How agencies are using social media in talent management

As a result of its ever-increasing ubiquity, more and more businesses are making use of social media everyday. This is especially so for agencies, in the Executive Search & Talent Management sector.

When used efficiently, social media can really strengthen a business, but how exactly are these talent management companies using social in their work?

There’s More to Social than just Recruitment

Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are an ideal method for talent management agencies to find potential recruits. Recent studies show that half of Facebook users check it at least once a day, and that 25% of its users check the site five times a day!

Yet there is far more to be had than just recruitment, you can also use social tools to monitor:

What content is created or shared by someone

  • What validation their shared content has received from internal & external connections
  • Who the people are that are validating their content – subject matter experts versus newcomers
  • What commentary and engagement are they receiving, or is it purely broadcasting

Managing Social Reputation

Talent management agencies such as Adastrum are able to monitor how the public feel about a particular company or organisation. Having an accurate idea of how a company is perceived by the public means that they can work to address any recurring concerns or issues that may affect the recruitment process.

Not only can agencies use social media to monitor reputation, they can also use it to help build it.

To Provide Employee Feedback

As one might expect, receiving positive feedback motivates employees to continue working hard. This is especially true if they are publicly praised, which makes social media a perfect forum on which to congratulate employees. If employees have a positive mindset, the business environment will improve, leading to strong business growth.

To Benchmark Data

Digital can be used by talent management agencies to benchmark any data they may want to share with other companies in the same or different industries. This might include salaries for available jobs, especially if the job attractive, offering a competitive salary and other benefits. However, agencies can also benchmark data about employee satisfaction and their levels of performance.

For Social Referrals

In general, successful people know other successful people, meaning that companies are referred to each other through mutual contacts. The use of digital only makes this process easier. Not only can it help companies network to find others that may be able to support them, agencies can also use social media to network with existing employees’ contacts in order to find new potential employees.

Overall, social media means that talent management agencies are able to provide a stronger and more successful service, for both employees and clients. And with the inevitable evolution of social media in the future, it will come to play are more significant factor.

The benefits of Reclaimed Teak Furniture

Using old woods is becoming the new trend. It can be reused in a lot of ways, whether to use it to make a bed, cabinets, or even flooring. Having wooden furniture can really make a statement to your house, but reusing old wood for the furniture? That is not simply a statement, it is also a symbol of history.

Reusing reclaimed teak for furniture is equivalent to saving our mother Earth by not cutting trees. The woods are being gathered from old structures that were about to be demolished, and are recycled by highly skilled worker, creating an extraordinaire furniture, giving the old wood a new life.

It is very nice to own a furniture that was built using a material from the past. You can have it anywhere in your house; pantry, bedroom, living room, bathroom, garden, you name it. Reclaimed Teak is from old growth forest, in which the colours darken and mature older. The furniture build with reclaimed Teak has these features, rich in colour and contains distinct marks like nail holes from its previous life. This is perfect if you want to add an extra character to your house.

Using reclaimed Teak is very eco-friendly as it means less trees are being cut. A lot of our forests were already exhausted by early civilizations, and it takes a lot of years to grow trees. Having recycled Teak is one of the most effective way to help our environment. You get the strength and quality of a more matured wood while not wearing out our planet’s natural reserves.

For your reclaimed teak furniture needs check out Chattels Furniture, 192 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, City of Bristol BS6 5RB


A Superyacht Way Of Life

This job is a one-off. To be eligible, it is a requisite that you know how to sail across the oceans with the use modern naval apparatus, keep away from pirate attacks, know floral arrangement, offer an excellent service, meet the topnotch standards in cleaning rooms, organize events, and have a grasp of exceptional wine. Being a multilingual is a plus.

It surely looks demanding, this is due to the employers are accustomed to having the very best. Owning a yacht is an understatement for these employers, they own an extravagant superyachts that is valued up to £400 million – this is why they are demanding the staff to complement it, and expects a first-class handling of their ship.

Finding such people is very challenging. The method of finding a crew is grueling enough even for a smaller boat, given that most of the members are being endorsed from docks all over the world. This is where yacht crew agencies such as Silver Swann Yacht Crew come in.

