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Arriving too early… for an interview – Not a good idea!

I love LinkedIn, although the ability to keep track of the continuous stream of information is pretty tough.

This afternoon whilst perusing the updates from my network, I noticed an agency recruiter post an update about candidates arriving too early for an interview – so for the benefit of my network, I’ll provide some guidance on this.

Arriving too early to an interview is as detrimental as arriving late. Best time to arrive in reception is 5 minutes before your interview. If you arrive by car (or public transport) early to your interview, don’t rock up to reception with plenty of time to spare, go to a cafe, or go for a brisk stroll, or stay in your car singing (actually, only do this if you park a few blocks away… actually, don’t do this, you might lose your voice!)

I like to compare the recruitment process to dating…

An interview is like a first date, so it might be worth considering the following:-

Do

• Dress to impress
• Keep your answers clear and succinct
• Keep your language as positive as possible. Negativity is frowned upon.
• Firm handshakes – not the floppy fish.
• Have questions about the team you may join handy

Do not

• Flirt (yes this works for both sexes, and it does happen!!!)
• Don’t speak ill of your current employer
• Smoke a cigarette before the interview… outside the door of the office. You will smell like cigarettes! Not good! Actually, make sure your breath doesn’t smell, you have sprayed some deodorant (or used some form of deodorant) and (maybe) a little dab of cologne or perfume.
• It’s not a stand up comedy routine, you can have a laugh, but keep it professional! (I’m guilty of this!)

However, back to my initial reason for this post, don’t come too soon, or your thoughts of making your permanent arrival at your potential employer may never happen!

Want to stay in touch? Connect with me on LinkedIn http://linkd.in/HRQ2fp


5 in a Row, someone has to go?!?!

Unfortunately tonight’s game was a reminder of the old sales adage that you are only as good as your last win. This is not 2012. We are not in the Grand Final. We are not lighting up the field with our dominating displays of strength and athletic abilities, we are not the talk of the town when it comes to harmony, passion and loyalty.

We are 1 from 5.

Our only win has been against a terrible Parramatta Eels side, and in all fairness, we should have lost this game.

The silver lining as I’ve seen it has been that we have lost to some of the best teams in the comp, and the teams that will be in the top 8 come finals time.

  • Melbourne Storm
  • North Queensland Cowboys
  • Manly Sea Eagles
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs

These games were always close on paper. Our attack was weak, and our defence kept us in the game.

However tonight, it didn’t, and now we add the Sydney City Roosters to the list.

Roosters SBW try

Bulldogs fans are entitled to be frustrated. Tonight’s game wasn’t close, on the field, on the board, or on paper.

Our team seems confused. Our team seems disjointed. Our team seems unhappy.

Our club plays best when our players are having fun.

Maybe it is the unique blend of injuries and suspensions that is leaving us lacking depth. Maybe it is the fact the we have many of our star players not signed to a new contract for the coming years.

I don’t know what it is, but as a passionate Bulldogs supporter, I want to see our team turn it around, the sooner the better. When our team loses, we lose.

Mr Greenberg, Des, Coaching staff, and our talented team, lets get together and work as a team. The pillars of excellence in the Centre of Excellence needs to inspire the team again. If someone isn’t abiding by them, they should learn to embrace them.

Your fans want… nay, need results. We are here to help! Tell us what we can do.


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.


WTF are you thinking?!? What NOT to post on Social Media sites!

Wow!!! I am continually surprised, infuriated and just plain gobsmacked by the ridiculous things people post on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram etc etc.

Most recently, I’ve seen the body of a young baby boy, just over a year old who had recently passed away, being placed in his coffin, and prepared with family, prior to the funeral taking place. This is just unbelievable!!!

I’m not sure what would lead a person to think that posting a dead body on a social media site is a good thing to do… Or why the hell the person who posted the image would then tag the child’s mother!

Let’s not forget the people who like the image… HOW THE HECK can you like an image of a dead child! In my humble opinion, this image and many like it should be reported to Facebook or other said sites and removed. Posting a photo online of a dead body is no different to sending the picture framed and signed to the parents! It is just bad bloody taste!

On the topic of deceased people, one thing you should never do is tag someone in a post…. For example, posting something like, “Can’t believe it has been a year since @ThePersonWhoDied passed away… We miss you!” is fine. Checking yourself in to a cemetery and posting “Having a smoke with @ThePersonWhoDied” is just ridiculous, if you have done this, you should give yourself an uppercut!

Aside from the fact that it is just weird to be checking yourself into a cemetery, don’t forget that you should have respect for the dead. They are meant to be at peace. Posting something like this makes a mockery of them, and also makes you look like a fruit-loop!

The one thing that I find very sketchy when it comes to social media is cursing… Swearing! There is a fine line with what you post to social media. It depends who your friends are and which social network you use. Facebook tends to be free flowing, as you generally only add people you know to Facebook, people who you are happy to expose to your ignorance (yes this is a tongue in cheek comment!)

Twitter is the social network that you should always be mindful of. Everything you post is a representation of your brand. If you curse, you will lose followers as your message loses its power, unless you are a gangsta rapper trying to win street cred, however, I am a bit old school, and the rappers I listen to solved their problems with guns, not words on a social media site.

So… what have we learnt??? Something I hope!