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Recruitosphere, Recruitiny, Recrunity, Recruitile,
(May 17, 2007) It's been about seven weeks since I agreed to be
the executive editor of Recruiting.com. Following some hazing by a small number
of very vocal players, it's been a quiet time. I've been more or less on the
road constantly since then.
As I've traveled, I've been reading the
collective writings of Recruiters who blog to the best of my ability. You can
see the immediate consequences of that process in the daily "Read Five". These
are posts and articles that I found interesting and useful enough to give some
additional visibility. In general, one out of ten things I read makes it to the
The weird way that the Recruiting.com platform
delivers its "Recruiting Blogosphere" (on the right hand side of the page) has
been the foundation of my reading and browsing. I can't, for the life of me,
figure out how those articles get onto the page. That's okay because the links
don't usually point to the article whose title is on the link. They are never
the most current blog posts.
Given the degree to which that function is
broken, I'm guessing that most visitors to Recruiting.com don't really use it.
My experience is that's it's like a magical role of the dice. Who knows what
you'll get? It does, however, provide a great starting point for a comprehensive
review of the stuff in our little corner of the universe.
I am not finished listening and learning. I do
have some initial observations and plans.
- I'm coming to the conclusion that
Recruiting.com is best understood as a place where you can reliably find the
best that the "Recruit-o-sphere" (hate the word, looking for a replacement,
any ideas?) has to offer. With hundreds of bloggers delivering material on a
pretty routine basis, no one could possible sift through it all. As I've
noted before, much of it isn't very interesting to most people.
- The gaming of results in the voting sections
is pretty ridiculous. I assume that you've noticed that some (a very, very
few) posts get 60 or 70 votes while others (most) get one to ten votes.
There are a couple of people who have figured out how to "game" the
Recruiting.com system. They don't seem to know or care that their
manipulations are obvious and disruptive. These users value clicks over
- In the next week or so, I'll be writing a
posting that describes, in great procedural detail, how to hack the
Recruiting.com system. I think it's only fair that everyone be allowed to
operate in the same way. It's one of those tricky areas of "cyberspace"
where something looks like an ethical question but is really a technical
- In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to
start talking about the Recruiting Roadshow. My take is that community has
to have both an online and an off line component. So, my initial notion will
be to have an opportunity for live community in one city a month, ten months
of the year. If you have ideas or suggestions, let me know.
- There are great voices in our industry who
are not being heard from. I want to try to reach out to them and make
Recruiting.com more friendly to them. If you have suggestions in this area,
let me know.
That's the update for the moment.
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