At the Best Buy headquarters in Minneapolis last May, I gave a presentation on Marketing Yourself with Social Media…Without Being Annoying at the Social Recruiting Summit (now known as the Recruiting Innovation Summit). I was the final presenter of the day, and after I finished, I walked over to David Manaster, CEO of ERE Media. The day before, David had told me he wanted to chat with me after the conference was over. I assumed it had to do with SourceCon, since he had purchased it in July 2009 and I was voluntarily editing the newsletter. The conversation that followed led three weeks later to a really cool career change, and I just celebrated my one-year anniversary working for ERE Media as Editor of SourceCon.com and The Fordyce Letter. Continue reading “A Year Already? Time Flies When You’re Having Fun” »
There is an old story that tells of a cobbler who was so busy making shoes for his paying customers that his own children went barefoot.
In the world of recruiting, we often see the most broken of recruitment processes exemplified by our own staffing needs. Agencies suffer from the “turn and burn” syndrome and corporate organizations take months to make decisions on hiring recruiting professionals, often losing the best candidates in the (lengthy) process.
And writers who get hired by media companies often neglect their own blogs because they are so busy earning their bread and butter in new corners of the Internet.
I’m sorry I have neglected you.
If you want to see what has kept me from writing on Research Goddess for the last several months, you can check out my articles on SourceCon.com as well as my articles on FordyceLetter.com.
I hope you’ll forgive me for making you go barefoot lately.
Happy New Year! I’m happy to say that I was able to squeeze in a few moments to share some professional and personal goals with you for myself for 2011. While I don’t think that resolutions need to be made only on January 1, for me personally it seemed like an opportune time to draw a line in the sand and to start over with some things.
First and foremost, stay tuned here for the next round of Pay It Forward spotlights. I’ve been conducting interviews with the folks who were recommended by the 2010 PIF candidates over the last several months and there are some really outstanding people who will be featured in 2011. I absolutely cannot wait to introduce you to them! Continue reading “Resolve Toward Excellence” »
I’m a bit unbalanced when it comes to my feelings about social media. I love it, yet at the same time I hate it. Lately, I hate it. And for good reason.
Yes – I realize the irony of posting about how I hate social media on a blog. And I know I use Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn a lot. Thanks for pointing that out, Captain Obvious. Perhaps you’ll put down your stones and take off your robe long enough to actually read and learn something. Hold on – I’m on a ranty ride today… Continue reading “Digital Slacktivism: A Rant” »
It’s been 8 1/2 years since I started my first job in the world of recruiting. It’s been a wild ride from the very beginning, but I refer to the line at the top of my blog, and also the one in my email signature, that says, “Never forget where you came from… and always reach back.” Words I heard from a wise man around 2003, just shortly after joining this industry. Words I strive to live by. And with Thanksgiving closing in on us this week, this is something I really want to focus on.
Do I always do it? HECK no. I’m not perfect. Not even close. I’ll never claim to be. I stick my foot in my mouth more times than I can count. I get ticked off and I show it. I tick others off. I make mistakes – lots of them. I judge – probably you, at some point in time. I am HUMAN. We all do these things.
But what separates us from the animals is the fact that we are self-aware. We are capable of reasoning. And we have the capability, and more importantly the choice, to love, cherish, and appreciate everything and everyone around us.
Continue reading “My Thanksgiving Wish: Remember Where You Came From” »