The books for Recruiters

Some days ago we talked about some advice for people who want to enhance their talent. Today we want to give some reading tips to recruiters.

There are a lot of books that face this topic. Here some titles you can read during the holidays.

Moneyball – The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
This book talks about sport recruiting. But, as you know, often sport became an example for real life. This is also truth regarding recruiting. Moreover this book is also a fun and easy read.

100 Ways to Motivate Others
by Steve Chandler
Being a recruiter also means to motivate your employees to be focused and motivated about the company. This book has the goal to show managers the best ways to maximize the efficecy of their team. The aim here is that managers must can get a lot from their employees by just having the right approach.

The Brave New World of eHR: Human Resources in the Digital Age
by Hal Gueutal, Dianna L. Stone, Eduwardo Salas
We close our post with a reading that talk about technology and hiring. This essay wants to clarify all the recruiters about their fears in social and online recruitement. There are a lot of new opportunities with technology, even for human resources and this book represents a great introduction to the newest and best practices available.

If you want to know more about eRecruitement follow meritocracy.is with all the opportunities thought for recruiters.

We wish you a great 2016!

Enhance your talent with a book

What is the best workout to improve yourself and your talent during Holidays? A book, of course.
Here you can find some tips from Meritocracy regarding some titles that can help you to nurture your talent. Are you ready?

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson.
Maybe you would remember Isaacson as the author of Steve Jobs’ biography. Published in 2014, this nonfiction book inquires the history of digital revolution by the stories of the pioneers that innovated our lives. The hidden concept is that many of these innovators succeeded with the help of a teamwork. Some of the protagonists of the book are: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Alan Turing, Bill Gates and Larry Page.

Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life
by Shelley Carson, PhD.
We always say our brain is more creative than we think. This book shows how to expand the human brain to try creative ways to solve problems. Thanks to neuroscience research model, the book presents several techniques that would help to improve your own creativity.

Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being
by Brian R Little.
Maybe the most impegnative lecture among the three titles, the book explores the variety of human personality. Because the fact is: we are not the same, and this is our strenght.

Do you have other title you want to advice for your creativity development?

HOW TO WRITE A COVER LETTER

Writing a Cover Letter seems to be a pretty annoying job for people who don’t understand its purpose. This is true not only for job seekers but also for many companies that keep doing the same mistake. They see cover letters as proofs of a candidate personality. Someone who is rational and real, who has invested enough time and effort in making a good application.

If an experienced and smart recruiter may get many insights on your attitude and learn about your skills by reading your Resume, even the best recruiter in the world can’t get into your mind and understand how you see yourself in your future as a professional.

Think of a cover letter as your only chance to talk about your future, your aspiration and how you can create profound value for the company you are applying to and, at the same time, reaching your goals in life.
This is a very important moment for the job seeker: try to convince recruiters while focusing on the real motivation behind it.

Strong motivation is the only key to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate irreplaceable value to the eye of the recruiter. And this is your only chance to communicate it.
We know that it’s tough to focus on the real motivation. In the event that you can do it, you have already taken our advice to DO NOT submit more than 10 applications during your job hunt.

Here are a few tips on how to write a successful Cover Letter:

