using a spoon to open a can isn’t going to work. Yet, I hear so many people say of varying social media tools “It doesn’t work!” when what’s really going on is they’ve reached for the wrong tool to do a job.

Not every tool is going to work for the purposes for which you want to use it. For example, if you recruit in the construction industry, chances are you’re not going to find Twitter to be a very useful tool. HOWEVER – that doesn’t mean that Twitter doesn’t work. It’s a fantastic communication tool for networking with PR, marketing, communications, and technical professionals. For those working in those industries, it works.

I’m tired of listening to people spout off about how social media is a waste of time when it comes to recruiting. Any resource that facilitates communication with people is going to be helpful to someone. I hope the day comes when recruiting professionals realize that social media tools are just another means of communication with their target audience and not some grand candidate databases contrived just for their perusal. You must ENGAGE. You can’t just sit back, spew forth YOUR agenda, and expect it to work. Would you attend a friend’s party, stand in the middle of the room, and shout your current job openings at everyone there? Didn’t think so.

These thoughts are just part of what I have planned for my pre-conference workshop, Incorporating Social Media Into Your Recruiting Plan, coming up at the Fordyce Forum on June 10th. If you’re going to be there, please let me know! If not, please follow my #VegasRG hashtag to see what’s going on. I’ve got some fun stuff planned!

Next Jelly Cincy Tweetup – June 18th
May 28, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Tweetups


jelly-cincinnati-tweetupThe next date we’ll be co-working is Thursday, June 18th. Check out the Jelly Cincinnati Wiki page – we’ll post updates there as well as having event registration available through Eventbrite.

Join other Cincinnati area telecommuters for a day of working in a collaborative environment. We’ll meet at Crossroads Community Church – the church graciously offers free wifi and coffee during the week for the local community. The idea here is to have folks who work in many different job functions working together in an open environment. The expectation is that creative juices will flow and new friendships will be forged. Hope to see you there!

Register to attend the Jelly Cincinnati Tweetup here.

When: Thursday, June 18th
Where: Crossroads Community Church
3500 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Cool Tool Alert: Calendar Tweet
May 26, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert, Twitter

A day late for my Cool Tool Alert of the week, but hey, yesterday was a holiday here in the States!

This cool tool alert will be very helpful for promoting webinars, concerts, networking events, etc. Calendar Tweet allows you to tweet out short links to events you create, promote them via Twitter, and gather lists of attendees. 

Created by Fredrickus Williford and launched about a week ago, this new Twitter service tool has potential! Some of the things you can do with it include:

  • Tagging, sharing, and promoting events
  • Use as a private Calendar or promotional event management tool for Twitter 
  • Monitoring to see if your friends or followers will be attending an event

Calendar Tweet uses the Twitter oAuth System so you can login through twitter automatically without having to provide credentials.

A cool discovery is that when you create an event, the description area accepts HTML code, so you can post links and things in your description area. So, if you simply want to use Calendar Tweet as a quick service to re-direct people to an,, or site, you can do so.

You can also either publicly tweet out events or keep them private and then invite just a select group of people. Couple this with TweetParty and you’ve got a completely Twitter-ized event management process. For example:

Say I want to have a quick local geek get-together for lunch tomorrow. I don’t want to take the time to create a big production for invitations but I want to make sure I invite my tweeps. I set up a quick Calendar Tweet for lunch:


Notice I un-checked “Tweet Event” as I want it to be private – otherwise your event will automatically be sent out as a tweet through your Twitter account. When marked private, the link and event are still created, it is just not tweeted out through my account. It ends up looking like this on the Calendar Tweet page:


Once the event is created, you’ll want to go back into your event and edit it to make it publicly accessible, otherwise the link will not work when you send it to people (since it’s private):


Since I only want to send this to a few people, I can then access my TweetParty account and select which group I would like to invite. I have a group for lunchtime tweeters (it’s purposely small):


I then follow the directions for sending a group a private message, and copy/paste in the link to my Calendar Tweet event:


And as people decide to join me for this get-together, I will be able to see them on my calendar event page.

You can also add events directly from Twitter. Just send a direct message on Twitter to @cal_tweet (you must be following first). For example:.

