The DAM Guru Programme (DGP – administered by vendor, Picturepark) have announced what they call ‘DAM Pro Job Mashup’ – a kind of virtual job fair:
“This virtual job fair features members of DAM Guru Program who are looking for new employment opportunities. Throughout the month of October, browse member profiles to find the perfect candidate for your digital asset management position. We’ll connect you for free.” [Read More]
Essentially, it looks along similar lines to our own DAM Vendors site in that it provides features to filter potential candidates. The employer interested in hiring someone can browse profiles according to a number of different classifications, such as:
- DAM Users
- DAM Managers/Editors
- DAM Librarians/Information Pros
- DAM Administrators/Integrators
- DAM Designers/Developers
- DAM Trainers/Educators
- DAM Interns
As pointed out by David Diamond of Picturepark in the comments to this article, this is slightly different to their Newbie and Guru (DAM expert) matching programme in that anyone can post a profile with a view to obtaining employment.
I have been registered with the existing DGP for several months. Although there hasn’t been a suitable engagement out of it so far, since I represent a commercial DAM consulting operation, offering pro-bono advice beyond a short intro session is a little complex to justify without raising a few eyebrows with colleagues here. Also, my employer isn’t exactly under-utilised at this point in time so we’re fairly selective about what we take on anyway. If I were starting out now from scratch, it might be a good way to build up some contacts and get a ‘dry run’ at the type of stuff you’re going to get asked about in relation to DAM.
One final point I would note with this, although Picturepark are associated with it, they have been very good in terms of not using it to push their software product via this channel. It would be quite easy for their sales personnel to start cold-calling either Gurus or Newbies and engage in other ‘trust destruction’ activity, but to their credit, they have not done that and it’s been kept very clean and well behaved. Let’s hope it stays that way too.