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I am a recruiter, but I’m not a Jack of all trades recruiter. Please don’t be offended if I can’t help you in certain fields.

I work in recruitment, I have done for some time now. In the past year, I have freelanced in recruitment and from August last year, I set up my own recruitment agency specialising in fields that I have worked in over the past 8 years and know well; social media and digital marketing.

The funny thing is, when you say you work in recruitment, whether that’s to family, friends, people down the pub or just about anyone, people generally assume that means all types of recruitment. Even if you shout if from the rooftops that you specialise in a field, they’ll ignore that and think you can recruit for anyone and everyone. Earlier today, I got a text from a friend who’s mum is looking for a new job. Tired of the same ritual at her current position in a bank, she’s looking for a new job in either retail or something that she can really get her teeth into, so she thought of me, why not, that’s what I do, don’t I? Recruit people for companies and agencies, so why not help her mum find a new job, because she’s been there 9 years and she thought of me.

See, I’d love to help, by Joe, I really would love to help, but it’s not my forte, specialising in a field, that I once worked in many many moons ago and something I can’t take my time away from what I actually do work in. Us recruiters all specialise in a certain field. There are some of us, who have the experience to work across multiple arenas due to the experience they’ve gained over a number of years, but most of the time, you’ll find agencies will actually do this and have specialist teams who recruit across different roles, fields, titles and so on.

When I started up my agency, my mum got super-excited when I showed her my business cards (saying that, she’s kept every single one since I first stepped foot in the industry all of 8 years ago) and happily shared them to her colleagues, her clients (she’s a hairdresser) and pretty much anyone who asks her how her girls are getting on. My whole family have a few each, just in case, someone they’ll probably never meet, will be looking for a new job in the field. But neglects to mention, the two most important aspects of my agency – social and digital. Granted, she knows little of this industry. Actually, nothing about it. She knows what Facebook is, has heard of Twitter, thinks LinkedIn is a word I made up and Google+ is something to do with something with Google, because it has the word Google in it. Apart from that, she’s a little oblivious to the whole understanding of what it is that I actually do. But that’s the same as my last role, before doing this, Community Management – she thought I just mucked around on Facebook all day- saying that, majority of my friends thought I did that too! Thanks guys!

Back to my original point. I would love to help everyone. I’m a helpful person and do try to help as much as I can, but sometimes there are things I can’t help people with, and this includes certain areas of recruitment. If I had more time in the day, had a small army to take on other industries on top of the ones we work with, then yes, by all means, I would love to help, but I don’t. I understand your frustration, because all you see is the word *recruiter* but I can’t help anymore than what it is I do best.

Thanks for thinking of me, I will try and help find the right person to help you or recommend you to someone who can try and help to. Just don’t hate some of us because we can’t help. It’s nothing personal, just we’re not qualified in that area, but we’ll try our almighty best to find someone who can help you.

 

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More roles coming in thick and fast…

I’ve got some great new roles coming in looking for someone like you to fill them, yes, you.

I have these active roles at the moment, if you’re interested in any of them, get in touch:

  • Sales and Marketing Executive – leading multi-platform agency in Covent Garden [3-5 years experience] £25-30k + uncapped commission
  • Community Manager – fun social media agency in Farringdon [2-3 years experience] £25-30k basic
  • Digital Account Manager x 2 – fab social media agency in Farringdon [3-4 years experience] £30-35k
  • Digital Account Manager – creative social media agency in Kingston [3-5 years experience] £30-35k
  • Senior Digital Account Manager/AD – creative social media consultancy in Kingston [6+ years exp] £40-45k
  • Social Media Account Manager – creative social media consultancy in Kingston [2-4 years exp] £30-35k
  • Social Media Content Manager – digital agency near Goodge St [2-3 years exp] £180-250p.d

These are amongst some of the others coming on each day, so if you’re interested or know some one who is, please get in touch.

 

You know you want to.

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Stop Cancelling At The Last Minute

It really fucks me off when people cancel at the last minute. Even worse, when there is no reason to. If an emergency has come up or something pretty serious with work is in the spotlight, then fine, I understand but don’t cancel at the last last minute, you know like, 2 minutes before, because you just felt like it.

It’s not on. It’s plain bloody rude.

I don’t know why people feel the need to do it. If you’re not coming, give me some sort of heads up and let me know. I’d appreciate the honesty. Don’t waste my time. I hate time wasters, and I bloody hate being taken for a ride. If you want my help, I’ll help you, if you want to have a laugh and a joke, go to a comedy club.

