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Taking the time to catch up on the latest tech updates plus trading in a few bad habits helped me make a number of improvements to my technology investments. But remembering that technology will only work as well as your understanding of it, I decided to seek out some extra support.

On more than one occasion I’ve talked with other organizations that use the same technologies Talent Function does, attended webinars that explore advanced features and new updates and even engaged in a client forum or two. Even though I do my homework and enjoy the challenge of learning a new technology, it’s incredibly helpful to ask others for input and have them walk me through how they use the technology to explain why it works in their processes.

When I took on the task of maximizing my tech time earlier this year, I was overwhelmed. Between the updates, options and new networks, I had no insight to guide my path. So when I looked to master one of the newer social networks, I decided to call on my go-to people. Aided by their expertise, I learned how to effectively leverage the platform in tandem with my other networks.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! This experience can be a bit humbling, but ultimately it will be very rewarding once you figure out how to maximize the tech without spending additional time trying to manage status updates, notifications, circles, contacts or any of the above.

Pay this forward into 2014 and leave no technology behind:

  • Carve out time to review and install new tech updates – otherwise you may miss that key feature you’ve been after.
  • Look for new ways to make the technology work by taking a giant step back and turning the solution on its side – not literally, of course.
  • When in doubt, call for reinforcements that can provide additional insight.

If all else fails and the technology can no longer meet your needs, then it’s definitely time to consider something new.

Tip No. 3: Compare notes, trade personal experiences and ask for help when you need it.

About The Author

Elaine Orler

Elaine Orler president and founder of Talent Function Group and chairman of the Talent Board, founding organization of the Candidate Experience Awards, has been involved in developing and implementing HR solutions since 1993. Well regarded as a leading industry expert, many companies have depended on her knowledge in talent management and recruitment strategy, process and technology to further their organizations. She has also worked with countless clients on dozens of global talent acquisition and management implementations, to help them embrace new technologies aimed at improving internal processes and the candidate experience, a topic on which she’s regularly quoted in Wall Street Journal. Always tuned into the latest trends, Orler guides clients through many global talent acquisition and talent management technology developments, and has worked with both practitioners and solution providers to shape the way talent management and recruiting solutions are delivered. Orler is respected as a talent acquisition and talent management expert and she takes an active role in industry events and associations.

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