“d cal_tweet Fordyce Forum social media session (follow #VegasRG) @ 6/10/09″

As an added bonus, Calendar Tweet will send out a reminder prior to the event to remind attendees and to help increase turnout.

A couple of things I noticed about Calendar Chat that I’d like to see fixed:

  • The date/time selection seems to be a little glitchy; it doesn’t like activities scheduled for noon (changes them to 12am for the following day). You have to rig the actual date for a day early in order to get the correct date; at least this was the case at the time of this post being written.
  • I would like an option to not tweet a public event automatically, or a link that can be sent to and actually viewed by select people for a private event.
  • It would be great to have a place for people to leave comments when they decide to accept a calendar event invitation.
  • I’d like to see the ability to quickly add a Calendar Tweet event to an Outlook / iCal / Google Calendar. Could we get some links on the site to do so?

Some other things you can use Calendar Tweet for:

  • Promotional events
  • Concerts
  • Quick party invitations
  • Contests

Give it a shot yourself and see how it works for you!

Reviewing Wolfram|Alpha
May 20, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Article Reviews, Research, Technology

Wolfram|Alpha, a new search engine that just launched in Mid-May 2009 to the general public, is the talk of our industry right now. Some say that it’s going to be a Wikipedia- or a Google-killer. Others (including me) think it’s neat, but that it’s really just a big calculator at this point. Still others are enjoying playing with it and discovering ‘Easter eggs’ hidden within.

Wolfram|Alpha is “a computational knowledge engine: it generates output by doing computations from its own internal knowledge base, instead of searching the web and returning links.” It’s a fact-machine – you ask it a question, and it will do its best to spit back an answer for you.

When it comes to academia, there are plenty who sing its praises. This will be quite a handy tool when it comes to researching academic matters. For example: if you wanted some quick facts about Winston Churchill:


However, if you wanted to know who just won the most recent Dancing With The Stars, Wolfram|Alpha is going to tell you:


As with any tool of our trade, what you get out of it depends largely on what you put into it. In addition, with Wolfram|Alpha, what you’re looking for is a big factor too. If you’re looking for hard scientific, mathematical, or historical facts, chances are Wolfram|Alpha’s going to help you out. But if you’re looking for current events or assistance with your sourcing efforts, you’re going to be disappointed.

Now, researching companies within an industry – that’s a different story. The database does side-by-side in depth comparison of companies and provides details on # of employees, revenue, etc., and on an individual search basis will also provide you with some basic company information (website, location, industry):


This could prove to be helpful when conducting competitive research within an industry or beginning to build a list of companies to target.

From a sourcing perspective however, the information we seek isn’t contained in its extensive knowledge base – that is, where precisely to find certain types of people for potential candidacy for our open positions. I tested this out, just to make sure:


Nope – not what I was looking for, though this is interesting information, and I believe Wolfram|Alpha will give financial search engines such as Google Finance and Yahoo Finance a run for their money. Wolfram|Alpha will do detailed, side-by-side comparisons of stock symbols where the other two currently do not, at least in great detail.

My assessment is that Wolfram|Alpha isn’t going to make any waves when it comes to useful recruiting tools, at least from a candidate search standpoint. Furthermore, I do not think it will be replacing any major search engines or information sources in the near future. In fact, if you click on the Source Information link at the bottom of the Winston Churchill search, you’ll see that Wikipedia is listed amongst the information sources from which it frequently pulls:


Regardless, Steven Wolfram has come up with a great start to tackling the issue of pure semantic search. (interestingly, plugging ‘semantic search’ into Wolfram|Alpha produces no results) I think this will serve as a good jumping-off point for others to build upon. Check it out and give it a whirl yourself.

Cool Tool Alert: Biometric Flash Drive
May 18, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert, Technology

Flash drives are getting cheaper and cheaper, and are becoming more and more handy for making our work portable. Just a couple of common uses for flashdrives include:

  • Resume storage for quick upload at a career fair, instead of carrying paper copies
  • Backing up a presentation in case your laptop crashes or isn’t compatible with the A/V equipment
  • Carrying all your recruiting tools with you so you can work from multiple locations
  • Backing up entire hard drives

There is an increased need to secure these little devices as their storage capacity grows and grows. The more information you can store the more likely it is that security will be needed. Many people store personal articles and work articles together and if it were to be misplaced or stolen, it could be disastrous.

