By CAREEREALISM.com Founder, J.T. O'Donnell Last week, we got sneaky on all our readers. We quietly installed a Wibiya bar at the bottom of our site. Don't worry, we aren't tracking your every move - just trying a new tool designed to make the experience on our site easier, interactive and most importantly, useful. Check out our Twitter feed, Facebook fan page and YouTube channel without ever leaving us. The bar lets us pull all of our other free career resources (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) into a single place for your viewing pleasure. Just click on the icons in the bar and you'll see our updates for each of these social media tools.You can also check out recent posts or search the site using keywords to find what you are looking for. Heck, we even threw the foreign language translator in for good measure! Go ahead and try it. Click stuff...I dare you. I promise it doesn't bite! Meet other Careerealists in our chat room - or snag a deal on our Career HMO! We were also able to install a free chat bar that allows visitors talk to one another through their favorite social media channel. Hit "Join Chat" and pick your profile of choice. Seconds later, you'll be swapping job search war stories in the trenches. And, if you paid attention to the little notice that pops up when you visit the site, you'll see we are giving away a FREE 1/2 of private career coaching to anyone who signs up for our #1 Career HMO, CAREEREALISMclub.com. Finally, the Wibiya bar can help your career!!! Everyone has a favorite method for sharing useful information. I'm a huge fan of Twitter, while others like Facebook, Digg, e-mail, etc. Regardless of your choice, now you can quickly and easily use your favorite tool without leaving the site. Sharing valuable information is the best way for you to build your credibility on-line. Show hiring managers, colleagues and the rest of the Internet population that you read more than the comics. Posting timely professional development advice is a smart career move. FACT: The Wibiya bar makes you look good! So, what do you think? Do you like the bar? Have you seen it on other sites? Are there any features you wish we could add to it? (Wibiya has some features we can pay for, but we wanted to see what readers thought first.) We'd love to hear your thoughts.
August 03, 2010
TikTok, the popular social media platform that allows users to make and share short-form videos, is not just for individuals looking for funny and entertaining content. It's also an amazing opportunity for employers to step up their employer branding efforts and engage with job seekers in a new and exciting way.
If your company hasn't considered using TikTok for employer branding, or you're on the fence about it, here are three reasons why you should incorporate TikTok into your employer branding efforts today.
Reach A New Audience
Think about your current employer branding strategy. You're probably reaching a pretty consistent audience in the various channels where you post and share content about your company. With TikTok though, you could reach a new audience every single day.
Depending on factors like hashtags, video content, and the sound you use, your videos will reach the audience most likely to interact with them, due to TikTok's insanely accurate algorithm. For example, if one day you post a funny video about your product to promote it and get people thinking about your brand in a new way, that video will reach users who have liked similar videos and content in the past. And then if on another day you post a video about your company's unique employee benefits, and mention that you're hiring, that video will likely reach a completely different audience, one that's full of job seekers.
Connect With A Younger Generation Of Talented Workers
Reaching a new audience might also mean connecting with younger job seekers. Although TikTok is for everyone, the vast majority of users are between the ages of 16-24. This means millions of recent college grads are using the platform—and are probably looking for their first "real" job out of school at the same time. Wouldn't you love to connect with young and talented job seekers and attract the right candidates to your open positions?
This younger generation is Gen Z, and in order to gain their attention and show that your company is modern and can keep up with the times, a TikTok account is almost essential. Nobody wants to work for a boring and outdated company! Think about how you can connect with a younger generation of talented workers with your current employer branding strategy. If there's some room for improvement, give TikTok a try.
Attract Job Seekers With Fun & Educational Content
The content you create on TikTok is what will determine how successful you are at achieving your employer branding goals. At the end of the day, TikTok is a great opportunity to attract job seekers who otherwise might not have thought about applying to your company for a job if they hadn't seen your videos or connected with your company in some way on the social media platform.
To attract job seekers, create fun and educational videos about your company, highlighting employee benefits, company culture, and unique job opportunities. Interact with commenters and followers. Consider what a job seeker's impression of you would be if they stumbled across one of your videos and checked out your profile. Is your company relevant? Why would someone want to work for you? What makes you stand out from other employers? Think about these questions when you add TikTok to your employer branding strategy to ensure your content is helping you attract job seekers.
As an employer, you need to stay on top of your employer branding strategy, using every tool out there to your advantage, or else other companies will attract more job seekers and you'll miss out on talented professionals of all ages. If you were unsure about the importance of TikTok in your employer branding strategy before, we hope this article motivated you to give TikTok a try. You'll attract the right job candidates (and have a lot of fun, too!).
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In this article, I'll provide you with an analysis user guide, complete with templates and examples and, most importantly, how to leverage this analysis during your strategic plans.
What Analysis Tools Should I Use?
There are tons of business analysis models that can help you better understand your business, but some of the most effective ones are the SWOT and PESTLE strategic analysis models.
SWOT stands for:
Strengths and weaknesses represent your company's internal environment—things that are happening now. They represent things that you have control over and can change.
Opportunities and threats represent your company's external environment—things that are happening in the future. They are things going on outside of your company and are not something you can control or change.
A PESTLE analysis can be done in conjunction with a SWOT to more deeply analyze the external section in the SWOT. It is more valuable than SWOT for longer term strategic plans. PESTLE stands for Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, and Environmental.
- POLITICAL: Government policy, corruption levels, trade controls, import and export restrictions, taxation changes
- ECONOMIC: Exchange rates, disposable income levels, interest rates, unemployment rates, wealth distribution
- SOCIAL: Education levels, population growth rate, religious harmony, attitude towards health, social welfare programs, generational shifts
- TECHNOLOGICAL: New technology considerations, internet penetration, access to basic infrastructure, software privacy, technology competency of workforce
- LEGAL: Tax laws and regulations, labor laws and firing policies, copyright and anti-piracy laws
- ENVIRONMENTAL: Weather patterns, attitude towards recycling, attitude towards organic and green products
SWOT and PESTLE are simple tools that, when combined, provide a complete picture of your business environment for an effective strategic planning process.
Here are downloadable free templates and examples to get you started.
SWOT ANALYSIS TEMPLATE