What is The Searchologist?
The Searchologist is a recruiter training site, magazine and video series that gives tips, tricks and strategies about Online Lead Generation and Resume Sourcing. It is produced by Jim Stroud and friends. It is free to watch The Searchologist Video Series, however a paid subscription is required to view the premium content of resume sourcing tutorials and lead generation strategies. ($49.95 monthly) The video below gives more insight into what this site is all about.
Who is Jim Stroud?
Jim Stroud is a “Searchologist” (someone adept at online research) with an expertise in the full life-cycle placement of Executive and Technical personnel, Recruitment Research and Competitive Intelligence. He has consulted for such companies as Google, Siemens, MCI and a host of start-up companies. During his 3-year tenure with Microsoft, he served as a Technical Sourcing Consultant and was a regular contributor to Microsoft’s Technical Careers Blog. He is presently a Social Media Development Manager for EnglishCafe – the premier English learning community for global professionals.
When not engaged in Recruitment Research, Competitive Intelligence and Training projects for the aforementioned organizations, Jim created and sold two online properties while managing an award-winning blog – The Recruiters Lounge. He is also the producer and co-host of the video series – I Live Online, the producer and host of The Searchologist Video Series (look for it on iTunes and on this site) and co-host of the technology podcast – Friday Traffic Report. When he is not online, Jim suffers severe withdrawal pains that can only be soothed by chocolate chip cookies and family time.
What follows are highlights of Jim Stroud’s blogging/professional career over the past few years.
[2010 so far...]
- 08.16.10 – The Resume Bear comic strip debuts on ResumeBear.com
- 07.04.10 – Guest of The Rich Life radio show where Jim Stroud gave advice to job seekers.
- 05.18.10 – Presented the webinar “The Six Secrets of Boolean Search” to 900+ attendees
- 04.24.10 – Posed in the Men of HR Calendar to benefit Haiti Relief and Orchid Cancer Appeal (Testicular Cancer)
- 04.07.10 – Cited as a Top 50 Blogger by Business Resource Master
- 03.24.10 – Nominated for “Blogger of the Year” by Chozen Awards
- 03.21.10 – The Recruiters Lounge relaunches under new management
- 03.14.10 – 03.15.10 – EmCee for SourceCon (3rd year in a row!)
- 02.17.10 – 2.19.10 – Track Leader at TRU London. (Wha-hoo!)
- 01.19.2010 – I was mentioned in the book “TWEET THIS! TWITTER FOR BUSINESS“
- 1.4.10 – Officially launched The Searchologist Magazine, a printed edition of TheSearchologist.com website featuring its most popular articles.
- 1.4.10 – Cited on Monster.com’s list of Top 10 Employment Bloggers
[2009 in Review]
- CAREER Magazine awarded me a “Who’s Who in the Career Industry” trophy.
- “Blogging 4 Jobs” cited me as being among their Top 11 Besties of 2009
- Ranked #7 in the Top 25 HR Digital Influencers 2009 list by the HR Examiner
- Placed The Recruiters Lounge blog on hiatus so I can focus more on The Searchologist and its subscribers.
- Launched an iTunes channel for The Searchologist video series.
- Launched the video series – Searchology and received over 1000 views in its first week! (Later changed the name of the video series to The Searchologist)
- Cited as a Top 25 HR Blogger for The Recruiters Lounge
- Created a portfolio site showcasing my video production skills
- Launched The Searchologist, a blog focused on Online Generation and Resume Sourcing (July 2009)
- The Recruiters Lounge was cited among the Top 50 HR Blogs to Watch in 2009
- Quoted in The Wall Street Journal article – “Building Your Brand”
- Cited by Staffing Industry Analyst as being among the “Who’s Who in Sourcing.”
[2008 in Review]
- Contributing author to the new book – “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0“
- Produced the free webinar “Confessions of a Job Search Strategist“
- Cited by Management-Topics for outstanding work in a HR podcast series (Yay!)
