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We have moved to Wordpress! Posted by Jason Links to this post The Recruiting Front Lines has evolved. At the beginning of the year, I changed jobs within my company, moving away from Outreach and Education, and into my new role as Director of Business Development. While I remain closely involved with our field activity, I am now more focused on strategic partnerships, social media, and the world of internet recruitment resources. As I have made this change, the focus of my blog content has also changed. Recently, I began to feel that many of the ideas I had for blog posts would not fit within the framework of The Recruiting Front Lines. This was a cause of some frustration, as I felt that I was either misrepresenting my content with the title of my blog, or that I was stifling my writing because I felt it didn't fit. To rectify this situation, I have created a new blog home, now on WordPress. I am still ironing out the wrinkles, but feel that it is far enough along that I can move all my past content, and begin posting all new content, at the new address. I would like to formally welcome everyone to come check out my new home at jasonblais.com. I can't wait to hear what you think! Best Regards, and Thank you for your time and attention over the past 18 months. Jason

Jan 29, 2009

JobAngels on Twitter


Thanks to Mark Stelzner for passing this on and for everyone else with the RT's for this noble effort. For those who haven't joined the initiative yet, there's a new profile on Twitter, called JobAngels. By joining them, you're joining a "movement where we ask you to simply help one person find a job."

I'm all in, and started today to make a difference. Here's my story of how I'm trying to be a JobAngel:

After seeing the tweet from Mark this morning, and the following retweets, I really began to feel the value and power of this type of initiative. I decided to throw my cards on the table and see if I could help one person find a job. This may sound like a strange goal for someone who works for the largest job boards in Northern New England. Indeed, we attract hundreds of thousands of job seekers to our sites, and help thousands of people find work every month. But this movement is different. It's about people. It's about connecting with one person at a time to build a better community.

I had recently joined a few new LinkedIn Groups, and throught that, the opportunity to do something actually found me. Just after reading the twitter message, I saw an email update of discussions for the STC-NNE group. Coincidentally enough, there was a new discussion to post job openings to help group members find work. I immediately went to the job boards I work for and searched for matching posts. I identified and posted 4 links to jobs that would be relevant to members of this group. A few minutes later, I recieved an emial with a resume specific to one of the jobs.

I'd actually done business with that employer before, so was pretty familiar with them. I decided to go ahead and call the HR director. I told her about the initiative, and what I was doing, and asked how I could send along this resume to ensure someone would take a good look at it. She agreed to take a look, and gave me her direct email. I forwarded on the email to her, and replied to the contact in LinkedIn.

The total amount of time that this took me was less than 15 minutes. I have asked my contact at LI to let me know what happens next. Best case scenario: I helped one person find a job today. Worst case scenario: I let someone out there know I was trying to help.


Thanks to JobAngels for the push.

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