Fortunately, Ennova Direct was recently granted a patent for a new biometrical secure flash drive. Pure coolness!

“The flash drive features an OLED screen that acts as a fingerprint scanner for data security and has a retractable flip cover that keeps the screen safe and retracts the USB connector. The OLED screen is interactive as well as being a fingerprint reader and allows the user to choose specific files from the drive to access.”

Ennova Direct will plan to launch the flash drive under the ION Technologies brand at the beginning of 2010. Sign me up for one once they’re available!

Tweeting For A New Job: A Case Study
May 15, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Career Advice, Networking/Social Media, Recruiting, Twitter

When most people notify their Twitter networks that they’ve been laid off or are looking for work, they’re not very specific:

job tweeter1job tweeter2

This obviously doesn’t help much in the job search. You must be specific about what you’re looking for if others are going to be able to help you. In the same breath, it’s good to have a strategy when you are using a social media communication tool to assist in your job search. The trouble is that most people just simply don’t know where to start. This post should offer some hope!

My friend Colin is an IT professional. He’s not really big on social media, because he works with technology all day long and wants to take a break from it when he is through with work. He was laid off from his job several months ago and has been applying for positions and attending local networking events, trying to meet as many people in the IT field and in the recruiting industry as he possibly can. He surprised me about a month ago when he told me he’d signed up for a Twitter account.

After I caught my breath and mentioned something about hell and frozen, I began thinking about how he could use this to assist in his job search, and at the same time how I could prove to him that he hadn’t ‘crossed over to the dark side’ by registering. I started formulating a strategy in my head, and when I shared it with him, he said ‘Let’s give it a shot!’

The following is a sort of case study of what we did to get Colin prepared for using his Twitter account appropriately, and exclusively, for a job search.

  1. Choosing a Username: as Colin was a brand new user, he was a blank slate. We tried to come up with a username that would help him to achieve the objective he had for signing up in the first place, which was to help him find work. We chose Colin4Hire. Colin admitted that he thought it was a little cheesy, but there is little doubt as to what his purpose in being on Twitter is. Besides, you’re allowed to change your username without losing your followers, so he will be able to change this if he chooses to continue twittering once he’s found work.
  2. Uploading an online resume: we decided to use the Website line on Colin’s Twitter profile to display a link to an online resume. A couple of great options for doing this include VisualCV and Emurse. We chose to go with Emurse because of the ease of tracking traffic to the resume.
  3. Tracking: I told Colin we should track as much traffic as possible, since he was going to Twitter with the sole purpose of trying to find work. Here are the things we chose to track:
    1. Resume: we selected Emurse as the resume-hosting site in order to track resume views and downloads.
    2. URL: We chose to track the actual resume link using This allowed us to monitor at an extra level.
    3. Email: Colin signed up for a new Google email address that was used exclusively for this study. That way we could also observe who was reading his Twitter profile and following the contact instructions we outlined in his tweets.
  4. Planning the message: As you saw above, many people using Twitter to search for work don’t really plan out how they’re going to share that message with others. We chose to make six simple tweets with basic information about Colin’s work skills and most recent employment, ending with his email and the URL to his resume (offering two ways for Colin to be reached). We also decided to control this study by not having Colin tweet out any other messages other than the ones we pre-planned. We chose to use keywords describing his abilities to make his profile more searchable, and we also used two popular job-seeker phrases (“new job” and “new opportunities”) which many recruiters have set up as search agents to find potential candidates.
  5. Planning for responses: I would normally never advise someone to auto-DM new followers, but as Colin had a very specific objective for his use of Twitter, I suggested that he set up an auto-DM using Twitterfeed to respond to anyone who decided to follow him. The reason for this is because Colin did not plan to monitor or use Twitter for anything other than trying to help him find a new job, and he wanted to make sure any followers knew this. His DM said something to the effect of “Tnx for the connection! I am using Twitter to find work, so plz check out my resume: [link]”
  6. Planning the promotion: At the time of this study, I personally had about 2,900 followers, many of whom are recruiters. I decided to leverage my network to get the message out for Colin. I requested several local recruiters and recruiters across the country to help re-tweet my message:

My friend @colin4hire is new 2 Twitter. He’s using Twitter just 2 find a new job – check out his profile & plz RT this note 2 help him out!

