James Mayes

Posts Tagged ‘change’

Blog: Change, my favourite opportunity

In Human Resources, Personal, Personal Development, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Start-ups on April 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

As a few people are already aware, it seems sensible to put this one out and clear. Times are changing and I’m moving to pastures new.  I’ve had a great time with BraveNewTalent and had the pleasure of working with some awesome people.  Lucian’s vision remains inspiring and when it delivers, it truly will address a global issue. I wish him and the team all the best!

Some say the most important part when considering future career moves is to be focussed. I’m less sure.  For me, the joy of change is the openness of opportunity, the option to change direction.

Maybe this is why my professional experience is so diverse – hands-on recruiter, sales guy, client manager, solutions design, product development.  I have a love of tech, but not to the extent that I want to write code. I take joy in trying to accurately define the problem to be addressed so the chosen route really is a solution, not just a fix.

So, what next? Well, I’ve started companies before and have a few ideas on new tools to build and services to offer. I’m not stopping there though.

This isn’t just a news-flash, it’s a request. No, I’m not asking for massive retweets of a “find my next job” post. Instead, I’d particularly appreciate two things – whether you know me well, or from a distance.

  1. If you’ve read my blog over the last few years, you have a feel for what I like to be involved in.  If you think there’s an avenue I should explore, I’d LOVE that alternate opinion. Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can spot the best answer, simply by being one step removed. You might be that fresh pair of eyes.
  2. This isn’t a “blast & broadcast” post – don’t spam your followers with my needs. Instead, just let me know if you think there’s someone with whom a coffee conversation would be rewarding – that’s where the best things happen!
Signing off – leaving you with the musical genius of Bowie, and a plethora of contact options for me!

Are job boards just a fad?

In Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on May 25, 2010 at 11:58 am

Talking to potential clients recently and I’m pleased to note more and more are accepting social media is here to stay. There are, however, still naysayers. I was reminded recently of a discussion I was involved in some years previously which has some relevance here.

1996. I’d just graduated and fallen into the recruitment industry in my search for some way to clear my student debt. Within the first few weeks there, my branch manager started seeking my opinion on many internet-related things. Whether it was my age, tech know-how, degree subject, whatever. I was happy to be asked!

And so, over a lengthy pub lunch one day, there it was. Are job boards a fad? I was crystal in my view and fought my corner. Glad I did, I was proven correct. But now I look back on that. What if I’d lost? What if they’d never started investing time and money on job boards? They’d be dead. Sunk, without trace. How many recruiters do YOU know who’ve operated entirely without job boards in the last ten years?

Fast-forward fourteen years, to present-day 2010. Social media is fighting its corner. Wanting to answer the ROI question that job boards currently find so simple. Wanting to make you understand it’s not going away.

Next stop – 2015. Whatever happened to that recruiter who said social media was a fad?

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