Thursday, December 16, 2010

Blogging and Recruiting

There’s a group in Linkedin that’s aptly called the Social Media Recruiting Group.  The group has acknowledged the value of multiple social networks in recruiting and its use in staying competitive. It also explores creative ways to combine various online sources for candidates.

The use of Social Media and Networks, though as non-traditional as it may be, is now an accepted strategy for sourcing and recruiting candidates.

“Word-of-mouth” is the force that is driving social media.

News travels fast among IT professionals and leveraging social media to announce job openings is a key sourcing strategy. You can also talk about the company (albeit anonymously) and the benefits of working with that company. It would be like having an online recruiting brochure.

Sysgen, as an IT staffing and recruiting company now recognizes social media as a critical component in their sourcing and recruitment plans. With the advent of Web 2.0 and social media, the power of word-of-mouth is much greater than before.

Blogging is a form of social media, and having said this, Sysgen is now applying blogging to recruiting. We are convinced that the use of recruiting blogs may be a good alternative to the old help wanted ad. Advantages of using recruiting blogs include giving the advert a more personal touch; having a feedback mechanism; and encouraging conversation.


Two weeks ago, we sought the assistance of bloggers in trying fill up the thousands of job openings that we are currently working on.  Their role was to blog about our job openings and act as sourcing channels for potential candidates.

As promised, we will be giving a Sysgen Digital Clock to the first five bloggers who blogged about our job openings... and they are:
  1.  Andresito Villato -
  2.  Liaochiling -
  3.  Miss K -
  4.  Prudence -
  5.  Paige -

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Back to the 70's Christmas Party

Last Friday, the whole Sysgen family transported themselves back to the 1970’s and held its annual Christmas party at Cafe La Carmela.

People candidly entered the venue in their 70’s attire as if it was again the disco era. I came as a long hair dude in a double knit suit. Of course I had to explain that this was how a lot of teenagers looked during their proms in the 70’s.

I was tasked to deliver an inspirational message, and after seeing all the staff and consultants celebrating Christmas together, nothing could be more inspring.

Being in the IT Staffing and IT Staff Augmentation business, it was truly inspiring to see all the head office people and all the consultants come in their retro 70’s attire. I was honoured to welcome all our consultants... thanking them for being there and for being part of the Sysgen family.

Planning for a Christmas party is never an easy task. There's
  • the party theme to think about
  • the venue that’s both cosy and accessible
  • the good food that is a must for a successful party
  • the overflowing drinks
  • the band and performers that truly entertain
  • the fun and cool games
  • the game prizes and raffle prizes.
Congratulations to this year’s Christmas Party Committee for doing a great job and to the rest of the Sysgen family for making it a night to remember.