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So is the answer to keep your staff identities a secret, and under wraps, or to prepare them to fend off inevitable enquiries from recruiters? I think the genie is already out of the Linkedin bottle.
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I have a couple of points though. I instantly thought Melody's accent reminded me of yours, in that mock plummy way. I'd suggest switching on your spell-checker too "Upon discoing why they lost". I'd be very interested in your take on the filming process, and whether or not you can see any suitable business partners for Lord Sugar in this bunch.
PS. Does anyone know how many individual members of the REC there are?
I've been observing the rapid emergence of this group with interest. I too spoke with Dave Barber earlier in the week. It will indeed be interesting to see where this goes, and it would be all too easy to be critical of the motives of the founders, and wary of committing to something in it's very early stages. What can be said for sure is this. With so many members joining the Linkedin group so quickly, there is clearly an appetite for a body of this kind. It must be extremely concerning to the REC, who have been bleeding individual members (I believe) since the ill-judged rebranding of recruiters to IRP's. I myself refused to renew my FREC when it was switched to FIRP. A conservative estimate is that this is evidence of at least £100,000 in membership fees that the REC are not in receipt of. I'll continue to watch closely, and would would be keen to influence the direction of this body, as should all recruiters. Whether it succeeds in it's declared aims will of course be down to the decisions it takes right now, and whatever credibility can be established. New bodies can be established by anybody at any time. However to be truly representative, they need to be as inclusive as possible, and operate with the assent of a majority in the industry. Any body only representing a small minority (such as the REC) can easily be dismissed as irrelevant. Stephen O'Donnell 1Job, AlljobsUK, NORAs
I'm really glad it's worked out well Alan. I'd hate to be in that position, and can definitely relate to the self-employed/ time-off dilemma. As I'm sure everyone will agree, it's the not-knowing that would be the thing that torments most. My inclination is always to shorten the time worrying as much as possible, by stopping everything until I had an answer, one way or another. I hope you'll be fine for tennis sometime soon.
Not once have I ever noticed any "buzz" whatsoever from drinking coffee. Surely it must be considered suspect, to have the need to ingest mood altering products of any kind? I do wonder about those who worship the bean so keenly. Why is it, for example, that they know the very mocha choca polka Columbian semi skinny latte that they crave, yet care so little about the taste that they then consume it from a disposable paper or polystyrene cup? I also find it uncommonly common to drink said beverage whilst walking, driving and even cycling. If I was deriving such pleasure from any product, I'd drink it in a civilised fashion, and savour the moment. I therefore have to conclude that these people do not truly enjoy coffee at all, and are simply in need of the caffeine injection to make them feel as I do normally. I feel pity for those poor saps who have a perpetual need to "take the edge off" by consuming coffee, alcohol or cigarettes. Not simply for the addiction which dictates their day, but the fact that their gullible nature has been exploited in such an obvious and public way. I instantly deduct gumption points from these people as a matter of course.
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2010 on Americans. All talk, no caffeine? at ScrooYoo
Look, there are only so many train carriages in the country. Do you really imagine there are any lying idle at rush hour, when they could be generating revenue? The problem isn't too few trains, but the overselling of tickets for the available rolling stock. How would you like it then, if you were told that there were no tickets left for your journey?
Whenever I hear the usual pause, before Call Centre Colin decides to pick up the headset on his side, I decide which sales pitch I'm going to give him. You see, his automated dialler calls thousands of numbers at random, and only displays on his screen when one is answered. He then answers that call in the same way as you would an incoming call. I like to start with "Are you the person responsible for your company's mobile phones?" CCC: Pardon, .... Eh I'm calling about home insurance ... Me: I asked first, are you the person responsible for your company's mobile phones? CCC: Oh, er, no I was just calling about ... Me: Listen pal, I've got a job to do, and you're just the unlucky sod who answered the phone. What mobile phone operator do you use? CCC: O2, why? Me: What handset and package are you on? CCC: Sorry we seem to have our wires crossed here. Me: You're not kidding Colin (Is it OK to call you Colin?). Is it difficult to speak right now? CCC: My name's Jeremy, and yes, I can't talk about my mobile phone. Me: OK, give me your home number, and I'll call you later, when it's more convenient. CCC: Sorry, we're not allowed to give out personal numbers. Me: You mean you don't want to be inconvenienced at home with sales calls? CCC: No I wouldn't (penny drops)... Oh I see, you're taking the piss aren't you? Me: Well you started it!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on Bloody auto-dialling sales calls! at ScrooYoo
I hate to burst your wee bubble sunshine, but I suspect that your ire is really with yourself, for getting caught breaking rules that you are well aware of, and maybe a little against the "petty bureaucrats" that wrote them in the first place. It's only natural to feel stupid in this situation, because that's what you are. It's both neurotic and illogical to even consider that wardens are conducting a vendetta against you, or even all drivers. If they really are as punctilious about the regulations as you suggest, then that would only make them fair and even-handed, and not remotely likely to bend the rules to book an innocent person. However, it would be no surprise at all to see a mild mannered public servant lose the rag, given the physical and verbal abuse they have to endure, in the execution of their duty. Just because you don't have the moral fibre to do such a job, does not mean that those who do, merit your bile. Would you really prefer there to be a parking free for all, in our towns and cities? I suggest the time has come for you to grow up, and stop playing the little bewildered rebel act. Unless you really are 14, that is.
I can vouch for the fact that Alan is indeed as approachable as he is knowledgeable.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2010 on Don't be afraid to ask me at e-recruitment strategy
God that's a long post! Couldn't you just say you want to cut off the hands of thieves, and be done with it?
