How To Use Social Media To Hire The Perfect Employee For Your Current Project

Posted by Anna Rodriquez

As the influx of social media permeates nearly every aspect of life including job prospects and career, companies are incorporating it in their recruitment for projects that require bringing in new employees. Doing so not only saves time and costs, but it also allows project managers to better gauge the candidates and pick the best team members. More and more job seekers realize that social media can help people get a job faster. Couple that fact with the volume of netizens using social media as an extension of themselves and you have the perfect recipe for scouring the Web for top notch employees. With that, here are seven ways that social media can help you find colleagues that will turn your project into success.

Screen Candidates Based On Online Decency

How a person presents himself in a job interview is different from whenever he is in his natural state. And so, a candidate’s online image can reflect who he is as he freely expresses himself on Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms. You can immediately weed out those who lied about their qualifications, posted inappropriate comments and photos, and shared posts pertaining to drug and/or alcohol use. These are the red-flag signs that employers should watch out for, leaving you with people who use to their advantage the fact that their posts can affect their job search.

Pick Team Members Who Think Outside The Box

Social media are a great avenue for career hopefuls to showcase what they’ve got. Merely uploading résumés and CVs is passé; with technology and the job market getting more competitive by the minute, look for resourceful and creative applicants who maximize the possibilities of technology. Building networks, doing a video résumé, and using infographics — these are just some of the ways of ingenious job seekers showing off their wares to stand out in the sea of applicants.

Quickly Find Team Leads In Your Project

Another good thing about social networking sites is it captures the credibility and popularity of a person. Hover over your candidates’ profiles: do they command a sizable number of people interested in what they have to say? Ample figures like their followers on Twitter, circles in Google+, and the like make a person a leader in the social media sphere.

Now, think: these people would not rise above the rest if they did not have what it takes — articulating follow-worthy thoughts, dealing with different kinds of people, online bashers included, staying up-to-date with online trends, and so on.

They will be able to apply their skills especially when entrusted to take on project management. The communication skills and ingenuity that they have, guided by your company’s objectives that need to be achieved with the smartest use of resources, will work to your advantage once they are on board with your company.

A Specialized Search Leads To Specialized Results

It is a no-brainer to look for specific people in the (virtual) places where they belong. Make full use of niche sites. The tech-savvy engineers flock to GitHub, designers to Dribbble, and accountants to Proformative, just to name a few. Such online hang-out places serve as convenient and efficient venues for professionals to advertise themselves, make connections among like-minded fellows, and keep abreast of industry trends.

Also, tap into young blood by getting in touch with universities who will post about your company’s need for employees. It works wonders in three ways. First, you will benefit from the virtual and non-virtual word of mouth that will circulate after you announce your vacancy. Second, you will get publicity not only during your hiring season but also when internship period comes around the corner. Third, you can attract superbly qualified applicants, especially if you source from the best universities.

Target People Who Stay Updated To Get Ahead

As mentioned earlier, online niche sites are a great place for like-minded people to come together. Now, expect that there will be some of them who are already employed and just need to be updated of the latest news in their respective fields. Open to constant learning, these individuals are the career-driven pack, a great addition to your team should they jump ship.

With social media increasingly becoming part of even people’s professional fiber, utilize technology according to your business goals. Think of it this way: find more with less. Unearth more powerhouses without exhausting your other resources like time and funds. The information that you need is online and is conveniently just at your fingertips.

5 Ways to wow your sponsor

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

When you start working with a new project sponsor it’s important to make a good impression. Here are 5 ways to wow them with your project management prowess.

1. Hit your deadlines

Project sponsors – and all managers when you think about it – appreciate someone who delivers what they say they are going to deliver. Hit your deadlines.

If you can’t manage to make your deadlines and deliver your project actions on time, then at least have the courtesy to let them know. It’s poor stakeholder management if you let the dates drift without reporting back that a significant task has passed and you’ve done nothing to notify them.

2. Manage risks away

Risks bother project sponsors. They don’t like risk because it makes the outcome of the project less predictable. They do like project managers who can proactively look at the risks on the table and come up with ways to mitigate them.

Active risk management makes the project much less risky overall. That in turn means it is more likely to meet its objectives and deliver something of value of the stakeholder. It’s unrealistic to expect you to be able to manage away all project risk, but you can have a go! Read more »

What skills do PMs need to lead complex projects?

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

According to PMI’s Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide, there are 6 skills that project managers should develop in order to excel at managing complex projects. Let’s take a look at what they are and how you can get them.

Expertise

Complex projects benefit from a project manager who has domain knowledge. Subject matter expertise can really help as it’s based on real-life, practical experience of this industry sector or discipline.

How do I get it? Expertise is gained over a long period of time. It relies on carrying forward the learning from one project to another and working in a domain for a while. You can speed up the process by getting a mentor, reading and researching lessons learned from other domain experts and working on several projects concurrently. But really, expertise comes with time. Read more »

How to spot a priority project

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

I was on the train recently and noticed the sticker announcing that the seats near the door were for priority customers: those with mobility problems, pregnant women and those with infants. Then it went on: “Please remember that the need for this seat may not be immediately obvious.”

Priority projects might not look obvious either. The projects that are the top of the list may not appear that exciting from the outside. Here’s how you spot a priority project.

They enable something else

Some projects aren’t glamorous in themselves. Think, for example, of a network upgrade. That doesn’t sound very “priority”. It’s infrastructure, it has probably been planned for a few years as the relevant team would have been aware that the kit was coming to end of life. It’s not wildly expensive or likely to make headlines.

But without the network, the underlying infrastructure, you can’t deliver anything else. That e-commerce project would fail as response times for customers would be too slow. The secure project management tool you want to roll out wouldn’t perform well and project teams would get frustrated, going back to their old tools and wasting the investment. There are plenty of other examples I’m sure you can think of too: without the network to enable the other projects, the other projects are dead in the water.

That’s why enabling projects can be the top priority. Read more »

5 Amazing Planning Techniques

Posted by Elizabeth Harrin

How do you plan a project? I see many project managers sitting down with sticky notes or a laptop and trying to collate information from emails and conversations into one plan.

There’s nothing wrong with sticky notes and laptops, by the way. It’s the ‘trying to do it all yourself’ part that is a problem. If you want an amazing plan, you have to use amazing planning techniques, and it is virtually impossible to do that alone. Let me explain more, and share another four tips for creating a great project plan as well.

1. Work as a team

It’s really important to realise that as a project manager you don’t have all the facts to hand. That’s why you have a team. A project team is made up of the experts who will actually be doing the job. Why wouldn’t you ask them for help when it comes to calculating how long the work will actually take?

Get your team together and invite them to take part in building the project plan. By working together you’ll be able to work faster, be smarter about how you create your plan and you will have a lower risk of forgetting to add tasks in. Read more »