Saving webpages to read later

I’m going to admit that I can get terribly side-tracked by shiny little articles that peak my interest while I’m researching something else / meandering about online / reading daily emails. Worrying about how many hours a week I lose to aimlessly reading while I’m supposed to be doing something else, I decided to get organised and productive. I thought, ‘There must be a service that allows me to save articles to read later, synced to any device I choose?’ And there is.

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Last week I started using Pocket. Recommended to me by this great little article http://www.howtogeek.com/212647/the-best-ways-to-save-webpages-to-read-later/

It allows you to save all of your content to one place to read later. You don’t even need wifi as, once synced, you can review articles offline – perfect for my needs while trapped on the Piccadilly Line each morning.

I downloaded the app to my phone and followed simple instructions to ensure I could save articles from Safari and Twitter (where I often view content). I then also added the Chrome extension to my PC at home. As my work PC is locked down and I can’t add the chrome extension there, I’ve been using the simple email tool – you just past the URL into an email to add@getpocket.com and it saves it to your reading list.

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So after my first week my list is looking well-stocked and I realised that it would also really help with compiling bibliographies for presentations at work and referencing stats and trends from studies I’ve read. It’s been a really useful tool.

There is a simple export function in ‘Options’ which allows you to export all of the original URLs to an HTML file, which you can then share with co-workers or reference where required. (You can also share within  Pocket, but that wouldn’t cut at my work).  So here’s what I’ve been reading this week.

My week of reading in my Pocket

Asia trends

HR Trends

Workforce Case Studies

Talent Analytics

Over 10 million people use Pocket to easily save articles, videos and more for later.

Webby Award for Best Productivity App 2014

https://getpocket.com

Keeping up to date with product enhancements on LinkedIn can be tricky. Here’s my tips for what recruiters should be up to date with this quarter: New product enhancements in the Recruiter package help recruiters use the data available to be better strategic advisers.

1. LinkedIn Recruiter New Product Enhancements for Staffing Professionals

Date Published: March 20, 2015

Commentary Product Enhancementsfrom LinkedIn: “We’ve added to LinkedIn Recruiter to help you reach the one right candidate faster. Two LinkedIn Recruiter gurus will share new advancements in Search and what’s coming in 2015 from LinkedIn Talent Solutions to make you more successful.”

View here: https://youtu.be/H23cWGV6MeI 

2. Meet the New Search Insights Experience

Date published: June 12, 2015

Commentary from LSearch InsightsinkedIn: ” Get a quick overview and tour of Recruiter’s new search insights experience. Learn how to leverage search insights in LinkedIn Recruiter to increase your own understanding of your target talent, provide your team with insights about the market for talent, and be a strategic advisor for your company.”

View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PClF0_Zf2Q

3. Meet the New Personalised Search Experience

Date published: February 18, 2015

Commentary from New SearchLinkedIn: ” Search learns from the real pro: You. Get a quick overview and tour LinkedIn Recruiter’s new personalized search experience.”

View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PI7FYW_35Y


And one not to miss : some pointers on how to improve your boolean search to ninja levels:

Become a LinkedIn Search Ninja : Advanced Boolean Seach

Date published: November 14, 2014

Commentary from LinkedIn: “Glen CBoolean searchathey, author of the Boolean Black Belt blog, share how to extract maximum value from LinkedIn’s massive professional network through human capital data retrieval.”

View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-O4R-rvvNk

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What’s the concept?

JobandTalent was one of the first start-ups that allow candidates the chance to take advantage of their social network (via their Facebook enabled app and website) to find work. 

How does it work?

The system uses a linguistic algorithm to match candidates CVs to job ads, then shows them which of their network already works there so they can ask for a referral to be recommended. Referrals to friends are also passed on to the Facebook network and employers who post their job ads on JobandTalent benefit from a potentially vast referral network.

The concept is essentially similar to that of a traditional job board – in that employers pay to post job ads and candidates join the community by posting a profile or CV. But in this case the candidate’s CV is actually their social profile that they use constantly in the public domain, in this case on Facebook, and therefore much more likely to be kept up to date with relevant contact details at the least. And of course the interesting twist to this model is that it is harnessed to a powerful network that now includes over a billion people on earth.

Originally launched in 2009 in Spain, Job and Talent hit the UK in late 2012. To be honest, it’s been a slow-burner since then. However, the team have been focusing on expansion into the US and Latin America and recently announced they’d secured a new round of financing to support their expansion http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/27/jobandtalent-series-a-expansion/

So I think this is one to watch.

Employers can post their first job for free – so what have you got to lose?

http://www.jobandtalent.com/uk

Case studies:

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Back in 2014 I got very excited about Facebook, it’s new Graph Search and a company who’ve developed a sourcing tool over the top of it (called Work4 – A Facebook recruiting company)
Here’s what I posted then:

Since the beginning of 2014 Facebook has been beta testing a new pillar of its product called ‘Graph Search’. Not everybody can use it yet, but it is a search engine that is designed to find friends of friends. You can search geography, job title, status updates etc. So a search might be “find everyone (me and my friends know) in Manchester, who works in IT, who posted that they hate their job”. 

For the last 9 months Facebook has been encouraging users to update their education and employment history so that this search will work better. They have also introduced a new ‘special skills’ category on user pages. Data shows 90% of users already update their location and education information, and roughly two-thirds fill in their occupation. 

This search functionality alone could be really useful if a company we’re working for already has a good community of followers on its company Facebook page – it makes it possible for a recruiter to start to search through them effectively. 

On top of that, this US based company, Work4, has just launched a new search tool this month which makes improvements to the Facebook search and also enables recruiters to send an email to the potential candidate (for a small fee just like LinkedIn) with a link to the job on their careers website. http://www.work4labs.com/press-releases/work4-announces-automated-solution-for-sourcing-talent-from-facebooks-massive-user-base-using-facebook-graph-search/ 

It’s really the start of a very big thing. Facebook has over a billion users (compared to LinkedIn’s 200k) and, although companies like Work4 suggest that Facebook is best at sourcing blue collar jobs (such as nursing, truck drivers and those in the restaurant industry), with a good search tool, there should be no reason why professional recruiters can’t use it too. 

Food for thought anyway.