Ed Newman, president of The Newman Group, joined me and 920 others yesterday on a webinar to discuss more efficient ways of finding talent. Ed addressed the problem of wasting valuable time “funneling” a large group of potential candidates to make a placement. Using the age old wisdom of quality over quantity, Ed shared his tips for increasing social ties within one’s own organization and finding employees with the most social currency. I found particularly interesting the points about how hiring managers should focus more on true networking relationships with a smaller group of quality candidates rather than aggressively marketing to a larger group of people. Networking events and meetups can foster a strong relationship, worthwhile because “hiring people we know increases quality because there is a shorter time to employee engagement.” These points are covered 15 minutes into the video.
He also covered how social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and newer developments like Twitter and TouchGraph, can help to understand your network better and make more efficient placements. Ed also fielded such tough questions as “How to organize a successful social event to help hiring managers initiate” and particularly interesting to members of Gen Y like myself “How to separate your personal and professional life on Facebook and other social networking sites.” See the slideshow and archived video of the presentation below to learn more!