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Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make sure this page is relevant to you.

Hello! Below are some questions asked by our employees. Below are questions often asked by users like yourself. Below are questions asked by recruiters and admins.

What is your relationship to Houston Chronicle?

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Learn more about making referrals: Watch our video.

Applying for Jobs

How do I apply?

Starting your application is easy!

Here are three quick steps to follow:
1. Find the job you want to apply for.

You may have already been directed straight to a job from a link sent by a friend. You can also search all job openings on the homepage.

2. Click "Apply for Job".

A window will pop up asking you to input your first name, last name, and email address. If you were referred, this will be denoted.

3. Start your application!

Fill in your full name and email address, and hit "Start Your Application". You"ll then be redirected into Houston Chronicle"s careers site to fill out the remainder of your information.

What are Job Alerts and how do I sign up for them?

Stay up to date with the latest Houston Chronicle jobs!

Social Sourcing sends Job Alerts emails to users who want to receive them. These alerts are sent according to your own selected frequency and include open jobs that you may be interested in depending upon the interests and locations you choose when signing up. Sign up to receive job alerts today. Here"s how:
1. Sign up at any time!

Not ready to apply, but want to hear about new Houston Chronicle jobs? Sign up for job alerts by hitting "Sign Up for Job Alerts" on the homepage or, from a mobile device, on any job detail page.

2. Fill in your information.

Submit your full name, email address, and the job locations/categories that best fit your career interests.

Sharing Jobs

How do I refer my friend?

Referring your friends is easy with Social Sourcing!

In fact, there"s two ways to share:
1. Share at any time!

When logged in, you can copy the URL in your browser and paste it in a message to your friend.

Additionally, any time you click a "Copy Link" button, it will generate a unique URL that will give you referral credit when you share it.

2. Share a specific job.

When logged in, click "Recommend Job to Friend" on the job"s detail page. From there you can share the job on LinkedIn or Twitter

Copy and paste your unique referral link into an email if you prefer not to use social networks.

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How can I track my referral?

Tracking your referrals:

1. After sharing your unique referral link, your friend/contact will enter the site as a referral from you.

2. Once your referral starts their application, you will receive an email notification making you aware of their activity.

3. Within this notification you will be presented with the option to share your insight regarding the candidate. This endorsement will go to Houston Chronicle"s Talent Acquisition Team.

4. Should you wish to follow-up further on the applicant"s status, you will need to reach out to the appropriate Houston Chronicle recruiter and/or hiring manager.

What does my social network post look like?

Social Network Posting:

What does my LinkedIn post look like?
What do my tweets look like on Twitter?

Can I upload my friend"s resume?

Uploading a Friend"s Resume:

You sure can! Each position on the Social Sourcing site has an "Upload Friend"s Resume" button. Clicking this will prompt a window to appear, requesting certain information about your friend. Fill that out, upload their resume, and submit.

Once you"ve done that, an application will be started on their behalf with you tagged as the referrer. They"ll receive an email allowing them to continue the process, while you"ll be able to endorse the candidate, providing more insight to recruiters.

What are the "Top Referrers"?

Social Sourcing Top Referrers:

How do I become a "Top Referrer"?

The simple answer is... recommend jobs!

Each Social Sourcing user is given a score based on their activity. Points are awarded for sharing links, generating clicks, and/or getting someone to apply.

To view your stats, check out your referral activity on the portal page.

What if I don"t want to be included in "Top Referrers"?

No worries, we understand.

Your privacy is important to us, and thus, any user can prevent their activity from being shown on the Social Sourcing site. To do so, access the "Privacy" section of your user settings.

By deselecting the option to publish, your information will no longer appear in the "Activity Feed" as well as the "Top Referrers" sections.

Applying for Jobs

Are employees able to apply?

Houston Chronicle employees cannot apply on the Social Sourcing site.

To view internally-posted positions, please click here

Can my friends receive Job Alerts?

Yes! Signing up for job alerts is quick and easy.

How can they sign up?

Your friends can simply click the "Sign Up for Job Alerts" button on the Social Sourcing homepage, or on any job page, and enter their information to start receiving alerts. Depending on the interests, locations, and frequency they select, we"ll start sending them emails with great jobs they might be interested in.

Will I still get credit if they apply later?