- Granted a co-host position on The Friday Traffic Report
- Interviewed on The Friday Traffic Report
- The Recruiters Lounge was cited by US News and World Report
- Ranked #1 by The Talent Management Blog Power Rankings (a), (b)
- Presented a job hunting webinar for unemployed recruiters called – Confessions of a Job Search Strategist
- Released the beta version of the sourcing manual – Resume Forensics
- Rebranded JimStroud.com to “The Recruiters Lounge”
- Launched the consumer technology blog – I Live Online
- Invited back to MC the global sourcing conference – SourceCon 2008
- Launched The Job Search Strategist – a blog of jobhunting tips and strategies
[2007 IN REVIEW]
- Nominated for a RecruitingBlogs.com’s Blogging Award for The Recruiters Lounge
- Nominated for a HireAbility’s 2007 Recruiter of the Year Award
- MC for SourceCon2007 – global premier conference for the Sourcing Community
- Relaunched “The Day In Recruiting” which now tracks 300+ blogs, podcasts and news stories
- Redesigned my comic strip “The Recruiting Life”
- Cited by The HR Capitalist as a Top HR Blog (The Recruiters Lounge)
- Cited by JobMatchbox as a Top Recruiting Blog (The Recruiters Lounge)
- Cited by Alexa as being among the Top 25 Recruiting Blogs (The Recruiters Lounge)
- Launched a podcast – “The Big Idea” on Kennedy Information’s Recruiting Trends website
- Switched hosting companies due to the amount of traffic JimStroud.com was receiving.
- Released a series of training videos that explained how to reseach the internet for resumes, passive candidates and how to automate (some of) the sourcing process.
- Launched the video version of “The Recruters Lounge”
- Created multiple recruitment videos and podcasts to promote Microsoft opportunities
- Traveled to India to train recruiters how to source passive candidates from the internet
- Virtually trained multiple recruiting teams in Latin America and Asia Pacific countries on sourcing strategies and techniques
- My comic “The Recruiting Life” was nominated by Gnomz for “Best Ongoing Comic Series” and “Best Newcomer of 2006”
- Published my 100th comic strip of The Recruiting Life
- Published my 50th podcast episode of The Recruiters Lounge
- Launched the video edition of The Recruiters Lounge
- Produced multiple podcasts and videos for Microsoft’s “Technical Careers at Microsoft Jobs Blog”
- The Recruiters Lounge was cited in Bullhorn’s Research Report: Tools of The Trade 2007 as being among the best blogs on the recruiting industry (50,000 staffing and recruiting professionals were surveyed)
- Debuted the “2007 Resume Sourcing Survey,” a free industry whitepaper.
- My “other site” TheDayInRecruiting.com was cited by Workforce Magazine
- Presented at Microsoft’s Global Staffing Summit
- Launched video-on-demand training series – “The Recruiters Guide.”
[2006 IN REVIEW]
- My blog – “Jim Stroud 2.0″ was nominated for a “Best Blog Award” by Recruiting.com and was cited as being among the top 10 of all recruiting blogs.
- Launched – The Day In Recruiting, a one page guide to buzz in the recruitment industry.
- Received a best blog award from Chimby.
- My sourcing contest – “Can you find my doggy?” yields 13 winners and a LOT of buzz.
- ERE hosted one of my podcasts
- Quoted in Red Herring Magazine and Fast Company
- My podcast, “The Recruiters Lounge Podcast” was syndicated by the Radio Talent Zoo network.
- Sold my first blog – “Jobseekers Revenge” to CollegeRecruiter.com.
- Created “The Recruiting Life,” the first comic strip dedicated to the recruiting industry.
- Interviewed and cited in the book “Happy About: Linked In For Recruiting.”
[2005 IN REVIEW]
- While at Google, staffing organization was ranked #18 out of a list of “Top 25 Companies in Recruiting and Talent” by the Electronic Recruiting Exchange (ERE).
- Left Google to Join Microsoft as a “Technical Sourcing Consultant.”
- Regular blogger on Microsoft’s Technical Careers Blog
- Launched “Digability,” a series of training guides and blog coaching recruiters on how to best leverage the internet.
