I was always one of those people who swore I would never get on “that Twitter thing”. I always wondered how on earth could I tell someone something or get my point across in only 140 characters?! And who on Earth would want to follow me (apart from those cat ladies – you know who you all are). Me joining Twitter was a combination of peer pressure and the realisation that social sourcing wasn’t just a short term fad – and if I didn’t join I would be missing out on something very powerful (and possibly a few placements too).
It was in my time in agency land when the fabulous Kirsti Grant came to our offices to discuss social sourcing. I was new to recruitment, brand new actually. From a background in sales and key account management here I was bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to take on the world of agency recruitment (ohhhhh…. if only I’d known).
Kirsti talked me and the team through all the different social networks, how they worked, best strategies etc. Once she had gone through them all I thought to myself – how on earth am I going to get any work done if I’m always on social media?! I joined Twitter begrudgingly and got tweeting, to what felt like no one. It wasn’t until I made my first Twitter placement a few weeks later that I realised just how cool this thing was. I was making money from spending time online flicking around cat pictures, interesting articles and generally chatting with a huge range of diverse people.
Since those first days and weeks I’ve gone from not knowing the difference between a tweet and a twit (there is a difference – but you will find a few twits on Twitter) to today where if I I’ve missed out on something it’s normally as I haven’t been on Twitter for a while!
I’ve sat back and watched the HR community on Twitter in New Zealand and abroad go from strength to strength in the last 12-18 months (and possibly before – I just wasn’t around to see it!). Some people in NZ have really championed this growth and I applaud them – the time and effort that they put into growing this community is amazing.
So, I feel like I’m ready to take on the next step. I’m going to join the world of blogging. While I feel again like the girl not really knowing what this is for and how to really go about it – I’m ready to take the challenge, go to the next step and blog. Phew.
My name is Rachel Kemp. I’m a Senior Recruitment Specialist for a very fast growing business in NZ and I am going to blog.
**Views are mine, not those of my employer.