Monthly Archives: March 2008

Last Night’s Social Media Debate

Despite the erratic weather conditions, it was great to see a few familiar faces at last night’s “Social Media: The Death of Print?” debate.   Drew Benvie, Mick Fealty and Simon Nixon made up the panel and spoke with enthusiasm around the issues of social media and PR.   I finally managed to meet a few people in the flesh that I have been following online for some time, and some new faces like Ben Matthews, who only started blogging a couple of months ago.  With agencies knocking on my door all the time to find social media experts (of which there are few) it’s reassuring to know that PRs are embracing blogging and social media.  Those that really cotton on can carve a real niche for themselves in the market.  Ged Carroll has done a great job of creating a run down of the event which you can read on his blog

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How not to get a job

Mr_rude_2  I am going to rant.  I rarely rant on here, I silently fume at my desk instead, but this issue deserves a public outing. 

In the past three weeks I’ve had three candidates not show up for interview.  They have all actively applied for a position I have advertised, and been invited to come and meet me and confirmed that they will be turning up at our offices at a specific time and date.  I’ve sat here twiddling my thumbs waiting for them to arrive, unable to book any other meetings into my diary because I have an interview to do, and they’ve failed to show up.  Not only that, but they didn’t bother to call or email me before hand to say they weren’t able to make it.

To add insult to injury, when I’ve dropped them an email and left a polite message on their voicemail to find out if they are on their way or whether they are bothering to come at all they haven’t returned my call.  How RUDE!  All three candidates now have a big black mark against their name on my database saying UNRELIABLE AND RUDE.  I am tempted to name and shame, but figure I behave slightly more professionally than they do.

So here’s a tip, if you want a recruiter to never go out of their way to help you find a job, arrange to meet them and then don’t bother to show up.   

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