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T-Rex is not yet extinct!

 Tony Williams… OUR team needs you!

You are the newest addition to the Bulldogs family. You are big, you are strong! You are a state of origin player. You are an Australian Representative. You’ve played for a Manly team that has won the NRL comp and could have easily 2 of the 3 others in the last 3 years, so you have the experience.

BUT my friend, it appears that you lack the desire and the heart that being a Bulldog brings out in all who put on the magnificent Blue and White jersey. Your performance on Friday night was less than impressive.

I sit on the 50m line alongside a number of the older Bulldogs supporters. These fans bleed Blue and White. They love the club and have been there through thick and thin. My favourite are the mum and daughter aged in their 80’s and 50’s respectively, that attend every home game together to cheer on our team. The ladies loved big Barry Ward, they loved Darren Britt, they loved Solo Haumono, they loved Steve Price, Andrew “Bobcat” Ryan and they love the big bustling brothers Frank the tank and Sammy Kasiano. When your name was mentioned last year as the new addition to the pack, people were overjoyed as we thought that your experience would assist in beefing up our pack, and you could mentor the younger guys coming through.

I’m sure that with recent media reports stating that your representative career is on the line as a result of your less than stellar Club performances wouldn’t help your self esteem, I hope it is the kick up the backside that you need. Your performance to date is far from what we as fans expected.

On the field you look lost. My guess is that something is going wrong for you off the field. If this is the case, my advice would be to sit out of the team for 2 weeks and play in reserve grade. Attend the games and sit with the Bulldogs Army. Come sit with my wife and I on Friday night against the Roosters, visit the best innovation in Australian Sports Social Media Interaction in the Dogbox and see how passionate the Bulldogs supporters are.

We all bleed blue and white, and we all want the best for the club. If you are uncertain of your future with us, don’t be afraid. Take a step back, interact with the fans, understand the club culture and realise that every time a ball is passed to you, that you should be running to catch it at 100km p/hr and that every proud fan is right behind you.

I said this earlier, you are big and strong, and if you were to run onto the ball at full pace, no-one could stop you. Remove the self-doubt from your mind. We believe in you, even if you don’t believe in yourself!

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LinkedIn Recruiter Test needs updating…

For those of you who weren’t aware, in Jan 2013, LinkedIn removed the LinkedIn Answers feature of their site.

Below is the note on their site, plus the link.

“As of January 31, 2013, the LinkedIn Answers feature will be retired from LinkedIn. We’ll be focusing our efforts on the development of new and more engaging ways to share and discuss professional topics across LinkedIn. In the meantime, you can still pose questions and facilitate professional discussions through other popular LinkedIn channels including LinkedIn Polls, Groups, or status updates.” http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/35227

I never really used LinkedIn Answers… I found that interacting with people within the LinkedIn Groups was a better way to connect and network with the Professionals I was targeting.

I’ve just gone through the process to become a LinkedIn Recruiter Expert. Question 1 is about branding. And look what I have found.

Check out the 5th Bullet Point

Check out the 5th Bullet Point

Questions 6 and 7 are both on LinkedIn Answers. Does this mean I got the answers incorrect?

More references to LinkedIn Answers which no longer exists

More references to LinkedIn Answers which no longer exists

EVEN More references to LinkedIn Answers which no longer exists
EVEN More references to LinkedIn Answers which no longer exists

Whilst this may not be high up on the agenda of things that required improvement, it is something that does need to be sorted.

LinkedIn…. You’re Welcome! 🙂

My response to another annoying News.com.au article on LinkedIn

Feel free to read the article.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/biztech/the-dos-and-donts-of-linkedin-how-not-to-make-it-awkward/story-fn5lic6c-1226560691515

Ok… I wanted to put together something highly intelligent but to be brutally honest, my brain is yet to recover from 6 weeks of honeymooning extravaganzas which included close to 10 days in Vegas, and 11 nights in an all-inclusive hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico… So I am just gonna answer the questions the news.com.au posts.

  • Is it appropriate to recommend your boss for key skills? Yes, why would this be an issue, you work with them and if they are good at what they do, it is a simple click of a button to recommend them. If you don’t think they are good at any of the skills that are shown, don’t recommend.
  • And what if someone you work with asks for a recommendation? What if you secretly think they’re rubbish at their job? LinkedIn contacts should only ask for recommendations from those who they have worked with or for. If you don’t rate someone, you just ignore the request, or if you are like me, message them saying you don’t feel comfortable recommending them.
  • Do you send a courtesy email when somebody adds you? Not an email, I usually reply back to the person saying thanks for adding me and I hope we can stay in touch and assist one another in the near future.
  • And oh-dear-god I forgot to log out before looking at a competitor’s profile so now they probably think I’m some kind of weird stalker – this isn’t a question, but you should really just slap yourself for this comment… This is a public website, where people knowingly put their details online to share with others. I’ve made numerous contacts on LinkedIn via the “Stalking” method. As a Recruiter, I’ve placed the majority of my candidates via LinkedIn. Staying logged in to LinkedIn whilst viewing profiles enables you to have a conversation with the person you are checking out, without it feeling too weird. For those who want to go into complete stalker mode, you don’t have to log out, you can simply set your profile to being private via the settings panel.