You sure will. Any link you share through the system is unique to your account. So, if your friend comes to the site as your referral and signs up for job alerts, they are still marked as your referral. If, months later, they apply from an alert they received and are hired - you"ll still get the credit!

Generating Referrals

Can I share with my networks, like regular employees?

Of course! Sharing is easy!

There are two ways to share:
1. Share at any time!

When logged in, you can copy the URL in your browser and paste it in a message to the potential candidate(s).

Additionally, any time you click a "Copy Link" button, it will generate a unique URL that will give you referral credit when you share it.

2. Share a specific job.

When logged in, click "Recommend Job" on the job"s detail page. From there you can share the position on LinkedIn or Twitter

Copy and paste your unique referral link into an email if you prefer not to use social networks.

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What does my social network post look like?

Sharing over social networks:

What does my LinkedIn post look like?
What do my tweets look like on Twitter?

What are the different campaigns and how can I use them?

All campaigns can be accessed from the "Promote Jobs" section at the top.
The campaign types are:

1. Automated Referral Marketing (ARM)

This type of campaign is only available to Social Sourcing administrators.

ARM campaigns are created with a schedule so that once they are set up, they will be sent out automatically without having to trigger the message each time. These messages can utilise the Social Sourcing job-targeting algorithm or, alternatively, can have no jobs at all.

To create a new ARM campaign, click "Create" from the Promote Jobs page or directly in the ARM section.

2. Referrals On-Demand

This campaign type allows you to proactively market certain positions to a population chosen by you. Select your audience, the jobs to highlight, and send a message out to start generating referrals.

To create a new Referrals On-Demand campaign, click "Create" from the Promote Jobs page or directly in the Referrals On-Demand section.

3. Send Jobs to Fans & Followers

Easily distribute jobs to your Twitter followers. You can pick individual positions to post, or set up an automated campaign that posts automatically based on a schedule you set.

To create a new Twitter campaign, click "Create" from the Promote Jobs page or directly in the Send Jobs to Fans & Followers section.

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4. Search and Message Your Talent Community

Take advantage of job seekers who have signed up for the Talent Community with a campaign that highlights jobs you would like them to apply to.

To create a new Talent Community campaign, click "Create" from the Promote Jobs page or directly in the Talent Community section.

Tracking & Analytics

Can I receive notifications about my jobs?

Sure! Star your jobs to receive notifications.

Starring Jobs:

Only need to see the jobs you"re responsible for? Star them!

By starring jobs, you"ll receive notifications when activity occurs on them. You can also filter directly to them when on the site.

Automatic Job Starring:

If you send a Recruiter Campaign from your account, the Social Sourcing system will automatically star the jobs you selected for that message. Therefore, you will be alerted immediately of any activity happening on those jobs.

How can I see all activity from Social Sourcing?

Check out everything happening on the site from the "Analytics" section at the top:

Overview

Get a high-level view of all activity occurring, and adjust the date range to fit your needs.

Here you can see metrics related to job shares, apply starts, job views, emails sent, population size, and social network presence.

Emails

View a log of all the messages sent through the Social Sourcing system.

Each sent message has its own set of metrics, detailing the open rates and click-through rates the email received. You can also preview any of the messages sent in the past.

Job Shares

Every time a job is shared through the system, it is tracked in the "Job Shares" section.

Here you can view the details around each recommendation and use filters on the left-hand side to refine your results. Search by name if you"d like to find an individual referrer. Once you have the results you want, you can download a report of the data to Excel.

Apply Starts

Every time an application is started through the system, it is tracked in the "Apply Starts" section.

Here you can view the details around each started application and use filters on the left-hand side to refine your results. Search by name if you"d like to find an individual referrer or candidate. Once you have the results you want, you can download a report of the data to Excel.

Social Sourcing Accounts

How can I create an account?

Set up your Social Sourcing account!

Signing up is quick and easy. Here"s how:
1. Click "Sign up" at any time.

Begin the registration process by clicking "Sign up" at the top right of any page.

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2. Fill in your information.

Sign up using one of your social networks or simply fill in the registration form with your full name and email address. Once you"ve defined your relationship to the company (employee, alumni, other), click "Sign up".

3. Register!

After successfully registering you will automatically be logged in, allowing you to utilise the full functionality of the Social Sourcing site. Enjoy!

