By: Kelly Services, Inc.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work for the leading company in your industry? Do you regularly wish you had access to reliable, professional advice about career development in your field? Do you sometimes wish you knew somebody close to a hiring manager so you could get a referral for a specific job?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you’re in luck. Because nowadays, chances are the answers are closer than you imagined. Increasingly, employers are using online talent communities to engage with workers who are interested in their companies. Online talent communities are virtual spaces that allow talent to interact with recruiters, employers, and existing employees. Oftentimes they’re social media pages such as LinkedIn or Facebook groups, but they can also be dedicated company portals. Moreover, they’re easy to use. As SF Gate points out, joining a talent community is as easy as signing up and participating in the discussions.
For both active and passive job seekers, there are a number of distinct benefits to joining an online talent community. We’ll discuss some of the most important ones below.
Talent communities offer effective avenues to building networks and establishing relationships with employers. By participating in companies’ online talent communities, you can gain access to insider knowledge about your industry and specific companies, as well as learn about job openings that match your skill sets without having to apply through online job boards. And by being active in talent communities even when you’re not looking for a new position, you stand a greater chance of hearing about opportunities for advancement when the time is appropriate.
Source: 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Indexhttp://mashable.com/2013/04/07/create-talent-community/ http://www.sfgate.com/business/networth/article/Online-talent-communities-replace-job-boards-5519751.php http://careerenlightenment.com/why-you-need-to-join-talent-communities-instead-of-trolling-job-boards