June 26, 2011

MapleStory News – Facebook Iteration Begins Closed Beta

From MMORPG: MapleStory Adventures is the new ‘tie-in’ Facebook game based on the MMORPG, MapleStory. MapleStory Adventures has entered its closed beta phase of development. According to press information, on completion of the limited closed beta, the open beta will feature additional areas, new quests, additional customization options and more.

Players will be able to select one of two distinct character classes, the Magician or the Warrior. The game will feature the same style of customization options players have come to love in MapleStory, simplified for the Facebook platform so that players can extend their gameplay experience beyond the PC version. Once players customize their avatar, they can enter Maple World to complete tasks and quests in order to increase their level to gain access to more advanced areas and items. Each area contains a variety of NPCs and monsters as well as new challenges to face and skills to upgrade.

Through the Facebook platform, players will be able to interact with their friends by hiring each other to complete tasks. When hired, friends’ avatars will appear alongside the player to help attack monsters through asynchronous play. Players can also send gifts to their Facebook friends that help boost energy, open mystery boxes or access higher level skills.

Read more about MapleStory Adventures.

May 28, 2011

Using Twitter to Hire

A How To on leveraging Twitter for hiring which include: Connecting with people in your industry or local areas, organize your connections, post jobs directly (and get your network to RT them), search using Hashtags (or create your own) and setting up alerts.  This article from Mashable explains more.

May 28, 2011

5 Reasons Why Social Media MUST Be Part of Your Job Search

To stay competitive in today’s job market with Social Media, 5 reasons include: Visibility, Transparency, “Pay It Forward”, Nobodies are the new Somebodies and the Quality is in the Quantity.  This article sheds some more light.

May 28, 2011

High Growth in Q2 of 2010; Maple Story Breaks 7 Million Registered Users

From this MMO Sanctuary article: “The revenue increase follows continued growth in Nexon’s North American player base in its free-to-play online PC games. MapleStory recently passed the 7 million registered user mark, along with Combat Arms blazing past 4 million registered users, while Mabinogi topped one million registered users earlier this year.”

May 28, 2011

Against the Counteroffer

Accepting a Counteroffer tends to lead to regrets later on.  Here is the breakdown from this article.

  1. The current employer is attempting to cover their tush. When you quit they lose money. When you quit the manager looks bad. Better to keep you on board until they can find a replacement. If that happens your pink slip will follow in short order.
  2. You become a fidelity risk to your current employer. You’ve threatened to quit once. It’s only a matter of time before you do it again, and smart companies won’t allow themselves to be put into this situation. You will never be perceived the same to them once you’ve threatened to quit and decided to stay.
  3. Any situation which causes an employee to seek outside offers is suspect. For example, if money is your issue why does it take a full court press for your employer to realize they need to pay you more? If you’re worth more money now, why weren’t you worth it 15 minutes earlier?
  4. The reasons for you wanting to quit will still remain, even if they are temporarily shaded.
  5. Quality, well-run companies won’t give counteroffers…ever! How would you feel if one of your employees forced you into something? ”If you don’t X, then I’m quitting.” I know I’d be angry. I’d be more than angry. If they don’t like working for you then they should go.
May 26, 2011

Hiring Source Ranking

Based on this article from ERE, Referrals lead first, Job Boards second then followed by a company’s career site and so on and so on as the list continues. Always utilize your network as first measures.