Unique job seeking method

I was forwarded an interesting Facebook event invitation today, someone seeking a job!

Paul Wants to be an Engineer

Here is the deal, our hero today is Paul a recent uni graduate in Engineering majoring in Robotics and Mechatronics and minoring in Mechanical Design Engineering with 18 months professional experience. Paul is having issues getting a job, so he put a call out to his Facebook friends to see who might be able to help him get a job. I like the idea.

I have posted his text below, but also see the Paul wants to be an Engineer!!! event on Facebook:

Hi there Facebook friends!

So, here’s the story;

I have just graduated from university with a Bachelors Degree in Engineering majoring in Robotics and Mechatronics and minoring in Mechanical Design Engineering. Along with this, I earned Class 2 Div A (Distinction) Honours.
I have also had over 18 months professional engineering experience with 14 months of that being employed at Bosch Australia.

The only problem is that I am finding it EXTREMELY difficult to find a job in this current global financial climate.

As you are all aware, in any industry it’s all about WHO you know and not WHAT you know.
So, I’m appealing to you to see if ANYONE has any contacts in the engineering world that could help me in getting my engineering career started!

I’m not too fussy with what position I’m looking for but I would prefer it to be in a capital city with a medium to large sized company with good career prospects in the automation/robotics/mechanical/engineering consultation areas.

There will also be prizes for the person who helps me land my first job 🙂

I have cover letters and resumes available upon demand.

Thanks heaps guys, any help will be greatly appreciated!

Paul.

Oh and if you happen to know someone looking for a graduate engineer you might want to drop him a line.

2Vouch for your friends and get paid

2Vouch

Launching their public beta today, September 1, is Australia’s newest social recruiting service called 2Vouch. (Disclosure: I have done some work for 2Vouch.) Having been in private alpha testing over the last month or so the Melbourne based company is for the first time allowing the public access to their service. The best way to describe the tool is really to quote 2Vouch General Manager Jeremy Samuel:

2Vouch is a social recruiting system that pays professionals $1,400-$2,800 when they make referrals someone who gets hired. For companies, it is free to advertise. They only pay when they place someone through the system and we offer a 110% money back guarantee if the person doesn’t work out. 

The service is fundamentally similar to Hoojano which I spoke about back in February this year, with a few differences. Both basically rely on the refer a friend approach to filling roles.

Employee referral programs are a very common approach used by many organisations and research has shown they are the lowest cost source for hiring in today’s marketplace, even lower than using job boards! In certain industries within the US best in class companies hire over 46% of employees through referral programs.

Cost is not the only benefit research by Professor Emilio Castilla from MIT Sloan School of Management found that employees recruited through employee referral programs can have a higher performance over employees recruited through other means. But back to the tool.

One of the biggest differences between Hoojano and 2Vouch are how they match jobs, although both would say otherwise. Where as Hoojano requires the member to actively review their contacts to find matches 2Vouch uses their Job Genie™ to email the member when possible jobs that match their contacts are available.

Payment is only made on placement, not to advertise so there is no harm for recruiters and employers giving the tool a test run. Further 2Vouch is offering a 110% refund for recruiters and employers if they hire someone through the tool and they do not work out. While this might sound impressive I think 2Vouch will keep their money as research has shown internationally that placements made through referrals are of far higher quality than regular placements.

Members get referral payments, ranging from AU$1,400 – AU$2,800 once someone has been successfully hired. These payments can be made to the members PayPal account or donated to charity.

2Vouch are ranked #26 in the Ross Dawson’s BRW Top 100 Web Applications, original development was completed by Ben Barren and his team from FeedCorp and have recently become part of the Pollenizer gang, Australia leading startup management garage, to create a very compelling tool for the Australian market.

A final note, and a plug, as part of my work with Inspecht we have a research report available on building a business case for using referrals in hiring.

Job referral survey

At the beginning of last month I ran a short survey to find out how job referrals where being used within Australia. The results are now available for download.

So what did the survey say?

Well in summary it confirmed several facts. First, referrals are big business with 87% of respondents being referred a job and over 85% having referred a job. But not all referrals result in a job placement with 40% of respondents finding their current jobs via a non-recruiter referral. The final interesting piece of the survey was that the biggest barrier to referring someone a job was the risk to their reputation if the person did not work out.