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Megan Hopkins

Megan Hopkins is a Sr. Technical Recruiter living in San Francisco, California. She recently made the transition to in-house recruiting at One Kings Lane (if you love amazing home decor at a fabulous price, you must check them out!) after five years of agency work, all in the hi-tech space. Megan is consumed with all things social media (some things *never* change), and is especially passionate about tools that marry the gap between recruiting and social media. When she isn’t at work, she is hanging out with her dog, her boyfriend, and enjoying all that San Francisco has to offer...the food and wine, especially.

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Social Recruiting and TalentBin: A Match Made in Heaven


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Since the last article I wrote, I’ve gotten a lot of questions around how to find candidates on Twitter. And while there are a few great ways to do this, the one that I’ve had the most luck with lately is TalentBin…in fact, I’ve become so in *love* with TalentBin that I decided to dedicate an entire blog post about it. (OCD much? Yeah, yeah, I know.)

Open Web Sourcing…Before TalentBin (Yawn)

Because I’m assuming that everyone that reads this is probably a bit more resourceful than the average recruiter, I’ll spare you a lecture on what I think a “good recruiter” looks like. We all know that using job boards should not be a recruiter’s first place to source. More often than not, those candidates have already been contacted by everyone and their mother (hell, maybe even *your* mother) and they aren’t the best candidates available. It is well known that {almost always} the best candidates are the ones that you have to really dig for and they aren’t searching for a new role.

So, where in the world do you find those people then?

(For those of you who said, “Show up in their bushes!”…you’re a creeper. Sorry.)

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The Best of SourceCon 2011, #1 — How I Made 3 Hires In 6 Weeks With Twitter


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Editor’s note: this article by Megan Hopkins was the most popular article on SourceCon in 2011. It originally ran in July.

Confessions of a Twitter Hater…

My relationship with Twitter started out very slowly, and much like my relationship with my ex-husband, I was not a fan. At all. In fact, whenever Twitter was mentioned around me I cringed (much like I do when I hear “Steve Jobs” or “Apple”) and immediately tuned out. You see, not only am I stubborn, I am also all-knowing — just ask my parents…I am NEVER wrong. Okay, so to be fair, “never” is a bit of a stretch… In any event, I associated Twitter with all things stupid that did not catch my fancy (though I’m sure Ashton Kutcher is a very nice person) and I preferred to stick to my tried and true recruiting ways. Experimentation is not my thing.

After what seemed to be the one hundredth Twitter argument (that I won), I was forwarded an article in the Orlando Sentinel about a local girl that got laid off and used Twitter to notify the masses that she was back on the market. Within a week or so, Brittany Ward’s tweets had gained so much attention that an unlikely suitor came calling and wanted to do a featured story on her and her love of Twitter and social media. Apparently the Orlando Sentinel needed to cover something other than Orlando crime (and Ashton Kutcher was unavailable) and Brittany Ward seemed to be just the ticket. This was her defining moment and she was catapulted into Orlando stardom.

I was intrigued (and I was stalling a few recruiting calls…naughty, I know) so I decided to read this fine piece of literary work. I was instantly impressed by Brittany and her creative use of Twitter to get her name out in a challenging economy. After I read the article, I called a friend and mentioned to him that I know a girl that would be great fit for his company. I emailed him Brittany’s resume and within two weeks, he had extended her an offer and she accepted (and she LOVES her now job, thankyouverymuch!).

This got my wheels turning. I thought if Twitter could facilitate a placement with a perfect stranger so easily, there had to be some way I could leverage it to improve the way I recruit.

My little pea-sized brain was on to something!

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How I Made 3 Hires In 6 Weeks With Twitter


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Confessions of a Twitter Hater…

My relationship with Twitter started out very slowly, and much like my relationship with my ex-husband, I was not a fan. At all. In fact, whenever Twitter was mentioned around me I cringed (much like I do when I hear “Steve Jobs” or “Apple”) and immediately tuned out.  You see, not only am I stubborn, I am also all-knowing — just ask my parents…I am NEVER wrong.  Okay, so to be fair, “never” is a bit of a stretch… In any event, I associated Twitter with all things stupid that did not catch my fancy (though I’m sure Ashton Kutcher is a very nice person) and I preferred to stick to my tried and true recruiting ways.  Experimentation is not my thing.

After what seemed to be the one hundredth Twitter argument (that I won), I was forwarded an article in the Orlando Sentinel about a local girl that got laid off and used Twitter to notify the masses that she was back on the market. Within a week or so, Brittany Ward’s tweets had gained so much attention that an unlikely suitor came calling and wanted to do a featured story on her and her love of Twitter and social media.  Apparently the Orlando Sentinel needed to cover something other than Orlando crime (and Ashton Kutcher was unavailable) and Brittany Ward seemed to be just the ticket. This was her defining moment and she was catapulted into Orlando stardom.

I was intrigued (and I was stalling a few recruiting calls…naughty, I know) so I decided to read this fine piece of literary work.  I was instantly impressed by Brittany and her creative use of Twitter to get her name out in a challenging economy.  After I read the article, I called a friend and mentioned to him that I know a girl that would be great fit for his company.  I emailed him Brittany’s resume and within two weeks, he had extended her an offer and she accepted (and she LOVES her now job, thankyouverymuch!).

This got my wheels turning. I thought if Twitter could facilitate a placement with a perfect stranger so easily, there had to be some way I could leverage it to improve the way I recruit.

My little pea-sized brain was on to something!