Thanks to a preview of the Dice Open Web project, I'm digging into a permanent position for a business analyst for a manufacturing company in St Louis. The following are my notes on using DOW. The only compensation was a two week trial of the product.
State of the Search:
We started with your typical job description, which pretty much is summed up with the title, Business Analayst. The company has been getting resumes from their website, and from recruiters who scour the normal job boards, so I either have to deep dive into companies, or use a new source.
So I log into Dice, and because I talked to the manager, I enter search terms that are very specific.
I start with simple. "Internet of things" "business analyst" One difference for Dice that you have to get used to is that you don't use quotes for specific phrases. You separate keywords and phrases with a comma. Like all search protocols, knowing this before you start saves you a lot of time.
So that creates 57 names, but I wasn't specific enough, and I get into the weeds with internet of things. So I back out and start over.
Mesh network." "Iot." "NDC." RFID." "Wifi and Supply Chain" What I'm looking for is not just resumes, but clues into the people and companies that work on this in St Louis.
The RFID Search has 5,000 candidates, but every one on the front page is a fit.
Most of these start with a resume, so I have contact info and know they are looking. But on page 2, I start getting more Open Web profiles, which can send me to LinkedIn, Facebook, Github, and Twitter.
This solves two problems. One, I'm calling right away. But if those calls hit voice mail, I have other ways of reaching out to them, and as I'm reading through each profile, I'm improving my knowledge of the skillset in St Louis, as well as which companies feature prominently in the space.
If I were doing this on LinkedIn, I could pull up social data using a Chrome extension, but I'm by definition searching in a passive candidate pond. If I'm using another job board, I'm not focused on tech, and I'm competing against lightning fast contract recruiters who call every new resume as soon as it hits the job board.
And let's not forget the company is doing th same thing, posting jobs and taking resumes for the position.
My next step is contacting people.
1) I call if the number is available.
2) I email if that's available, using information from their social profile to be the hook.
3) If they're on LinkedIn, I compare the profile to the resume, and make sure I check profile also viewed that night.
4) I track them on social channels to see if they're talking about work, and if they're open to messaging on Facebook or Twitter.
5) I check their name - many candidates use a slightly different version of their name in the resume to throw off their current employer.
I'll update you on the total numbers and the connection success, as well as keeping a tab on the time as we move this project forward.
And if you're a business analyst in St Louis with a manufacturing and supply chain background looking to get into the Internet of things, email me at that link to the top right.
For more on using Dice, check out their Social Recruiting Toolkit.