I'm not quite as offended by smokers, but I do wonder why they spend so much time and money on something that makes them smell, age prematurely, impotent, and die. Why on earth would you pay for that. I have no time for addicts of any kind, who are compelled to ingest chemicals just to feel normal, whether they want to or not. Personally, I'd give away cigarettes free of charge to anyone who wants them. The only condition being that the "Smoking Centres" were located miles out in the countryside, and all tobacco had to be consumed on the premises. This would test smoker's resolve, and get them the hell out of my space. I think that's reasonable, don't you.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2010 on Ban smoking outdoors NOW! at ScrooYoo
I once had a candidate who didn't turn up for interview. I was livid, but when I finally got her on the phone later, she told me that her daughter's horse had to be put down, and she had to hold the head. Even sadder. A colleague had a "no-show" in the mid-90's, and found out later that she had tragically died in a motorway road accident on the way to the interview. If there's a lesson to be learned, it's that you should never presume that there isn't a good reason for the non-appearance of your candidate.
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1. We are working exclusively with this client. (Chances are, you are the Trojan Horse to gain access to that client) 2. We don't negotiate on fees. (Hahahaha) 3. Recruitment agencies find jobs for candidates (No, they find candidates for employers) 4. All recruiters are the same. (No, some are experts in their field with a vast contact list, and intimate knowledge of which jobs are about to become available - some are paper shufflers) 5. "We'll keep your details, and call when something suitable comes up". (No they won't. A candidate has to maintain regular contact with their recruiter, without being a pest. 6. All the jobs you want are on our website. (Even the biggest job boards - and agencies - only have a fraction of all advertised jobs) 7. Our website/ agency/ job board etc etc is No1. (This is only usually true in the minds of those saying it, and sometimes not even then)
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So is this your own "outrageous blog" Peter, to get traffic and show you have an edge? Actually, I reckon you're right, that the cloud of bloggers in this sector do tend to come up with posts that address a fairly dull subject, and then add an edge, to be a little controversial. I'm not big on the self-aware/ self referencing/ let's talk about each other's blogs thing. It's like the newspaper columnist who, when stuck for a topic, writes about how hard it is to write a column. As with all written material, you need to consider the source. Does this person actually know what they are talking about? Do they have credibility? I know I write some crap sometimes, so I'm not immune from prosecution here. Perhaps we should just try a little harder to be original, considered and genuine. It's a crazy idea, but it just might work.
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Those guys that called you weren't recruiters, they were just bad sales people. I'm terrible at playing drums, so couldn't be classed as even a bad musician, nevermind a musician. To paraphrase the saying about writers "Recruiters, recruit, always". There was no recruiting going on there. We have an unregulated industry, with only notional standards which are never policed. At a time when so many people are looking to make a quick buck, it's only to be expected (whilst irritating) to get these calls on a regular basis. Recruiters are defined by their ability to think on their feet, use their initiative, and solve problems. You'll recognise one when he/she calls.
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Phew, that's a relief. My wife often says, "Why on earth are 500 people following you on Twitter? You're not that interesting. I wouldn't follow to the end of the garden". Lovely woman, my wife. I do think people need to get over themselves a little. Us Brits are modest, and a little bashful by nature, and the terminology of "Following" infers that you are some kind of leader. In truth, it's much more democratic that, and no-one is anyone's leader. We all have something to say, and even the least experienced of us will be listened to. Twitter creates a level playing field, where Joe Bloggs can be conversing with Stephen Fry, and anyone can chat to famous business leaders like say Duncan Bannatyne or politicians, like my MP, Tom Harris. For experienced recruiters, who communicate for a living, it should be an absolute breeze, and they should be in their element.
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I've yet to read anything that Animal says that I agree with, but I enjoy following his posts for entertainment. I do also think that "Followers" is inaccurate, as following someone's tweets does not confer an endorsement, and having followers does not make anyone a leader. Because of Animal's adopted persona and "outrageous" stance from behind an anonymous pseudonym, I find I have to read between the lines to guess what he is trying to say. He may well know what he is talking about, but I can't tell. Funny though.
Toggle Commented May 20, 2010 on Critiquing People Online at Recruiting Animal
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Andy, it's only a little computer with a built in phone. Nothing to get worked up about. You forgot to add this to your article. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coP8wzL9LEM
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I agree that the typical differential in the "per advert price" between volume-booking recruitment agencies and single-ad-booking direct employers is so great that this sector was bound to appear. People will always look to exploit loopholes, and in this instance the job boards need to decide on what terms they will play the game, if at all. For as long as there is a £10 to £300 spread in the cost of posting a job advert, there will be those who can find a profit margin in that space.
Good point Alex. However, 1Job doesn't have different classes of clients and charge rates (employers and recruitment agencies). We charge per click-through, at a fixed rate, with no bidding.
I'll need to think more about this, to have a firm opinion. However it does remind me of the multipacks of sweets, crisps or Coke that are sold in supermarkets. Each individual pack is labelled "Not to be sold separately". My point is that the manufacturers are dictating the terms on which their product can be resold (or not). Whilst it would be difficult to police, I could see job boards exercising the same control of their own product. Unless of course, they're happy to receive the revenue as a trade-off to the appropriation of their brand. I should point out that several fixed-fee recruiters advertise through www.1Job.co.uk, and we are very grateful for their business.
Faint praise indeed. I know yiu guys love each other really (in a manly recruiting way, of course).
Toggle Commented Jan 24, 2010 on Social Media Rookie of the Year at Recruiting Animal
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