Thank you for supporting the blog
Don’t worry, this isn’t a PBS fundraising marathon. As we ring in the new year, I just wanted to say “Thank-You” to everyone who has supported this blog. Every week, I am more and more excited about the level of feedback and interaction. I could not have done it without you, the subscribers.
I started this out for a number of different reasons:
- Level the playing field of interviews and help employees understand how to climb the career ladder. Too many candidates and employees are not familiar with the unwritten rules of the job interview process and how to manage their career.
- An attempt to learn more about another form of Social Media.
I wasn’t out to make a name for myself or to try to get a ton of followers, likes, shares, etc. I started this project because I wanted to go through the experience of having a blog. When I am recruiting, one of the best sources of candidate information is blog content. Next to a video blog, the written blog gives the most insight into who and what a candidate is all about without taking the time to set up a face-to-face meeting. To this day, when candidates ask for advice on their job hunt, I recommend a blog.
I feel that I have gained a lot, both personally and professionally. I don’t think I would have stuck with this project if it wasn’t for the clicks, tweets, shares, and comments that everyone has provided. So for that reason, I wanted to take a moment to say “thank-you” for your support and continued readership.
Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone, and need to sneak in some thoughts on how I have found a blog to provide so much upside:
- If you are looking for new opportunities professionally, a blog is an excellent platform to show off your subject matter expertise and your writing style. Trust me, when I get a resume with a link to a LinkedIn profile and a blog, all I really want to do is check out the blog. LinkedIn is usually just a carbon copy of the resume but a blog gives so much more depth to the scale of a skill set, attitude and of course intellectual horsepower.
- A blog makes you a better writer. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying I am a great writer or even a good writer, but I am a lot better than when I started this thing 3 years ago. I never had a problem coming up with content, but I was wasn’t comfortable putting something together that would be read by others week in and week out. A blog forces you to think very differently about your writing style, especially if you take the stance that a future employer will be reading your posts. (Working in HR and dropping the occasional F-Bomb, I obviously am not.) I have since gone back to earlier posts to make edits and in reading those earlier posts, I can’t believe I graduated from the 8th grade. Practice may not make you perfect, but it will make you better.
If you are intimidated about starting a blog, trust me, you shouldn’t be. If the non-technical dumbass in HR can do it, so can you and it doesn’t have to cost you anything but time. This can be done for zero money down.
As a recruiter, I don’t care if you have your own domain name or a WordPress URL. It’s the content I care about. Don’t worry about trying to get to 10’s of thousands of readers. That is probably the wrong reason to start a blog. Start a blog for these reasons and I think you will have a lot more fun:
- Learn a new (to you) technology like WordPress, Google Analytics, SEO, and all of the different widgets you can install on your blog. You don’t have to master everything in the first week or first post. Learn as you go and at your own pace.
- Share your expertise. Everyone is an expert in “something” and there is an audience for every subject. Little kids post educational video’s on YouTube and their audience is probably other young viewers. I have a nephew that is 11 and he posts instructional videos. How well do you think he will be in 8 years, all the while impressing other 11-year-old girls. You don’t have to know everything about any one topic (I don’t); you just need to have an opinion (I obviously do).
- Become a better writer. Experience will make you a better writer and even a modest goal of 2 blog posts a month will make you better. You don’t have to listen to those that say post 3 times a week. Post when you can, just post. (I am not there yet and doubt you are ready for that much HRNasty.)
- Show off your expertise. You may or may not be looking for a new job. Hopefully, you are happily employed, but remember there are new opportunities within the company you are currently working in and a blog is the additional data point beyond your personnel file and your LinkedIn account. Face it, unless you are in Sales, Biz Dev, or an exec, the only reason you have your LinkedIn account is that you never know when someone may want your skill set. If you are going to sit on the dock, you might as well put a worm on the hook. If you are going to show off your skill set, then do it right.
I don’t want to make this an Emmy speech, but most of all, thank you to Mrs. HRNasty. For a number of years, we have gone on a weekly “date night”. “Date night” wasn’t really even date night, it was a night we went out to dinner “together” and I use the word “together” very loosely. We both work in a large metropolitan city but we live in a very small farming community outside of town. This little town has no stop lights and it isn’t unusual to get stuck behind a tractor going 10 miles an hour driven by a neighbor with a Starbucks in hand.
Date night for us is going to one of two restaurants in town. One is a local biker bar and the other is your stereotypical Chinese restaurant. Yeah, I know what you are thinking, HRNasty’s got game. The biker bar has Wi-Fi and once I knocked out the local drunk after he had a few too many and was harassing us, everyone shows us our proper ‘spect. The Chinese restaurant sucks, but it is open very late and right next door to a Starbucks that leaves its Wi-Fi on 24 / 7. Every week it is the same thing so we don’t even have to order. The Pee Yu Platter, some Won Hung Lo for her and the Hoo Flung Poo for me, and we are golden. Mrs. HRNasty doesn’t appreciate me working during dinner, especially in a restaurant, but what is she going to say to a guy with humble efforts trying to help someone find a job. In typical HR fashion, I got her involved so she feels ownership and she holds the title of an editor (VP of Content when I am feeling generous) at HRNasty.com. Her father taught English at West Point and she studied English so the compromise between their correct and proper English and my street slang is the posted result.
But enough insight into the house of HRNasty. To those that have taken the time to read and or share the content, Thank-you and Happy New Year!
Looking forward 2013, will see you at the after party,
nasty: an unreal maneuver of incredible technique, something that is ridiculously good, tricky and manipulative but with a result that can’t help but be admired, a phrase used to describe someone who is good at something. “He has a nasty forkball”.
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