Some of my favorite tweets from mRecuitingCamp 2012

I served as emcee for mRecruitingCamp – The Mobile Recruiting Conference in Atlanta and had a BLAST! Whoo-hoo! Here are a few of my favorite tweets from the event.

How To Find the Best Managers in the World

I tweet. I speak and I blog a lot. Pretty much about social recruiting and job search strategies. Such being the case, I get a lot of questions tossed at me. For example, one question I get a lot is, “Jim, are you really that good looking? Its just so hard to believe…”

Okay, so maybe I don’t get that question a lot; actually, I never get it. Instead, I get things like, “Jim, how can I source managers and not ordinary managers, but the best of the best!”

To which I would think to myself, “I have no (insert expletive of your choice) clue.”

But rather than say that out loud, I take in a quick breath, stall for a moment and then say what immediately comes to mind and hope that its perceived as something brilliant. Nine out of 10 times it is not, but that 10th time is magical. Case in point, the last time someone asked me how to find a “best of the best” manager, this is what I said, in so many words:

“Umm … I think ‘good’ is too subjective a term,” I said. “What one Hiring Manager considers good will be different from another. Be that as it may, I would make the argument that you can source good managers based on the amount of revenue the average employee makes for a company. Logic being, the managers in those companies know how to get the most productivity out of their people.”

The person who asked me the question stared back with a befuddled gaze, so I pressed my point.

“Are you hip to Wolfram Alpha?” I ask.

“Uh… no,” they replied.

I continue.


Wolfram Alpha is like a search engine, but not a search engine at the same time. It does not search the web for keywords you enter, instead, it produces stats, facts and figures about your keyword; anything that can be computed. (Which is why it bills itself as a Computational Knowledge Engine.) For example, if you search on the term “Jim” you will find data on how popular the name is in the USA and the average age of the person bearing that name. (Interesting info for a trivia buff, but not all that useful.)

For giggles, I do a search on four large publicly traded companies: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple. Wolfram Alpha instantly compares the companies on a variety of factors, among them the amount of revenue (on average) each employee generates. Curious to see who manages the most productivity out of their employees? Here are the stats:

  • Apple wins the race with $2.02 million dollars of revenue per employee
  • Google was second with $1.167 million dollars of revenue per employee
  • Microsoft was third with $800,600.00 of revenue per employee
  • Yahoo was fourth with $353,500.00 of revenue per employee

I thought this was a cool tool, but I wondered if it produced the same data for private companies. I figured it would not, but checked anyway by looking up the top 4 private American companies and searching on them collectively in Wolfram Alpha and to my surprise, there was data on two of the companies I was looking for, but not others. Despite that fact, I found pretty good data I must say and very relevant unless of course you are looking for private companies who only employ left-handed Executives based in Tasmania. Hah! But what are the odds that someone will ask that specific question anyway?

“That’s great Jim,” I hear you saying, “but what if I want that same type of info from private companies who only employ left-handed Executives based in Tasmania?”

To which I would reply, “Umm … ahh … That’s a very good question! If you allow me a moment, I need to run out and ask myself that very question. Should I arrive before I get back, please keep me here until I return. Ta-ta!”

(Well, I would say either that or “I don’t know.” Probably the latter.)

Happy Hunting!


How much money do recruiters make?

Every now and again, I like to look at the average salaries for recruiters. Why? If recruiter salaries are declining, I know that the market is declining. If the salaries are going up, then I know that the job market is picking up (or at the least, companies are willing to pay more for the increased workload on recruiters). If the salaries are consistent, then I know that the economy is consistent in whatever state its in.

When I do this “look see,” I typically turn to When I took a look today, I noticed that the “Average independent recruiter salaries for job postings nationwide are 62% higher than average military recruiter salaries for job postings nationwide.”

Here are some hard numbers for you:

Recruiter Salary Comparison Chart

I was also curious as to how these salaries changed over the past couple of years and overall, not much, unless you were an independent recruiter. If so, then when things are good, they were good. When things went bad, they really sucked. Quite the rollercoaster ride!

Recruiter Salary Comparison Chart

I somewhat scratch my head on the independent recruiter data. I mean, if you are truly independent, then your revenue is pretty much tied to how many clients you can keep. But I digress… Did you notice the title I searched called – “Social Media Manager Recruiter?” Those are jobs where the recruiter is involved with the employment branding via social media or, doing it all themselves. Wow. That is a full plate. Hmm… What is the trend around that job title I wonder?

I decided to look and compare it against the average recruiter salary and the average social media manager salary. Quite revealing. It seems that when you add social media to a recruiter’s duties, their salary worth increases over $10,000.00. A big jump and only a few k difference between doing that and managing social media alone.

Recruiter Salary Comparison Chart

Lesson learned? If you are a recruiter involved with social media and you want to get out of recruiting, your skills are transferable to social media management. Just sayin’…

Oh, one last thing! Adding social media duties to recruiting duties seems to be a new trend, at least being added officially to a job title. According to the chart below, it did not hit the radar until the first quarter of this year.

Recruiter Salary Comparison Chart

Okay, that’s it from me. What do you think?


How To Manage Your Online Reputation with Bing

How often do you Google yourself? If you don’t, you should. Why? Its the poor man’s background check and recruiters do it all the time. Not only do they search Google, but they also search other search engines out there as well. (At least, if I have trained them.) What other search engines? Well, Bing, for example. And that is a good thing for you, as a job seeker! Why? Bing recently introduced Bing Linked Pages and it is designed to help you manage how you appear in Bing search results.

Bing Linked Pages

I like this. Actually, I like it a lot. To use this service, go to Bing Linked Pages and do a search on your name. (Oh! It will ask you to log-in into Facebook first.) Once you are logged in, do a search on your name. You may want to include additional keywords as well, such as your city, school you attended and where you have worked. When you see search results that match you, click the “Link me” button.

Bing Linked Pages

Afterward, when someone does a search for you, the links that you approved will be featured when someone searches your name on Bing Linked Pages. Will those same links be featured from a regular Bing search? I don’t know. When I did a search for my name previously, I did notice that many of the links I approved were high in the results. Of course, that could be coincidental. I would love it if someone were to volunteer for a case study on this. Any takers?

I was going to do a video demo of how this all works, but decided not too when I stumbled across the one below.

Hmmm… As I think further on this. If I were a job seeker, I may want to spend some quality time approving links. When I was done, I may want to add a link to my Bing Linked Page result inside my cover letter to a recruiter. I would say something to the effect, “click this link and check me out online.” I know that they are going to do it anyway, so why not make it easy and stack the deck in my favor. Just a thought.

Happy Hunting!


P.S. Now that I think of it, I should have added this to my ebook. 😉

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