Millennials using Tinder to Recruit?

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As many human resource professionals know, the recruitment world continues to grow alongside the booming tech scene. The team at OneinaMil has set lofty goals for 2018 to keep up with these positive growing pains in silicon harbor. The pains a 14-year-old boy rejoices because it means he may actually start to grow facial hair. As many companies across Charleston have found their niche within the software market, talent acquisition has turned into one of the smartest investments for employers as their demand outgrows their supply.

While simultaneously keeping company culture in mind, OneinaMil serves as a talent matchmaker but not exactly for your love life (although, we may know someone). Based on our own culture and foundation, we find individuals who wouldn’t come to you through automated online searches such as Indeed or ZipRecruiter. We keep the human connection within finding you the best and brightest candidates. These individuals will not only check off your job description requirements but will share your similar values, enjoy your workplace environment and remain loyal to your company mission.

As the talent acquisition market has thrived, so has the number of recruiters, creating higher competition for those looking for “purple unicorns”. The ability to get creative as a recruiter is a must have and shouldn’t be left off of your list when hiring a specialist. Outsourcing this task can help save your company time and money, as one bad hire can cost you potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Social media marketing has become an impactful tool in recruitment and there has been an increase in online engagement for most modernized or tech facing companies. Similarly, millennials have supported a culture where you brand yourself on social media channels. These whippersnappers are even meeting people online from synonymous dating apps such as Tinder or Bumble. Although this culture doesn’t always promote genuine relationships, it is cost-effective (aka free) and connects you with singles in your area. Similar to many networking sites such as LinkedIn, these various dating sites allow you to connect with those you find “intriguing” or however you want to put it.

After recently making a move to Charleston, SC to work for OneinaMil, I dabbled in the Tinder app to try and find my soulmate. Ok, I’m just joking. However, I am on the app and I do find it helpful to network with people, even if they don’t end up being my forever and always. Recently, I had noticed the app allows individuals to list their workplace or career title on their profile, which sparked an idea as a technical recruiter. My creative nature took this as a sign that I should be using various outlets to align passion with opportunity. Not only could I gauge some of their soft-skills but I could market our roles as a young, single gal in Charleston.

Although Tinder is not by any means my main tool in connecting with developers or software engineers, I don't want to overlook its potential. It may be somewhat passive in that there is no boolean search to weed out or itemize software engineers, but hey, every now and then you strike gold. If you find someone who aligns with what you’re looking for in a candidate, meet for coffee with them and explain your intentions in building a professional connection. Brand yourself professionally on Tinder and use it against the dating culture to promote your own passion within your career. You may end up finding a friend, if nothing else.

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As a recruiter, it’s easy to become selfish and narrow your network down to those you only need for a specific client or requisition. The easy way to recruit and make lots of money is to sling resumes but that’s not the right nor effective way. By removing passion and culture, not only are you cutting out the most important part out of hiring but you’re not understanding how building a trusting network can be a gift that never stops giving. By growing your network and making sure individuals know that you are there when they start to feel stagnant or unvalued, you are opening doors to infinite opportunity.

Always be willing to listen, empathize, understand and help. Even if you are unable to help in that present moment, you can leave a warm open door, where people will remember you and let you help them in the future. Don’t be afraid to take creative steps in recruiting outside of your 9-5 job. You can network and connect with anyone, no matter the occasion. I’ve even tried to do so in the sauna at my gym - no kidding. The human connection is so real, so underrated and so important in making placements that benefit both the client and candidate long-term. Lastly, stay human and remember that you have the power to make an endless impact on someone’s life! Make it a kind and happy one!

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About the Author

Madison Loomis, Technical Recruitment Manager

Originally from Narragansett, Rhode Island, Madison began her career as a recruiter through a part-time role while finishing her undergrad degree within a non-profit healthcare organization. Upon graduation, she moved her talents down to Charleston, SC to find home-run candidates alongside a rock-star team with OneinaMil, LLC. 

 

Before Your 2018 Resolutions: Ask & Answer 5 Hard Questions

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Kiss 2017 goodbye! It’s a new year, friends, and if you’re anything like us it’s time to reflect on the year past before squaring your shoulders and slipping on your stilettos to take on 2018 with enthusiasm.

But we’re not here to talk about our 2018 resolutions …or yours. We’re here to challenge you to ask yourself five hard questions and be courageous enough to answer them in the interest of coming by those real resolutions that will change your life.  

Are you ready? Take a deep breath. We’re in this together.

Did you make yourself a promise last year you didn’t keep?

We’ve all done it – made and broken important promises to ourselves. Taking that trip to Thailand. Cleaning out your t-shirt collection from college. Saving up for the dream home. Finishing your degree. Running your first marathon. Starting your business.

