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Returning to Recruitment

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Returning to Recruitment can be stressful

Returning to recruitment an easy task? Obviously… evidently not!

After nearly 5 years working in the Recruitment business and a further 17 month stint at “Motherhood”, returning back to the role I love so much would, at first glance, seem the most natural progression to getting yourself  ”back into the workforce”. The excitement of coming back to work and getting right back into the nitty gritty of meeting new people on both sides of the process was endlessly thrilling to me! Afterall… recruitment is recruitment right? Returning to recruitment is now, in 2010, NOT as simple as all that!

The first thing that hits me are words like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and… BLOG? I’m suddenly facing a fullforce training schedule on how to use these things on a day to day basis in my fabulous new recruitment role? You want me to write a what?? So here I am, day 2 and after what seems like a year of fear, here I am writing my first blog and all the time thinking how do I incorporate this into recruitment.. but I am told that everyone does it, so I’ll try my best!

What I face now, which for some reason I am quite looking forward to, is this strange new paper free environment with blogs and Tweets and Status Updates as opposed to “File, Print”! My connections, upon returning to recruitment, will no longer be squeezed into the address book at the back of my diary but rather in the form of Connections in Linkedin! I’ve had a look… admittedly, it looks good so who am I to object!

All in all, returning to recruitment looks good so far. I’m told that my fear of blogs will eventually go away.. eventually!

No news is good news

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

Ok, so saying “no news is good news” is a lousy cop out for neglecting the posts on this blog.

The truth is that I have been spending more time on my seo blog.

Recruitment News had a nice Christmas.  Hope you did too.

In fairness though, there has not been a lot of news in recruitment over Christmas.  Another agency (which I had never heard of before) bit the dust.  There is some more news, but I’m saving it for later when I have a bit more time to write.  I’ll try and get around to it this evening.

I have also conducted a small experiment in blogging.  I’m sure you are all aware that it is necessary to keep blogging regularly in order to keep your blog at the top of the pile.

Well I decided to see just how often you need to blog, and how long it takes to regain lost places in the Google rankings.  It turns out that a newish blog like the SEO one lasts only about a week before slipping at least 4 places.  A more established blog will fare better.  It will still slip, but not as much or as fast.

It took me three posts on three successive days to regain my position.

The moral of the story…. my new years resolution is to blog daily.  I may not blog on every blog every day, but I won’t be leaving it for more than a few days between posts.

I have noticed during my surfing that many of you have corporate blogs.  Some of them have not been updated in months.  Why is that?  I’m not going to spend more than five minutes on this one.  Plus, once you get into the habit it gets easier.  Nominate somebody (or some people) to write your blog.  Schedule it.  Mary blogs on Mondays, Trevor on Tuesday, Charlene on Wednesdays etc.  Remember too that if you are using wordpress you do not have to publish the post straight away.  Sometimes, if I get into the swing of writing, I write several and only publish one on the day.  The rest I keep for another day.

As you will have seen from this and many other blogs, you do not have to stay on-topic all the time.  This post has very little to do with Recruitment News, but you will notice that I still managed to mention it!

I’ll be mentioning blogging in my next post too.  Here’s another blogging tip.  If you write several posts on the same/similar topics in succession, they tend to do better in the Google ranking stakes.

Happy new year to you all and happy blogging.

P.s. I am always looking for Recruitment News.  If you work for an agency and have any news (however small it may be) I have no problem plugging it here if I think it may be even vaguely interesting