Thursday, February 20, 2014

Career Advice from General Sherman



 It’s been a little while since I’ve written one of my random historical blogs so...here we go.  William Tecumseh Sherman was a Civil War general and one of my favorites.  Not exactly Mr Nice Guy but really if you’re a historian (like me) you can appreciate that he basically invented the idea of “total war”.  I like him because he was a revolutionary thinking who took a lot of chances and did what he felt was necessary to win….and, he did.  With that, here are a few tips and career advice from W.T. Sherman

I make up my opinions from facts and reasoning, and not to suit anybody but myself. If people don't like my opinions, it makes little difference as I don't solicit their opinions or votes.

Good GOD do I love that quote.  If you think about it, this has a lot to do with being successful in your career.  Successful people have conviction and make decisions/opinions based on facts and data.  If people don’t like your opinion, that’s fine….but if you have the facts and data on your side eventually you’ll win.  

War is hell

So, probably the truest quote ever.  Job search is usually hell to.  Different kind of hell but let’s face it….looking for a job sucks.

Fear is the beginning of wisdom.

This is one of those quotes that sort of hits you in the brain.  Fear is a really strong motivator and can drive all kinds of behavior.  But, fear is the beginning of wisdom is mind blowing.  If you think about it….people hate change.  Moving? meh.  New job? meh.  Starting a business? meh.  It’s that fear that keeps us from really understanding what we want to do and knowing ourselves.  Once you overcome that fear, you start to learn.  I didn’t want to move to CA...but once we got over that...boom, I’ve discovered all kinds of “wisdom” about myself.  

Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.

Another quote that just knocks me down…..it’s really the perfect description of courage for me and a really nice reminder when thinking about your career.  It doesn’t matter if you are deciding on a new job, taking a promotion, starting a business, etc etc you need to courage to take the shot.  BUT, balancing the risk and knowing what it will take to be successful will determine how well you’ll do.

Ok, so there you go.  I bet you never thought you’d get a few cool quotes and career advice from a Civil War General….but you just did.

Hope you’re all doing well and good luck out there

Friday, February 14, 2014

Four years of blogging....wow....

Ok, so I got a notice today that my blog is 4 years old...honestly, it's been probably one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  I'm certainly no blog king or any kind of expert but I like to think in a way, I've added something to the community and helped a few folks have a better career along the way.

If you've never blogged but wanted to do it, just do it.  Trust me on this, you won't regret it and you'll probably learn even more than you share...I know I have learned WAY more than I've shared.

 Anyway, here's to another 4 years and sharing a few random pieces of info about my blog I don't generally share but think are kind of cool.  Hope you enjoy.

39 people read my first post.....thanks Mom, Dad, family......man, tough start

151 people read my blog during it's first MONTH of existence.....yeah, I rule.

About 1500 people read my blog a month when I'm not writing much (see now), when I actually write 4-6 posts a month that number jumps to about 3500.....that blows my mind.

Since I started this blog, people have read my posts 75,000 times...which is just silly and humbling.

The post "My review of The Google Resume" had about 5500 people read it, the second most popular is "Thinking about a career in recruiting?" which ironically still gets about 50 new views a week.  Weird but awesome.

Most of my readers come via www.jeffreytmoore.com which is cool.....the second most via @JeffreyTMoore on Twitter so follow me if you don't already....

The large majority of my page views are from the US, like 60% but every day and week someone internationally reads what I've got say....just today for example, people in 10 different countries read my blog.  Again, humbling and really shows how small and interconnected the world is when a dude from NH writes a blog that gets read in China......(damn!)

I run ads on the blog but have never made any money....note to self, fix that.  Anyone want to help?

That's probably about it for cool blog stats and insights.  Like I said, I don't generally share much info about the back end of the blog but I find it so amazing that after 4 years I thought it would be fun.

The only other thing I can say is THANK YOU!  Honestly, I never thought I'd get 100 people to read my ramblings and it's by far the most rewarding thing I've done. So if you're a loyal reader (you guys know who are you) or some random person in China who is wondering what the hell this dude with he laser beams is saying....cheers to you all.







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Guest Blog!! Common Sense Rules for Recruiters!!

I'm excited to have a guest blogger this week!  My dear friend Nell, she pretty much rules and is a ton of fun.  Like I said last week, I'm hoping to have more guest posts and this is the first.  With that, I'll let Nell tell you about a few basic rules for recruiters....needless to say, I love the last two.  Enjoy!


 
Common Sense Rules for Recruiters

One of the advantages to being a “senior” member of a recruiting team is that I have a lot of years (i.e. I’ve been doing this for a LONG time) from which to glean my knowledge and experience. I also recognize that the means with which we can now do our job has changed drastically and will continue to evolve as technology improves (sidenote: I remember when a former boss finally agreed to fore go the Rolodex for a desktop computer for each of us and watching her point her mouse at the screen like a garage door opener) but common sense and basics of how we do our job and conduct ourselves as recruiters should not.  

Far too often I hear stories from candidates and hiring managers about recruiters who more closely resemble used car salesmen or glorified paper pushers than professional recruiters and it absolutely makes my skin crawl.  Here are just a few of the common sense/basic rules that we should all be following:


  • You are often the first impression a candidate has of the company. Just like you are passing judgment on their skill set and experience, a candidate is assessing if the way you treat them is indicative of how employees are treated within your organization.  So regardless of their qualifications, always be respectful. Always.

  • When you are interviewing (phone or in-person) pay attention to THEM.  Don’t multi-task just because they can’t see you, and don’t check your email or take a call while they are sitting in front of you.  Ever.

  • If a co-worker or hiring manager isn't returning an email or if you are going back and forth over email and not getting anything resolved, pick up the damn phone and call them OR walk to their office and actually talk to them.  It’s amazing how well TALKING to someone actually works.  Technology is awesome but not always the best means to communicate.

  • Follow through with your candidates and hiring managers. If you say you are going to do X, then do it. Duh.

  • Pay it forward. Every week you should do something or help someone else find a job or make the one they’re in better.  When I was unemployed several years ago I was shocked at the number of people who went out of their way to help me. I was equally as shocked by the number of fellow recruiters who didn't return my calls or emails. 

and last but not least…

  • If you don’t enjoy recruiting or being a recruiter, then get a new job -- you’re making those of us who love it, look bad.

Find me at google.com/+NellThayerHeisner11 or on Twitter @nellthayer

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blog update and a few news items

Ok, it's been like two months since my last post...needless to say, things have been a little crazy.  With that here are a few updates!

1) My writers block is gone (nod to Ted!) so that's good news.  You'll start seeing more posts over the next few weeks.  If you have any topic requests, let me know and I'll do my best.  The plan is to get into my weekly schedule again with a few random one off updates too.

2) The last 8 weeks have been crazy for me.  We bought a house and got stuck in the Boston area for an extra 4 days over the holidays.  Since getting back, we closed on the house and are doing a bunch of renovations....note to self, that sucks

3) I'm going to be trying to do a few more guest blogs and have folks post on my site too.  First one is this week from my dear friend Nell.  You can find her @nellthayer on Twitter.

4) At some point I owe everyone a "My move to the Valley" post but damn it's been too busy to think lately.  Maybe in June I can do the "One year later" post.....that seems like a good idea.

5) Expect a few "moving sucks", "renovations are a pain", "I'm tired" posts over the next few weeks...move date is on the books so things will continue to be crazy but feeling a little like General McArthur so look out...