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Whether you’re a startup trying to attract employees or sales leads or a job seeker looking for a new opportunity, everyone needs all the help they can get in their search, especially when it’s free!  That’s why we’ve put together these 4 resources for talent attraction that are beneficial to both sides of the table:

Mingle is proximity social network for just professionals to help them discover and communicate with each other anytime and anywhere. Professional networking shouldn’t only be confined to four walls but should happen anywhere you are. Mingle now provides that by showing you what types of professionals are around you right now. If you find someone you need to network with, just send them a free message on Mingle. That simple. If you’re worried about privacy, Mingle is cut from the same mold. Your names aren’t displayed because Mingle believes what you do is more important and interesting than a name.

With now more than 50,000 downloads in 6 months and users from over 80 countries and many more users signing up daily, there’s a very strong possibility there’s a professional near you right now you can get in contact with.

What we love especially love about the Mingle app, is not only is it a proximity social network, but it sends you leads on people you might want to connect with, based on your interests, no matter where they are.  Within our first few days of using the app, we were introduced to some great industry connections that we have already made use of.  Looking for software developers or business contacts, Mingle will connect you.  It’s free, it’s fun, it’s social, and you can mingle whenever and where ever you want from your phone!

Tweetmyjobs

TweetMyJobs started in 2009 doing basically what they name suggests–Tweeting Jobs out via twitter.  But they have grown leaps and bounds in their services offerings for both Job Seekers and Companies.

Job Seekers receive highly targeted job matches and can integrate their Facebook and Twitter profiles to find referrals to hiring employers. Employers can use TweetMyJobs’ social recruiting platform to distribute jobs into the social network and promote their brand through mobile platforms, Facebook, Twitter and other major employment websites.

But what we especially love is that TweetmyJob offers their basic offerings to small businesses and startups for FREE (there services for Job Seekers are always free.)

If you’re a small business  who wants to improve their presence on social media especially to attract candidates to interview, check out TweetMyJobs .  Post your jobs for free on and they’ll distribute them across Twitter, Facebook, job aggregator sites and to job seekers by email and to their mobile phones.  Where regular job boards rely on seekers coming to them, TweetMyJobs find candidates and send them directly to you.  Not only that, but they have a beautiful Facebook integration and jobs page that can they will help you add to your Facebook company page that will give your careers section a more professional appeal online.

rivs.com

Rivs.com is an online software tool that allows companies big and small to minimize the extreme inefficiences of high-volume job candidate screening.  By offering candidate screening using automated written, voice, and video interviews, rivs.com improves quality of hires, reduces costs of screening, and slashes screening time by as much as 90%.  Plus, it’s really cool.

CEO, David Wieland, is allowing Chicago startups to start using rivs.com for free.  If you’re not a Chicago based startup, it’s still an interesting service to look into to save time and help manage the interview process.

If you’re a job seeker, while you’re browsing the jobs to land your next interview, why not test your interview skills out via Feedback Fridays!  Rivs.com has partnered with the team here at Interviewing.com for Feedback Fridays to give you a chance to test drive automated interviewing (for free) and get comfortable interviewing in a format that is going to become more common in the interview process as technology and hiring continue to align themselves with the drive to make the interviewing and hiring process more efficient.

What job seeker doesn’t need to manage their online reputation?  And when you’re starting a company, often all you have is your name to stand on, so you’d better have your online reputation in control when you’re building a brand on top of your own personal reputation.

At Brand Yourself, another Chicago area startup, they believe people should be able to control their own online reputation, without spending thousands on an online reputation company.

So BrandYourself decided to put the power of SEO and online reputation in everybody’s hands, regardless of how tech savvy or wealthy they might be.

Their co-founders put together a team, raised venture capital and began building their free product that makes it dead simple for anyone to do.

Anyone can sign up for a free account on their site today and start managing their online brand.  Their basic features are 100% free and their premium features are highly affordable.  Definitely a company to check out to manage your reputation.

Know of other free resources for startups in the talent acquisition space or for job seekers that we should be talking about?  Contact us today!

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