Once we’d registered for all of the appropriate services and got Colin’s actual profile taken care of, I had Colin tweet his messages:

Colin twitter

Then we settled upon a good time for me to begin promoting. We chose to tweet on a Tuesday at approximately 1pm EDT. The reason for this time selection is that many folks working on the East Coast would be coming back from lunch, while others across other US time zones would be at least at work and possibly monitoring their Twitter accounts. Starting too early in Eastern time would have prevented some of the West Coast folks from seeing the message. Once I sent out my initial promo tweet, I DM’ed approximately 20 of my colleagues and asked them if they would kindly re-tweet my message.

I set up a search on my own TweetDeck to monitor the re-tweets of my message, and others who were reaching out to Colin. My original message introducing Colin to Twitter was re-tweeted 44 times, and within the first 24 hours, Colin had about 23 followers – all earned through word-of-mouth and not through any obligatory follow-back services.

Below are the stats and some screen shots with which Colin provided me – the information is current as of the publishing of this post:

  • 30 Twitter Followers
  • 266 Resume Views
  • 2 E-mails on G-Mail
  • 1 Meeting with Erin Schreyer on May 1st 2009
  • 1 Interview with Ray Attiyah on May 4th 2009
  • 2 Potential Job Leads with one of Ray’s companies stats:

cligs stats

Emurse stats:

emurse stats


  • Colin was a great subject for this – I have been warming him up to the business use of social media for the past few months and trying to convince him that it’s not just for play. Having seen such immediate results of this little study, he admitted to me that he was pleasantly surprised at what he saw happening and might be changing his tune on what he thinks of social media. (score!!!)
  • We tried to set up a SiteMeter account to monitor the actual views of Colin’s Twitter account but were unsuccessful in being able to do so before we ran this experiment. This data would have provided some insight as to a profile view:resume view ratio.
  • The ratio of resume views:downloads is approximately 44:1. At first glance this doesn’t seem significant but if you consider the fact that he has two job opportunities in the works as a result of 24 hours of real activity, that’s not too shabby.
  • The percentage of humans vs. the percentage of bots to hit the link to Colin’s resume is remarkable.
  • There were no hate-filled messages regarding Colin’s auto-DM to new followers. This might suggest that people are OK with it when you’re honest about your intentions of being on Twitter. It’s important to note here that Colin did NOT auto-follow anyone.
  • The promotional power of the re-tweets was quite evident. Over 2x the number of people I originally DM’ed and requested to re-tweet my message actually helped to promote this message.


This type of a case study won’t work in every situation. You must individually evaluate your use of Twitter and if this is the right place for you to be looking for work. But one of the big take-aways here I think is planning. If you have a specific objective you’re trying to achieve in using a social media communication tool such as Twitter, it pays to put some strategic thought into the message you want to send. Otherwise, you really are just throwing stuff against the wall and seeing what sticks. Think about what kind of an outcome you want, and then backtrack from there to craft your message. Be specific in your message and don’t leave any guess-work for your audience. Especially when you are looking for a job, a simple “I’m looking for a job” doesn’t give anyone any idea of what you’re looking for – what job functions are you interested in, where are you located, would you be willing to move, how many years’ experience do you have, etc.

I’ll end with three things:

  1. Please still feel free to reach out to Colin if you’re interested in his skillset. His resume can be found here, and you can also take a look at his Twitter profile.
  2. Searching for a job using social media isn’t a haphazard task. It’s obvious that planning ahead pays off in the end. Take some time to consider what you want to achieve before you dive in head-first, and track your results.
  3. Your network is your ally. It’s always good to have others who will support your endeavors and help you accomplish something. Never take your network for granted. Special thanks to everyone who assisted in this experiment!

I hope this has provided some of you with some pointers on how to begin a job search using Twitter. For your convenience, I’ve made a PDF document of the case study available for you to download and save for future reference. If this was helpful for you, please let me know by leaving a comment below!