HRNasty wants to say “Thank You”
Thank you for your support. If you are a long time reader, you have noticed a new site design. It has been about 8 years since this blog first started and it’s about time for an update. When I first started this blog, I wanted a very underground look. A gritty, Banksy-esque, HR is for the people and not just the folks in the Ivory Tower, look. This is HR for the everyday Joe and Jane. My goal was to tell the entire truth so employees could take back their careers. Whether it be a lack of professional courage, communications skills or fear of a lawsuit, HR and your manager won’t always tell you the truth.
When I first started, I kept my identity hidden behind a mask. This way I didn’t have to worry about repercussions in my company or local community. I live in one of the tech giant towns but it is a very small community.
Times have changed
Subscribers have given me the confidence to not worry about hiding my identity. When I am talking with a CEO or recruiter about a new opportunity, one of the first disclaimers is that I have this blog. Recently, the response has been, “The blog is the reason we reached out to you”.
When I first started this blog, I had no expectations. I was nervous about the number of readers. More specifically, I was worried about the lack of readers. I was also nervous about sharing my ideas around:
- Taking responsibility for your career
- Controlling the interview and creating a conversation vs. a question and answer dialogue (as the person being interviewed)
- My personal philosophy when it comes to managing your manager (you should)
- What managers and HR really think but will never admit to because companies are fearful of a lawsuit.
This was a personal social experiment and a way to learn more about social media, Google Analytics, and hopefully, help readers land jobs and accelerate their careers.
Thanks to you, I am really proud of this blog
I am proud to say that I have learned a lot about all of the above and based on the feedback, this experiment has been a success. I am very comfortable with social media and helped 100’s and 100’s of readers with their careers. Frankly, I and am proud of the number of readers. The support has been overwhelming. To count, there are a little over 60,000 email subscribers through the various channels. I would have never thought this number was attainable. There was a time when I was hoping for 10, hit the goal and saw the number go down to 8. Demoralizing I tell you. My spirit was crushed by people I didn’t even know!
Thank you VERY MUCH! Your support means more than you know. Your subscription to the weekly posts is a show of trust in myself and in HR.
But it’s working and I have you the reader to thank. For this, “Thank you” very much for all of your support. I wouldn’t have had the enthusiasm to continue with this if it wasn’t for all the subscribers. (Trust me, I get more than my share of HR hater mail). It means a lot that you would trust me enough to continue with your subscription and continue to listen to the rants, tirades, advice, and dating advice.
You should start a blog
This blog has helped my career, introduced me to new friends and gotten me behind the velvet rope on a number of occasions. If anyone is thinking about starting a blog, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Just start. Don’t worry about grammar, UX, or UI. Just start writing. In the beginning, there won’t be enough readers to worry about. I don’t say this to be a dick, it is just a fact. Who will know about our first couple of posts? My wife and two dogs were the only readers when I first launched.
Starting a blog doesn’t have to cost anything
Just start posting. You can literally start for free. You can get a custom URL for $12.99. If I can do it, anyone can. Trust me, technical I am not. I was able to do all of this without the running of ads on the site.
So, over the next couple of weeks, you are going to see a few changes as it relates to site design. We are still working out the bugs, it is work in progress. My hope is that the blog looks a little more modern, is easier to navigate and provides a better user experience.
Recently, I have also started version 2 of this journey. I am in the process of creating audio downloads that will be available for purchase. Yes, I am available for one on one coaching, but I know this is expensive and not feasible for everyone. In an effort to help more readers, I am creating audio downloads that focus on a single topic. The first one will be on the topic of mastering the phone interview and will be close to 90 minutes in length. In these downloads, I am able to go into detail that I haven’t been able to in a 1200 word blog post. You can hear exactly how to answer an interview question instead of reading it a flat page. I get into the weeds of the phone interview so you know exactly what to expect and more importantly WHY the company is conducting interviews in a pathological manner. EG, I explain the two different goals of the interviewers who are conducting the phone interview and an in-person interview. When you know these two different goals, you can adjust your approach. These will be less than the price of a paperback book and address what I am not able to cover in a blog post. I know this information will make a difference.
So, “Thank you” for all of your support. It really is appreciated and as an HR professional (in some circles anyway) I feel I am able to give back to the community.
See you at the Thanksgiving after party,