Three Reasons to Join a Talent Community

If you've searched for jobs on a company's website recently, you may have noticed a button saying, "Join our Talent Network" or “Join our Talent Community.” Talent communities are becoming a common practice among employers who want to stay in touch with interested job seekers.

Talent communities are a place where people who are interested in a company, but not ready to apply, can upload their resume and leave their contact information. Once entered into a company's database, the company can easily notify you of new job opportunities, have their recruiters and sources contact you and provide you with company news and information. Talent communities provide candidates with time to learn about the company, while also showing a company you’re interested in them. The benefit for companies is that, when a position opens up, they automatically have a pool of interested candidates to contact.

Job seekers have a lot to gain from joining a company's talent network. Here are a few reasons you may want to join a talent community:

Be the first to know about new job openings.

When you sign up for a talent community, you can opt-in to receive email updates about new opportunities in your area of interest. (Don't worry—you can always adjust your email settings so your inbox isn't flooded.) When new opportunities open up, you'll be among the first to know, giving you an edge over other job seekers who are only searching external websites for jobs.

Build your professional network.

In addition to sending out job alerts, companies use their talent networks to invite interested job seekers to networking events, job fairs and other special events. These are a good way to meet people who work at the company as well as fellow industry professionals. The more people you add to your professional network, the more people who can offer advice, insight and support, and who can introduce you to new experiences and opportunities.

Have more insights about the company and how you might fit in.

The more times you interact with a company, the more you will become familiar with the company culture. As a job seeker, you may be so focused on "selling" yourself during the hiring process that you never stop to consider whether the company is the right fit for you. When you join a talent community, you'll get a better understanding of how the company works and what it's like to work there.

Our GuideWell family of companies has career opportunities ranging from data analytics to customer service to Information Technology to finance and sales. To join our talent community and learn more about our career opportunities, visit our careers website and click on the button at the top of the screen that says “Join our Talent Community.” Remember to upload your resume!

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Susan Senn