Get Noticed! Get Hired—Searching For Work Online
The Calgary Public Library has partnered with Alberta Human Services to host Get Noticed! Get Hired—Searching For Work Online, a program featuring a panel discussion of employers, including the City of Calgary, Telus and Devon Energy, will focus on helping job seekers understand the electronic recruitment process and how they can harness the power of social media to help them in their job search. We asked Alberta Human Services a few questions about what will be covered in the program:
What was the impetus for this particular panel program? Are you finding that job seekers are not as up to speed with online job search techniques as they should be?
The Alberta Human Services Business and Industry Team have been discussing the new wave of popularity for recruiters to use social media for active recruitment. We have been getting feedback from both employers and job seekers that these practices may be creating barriers to success in the job search.
TELUS presented a unique opportunity when it offered to do an information session to job seekers on successfully navigating their recruitment site. The Business and Industry Team decided to take a few steps further and develop the panel discussion.
The intent is to give job seekers and career counselors inside information on how to successfully navigate corporate recruitment sites and to increase the effectiveness jobseekers social media profiles.
Are employers using social media and an electronic application process more often? What practical advice would you have for job seekers if so?
A large number of employers/organizations are using electronic application processes and emails for job seekers to apply for openings in their companies. In addition, recruiters are now actively seeking candidate matches for positions through social media sites.
The best advice we would give job seekers is to manage their social media pages and make sure that the content is something they would publish in a newspaper headline.
What is your best tip for job seekers looking to create a robust social media profile?
The one tip the team gives out is to make sure your online social profile describes the type of employee a company would want to hire.
Who will be on the panel? Will the participants have the opportunity to drop off resumes or ask specific questions after the program?
The panel members are Recruitment specialists and HR Managers. As the topic of the discussion is utilizing social media, we expect that job seekers will apply online for opportunities...so no resumes please. The Panel Presentation will have a question and answer segment and we encourage the people attending to ask questions.
We hope you can join us at the Central Library on the morning of Monday, January 28 for Get Noticed! Get Hired—Searching For Work Online.
Contact us at 403-260-2782 or centralinformationservice @ calgarypubliclibrary.com for more information.