Category Archives: online

Interesting career networking site: resu.me

The folks at Resu.me asked me to check out their website, which they are launching to become a job and career networking site for the Millenium generation.

So I checked it out.

Here are the good parts:

  • The focus is on helping people get started quickly. So they enable sign on using facebook connect – no long winded registrations needed.
  • The site makes it possible to import your Linkedin profile – so no need to build a resume . And you get a vanity URL. Mine is http://gautam.resu.me
  • There’s a tab which I think is a cooliris app- so if you are a photographer or other visual artist you can show off your videos and pictures there.
  • It builds an activity stream – which shows what you do on the site, and you can add your blog posts/status updates to that also. It also imports your existing blogs from Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress and Posterous.
  • There’s a stats chart – which promises to be interesting (or depressing, if you find that people are not viewing your profile) 🙂

Things I didn’t quite like or what didn’t work for me:

  • The Reader tab is to enable you to import your OPML file of RSS feeds or one feed at a time. Tried doing that – but it’s not working. The larger question is why would you read your feeds on a career networking site. This is one example of over-engineering features
  • The UI is quite dull and doesn’t engage me.
  • The Jobs section is US centric. There’s no other country mentioned there. Which is quite useless for folks from India. I don’t know why they invited me to check out the site.

So overall I think it needs to focus on getting the job search process done well, and let go of the blogging/reader aspects – or at least tuck it away and not make it so prominent.

Will it become a linkedin competitor? I doubt it. Even millenials have linkedin profiles and networks in place. Getting them to move – even as Linkedin focuses more and more towards being a service focused on jobs – would be tough.

The site also needs to think about how to attract recruiters – and showing them a value that they may not be getting at Linkedin.

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Thoughts on Online Influence: Social Media

Am not sure if you saw this, but I was named one of the 25 HR Digital Influencers of 2010.

Now that could be hilarious.

It’s important to remember that influence/popularity/power in the digital world is totally different from the real world.

The issue is that the online world enables one to measure a lot of things – like impressions, number of readers, followers, fans across various platforms – which are collectively called “engagement metrics” because they show the number of people interested in the content you put out and the community that you help build.

On top of that there are things like PageRank by Google, Alexa Rank which show over a period the number of people who link to you and hence the “authority” you have.

It’s no wonder that there are enough services and information providers that slide and dice this data to enable people to make sense of these numbers.

Earlier there were directories like Technorati.

Then there came lists like the Career 100 – which combined data to rank blogs roughly in the same domain.

However with the rise of social and information and professional networks – and movement of the focus from pure content to the people behind the content – services that track “influence” based on Twitter numbers, Facebook fans, and Linkedin connections rapidly are making strides.

The demand is being driven – primarily in the western world – by companies who believe that “social influencer marketing” is the way to reach out to an increasingly splintered audience across these networks.

Enter services like Klout (my profile here) and About.me (my profile here) which want to enable people and others track their “reach” and “audience”

Then there is traackr which use algorithms

However, it’s early days yet and these systems can be easily gamed.

Let’s see how it evolves in the future

e-Governance in India – Useful Links

Got this via a friend on email

information and useful links to avail various Citizen Services being provided by the Central & State/UT Governments in India . The list, however, is not exhaustive, as they are committed to adding more and more information about other services for which citizens and other stakeholders need to interact with the Government.

Obtain:
*   Birth Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=1>
*   Caste Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=4>
*   Tribe Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=8>
*   Domicile Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=5>
*   Driving Licence <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=6>
*   Marriage Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=3>
*   Death Certificate <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=2>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Apply for:
*   PAN Card <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=15>
*   TAN Card <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=3>
*   Ration Card <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=7>
*   Passport <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=2>
*   Inclusion of name in the Electoral Rolls <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=10>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Register:
*   Land/Property <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=9>
*   Vehicle <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=13>
*   With State Employment Exchange <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=12>
*   As Employer <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=17>
*   Company <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=19>
*   .IN Domain <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=18>
*   GOV.IN Domain <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=25>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Check/Track:
*   Waiting list status for Central Government Housing <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=9>
*   Status of Stolen Vehicles <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=1>
*   Land Records <http://www.india.gov.in/landrecords/index.php>
*   Causelist of Indian Courts <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=7>
*   Court Judgements (JUDIS ) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=24>
*   Daily Court Orders/Case Status <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=21>
*   Acts of Indian Parliament <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=13>
*   Exam Results <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=16>
*   Speed Post Status <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=10>
*   Agricultural Market Prices Online <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=6>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Book/File/Lodge:
*   Train Tickets Online <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=5>
*   Air Tickets Online <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=4>
*   Income Tax Returns <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=12>
*   Complaint with Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=14>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Contribute to:
*   Prime Minister’s Relief Fund <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=11>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Others:
*   Send Letters Electronically <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/otherservice_details.php?service=20>
*   Search More – How do I <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/advancedsearch.php>

