Flashing Farce

The London 2012 logo has been unveiled.   If it’s not enough that the vast majority of people hate it (I was at a conference today where we were asked who liked it – 3 people raised their hands) – it’s now having to be removed from the website amid fears that it can trigger epilepsy.

On the BBCs Sports Editor blog, Clare Stocks asks us to give it a chance.  The 53 comments on her post so far don’t seem that gracious about it.

I saw it and thought "eurgh" – and how dated will that look by 2012?  I’m waiting for it to grow on me.

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Fame at last!

No, I’m not one of the reserve contestants for Big Brother 8.  One head hunter on there is enough don’t you think?  Instead I’ve been featured on Louise Triance’s blog, of UK Recruiter.  Thanks Louise!

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Is this the future?

This You Tube clip is American, but makes interesting reading nonetheless.  Whether the figures predicted are accurate is anyone’s guess but if they are there is one thing for sure, recruiters aren’t going to be out of a job any time soon.

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PR Job Watch

As reported in PR Week last week, there is an every growing PR community on Facebook.  As a recruiter who is always interested to hear what’s going on in the industry I’ve joined lots of the PR related groups, including Alain Desmier and Alex Pearmain’s PR and Communications Network – the fastest growing PR group on Facebook.

Today, I created the group PR Job Watch.  A free and easy to use space for recruiters to advertise their jobs and for PR professionals to keep an eye on the job market and ask for career related advise.  It’s the first PR job group on Facebook and I’ve let lots of our competitors know that it’s there.  It’s about time there was somewhere that PR recruiters can debate the issues of the industry and collaborate -and it’s cheaper than advertising in the back of PR Week, who have had a monopoly on PR job advertising for at least as long as I’ve been recruiting in the industry.

Come and join us, you don’t have to be looking for a new job – it’s a great place to network with other PR folk and pick the brains of PR recruiters.

Join Facebook (if you haven’t already) and search the groups for PR Job Watch.  See you there!

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Harveys Hell

I am losing my patience with the furniture store, Harveys.  I’ve just sent them this email:

"Order 72724xxxxx

I am writing to complain about the appalling customer service provided by Harveys. We bought a sofa back in 2006, which we took delivery of in June 2006. In Dec 2006 the sofa broke. After numerous emails and phone calls an engineer was sent out to take a look at the sofa and took a few pictures, and we never heard anything again. We called the store we bought the sofa from (Hounslow) repeatedly asking when we would have a replacement, to no avail. Eventually we had to contact one of the Directors of Harveys who immediately authorised for us to go into store and pick another sofa. So we did that. Over 14 weeks later we are still waiting for delivery of said sofa.

It was due to be delivered on Saturday between 11am – 2pm. We waited in all day, until 3pm, before we had to leave the house to attend an appointment. At 4.30 I had a phone call from the driver to say it wasn’t being delivered. Really. Like we hadn’t noticed!

I called the number provided (08700 663853) to arrange redelivery today (as it’s not open over the weekend or holidays). The customer service representative who I spoke to at 9am promised someone would ring back by the end of play today to arrange redelivery. At 5.30pm when still no one had called me back I phoned again. I asked for redelivery this Saturday and was told no, there are no slots available. I asked to speak to someone more superior and Camilla, the customer service representative, refused.

I wasted a whole day on Saturday waiting for a sofa to be delivered – with no notification that it wasn’t going to arrive until after the delivery time had been and gone. We have waited MONTHS for a sofa we can actually sit on. It is not our fault that the driver was unable to deliver this weekend.

The next available Saturday slot, I was told, is Saturday the 9th June which is absolutely no use to me as we’re at a wedding that day.

I NEED OUR SOFA DELIVERED ON SATURDAY 2ND JUNE. If you are not prepared to arrange delivery for this Saturday, we would like a refund, IN FULL.

If delivery cannot be arranged for this Saturday or a refund be arranged, I am prepared to stand outside your Hounslow store and tell everyone who passes the door what absolutely shocking service we have received from Harveys from start to finish, and if necessary remove the display model of the sofa we have purchased. I am also prepared to call the local press to watch me do it, and every consumer watchdog I can think of to warn other people of the shoddy merchandise and useless service.

I expect a reply to this message by 10am tomorrow morning.

Mrs S"

Hands up who thinks I’ll get a reply?  Hands up who thinks I’ll be searching for the name of the Head of Communications tomorrow to let them know the local press are about to be informed of my protest this coming Saturday?

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My Life is an Open Facebook

My online social network is continuing to grow.  I’ve now joined Facebook.  Added to my online presence on Faceparty, Linked In, WAYN, Viadeo, Friends Reunited and of course this blog it will now be impossible to hide from anyone.  Not that anyone in particular is seeking me out. 

That said, an old work colleague of mine contacted me today.  She’s married to another old work colleague and they have two children – last time I saw her they were still snogging in the local pub toilets.  You know who you are.  Who else will crawl out of the woodwork?

Maybe I should check out Twitter next – there are plenty of bloggers talking about it but I’m not sure I actually *get* it.  If you have a Facebook account, feel free to add me.  I figure there must be lots of PR people on there just dying to be headhunted!

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Online Reputations Affect Employability

The FT has today ran an interesting article – Careless Talk Online Can Cost Candidates Jobs.  Well I would say it’s interesting as I’m quoted in it.  It raises a good point though, we often Google candidates to see what’s said about them online.  I also run searches on My Space and PR Week to see what pops up and now with networking services like Linked In and Viadeo you can virtually get potential candidates CVs online at the click of a mouse.

In fact, if anyone a bit more geeky than me can tell me how to add widgets to my blog to link to my Linked In and Viadeo profiles I’d be very grateful.  I’ve been trying to work it out for days and it’s getting the better of me.

Your online reputation can work both for and against you as far as job hunting is concerned.  Certainly it can raise your personal profile – I know of one blogger who is always being recommended to me for roles, but I’ll keep his name to myself until I can persuade him to move jobs.

We take recommendations, on Linked In for example, very seriously.  Those sorts of social networks are a great place to pick a few brains and find out who is rated as the best amongst their peers.  You are much more likely to be headhunted for your dream role if you make your presence known online. 

I’d be careful about putting anything about your wife-swapping, drug taking days on your blog or profile though, you never know when your next potential employer may Google you.

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