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30 Second Video – Networking Takeaways

I started a mentoring program with my local SHRM chapter (SAHRMA) for current students and new HR professionals. This is the second cohort of the program and since I have some folks now to help me conduct the program I decided to take on a mentoring group myself.
Being in the mentoring group with the program creator may not be easy since I use my group as guinea pigs … but I wanted to pilot virtual mentoring sessions so we met using Google Hangouts. We had only a few hiccups but otherwise it was a great session. Our topic for the session was about, “How and Why to Network.”
I made a short video to play around with some animation tools (always testing something new — I tried “GoAnimate“) and record some notes in a fun way. Well… success… kinda… I could only make a 30 second video (which kinda sucks, but hey, its free, so ya get what you get) but I think some good takeaways nonetheless. Next meeting — I think I’m going to record the hangout and continue to find some other software to use to do some video recapping (30 seconds is pretty short, but 60 seconds would be about the right ballpark).
Anyhoo — here after all that buildup — here is the recap video!

In other news, GoAnimate is, meh, okay… at least the free version (time limit and the embed links don’t work — I had to get kinda creative with that image and link above). Have suggestions of other animation software I should try?

Get your network on — and share your tips here or on our Facebook groups!

Making the HR connection, yours,

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The Girl In HR’s Cool Reads for the Week – Sunday 9/29/2013

Don’t blink or you may have missed it!

Here are a couple of cool articles that I read (and some even inspired me) over the week:

Quick Summary –> Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Monday that requires websites to both remove content and provide notice of the removal when a requested by a minor (under age 18). This includes social media sites.

Making the HR Connection –> Its important to stay up to date on the trends and interpretations around social media and its use. Social media is an extension of YOU —  and what people think or say about you online is just as important as what you say and how you portray yourself online. This law impacts teens — could you ever see something being available to everyone. Should there be an option?

  • This next one is more under the header of “The Girl in HR Tries” — THE SKIMM. theSkimm is the daily newsletter that simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more. We do the reading for you and explain it with fresh editorial content, breaking down what you need to know to start the conversation. I read theSkimm most every day, but was really liked their summary for this past week — especially their summary of the Congress and the impending shut down (Sept 27). Lots of stuff going on from a political, economical, and HR perspective (benefit design has never been SO exciting, but seriously make up your minds, I’m trying to roll out open enrollment options for folks people!!!)  Check out their summary and and consider signing up for the skimm — or at least checking out their archives from time to time.

Works hard for the money?

THE STORY: Congress has still not passed a budget. The government will still shut down on Oct. 1st if it does not reach an agreement. Still. No. Deal.

STOP EXAGGERATING, IT CAN’T JUST SHUT DOWN. Yes, it can. If you’re a federal worker, you may have time off but don’t bother going to a national park or landmark. Because they’ll be closed. And don’t plan on a fancy lunch, because you may not have a paycheck for a while.

LAY IT ON ME. The Senate is expected to vote on a spending bill that the GOP-controlled House passed last week. That bill would keep the government running after Tuesday, while also defunding Obamacare. The Democrat run Senate is expected to send a tweaked version back to the House. It will not have the part about defunding Obamacare. This is not a coincidence; Obamacare rolls out October 1st.

What cool things were you reading this past week?

The Girl in HR gets an HR Demo: DICE Open Web SHRM#13

Today I got a cool demo of Dice’s new Open Web search tool directly from their new president, Shravan Goli (pretty cool!).

Right off the bat, the demo was pretty slick. The neat thing is that recruiters can do a quick and easy search of skills of desired skills — and the search tool serves up candidates and aggregate information about them in a easy to read and usable interface. The information that the tool brings back is all public information, but the catch is that its in ONE place – and finding out more about the candidate is just a click or two away. The search results bring back information about work that they have done, locations that they have worked in, key projects – basically a dynamic resume.

Dice is all about connecting people to find the jobs that they want so they have a powerful engine and information. The impressive thing here is the search engine — they have a great overlap of information that is within their database as well as what is on the web. If you do a Google Search or LinkedIn search, its hard to know who you are looking for or who you are looking for — without going through them all (and think about people with common names). This search could prove to be a very powerful tool — especially for technology professional (and those recruiters who are looking for them). Goli feels that this could be the “next generation” or “gateway” to the way that talent searches may work in the future. Goli relayed a story of conversation that he had with a customer who described Open Web as “sourcing on steroids.”

In summary the tool will deliver deeper profile data, targeted profiles, targeted search, and a single point of access to the web AND it is included in the Dice subscription.

It does focus on the US — that Dice’s main user base and their target market and candidates have to sign in and have a Dice account. So if you’re looking for something global keep that in mind (nothing to suggest though that it couldn’t go that direction, although they were pretty clear that today its US focused).

The Girl in HR’s IMHO: I got a very quick demo and interview with Goli at #SHRM13, but I think that this is some cool and cutting edge stuff — especially in the tech recruiting space. Its certainly worth a deeper dive, particularly if you are already a dice customer.