Before you pile on new goals and aspirations, consider making good on what you’ve promised yourself before. Closure and completion is oh-so satisfying for the soul.

Are you inspired by your own elevator pitch?

Take a minute or two to write it down – those three to four sentences that sum up all that is you to strangers in about 20 seconds. Read it out loud. Does it give you the feels? Get you fired up?

If not, consider what you can do in 2018 that’ll put some pep in your pitch.

Did you leave someone better than you found them?

It takes a village, people. We’re all going to need a hand at some point, so did you pay it forward by giving one or two to your fellow man last year?

Whether it is mentoring a newbie at work or volunteering for a cause you care about, getting out of your head and giving back to your community in whatever way is meaningful to you will do wonders to make you a better human.

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Are you managing your life or living it?

Adulting can become all-consuming – from deadlines and time cards to that stack of bills waiting on you at home. Weeks can turn into months of treading water.

Make some waves, boo. If you’re in a monotonous managing funk, snap out of it! Start making moves to shake up the routine or simplify the noise. If you need some reading material to get you going, might we recommend this page turner from Sarah Knight.  

Are you fulfilled?

Heavy hitter, this one. If you keep doing the same things for another year, will it make you proud? Or does the thought of another year of the same make your chest tight?

Be honest with yourself about what brings you joy both personally and professionally and make space for whatever is missing. Whether it be competing, performing, painting, studying, reading, giving, or playing…it’s your world, squirrel! You only get so many trips around the sun, so let’s make ‘em count!

If a professional aspiration just made your 2018 short list, let’s chat. Whether it be shaping up your personal brand for a leap of faith or making moves, OIAM is in your corner. Let’s make 2018 our year!

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Beyond The Code: Top 5 Non-Development Roles The Tech Industry Demands

“Software? Not for me. I don’t do development.” If I had a dime for every time I heard this I would have taken up residence in a Tahitian spa by now.

A common misconception about the software space, both internal and external, is that you have to code in order to be valuable. Pull up a chair and pay attention, because we’re going to nip this nonsensical notion in the butt with 5 non-development roles in high demand among the tech industry today!

Front Desk/Greeter

I can already feel your raised eyebrow, but hear me out. A “front desk” personality is often the first human impression prospective clients and partners will see to represent your organization. Whether in person, by phone or digitally, think of this position as the front line who sets the tone for the rest of an interaction with your business. This is the first person your interviewees will see when they come on-site.

Being a Greeter demands someone who is tech-savvy enough to keep up with your team, while also conveying a genuine, likable experience that will leave your clients feeling confident that they’re in good hands. Never underestimate the value of a first impression.

Customer Success Manager

Customer success management might be a new ‘buzz word” but is truly another critical role beyond the code. These positions demand fierce emotional intelligence and efficiency from resources who understand the intricacies of your clients’ needs. They are tireless advocates for your clients, and, here’s the important part, your clients believe it.

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Your sales team may secure new business, but it’s up to your Customer Success Managers to maintain and grow it in what is often a marathon, not a sprint.

Product Manager

Not to be confused with technical product management. Stay with me. Both your product management and technical product management will be tasked with strategy, ideation, road mapping, new feature development and go-to-market plans.

The main difference – a Product Manager will come at these missions with more of a business and client-facing approach; whereas, your Technical Product Manager will bring more of an engineering and product function focus to the table. More so, your Product Manager should take on the herding of your non-technical teams (sales, marketing, customer success) so your Technical Product Manager can rally the development troops. You need both perspectives to be successful – think of it as the left and right brain working together.

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Marketing Manager

The tech industry is like the modern day wild west – it’s fast, fiercely competitive and the rules are still being written. These characteristics make stellar marketing talent critical for company success. I’m not just talking about lead generation; although I fully appreciate filling the pipeline a big deal. I’m talking about Marketing Managers who can create a brand that is authentic, sticky and cuts through the noise.

These diamonds in the rough will not only fill the funnel, but will also leverage employer branding to position your company as THE cool kids club capable of attracting key tech resources from across the country, which gives me a nice segue into my final invaluable non-dev role…

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Recruiter

Headhunting is out, talent cultivation is in. There is a revolution on the recruiting front, and it’s a good train to jump on. There is a selective batch of recruiters out there who are groomed to function as internal talent cultivation assets for your company. Instead of slinging keyword matches into seats, this cream of the crop builds your team from a solid foundation of complete culture and capability fits.

Beyond simply finding your unicorns, these recruiters will ensure your onboarding process is smooth as butter because they know that is the pivotal difference between finding and keeping your purple squirrels.

Interested in learning more about essential non-developer roles and how they can make a world of difference for your tech company? Or are you a talented individual who thinks transitioning to the tech space may just be for you after all? Check us out at oneinamil.com or email us at knock.knock@oneinamil.com!

Cheers!

Your Friends at OIAM!