Recently Added Online Services:
*   Tamil Nadu: Online application of marriage certificate for persons having registered their marriages <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2691>
*   Tamil Nadu: Online District wise soil Details of Tamil Nadu <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2693>
*   Tamil Nadu: View Water shed Atlas of Tamil Nadu <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2694>
*   Tamil Nadu: E-Pension District Treasury Tirunelveli <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2695>
*   Meghalaya: Search Electoral Roll Online by Name (2008) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2697>
*   Meghalaya: Search Electoral Roll Online by EPIC number (2008) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2698>
*   Meghalaya: Search Electoral Roll Online by House number (2008) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2699>
*   Himachal Pradesh: Revised Pay and Arrears Calculator-Fifth Pay <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2702>
*   Meghalaya: Search Electoral Roll Online by Part number (2008) <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2700>
*   Andhra Pradesh: Online Motor Driving School Information <http://www.india.gov.in/howdo/onlineservice_detail.php?service=2705>

Global Navigation:
*   Citizens <http://www.india.gov.in/citizen.php>
*   Business (External website that opens in a new window) <http://business.gov.in/>
*   Overseas <http://www.india.gov.in/overseas.php>
*   Government <http://www.india.gov.in/govt.php>
*   Know India <http://www.india.gov.in/knowindia.php>
*   Sectors <http://www.india.gov.in/sector.php>
*   Directories <http://www.india.gov.in/directories.php>
*   Documents <http://www.india.gov.in/documents.php>
*   Forms <http://www.india.gov.in/forms/forms.php>
*   Acts <http://www.india.gov.in/govt/acts.php>
*   Rules <http://www.india.gov.in/govt/rules.php>
*   Schemes <http://www.india.gov.in/govt/schemes.php>
*   Accessibility Statement <http://www.india.gov.inaccessibilitystatement.php>

Analysis of a company’s Employment Brand on Social Media

We at 2020 Social (http://2020social.com) recently compared the employment brand related conversations of two large IT firms on the social web by bloggers and on social networks.

The analysis looks at trends, themes and sentiments associated with these two IT firms over the period of one month (March 2010) It also has a representative recommendation section on how one of the firms can leverage the social web to build its employment brand.

Please note for confidentiality’s sake all identifiable data has been masked.

We would be happy to share this analysis with people who’d like to explore such a study for their own organization. Do send me a mail to gautam@2020social.com with the subject: Request for Employment Brand Analysis

Do also go through our corporate blog at http://2020social.com/category/blog to understand what we do 🙂

On the top 100 Influencers in HR list

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When I started blogging, I found out about John Sumser from the folks in the American Recruiting blogosphere. John was one of the voices that buyers of Recruiting and HR services listened to before they decided what tools to buy and deploy.

So I was kicked in 2005 when John chose out my blog for praise.

John is now on an ambitious venture, chronicling and understanding the 100 influencers in the HR domain. And I was again stunned and flattered when he said he wanted to profile me in the list 🙂

So we had a conversation on HR and India and US – and John quizzed me about my career and where I am headed.

So here’s John’s article on me at the top 100 Influencers site. Some other people whom I know (virtually 🙂 ) who have been profiled in the list so far are:

  1. Allan Schweyer
  2. Rob McIntosh
  3. David Manaster
  4. Steve Boese
  5. Wes Wu
  6. China Gorman
  7. Lance Haun

As for me, I’ll believe I am influential when traffic in Delhi stops to let me pass 😉