  • Study. Be aware of the Company you are asking to join. Be confident with their vision, explore their mission and values, deepen your knowledge about the sector and competitors. If you really believe and agree with the Company’s vision, recruiters will read it through the lines of your Cover Letter.
  • Speak (corollary to Point 1). Try to meet or call somebody who is already working for the Company. This is very often the only way (apart from Glassdoor and, obviously, Meritocracy) to understand what life would be like to work there. A poor Employer Branding leads to poor communication on their website. However, this doesn’t mean that a specific company isn’t a cool place to work for. Simply go ahead and try to meet one of the employees and ask him insights about the company.
  • Focus. Open your heart and tell the Company why you really want to join them and how you think you may be a valuable contribution to their team. They have to perceive that you’ll achieve your life goals only by working with them. We hope this is true here at Meritocracy.
  • Recycle. Don’t recycle (completely) a Cover Letter. We hope you’re not changing your mind , application by application, about the type of professional you wish to become. Therefore, yes, you may “recycle” part of a Cover Letter, but do it only for the 60%. The 40% MUST be new content.
  • CV. Your Cover Letter is not a CV. Don’t waste your time repeating too much about your past experiences.Your CV is enough. In the Cover Letter you have to share your vision on your future.
  • Storytell. We all read hundreds of Cover Letters. A GREAT Cover Letter helps you when recruiter is undecided on whether to call you for an interview or not. Therefore it has to be personal, it has to tell a story. Your contribute to a Company is unique, therefore your Cover Letter shall be unique. Otherwise it is just another letter among the hundreds of Cover Letters a recruiter reads every week.
  • Be concise. 2/3 of a page is enough to convince your loved one about your feelings. It will be enough to impress a recruiter.
  • Check. Grammar is important. Fundamental. A Grammar mistake makes all your effort to complete the application useless.
  • Feedback. Ask for feedback, and ALWAYS include “I’m looking forward to discuss my application with you”. You are asking to join a team, your contribute is unique, they have to have the perception you’d like to discuss with them about the opportunity of working together.
  • Give up. Don’t. Simply do not give up in case you prepared your application for a couple of hours and this didn’t lead to any results. It doesn’t mean you are a bad professional, it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. There are thousands of reasons why a company may not be hiring you, reasons that may not be even related to your profile. Keep on working for your next 9 applications.
Smart jobs on your smartphone

Smart jobs on your smartphone

Are you looking for a job? If so, what is your primary source?
You’ll probably use your smartphone. Let’s face it – you’re not alone.
According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of 18-29 year old job seekers have used their smartphone to job hunt.

The research has surprisingly demonstrated that this trend is not related with the education of job seekers and that it is widely used by the smartphone generation.
Most of us spend a ton of time on our mobile devices. It was just a matter of time before we end up using it to find the next great opportunity.

This is a real challenge for companies that want to appear as smart and attractive to the eyes of future employees. It becomes crucial for them to have a company page that is mobile responsive.
Researches reveal, in fact, that almost half of job seekers have difficulties in watching content that is not optmized for mobile phones.
This is not enough. Companies must also keep the social media elements in mind if they are looking to attract Millennials. Social networks are one of the most important souces for job seekers.

Companies need to invest in generating attractive content that is both mobile responsive and social media engaging for job hunters.

Meritocracy.is is the perfect solution to offer both candidates and companies the best place to find the right match.
It’s a new platform that is optimized for mobile phones, so looking for a job has never been easier.
At Meritocracy we create company pages that are really attractive to a candidate’s eye. Every day we ask companies to describe the profiles of the people they need, the people they’d be prepared to invest in, all with a simple and clear view.

What is your opinion? How many times did you seek and apply for a job from your smartphone?

Robots and Job Opportunities

The first of the Three Laws of Robotics by Isaac Asimov says: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”.

Working robots are everywhere, but this is just the beginning: robots are going to be part of our life. As Carlo Alberto Avizzano (director of robotic perception laboratory at Scuola superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa) claims: “Robotics will be integrated into nearly every aspect of most people’s daily lives by the 2030. However, we need to invest in the Artifical Intellicence to take into the next level”.

At this stage robots are a step behind human brain. Scientists estimate that robot intelligence should be 100.000 time faster to match human smarts. Moreover, computers run on an algorithm that faces a real challenge: to generate a human creativity.

Would the rise of robots with AI lead to increases in unemployment in the future?
If the current predictions are correct, then in the next 20 years the 47% of jobs will be automized.
However, experts estimate that robots won’t cause unemployment, but rather reemployment into other fields that can’t be automated. One of these fields is Computer Science. If we think at what happened during the “electric light industrial revolution”, in which machines initially changed the manifacture method, but workers found increased opportunities for employment.

It’s happening now in the Silicon Valley, where the hot new job is being a robot’s assistant. Ventures like Facebook are in fact looking for a machine helper for its latest product “M”: a personal assistant built into Messenger, that can book flights, restaurants and make recommendations, etc.
Interviewed by The New Scientist, Facebook spokesman Ari Entin claimed “they invented a new job role. Once we learn something, there is something else more complex, it’s like a threshold that is expanding. The more we learn, the more there is to learn. It is never-ending learning”.

What do you think? Would you feel threatened by robots in pursuing your career?