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Fred at the Standout Jobs Office

Actually I’m just in today’s Gazette, on the front page of the business section. Not quite as viral as an Apple Commercial but close. ;-)

The subject is online recruiting (of course), specifically recruiting using social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and online classifieds like Craigslist.

Montreal entrepreneur Fred Ngo, co-founder and chief technical officer of Standout Jobs, doesn’t profess the same enthusiasm for Facebook, preferring LinkedIn, a social network made for professional contacts.

But for his hiring needs, the free classified site Craigslist has proven much more effective.

“We put up a job ad on Craigslist and got applications within an hour. We have several resumés now,” Ngo said.

He’s still waiting for someone to respond to the ad he placed on Facebook, but he’s not ready to disavow it just yet. He still sees the benefit of announcing a job though his network of friends in a way that’s easy to pass on.

“Your friends know someone who knows someone who’s looking for a job,” he said.

And going directly to a candidate addresses a major shortcoming of job boards like Craigslist and Monster.com: The most skilled people are usually not looking for work. They’re already hired somewhere.

“And for the candidate, it feels better when someone reaches out to you rather than through some ad,” he said.

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I’d like to interrupt my blogging haitus to bring you this special message:

Some time ago I noticed that Gmail was soliciting fan video submissions for a promotional video they were putting together. I thought it would be hilarous for Cat’s Corner to submit a shot of the Gmail envelope being passed around a Swingout, and so we did it.

Well, it turns out that over 1100 fan clips were submitted, from 65 countries… Pretty small odds to be selected for the final cut!

But fast forward to today: Our submission made it onto the final cut, AND it was selected for the Thumbnail image! Amazing! I’m so proud… *sniff* Alain and Ann are now worldwide celebrities! :)

Thanks for putting it together, guys.

Edit Thurs. August 30th: It looks like they changed the thumbnail image today. Oh well, at least we had 24 hours of fame. :)

Edit Fri. August 31st: The original thumbnail pic is back! Wonder what the gmail video folks are up to?