How To Job Hunt Like a Spy (Part 2)

In part 1 of “How to job hunt like a spy” I shared with you careersite spying technique. In this post, I want to go a bit further. Cool? Okay, cool.

When I shared how to monitor where Prudential recruiters look for talent, one thing came to mind. Do all ATS (applicant tracking systems) function this way? Most likely, no. No two applicant tracking systems function exactly alike as a button my be on the left side and not the right or “how did you hear about us” may not be visible to the job seeker at all and blah, blah, blah… You get what I’m saying. So, this had me thinking. Since I know that I can do this with the ATS that Prudential is using, how many other companies are using the same ATS?

I went back to the Prudential career site and took a closer look. I noticed at the bottom of one of the pages was a “Powered by Taleo” link. Hmmm…

This made me wonder something, “Could I do a search for other companies that use the Taleo system? If so, could I segment that further by industry?”

The short answer is “yes.” My aim was to look for companies that use the Taleo system that had the term careers or jobs or opportunities in their title and also the word “banking” somewhere on the page as well. My thought process was that I would find investment firms and banks. Make sense? (Yeah, I thought so too.) Check out the screenshot below to see what came back. (

So what can I do with this information?

1. You can see where certain finance institutions are recruiting and (if that’s your niche) begin seeding your resume in those places.
2. Review where multiple financial institutions are recruiting, evaluate the places that most of them recruit from and position your resume in those places.
3. And third… I don’t have a third idea. However, if you do, I would like to hear about it. (Smile)

Happy Hunting!

Jim Stroud

How To Job Hunt Like a Spy (Part 1)

Hat tip to my pal Geoff Peterson for inspiring this idea! (Smile)

Is there a company that you really, really want to get into? Well, there is a way to increase your chances of being found and contacted without being a nuisance to the recruiter. Its called “Careersite Spying.” In a nutshell, you find out the pool of talent the company is recruiting from and then you make sure that your resume is there for them to “stumble across.” (wink) Its a pretty simple strategy that is easy to execute, depending on the ATS (applicant tracking system) that a company uses. Let me show you what I mean, step by step.

1. Okay, this is the website for the insurance company – Prudential. (Just in case that big blue company logo escapes your eye.)

2. Let’s go over to the Careers section of their site.

3. When I get to their Careers page, my inclination is to search for a job to use as an example. However, when I scroll down a bit, I see that they have links to their “Latest Openings” so I decide to click one of those instead. (No biggie, the strategy will still work.)

4. The job I saw was for a Business Analyst. Okay, whatever… I click the “Apply Online” button.

5. Since I am a new user, I have to go through a couple of hoops like signing up and agreeing to privacy policies, et cetera. Its a bit of a pain because I don’t feel like doing it. But oh well…

6. Okay, after I have registered on the site, the first thing I notice is “How did you hear about us?” in big red letters. (Big smile)

7. I have a various options here to choose from. Among them are: Campus Recruiting, Career Fair, Internet, et cetera. By using the scientific process of eenie-meenie-minee-moe, I pick “Career Fair”

8. When I choose “Career Fair” a second drop down menu appears and I am given more options to choose from. Among them, “100 Black Men of America,” “Al Dia Job Fair” and “Asian Diversity Career Fair.”

So… based on this method I can find out the following:

  • All of the Career Fairs that Prudential Recruiters will attend.
  • All of the colleges that Prudential Recruiters recruit from.
  • All of the websites that Prudential is posting their jobs on (Internet option)
  • All of the Print media Prudential is advertising in
  • All of the Professional Associations that Prudential targets
  • All of the Social Media channels that Prudential markets through (FYI, so far its only Linkedin and Facebook. No Twitter?)
  • Et cetera…

So if I really, really want to get into Prudential, it would be in my best interest to position my resume to be found in most (if not all) of those places. Make Sense?

Happy Hunting!


Top 10 Rebounding USA Markets

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top markets rebounding from a sucky economy (as best they can). They are ranked according to the private sector jobs they added between August 2009 and August 2010.

#1 New York City
2. Boston
3. Washington
4. Dallas-Fort Worth
5. Minneapolis-St.Paul
6. Cleveland
7. Austin
8. Oklahoma City
9. Baltimore
10. Virgina Beach- Norfolk

Click here for more details (like where your city ranks).

VIDEO – Where’s my bailout?!

Looking for a job is a job in itself. It takes time, resources and more than a little bit of patience to find one. In the meantime, the bills keep coming in. Sigh…

In this recorded webinar, 10-year Recruiting veteran Jim Stroud details a job finding strategy that served him well in the 2002 recession and is sure to supercharge your efforts during these credit crunchin’, pink-slippin’, company closin’, 401k droppin’, Social Security is a joke, lord, why has thou forsaken me recessionary times.

Although delivered with tongue-in-cheek humor, ‘Where’s my bailout?’ is the type of off-the-job training that will benefit you now and position you for more opportunities later.

VIDEO – What every jobseeker should do right now

If you are a jobseeker, there is one thing that you should be doing right now! What is that? Setting up a profile on Google. Why? Well, for one thing, I train recruiters how to find people and Google profiles is one thing that I teach (as shown in the video below). Also, Google is building a social network (or something similar) to compete with Facebook. No doubt that when it launches I will be teaching recruiters how to search it for candidates as well. (Smile) For now, check out the very first episode of my video series for recruiters – The Searchologist. – In the premiere episode of “The Searchologist,” Jim Stroud demonstrates to Recruiters how to find passive candidates with Google Profiles.