Contact Us

You can reach out to HR with any questions you have about the Social Sourcing product.

Please note that Houston Chronicle's Recruitment Department sets all policies related to your Referral Program. If you are a current or former employee of Houston Chronicle, we suggest that you direct all policy-related questions to HR.

About the Houston Chronicle and Chron.com

The Houston Chronicle is one of the top media companies in the nation, and is unmatched in its coverage of the Houston community with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. For over 115 years, the Houston Chronicle’s team has continued to provide the thought leading, in-depth investigations in subjects that are important and impactful to the Houston community. The stories have evolved into robust multimedia offerings including photo galleries, videos and visual data-driven graphics. We are also able to provide innovative, unique advertising and marketing solutions for businesses to grow and succeed.

Chron.com is the leading news website in Houston with over 17.5 million unique users and more than 92 million pageviews a month. Daily, it reflects the buzz of Houston by providing a full 360-degree view. The articles and photo galleries spark engagement and conversation which are shared by thousands.

Join our team of world-class journalists and exceptional professionals.

The Houston Chronicle is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to hire the best and brightest. We aspire to have a workforce that mirrors the diversity of the city and the nation.

Our History

The Houston Chronicle, one of the largest newspapers in the United States, was founded in 1901 by a young journalist, Marcellus Foster. Mr. Foster published his first edition on October 14 of that same year. In exchange for part interest, Houston businessman, Jesse Jones built a 10 story Chronicle building in downtown Houston. The Houston Chronicle was acquired by Hearst in 1987.

In addition to delivering in-depth coverage of local issues, the Houston Chronicle is committed to covering state, national and international news. The newspaper operates a news bureau in Washington, D.C., that provides coverage of issues of special interest to residents of Houston and Texas. As one of Texas’ largest news organizations, it publishes print and on-line products in English and Spanish including mobile apps and sites, direct mail, commercial print and experiential marketing programs.

 

Mission

The Houston Chronicle is committed to being Houston's Leading Information Source: Serving our readers as the primary news and advertising medium in Southeast Texas. Committed to being a media group of national distinction. Maintaining a fundamental commitment to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

  • 4th largest U.S. city population at 2.3 million
  • 8th largest U.S. designated market area (DMA) population at 7.2 million
  • 4th largest U.S. DMA Hispanic population at 2.6 million

Values

Internal/External Customer Focus Treat our customers the way we want to be treated.

Vision Articulate a clear vision of what is to be accomplished.

Trust Deliver in ways that are consistent and expected.

Integrity Set the highest standards of character, honesty and fairness.

Creativity & Innovation We achieve leadership through creative solutions.

Transparency Open exchange of communication to customers and employees.

Community Involvement Above all, we exist to inform, enlighten and serve the public interest.

Our Culture

Our culture is defined by trust, integrity, teamwork, innovation, community engagement and service.

What We Do

Print Products

Print is powerful. Our print publications reach more than 2 million Houstonians every week. Let us help you harness this influential medium to deliver your message.

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Digital Solutions

We offer a full line of digital products and mixed-media packages that help businesses reach and interact with today's consumer.

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Branded Content

Our partners can choose from a variety of content exclusives—from luxury living and food, to education and the workplace—to reach audiences based on common interests.

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Our Brands

Our People

Working for the Chronicle is fast-paced, challenging and exciting. I enjoy my co-workers a great deal and I consider them to be great friends.

John-Henry Perera, Video & Digital Producer

Three words that describe my job: Fast-paced, fun/ever-changing and challenging! I most enjoy the people I work with inside the organization and the account relationships outside the organization.

Robin Hoffman, Sr. Manager, Major Accounts

I would describe my job as synergistic, collaborative and dynamic. I enjoy working with so many people who are passionate about their jobs. I love the diversity of experience, expertise, seniority and job function, which is hard to come by in many organizations.

Aisha Bussey, Director of Consumer Marketing

My job is dynamic, exciting and rewarding. I enjoy the variety of topics we are able to cover, and the wide range of platforms we use to share information with our audience.

Darla Guillen, Reporter, Producer

Demanding, quality and leadership describe my job. Being the Night Production Supervisor in charge of USA Today and other Chronicle products, I strive to achieve the best quality possible. I like being part of a very demanding operation that reaches thousands of people each and every day.

Roger Lyons, Operations Supervisor

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