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Hello world – here we go

August 18, 2010

Here goes, I am reaching my toe into this blogging stream as part of my continuing journey into social media.  I should tell you first and foremost I am a recruiter, (I am also a mum, runner, northerner and excellent lemon posset maker) but most people seem to get stuck on the recruiter bit. 

However don’t panic; by reading my blog you don’t sign up for endless cold calls, I dislike doing them as much as you like getting them so I tend not to do it.  Nor do you sign up for lots of irrelevant calls about irrelevant jobs, I like to get to know people before I make an assumption about their career choices.

I am however quite passionate about all that I do and that includes the recruiter part, and I would love to get my industry to have a reputation that would enable me to proudly say ‘My name is Jane and I am a recruiter’ – but lets move on one blog at a time.

So why I have chosen to join the social media world?  It fascinates me, sites like twitter, facebook, linked in represent the future for many industries including my own, and hence I would like to evolve albeit this could be a tough one for a massive technophobe such as me.  My first recruitment role involved a desk, a phone and Yellow Pages.  No PC’s for this consultant and monster was still a scary thing that lurks under children’s bed,  Twitter was something birds did and facebook – well that wasn’t even a word.  I could only find candidates via adverts in Job Opportunities and word of mouth and I kept their notes in a folder under my desk. 

Clearly the world has shifted in the last ten years and from both a professional viewpoint and a personal one I am keen to see where this journey in social media will lead us.  I have also been a quiet fan of sites like Twitter but have only recently started to fully explore its capabilities and I am very open to hints and tips, my followers would probably say I am in desperate need of them.

Already by 7am most mornings I am more informed on what is going on in the world I have picked up fantastic industry news and tips from leading experts and I have met some great people both in my marketplace and outside of it.  The only downside is my husband is threatening to leave me after her DM me asking what was for tea in order to get a response.  Whether twitter ever leads directly to a business deal is irrelevant as I am already better at my job just for the information I have at my finger tips, I can consult my clients more effectively as I have more of a finger on the pulse.

Yesterday showed me the real power of twitter, did 17 year old James Cunningham wake up yesterday morning thinking that today he would be having a direct twitter conversation with Stephen Fry regarding his 3% twifficiency score?

So in short I am blogging because I am excited to be part of this and I hope this blog will be of interest somewhere down the line, but be patient I am still learning……..

Now for those who don’t care about the recruiter part but are fascinated to hear more about my lemon posset please DM for the recipe.

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  1. August 18, 2010 1:57 pm

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  2. August 18, 2010 3:29 pm

    Hi Jane,

    Congratulations on entering the blogosphere, I will subscribe to get notice of your continuing efforts. Apart from being interested in recruiter blogs for obvious reasons, I am also thinking seriously of starting a blog, but am struggling to find a topic stream. The only things I am competent to talk about at the moment are Motor Race Marshalling or Job Hunting – I’m not too sure either would be read though! It will be nice to see how you get on, let you experiment then I might piggyback on your successes 🙂

    Cheers,

    Gerry

    • August 18, 2010 4:29 pm

      Thanks Gerry, Its nice to know someone has read it!

    • August 18, 2010 11:04 pm

      Gerry I know quite a few people who would be interested in your two specialist topics. Give it a try.

      Jonathan

      • August 19, 2010 2:06 pm

        Thanks Jonathan, I will try to get something planned out and blogged this weekend. Either topic on their own will be easier but I am trying to find ways of relating them so they fit into a single stream of thought blog.

        Gerry

  3. August 18, 2010 11:01 pm

    Hi Jane, what an excellently written first blog, I wish mine were as good. I look forward to finding out more about your work and learning what a lemon posset is!

    Jonathan

  4. August 19, 2010 9:03 am

    Hi Jane,

    Congratulations on entering the blogosphere. Having taken the same step a year ago now, I have a good sense of how exciting it is to have done so. Fabulous!!

    As a coach and writer who believes that work can be different – and actually, I think there’s a revolution afoot on this whether we like it or not – it’s refreshing to read of a recruiter who wants to recruit differently too. Your industry has such a bad reputation, sadly up there with car salesmen and estate agents. It’s wonderful to get the sense that you could offer another way. Developing a blog is a terrific way to describe to people, post by post, what your picture looks and feels like.

    I wish you all the best with it, and if I can support you in any way, let me know how.

  5. August 19, 2010 9:08 am

    The runner/northerner bit excuses the recruiter 🙂

    Your approach to recruiting does have a breath of fresh air compared to several I seem to have run up against; including one who told me I’d never get another job when I turned down one I had been offered via her lead… That was several years ago now and I did manage to get another role so I can’t have been all that bad. And (thankfully) I was working at the time so did not need to jump at the first thing that came along.

    I’ll keep watching/reading with interest.

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