The increasing industry of super-yacht requires a smoother process of getting a crew, this is why UK Sailing Academy (UKSA) was established. UKSA is a charity that can be found in the Isle of Wight at Cowes. UKSA is offering courses that will develop young adults into super-yacht deck hands with becoming a captain of one of these boats as their ultimate goal. It has been the sole place that offers this kind of courses for the past seven years. The programme for cadetship will usually accept applicants mid-year and starts in October. The whole cadetship lasts for four years with almost half the time spent learning the job in the ocean.

Last 2014, there were 12 endowments to cover a portion of the course costs, offered to chosen applicants aged 18 to 25. A shorter course is available that teaches student all the things they are expected to work below the deck and concentrates more on hospitality. Competition is up rising as the opportunity to travel around the world with very good pay is waiting for these cadets. The cadets in the programme can already earn £1,600 every month even though they are still on training, while captains can earn up to £250,000 anually.

Based on the 2012 record, 4,549 superyachts are in use, and by 2031, the industry will likely grow to about 7,500.

It is hard to withstand the charm of the superyacht way of life. Some of the graduates of the programme have been employed on Motor Yacht A, a £174 million boat built for the Russian billionaire Andrei Melnichenko created by Philippe Starck, a French designer. The boat has a helipad, a room to accommodate 37 crew, two pools, and six magnificent guest suites with each having its own Jacuzzi.

Eclipse, a German-built superyacht owned by Roman Abramovich is 162.3 metres long, has 2 helipads, 24 guest cabins, and has a 16 metre pool that can be converted as a dance floor. This was the largest superyacht in the whole world until Azzam was built in 2013. Azzam costed £390 million and said to be the most intricate and difficult yacht ever built.

The rise of location independent entrepreneurs

I’ve previously written on my personal site about the mindset changes required to become a location independent entrepreneur. Now I’m focused on building location independent businesses and am in a race to six figs a month with my buddy Ben Perove, founder of the wordpress migration plugin business WP Motion and founder of the automated lead generation software Replyboss. Join us on the Bootstrap Duel Podcast every Monday.



A guide to Morzine, France

At the center of Portes du Soleil area, there’s Morzine. It’s a busy town with 194 lifts and a 650km of piste with an altitude of 1000m, while the top lift is 2466m high. With a large number of lifts and pistes available, we just hope that it’s higher by a thousand metres.

Even before World War I, Morzine was already a winter sports resort and has a reputable reputation being an international holiday centre in the mid 1920s. Morzine has a life outside tourism, in fact, it continued to be centre for regional agriculture and it’s linked across Pleney and the town of Les Gets.

A lot of the après-ski venues and bars in Morzine are along Taille de Mas du Pleney, also known as Bar Street, and it’s between tourist office and Pleney. Morzine is a mecca for British chalet companies and the catered ski chalets in Montriond are a great option.

Morzine is not usually reliable and cannot guarantee that the village will be always covered with snow, this is because of its low altitude. Christmas time and Easter doesn’t include Morzine to be the best spot for the Alps. Within the area, Avoriaz is the best for skiing, but its top station of 2466m is still low. If mountains in Portes du Soleil were higher, then it’s gonna be easy for it to get a title of being one with the greatest circuits in the whole world.

There are a lot hotels for every price bracket in Morzine, but a reporter said that you need to choose your hotel wisely because many of the accommodations in the area claims to be within the centre ville but the truth is they are miles away from the slopes.

Average skiers will like exploring Morzine as they can pass across numbers of valleys and also the border of Franco-Swiss. There are also variety of slopes like open slopes combination, lower down tree-lined runs, and higher up. It’s not just for beginners to average as advanced skiers can also enjoy the magnificent Swiss Wall and the steepness of piste from Les Haut Forts going to Les Prodains, as well as Combe d’Angolon. There’s also a remarkable powder bowl from the uppermost of Chamossiere. So what does Morzine has for beginners? It offers decent nursery slopes as well as ski schools. Aside from freestylers that can be better in Avoriaz, Morzine can cater Beginners up to advanced skiers.

Timing is a big key to ensure that you’ll enjoy your stay in Les Gets and Morzine. Easter and Christmas is a risky time. Mid-term of February is more advisable and last minute skiing like a short break or weekend would be better too because you’ll already know if the condition in the area is not risky.