Found this new resource for IT professionals (and IT recruiters too!) – Masterbranch. It’s a network that’s currently only available for IT folks, letting them connect with each other through search based on projects, skills, and available opportunities.
According to KillerStartups review, “…through [Masterbranch] you can have something akin to an intelligent resume that reflects any change that should merit inclusion…This dynamic profile is built by looking at your sites and blogs (IE, your activity on the WWW) and the site also doubles as a sort of networking resource where IT professionals can meet up with each other and build relationships like that.”
This site grabs all your information based on OpenSourceID verification and it dynamically builds an IT ‘resume’ based on your web activity. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a resume that would be suitable to bring on an interview, but it’s a good sampling of your online presence and an additional place for you to build your personal SEO and be find-able to recruiters. For recruiters, this is yet another resource for sourcing! The site pulls your information from LinkedIn, Stackoverflow, Google, Sourceforge, Serverfault, Launchpad, Ohloh, GitHub, BitBucket, and your blog if you have one.
Once your profile is built, you can start looking at other community members based on projects and skill areas. The most popular areas are linked at the bottom of the page, and you can join project “networks” to be found based on skill area.
People search is also intuitive; start typing a name and it will suggest people who are community members. It’s still a small community, but it’s certain to grow quickly. Updates are automatically pulled from the online accounts you add to your profile. No manual updates are necessary once you’ve added an account – pretty sweet!
IT recruiters: this is worth taking a look at. IT professionals – this is another place for you to get noticed!
According to a report from Publishers Weekly and the Institute for Publishing Research published earlier this year, total book sales are projected to dip 0.5% in 2009, to $35.04 billion. With its growing popularity, Amazon reported in May 2009 that Kindle-edition books accounted for a whopping 35% of book sales when the electronic editions are available. Sony has the Reader Digital Book as well. People are reading less printed material and instead choosing digital books, Kindles, Sony Readers, iPod ‘books’, books-on-CD, and so-forth over picking up a paperback and settling into their favorite recliner.
While I do love reading my personalized newspaper every morning (that’s my RSS feed), nothing is better than getting a printed book and sitting down with a highlighter and pen to take notes in the margin and apply what I’m reading and learning to my work and/or my personal life. Lately, I’ve felt an urge to really start digging into social media trends, so this past weekend, I went to Village Books in Fairhaven, WA to pick up some titles that had been recommended to me, and a couple that really grabbed my attention while I was there:
- The Cluetrain Manifesto – Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, & David Weinberger: this book was recommended to me by several people. Essential reading for anybody interested in the Internet and e-commerce, and is especially vital for businesses navigating the topography of the wired marketplace.
- Microtrends – Mark J Penn: this book was in the Business section, and the subtitle caught my eye: ‘the small forces behind tomorrow’s changes’. This book gets into the details of seventy microtrends that are changing our lives today and will affect our lives in the future. I can’t wait to dive into this book!
- Free: The Future of a Radical Price – Chris Anderson: I’ve been wanting this since I first watched Chris Anderson’s discussion of the book at Google back in July. This book is about how today, companies can potentially profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them, and how this can be a business strategy that may well be essential to a company’s survival.
- The New Rules of Marketing & PR – David Meerman Scott: like Microtrends, the title and subtitle of this book caught my attention on the shelf: ‘how to use news releases, blogs, podcasting, viral marketing, & online media to reach buyers directly’. To me, that reads ‘how to…reach candidates directly’!
Since more of my job duties these days are involving social media, whether it’s direct outreach or helping to come up with strategies to drive people to our jobsite, I wanted to get some reading material to help me understand how to do this better. I think I’ve got a pretty good start with these titles. My goal will be to finish one book per month and review it here.
The Cool Tool Alert has returned! This week, I want to feature a neat iPhone app that is an extension of a service that I learned about way back in June at the Fordyce Forum from founder Lori Fenstermaker. Lori started AutoSearch almost by accident, and what started off as a “side business” has quickly become her main focus, with some pretty notable clients. (you’ll have to ask Lori for that client list!) Lori revealed to me at Fordyce that AutoSearch would soon be coming out with an iPhone app, and as an iPhone user I asked her to let me know when this happened. Well – here it is! AutoSearch Mobile:
“AutoSearch Mobile simultaneously searches leading business and social networking sites: LinkedIn, Twitter, Jobster, and ZoomInfo. AutoSearch Mobile also searches the entire web for matching resumes and CVs.”
Basically, it’s AutoSearch Lite. This is a great way to sample what AutoSearch can do. I tested out this new iPhone app and was very impressed with it. It’s quite user-friendly, compact, and relatively accurate. Keep in mind of course, you’re searching the Internet, which is not a recruiters’ database, so you must have realistic expectations of your search results. But that being said, the results I got from my simple search were actually pretty good!
Things I liked about this app:
- You can add in your own locations, or simply choose from the ones that are already pre-populated. To add new ones, you simply click on the Setup button
- It’s VERY simple. You type in some keywords, a job title, a name, or whatever you’re searching for, and you get results all on one screen from Jobster, LinkedIn, ZoomInfo, Twitter, and regular web search.
- The app accepts pretty much all Boolean search operators, or you can just simply type in a few keywords.
- Search results keep you in the app. You never have to leave the app to view them!
- Search results are easily email-able to your account or wherever else you’d like to send them – again, right from the app.
- Search results are amazingly refined.
Just a couple of things I’d like to see different:
- It would be great to see the actual Boolean search string in the results.
- You cannot save the searches done on the iPhone app.
- Would like search results to be able to be synched with the full version if you’ve purchased it.
It should be noted that in the full AutoSearch tool, keywords are automatically stored so this takes care of the saved search issue. At only $4.99, this is a great deal as well!