stalker meme

  • Sydney-based marketing manager Michael (not his real name) told news.com.au that he asked some of his colleagues for a LinkedIn recommendation after quitting his job but forgot to change the email address his LinkedIn notifications were sent to –  Michael is an idiot, and should have an external email setup specifically for his LinkedIn account. You have the option to add multiple email addresses to your LinkedIn account just in case your account gets hacked, if you forget your password, or so you can find contacts listed within those various accounts.
  • “Funnily enough the same manager has tried connecting with me since which I find very amusing,” he said.
    The above is still from Michael, who based on his comments is 15 and has left his marketing role at the local Maccas. You should always try to leave your employer without burning bridges. I wonder if he connected with the manager. I would have made a point to connect and catch up with them for a coffee or a beer to ensure that we are on good terms.So, what are you going to take away from my rebuttal? Something I hope… 

Happy new year all!

Perth recruiters – #SOSU12 Perth is almost here, what are you waiting for?!!?

I was very fortunate to secure myself a ticket to #SOSU12 in Sydney earlier this year, and what an awesome event it was…

We started the morning over a cup of coffee and some light food and were sharing war stories with other internal recruiters from small businesses and global corporates, which put a huge smile on my face. The ability to network with other geeky recruiters and talent acquisition professionals is a rarity, and this event allowed me to do this.

I was chatting with great sourcing minds like Dan Nuroo, Christian Le Leoux and Mark Reilly, Recruiters with awesome personalities like Nathan Wong and Rod Ko and the up and coming divas of sourcing Vanessa Duke and Danielle Arabi

AND this was all before the event officially kicked off!

The piece de resistance was by far Irina Shimaeva , softly spoken and extremely witty, Irina shows you how “basic searches” can bring you sensational results. If you are an advanced user of Boolean search strings, then come with your questions ready.

I’m doing my best to get to Perth to see Mas Bianchi speak, this is a lady who has worked for some of the largest mining companies globally in a sourcing capacity, and I am wondering what wonderful tricks she has up her sleeve to share with #SOSU12.

There are still a few seats left remaining so if you want to network with your fellow Sourcing Pros from Western Australia and beyond, and learn some innovative tips from abroad, Register yourself NOW!!!

For your viewing pleasure

Something I thought I’d throw in to put a smile on your face.

Inspirational Diversity video from IBM

 
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I love videos like these… it’s great to see that companies are looking for ways to beat the skills shortage whilst treating every candidate equally!

Let’s Move Forward on Privacy in the Era of Big Data

It looks  like IBM is again leading the way, this time with their stance on privacy related issues. Read more from the new Chief Privacy Officer at IBM, Christina Peters.

Let’s Move Forward on Privacy in the Era of Big Data.

Another interesting article on how to encourage women into the wonderful land of IT!
#EEO #Diversity

An interesting piece of research crossed my desk a while ago and as always the headline did the trick – At least one woman should be interviewed for every IT job opening, advocacy group says.

This research is from a not-for-profit group advocating there should be more women working in information technology in the USA. The research says that recruiters for high-tech jobs should make sure there is at least one woman candidate for every IT job opening. Solutions to Recruit Technical Women is published by the California-based Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and the authors say this kind of extra effort by recruiters, who often look to universities for candidates, will raise the chances that the high-tech industry will see growing numbers of female technical specialists and managers.

While I shudder to think that we are, after many years of active encouragement for gender equality, still…

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An interesting article by the #ITCRA CEO as to why IT Recruiters are important…
Not a bad read…

According to a recently released report A snapshot of Australia’s digital future to 2050 by key analyst Phil Ruthven, commissioned by IBM, Australia’s ICT industry is predicted to grow from a $131 billion sector currently to about $1 trillion by 2050, demonstrating the importance of ICT to the economic and social wellbeing of today’s young people.

Commenting on the report, Penny Coulter, Chair of the National ICT Careers Week Steering Committee and Honorary Member of ITCRA said “this report underlines the importance of encouraging young people to study and work in ICT. Today, the Australian ICT industry employs more people than the mining and resource industry, and this report indicates that position is unlikely to change.”

“Given this rapid growth, the prognosis laid out in the report clearly anticipates a very strong demand for ICT workers to fill new kinds of ICT jobs,” said Ms Coulter. “The type and variety…

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