James Mayes

Posts Tagged ‘unemployment’

Infographic: The Social Web’s gender balance

In Facebook, LinkedIn, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on December 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Need to address the gender balance of your organisation?  Social recruiting might just be able to help.  I believe this was prepared at the tail end of last year, but it puts a very clear picture across – so much so, I wanted to share!

Who rules the social web?

Graphic source: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net

Data source: Brian Solis, Google Ad Planner

Does unemployment make for happier people?

In Personal, Personal Development, Recruitment on April 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I met recently with a personal branding consultant. It wasn’t something on my agenda particularly, but he was looking to do a little research on the local area, we connected via a third-party on Twitter.  You know how these things can happen.

Anyway, our conversation meandered through various territory over a morning coffee and among other things, we touched on the recent global recession and resulting redundancies around the world.  During my long years in recruitment, I’ve had time out on a few occasions, for a variety of reasons. Each time, I’ve tried to do something constructive. Personal development, fitness, garden improvements, a fairly obvious list. In retrospect, I always think I could have done more with the time I had – but I’ve also spent sufficient time relaxing and reflecting, resulting in my re-invigorated return to work.  What I haven’t previously noted is that each time, I’ve also developed clearer perspectives, a stronger purpose and a more defined view of what I’d like to achieve in life.

Through the path of this recession I’ve read numerous reports pertaining to the consumerist society we find ourselves in and how short-term bonuses drove greed & risk in the banks.  I’m also aware (as a result of the branding consultant) that some of the highest course take-up in UK and US educational establishments is for personal happiness courses.  I wonder to what extent the recent high unemployment on both sides of the Atlantic will have influenced wholesale re-evaluation? As people return to work, will aims be different?  Will the work/life balance be less of a conversation and more of a reality? Do these unemployed candidates actually constitute better value than those currently in work (who often-times seem more desirable)?

On the basis of personal experience, I’d like to think the global events of the last two years can drive some positive change in more areas than just financial regulation – and I’d love to hear views from others who’ve been on this kind of journey.

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