About RyanSmith

I am man, hear me roar....and blog :)

Don’t be scared to speak up.

I know there are a lot of people out there that have had at least one, if not multiple bad experiences with a recruiter. Heck, I have and I am one. (Not you Bruce Rowles. You are the best!) So, I understand if you get another call (probably your 3rd of the day if you’re a Java Developer) and you aren’t overly optimistic. But, if you do decide to spend time on the phone with one, and agree to being submitted to a job, keep in touch.

Now, I realize this is a 2-way street and that there has been a time or 2 in the past where you never heard back from your recruiter. But, there are some of us out there that actually enjoy helping people get jobs. We like calling you with updates about your interview times and preparing you with tips on what works in an interview.

We take pride in helping you re-arrange your resume’s format to make it “pop”. Enjoy telling you how to best learn about the company and person you’re meeting with and providing you with details about the job/company Monster’s hyperlink to HR fails to give you. These are some of the benefits of working with a top-notch recruiter.

So, with that being said, why would you entertain the initial phone call, talk about your job history, goals and desires, ask to be submitted for a job, dress up pretty for an interview, accept the job offered, take a drug test, get fingerprinted for the background check, fill out paperwork and then NOT show up for your first day?!?

No longer are you answering the phone when I call. You have decided to not respond to emails. Text message are no longer reaching you. You have officially disappeared from planet Earth. But why? Magic? Probably not.

More likely is that something just wasn’t quite right for you. You had a bad feeling in your gut. “Instinct”. We all get those feelings and it’s completely normal. What you DON’T want to do is ignore that recruiter who helped you get the job. Who taught you about interviewing and provided insight into processes and procedures that increased your interviewing effectiveness and led to an eventual job offer.

Don’t be scared to speak up regarding ANYTHING! Good recruiters are like agents. We represent you the way you want to be represented. If you have a question, just ask. If it’s not an answer you want, that’s okay. Now I know exactly what you want/think/feel so the next time we work together, the job I present you with will be more in-line with what you want and you are happy as a pig in…..

Ready to get motivated for the new year? Here’s how!

I want to start this off by saying, I did not write this. At least, not the 14 items listed. I do, however believe in the content whole heartedly. There are countless reasons to stay motivated and everyone has their own reasons to be motivated. The 14 items below can help you stay on track!

1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action.  Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.  Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life.  Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.

10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.  Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …” Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.  If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.  Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

 

    This is taken from Geoffrey James |  @Sales_Source 

2012 is right around the corner. What are you doing to prepare for the best year of your life?!?

So what’s the deal with Social Media?

Ryan just checked-in at work. Nope. Not me. Never going to happen. I don’t care about who is going to the library to check out the next Harry Potter book. I don’t care that you are now the “Mayor” of Starbucks. Oh great, you just “tweeted” Awesome! Why do I care? I don’t. Not at all.

Until I couldn’t get enough of it.  Give me Facebook. Give me Linkedin. Tweet tweet tweet! Give me more social media! I want to know everything about everything and I want to know it now! I want to know what Ivanka Trump is wearing to the Academy Awards tomorrow. Tell me about your beautiful little baby boy and how “he’s growing up so fast.” PLEASE, give me details about your double espresso, non-fat, light whipped cream caramel deluxe coffee. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT…..And so does everyone else.

Why?

Because people are curious by nature. Social media is like reality tv on steroids. We can know what anyone and everyone is doing and we get to know RIGHT AWAY! I don’t have to “tune in next week”, just hit refresh and there’s more to see!

But….

There’s a lot more to it than just entertainment value. In the world of recruiting and job searching, it is invaluable! Learn about the companies you’re interviewing with. The people you’re meeting. Their likes, interests, dislikes, where they went to school… etc. This can make finding a job, and more importantly preparing for the interview much easier. People want to work with people they like. Learning about a person from sites like Linkedin and Facebook can give you just the right amount of personal touch when you are trying to make the right impression. Maybe you went to the same school. Maybe you both watch “Bones” religiously. (Why, I have no idea) Anything you can learn about that person and/or the company to show that you’re prepared and interested. Not just in getting a job, but in the team and company – That’s always going to be a benefit!

So tell me you’ve just checked in at krispy kreme to get your fav double glazed, artery clogging deep fried chocolate cream puff…. I might just show up to your office with one…..

Ryan