Monday, July 26, 2010

How to BeFound – Prepare to be Head Hunted

There is a lot of talk currently about Head Hunting, Social Recruiting, LinkedIn recruitment. So what does that mean to you, the job seeker?

Obviously, it means is that there are now a lot of different ways that you can BeFound by potential employers and recruiters. Sounds great doesn’t it? But you need to be able to make the technology and tools work for you.

There are a few simple rules you should follow:

Read the fine print – BeFound not harassed
There are a number of website out there that allow you to create or upload a professional profile to assist in promoting yourself to potential employers. Make sure that you understand how your information is going to be used, displayed, on-sold.

Try to maintain as much control over your information as you can. Throwing yourself out there indiscriminately is not necessarily a good idea.

Ask yourself:
  • Do I want my information and contact details presented to any employer or recruiter that requests/pays for it?
  • Do I want cold calls from random recruitment agencies?

I have actually heard of several instances where a recruiter has found a LinkedIn profile that ‘sort of’ matched some requirements they had. They did not have the contact info for the individual concerned, so they called the company they were working for. Nice move! The recruiter called the head office, found their way to the switch board and eventually was put through to the LinkedIn member in question. Innovative or Invasive? You decide!

Optimise yourself
Make sure you optimize your profiles. If you create an on-line profile for the purposes of being Head Hunted, make sure that the profile works for you and that it will actually help you to BeFound.

The rules today are the same as they have always been. Recruiters have always used keywords to identify appropriate resumes held on their internal databases. I have always advised job seekers to make their Resume idiot proof and keyword rich – the same applies to on-line profiles.

Find out which fields are searchable and use these to your advantage. If you are looking for a specific role make sure you mention it where you can (sensibly!).

Make sure that you have a solid on-line profile
This includes twitter pages, Facebook, MySpace, blogs etc.

I don’t care what anyone says, but most potential employers and recruiters will Google candidates. If they find a Facebook profile photo of you that they deem inappropriate or find a blog that you author which does not match their views/values that may be the end of the road for you.

I’m not suggesting that you sterilize all of your on-line activities, but make sure that you have adequate security settings (especially on Facebook) to stop people seeing things that you do not want them to see.

At the end of the day if you want to BeFound you need to put yourself out there. Where you do so and how you do it is up to you, but make sure that whatever you do on-line helps you to BeFound and stay found!

As seen on CareerSucessRadio.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Amlost 13,000 profiles....

There are now almost 13,000 published job seeker profiles on  Here is a breakdown of profiles by category:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hidden costs of recruitment

Do you know how much is costs you to recruit a new member of staff?  $200? $300?
Sure that may be the dollar outlay to run an advert of a month, but what about the hidden cost - your time?
  • Time required to sort through the applications and resumes
  • Time required to contact applicant and inform them if they have or have not been successfully shortlisted
  • Time required to deal with phone calls from candidates asking questions about the role and chasing feedback
It’s not just about the cost of running an advert - that's the cheap part. Think about the time you spend on the other associated activities.

Isn’t your time better spent on productive tasks that generate money for your company?

BeFound allows you concentrate on the important things in your business by giving you back your time, removing the 3 most time consuming and time expensive steps from the recruitment process. 

With BeFound you bypass all the other steps and go staright to interview - how easy is that?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Keep on growing

Another 250+ active job seekers have registered on BeFound over night.  There are now over 11,300 live profile on BeFound across all industries.   

Here is a small sample of some of the newly added profiles:
  • Urban and Environmental Planner / Town Planner
  • Experienced in Administration and HR
  • Warehouse Assistant
  • Assistant Radiographer
  • Warehousing/Operations/Logistics
  • Electrician
  • Commercial Valuer
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Sales / Administration
  • Fashion Retail
  • Buyer - Procurement - Purchasing
  • Customer Service / Call Centre
  • Excavator/Front-End Loader Operator
Is one of these your next employee waiting to BeFound?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Latest BeFound Profiles

The advertising campaign is running hot.  In the last 24 hour or we have had almost 350 new job seekers register and there are now over 11,000 live profiles on BeFound available for employers to review.

Here is a small sample of the latest registrations:
  • Commercial valuer
  • Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
  • Civil Engineer/Estimator
  • Professional driver
  • Senior analyst Programmer/Developer C#
  • Architectural Technician / Drafter
  • Scientist - Medical Research and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • MC / Sidelift Driver/operator /MISC card/Blue Card
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Accountant
  • Machine Operator/ Plastics/ Auto/ Food
  • Cabinetmaker
Is one of these your next employee waiting to BeFound?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Latest campaign running

The latest advertising campaign has started in Brisbane.  In the last 24 hours 136 new job seekers have registered on BeFound and added 102 new profiles. 

There are now over 10,800 live profile published on BeFound.  Here is a small sample of the latest additions:
  • Marine Engineer
  • Multi Media Designer
  • Executive Assistant
  • Retail Assistant
  • Plumber
  • Customer Service Professional
  • Air Conditioning Engineer
  • Hotel Manager
  • Sales Assistant
Is one of these your next star employee waiting to BeFound?