- Cited multiple times by Electronic Recruiting Exchange and Online Recruiting Magazine.
- Cited in a frontpage article of The Wall Street Journal
- Nominated for multiple blog awards by Recruiting.com. Won “Best Job Seeker Blog” and “Best Group Blog” due to his contributions on Microsoft’s Technical Careers Blog
- Spoke at the Direct Employers Annual Conference Meeting (October 2009)
- Spoke to the Technology Association of GA about Recruiting on YouTube (May 2009)
- Spoke to The National Association of Asian Professionals on Personal Branding (April 2009)
- MC for SourceCon 2008, the 2nd annual conference for the Sourcing Community (September 2008)
- RE: Focus on Careers – Confessions of a Job Search Strategist (2007)
- Panel Member: “Insight into Online Recruitment – The Bloggers perspective” during the OnRec 2007 Global Summit For Online Recruitment (2007)
- MC for SourceCon2007 – global premier conference for the Sourcing Community (2007)
- Collective Intelligence, Collaboration and User-Generated Content Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum (2007)
- Current Tools & Trends in Internet Recruiting The Technology Association of Georgia – Recruiting Society (2007)
- How to Blog Your Way Into A Job (and make some money in the meantime!) Saint Catherine of Siena Career Ministry (2006)
- Resume Forensics: The CSI Approach to Recruiting The Atlanta Association of Heathcare Recruiters (2006)
- Trends in Blogging and Online Social Networking The Technology Association of Georgia (June 2005)
- How to Blog Your Way Into A Job Re:Focus On Careers (2005)
- The Future of You The WebChallenge 2005 KickOff Event (2005)
- All Sourcing, All the Time AIRS – Atlanta Sourcing Summit (2004)
- Wooing The Passive Candidate AutoTrader (2004)
- Your Career and The Global Economy Southern Center for International Studies (2004)
- Building Communities of Candidates Technlogy Association of GA (2004)
- Jobhunting Is A Team Sport CobbWorks! Career Assistance Network (2004)
- The Layoff Lounge (2004)
- Kettering Career Network (2004)
- Creating Your Jobsearch Strategy Saint Catherine of Siena Career Ministry (2004)
- How Do I Find A Job When The Economy Sucks? *Innovative jobsearch strategies for tough economic times. LEAP (2003) – Speaker Atlanta IT Alliance (2002) The Layoff Lounge (2002) GA Department Of Labor (2002)
- A Day In The Life Of Startups *The good, bad and the ugly of working for dot-com companies. University Of Ga (2001) Emory University (2001)
[IN THE NEWS]
- Quoted in The Pittsburgh Post Gazette article “Clooney’s movie stretches the truth on firings.” (January 3, 2010)
- Atlanta Journal and Constitution: It takes more than a résumé (September 28, 2008)
- US News and World Report: How a College Grad Can Get Recruited (August 28, 2008)
- PR News Wire: CareerTV and CollegeRecruiter Sign a Partnership to Increase Services to College Students (October 2007)
- Globe and Mail: Musings That Matter: Blog To A Job (May 2007)
- Bullhorn’s “2007 Tools of The Trade” Study Becomes Buzz of The Blogs (May 2007)
- Are Hacking Contests Good or Evil? (May 2007)
- Red Herring: Pay Per Job Referral (Oct 2006)
- Fast Company: Use Online Networks to Find Your Star Employee (May 2006)
- CollegeRecruiter.com Acquires Jobseekers Revenge from Microsoft Recruiter, Jim Stroud (May 2006)
- WSJ: Talent Search: Google’s Growth Helps Ignite Silicon Valley Hiring Frenzy (Nov 2005)
- A Great Idea That Will Never Happen (Aug 2005)
- Why Social Networks don’t work (July 2005)
- Lessons From Sourcing Leaders (2005)
- Dig Deeper to Uncover The Greatest Job Leads (2004)
- Job boards are only one small part of the job search (2003)
- Fresh ideas to make online job boards work for you (2003)
- Beware Jobseeker’s Revenge! (2002)
- How To Do It (2001)