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At 2:32pm on March 20, 2014, John said…

Hello Paul,

Thank you for your comment and thanks for reaching out.

Blogging in general can be categorized in a wide variety of areas, it all depends on the author. In my case, I use this particular platform as a mirror when I write HR related content on my other blog (www.fastfoodhr.com).

I don't take a traditional approach to blogging, partly because I write for myself first and readers second. There are a few hard and fast rules that one should try to adhere to when writing blog posts (you learn those along the way...) but I view those rules as more guidelines.

With respect to your particular questions, I'll try my best to answer.  I was trying to shed light on a subject that I was observing in my own particular situation. That being said, there were some undertones that I usually don't mention overtly (such as corporate politics), but I will usually make mention in a story type format.

My post was not about common sense, but more about realizing that one of the ways to measure the difference between what I feel are good or great recruiting skills, as opposed to mediocre ones.  The yardstick I often think about is quite simply do you have access to people when you need it. 

Best,

John 

At 6:33pm on March 10, 2014, Keith D. Halperin said…

Very good. I'm not even sure what I normally do, but I have no problem if someone wants to borrow/steal my stuff. (Of course, if I were making MONEY off my stuff I might object...)

-kh

At 1:00pm on March 10, 2014, Keith D. Halperin said…

These are good questions, Paul. I don't know the protocol on these, either. In lieu of that, I'd "Golden Rule" it: If it were your blog/comments they were reposting, would you prefer to be notified, or would it be OK to do it without asking? Sometimes my standars are different than for most people, but I try to go in with good intent and say: "If they did that to ME, would I be upset?" and if I say "no" I go ahead (assuming it's not easy just to ask and find out).

-kh

At 1:32am on March 7, 2014, Martin Ellis said…

Paul. You're no wizard, but you are looking for the signals we all give away about ourselves. It can be in a smile, eye contact, body position, photograph or LinkedIn profile (people often tell me way more about themselves by their activity here than they realise). On thinking, you've made me aware that people on these blogs (me included) talk about the use of psychometrics, but I can't remember the last time somebody wrote about body language - perhaps I can do one soon!

I liken all this stuff to dancing. You have to listen to the music and go with it. Early times you'll trip over you're own feet, but soon you'll have the rhythm and be knocking out a fandango with the best of them - but it doesn't work if you care when people are watching. Then, you stay in yourself and make little progress. 

This isn't magic, but it is a great tool - among many available to us if we're open to their use.

At 1:07pm on March 6, 2014, Martin Ellis said…

Sorry Paul I can't think of any reason, good or bad, to have a paypal button on a headhunters blog. Come to think of it, I can think of lots of reasons no to...

I'm afraid there are too many 'experts' who need a poke in the eye.

The only tip I can give you is to start. It doesn't matter if you make technical errors, because if it's well-written, it's well-written, and you'll learn as you go. It's fun to do and will attract an audience if you're consistent in your views.

Sadly, as you pointed out earlier, you'll get an audience if even you write bollocks (UK English for rubbish), but that's probably not an audience you'd want to attract.

Good luck with it. I suspect you may enjoy it - and so will your readers.

Don't try to please all the people all the time..... but I suspect you're already well aware of that.....

At 11:47am on March 6, 2014, Martin Ellis said…

Hi Paul,

So THAT'S what you're up to.....

The first comment I can give you if you're going to blog is use Wordpress.com (but I guess you've found that?....) My usual blog is at http://corporatehandyman.co.uk/blog - not sure if you've bumped into it yet. It's embedded into my website and drives traffic to my normal website at +100 visits a day. It has earned me business, and many of my client read it (despite it's sometimes about them!0

My all time favourite blogger is the Magic Sausage. It's got nothing to do with recruiting, but the author is working in UK local government after a career in the private sector. He has a refreshing view. His style is very engaging. perhaps this is a good place to start: http://magicsausage.com/2013/11/02/european-funding-the-gift-that-demands/

Don't fret about treading on anybody's toes. Most of them can't keep it up after they've though of three different subjects.....

At 10:51am on March 6, 2014, Martin Ellis said…

Paul,

I'm afraid some people spend their time speak the bleedin' obvious - and many people need to hear it! What makes it worse is that this bloke doesn't even write his own blogs.

Mitch Sullivan is my favourite recruiting blogger.  I suspect you might enjoy his style. Start here perhaps: http://fasttrackrecruitment.com/blog/its-friday-right. You'll often find him bursting the balloons of people who normally speak out of their backside.

I warn you you may not agree with him, but his brings a pretty bright torch to the murky waters of recruitment.

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