I’m sure it’s happen to you before, so I doubt you’d like it, so please don’t be one of those people and take the absolute mick and not bother. In this day and age, you know, with technology, we can contact people via text, phone, email or social network to let them know about pretty much anything, and that includes the message ”I can’t come.” I’d rather see that and know not to waste a journey that to be stood up in a coffee shop, waiting for you to show, only to be sat alone, looking like an over-eager meerkat scanning the door every time someone walks in.

I’m a recruiter. I’m your recruiter. I’ll be upfront and honest with you, and I expect the same. I don’t want to run around chasing after you all the time. This is a working relationship that works both ways. I work from home, in West London and don’t frequent Central London that much but when I do, because I know of good talent, I come and visit and see good talent, when I see it.

In future, if you can’t make it, just let me know, even giving me 30 minutes notice, is better for me than none at all. It’s important to have a good professional relationship, so let’s keep each other on the good books, yeah?

Great.

 

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CEO’s should follow in Sir Richard Branson’s footsteps and use social media [infographic]

Sir Richard Branson knows how to use social media. You would think so with his brilliant ability to keep the world updated with the latest info, gossip, details and news about his ever-expanding business. What started as a bootstrapped mail-order record retailer that he founded in 1970 is now an empire of more than 300 companies in 30 countries that span diverse industries such as music, travel, health and beyond. On Twitter, Richard has over 3 million followers, he has a Facebook account with over 378k fans and over 4 million people have him in circles on Google+. He knows how to communicate with his audience through his brand and he knows how to do it well. Sir Richard Branson is just one of a very few who know how to use social media. Some CEO’s just can’t be bothered or maybe don’t understand the concept of using social media and how it really can make a difference with their business. If a business has used social media and a CEO thinks it doesn’t work, you’re doing something wrong. In this day and age everyone needs some exposure across social media to help their business.

This great infographic by MBA Online shows how CEO’s should use social media. It’s never too late to get started.

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Facebook finally releases their new Facebook Phone Except it’s erm SHIT

3 years we have all been promised a phone that will change the future of Facebook and mobile. 3 years we have been waiting for a phone [with the help of HTC, I think] for something that will make our eyes twinkle, our tummies flutter and our brains explode with excitement. 3 years to this… a disappointment. Last Thursday, jeans and t-shirt wearing Facebook  owner Zuckerberg launched their ‘Facebook phone,’ a phone that doesn’t do any of the above because all it really actually is, just an app. Way to go Zuckerberg, where’s the excitement in that?

The app boringly called ‘Facebook Home’ is aimed at users to have access to Facebook ALL the time.  Who actually wants access to Facebook all the time? I use Facebook a few hours of the day personally and probably professionally too but have access ALL the time? Who would want to do that? The billion dollar social network insists the app doesn’t have any access to privacy settings and that anything on your pre-existing phone won’t be altered and your controls will work exactly the same when using the app at all times.  Apparently you can switch it off if you get tired of seeing your friends popping up all the time talking about their stuff, constantly whilst you’re texting your nan. It’s just some shit excuse for something exciting from the social network because Zuckerberg has absolutely no idea how to make his company a little more awesome that it once used to be. Mate, think about it, maybe it’s time to take a chill pill and think of something that is justifiable within the social media world.

Commentators are freaking out the detailed data that could be mined from home users could intrude on private life and many have taken issue with the claim that home put people, not apps, at the heart of the mobile experience, saying it would help Facebook sell ads. Mark Zuckerberg showed off the new app at Facebook’s campus in a presentation, where he said it was an attempt to do away with app-centred systems that were a legacy of the computer world in which people clicked on an icon to start a program. Once installed on the Smartphone device, the Home app takes over the lock screen and main display by then turning it into a live feed of information, notifications and images we Facebook users already are sharing on the Facebook news feed already.

So far this has bothered a few geeks, Facebook lovers and industry watchers including Om Malik of tech news website GigaOm who said

This application erodes any idea of privacy. If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action.

I don’t have a HTC phone or similar to be able to use Facebook Home but the idea of having my privacy ripped away from me makes the idea of using the app daunting and I’d rather go back to my secondary school brick phone than risk all that with an app. I love using my Facebook on my laptop, on my iPhone and on my iPad but however much I do use the site is down to me, the thing is, I don’t want it all the time clogging up my phone with other people’s endless crap about whatever at ever second of the day. That’s why I keep my usage how I like it, controlled. I log on when I want to and log off when I want to. Maybe Facebook need to understand they’re not going to be around for ever, something bigger and better no doubt will come into the ranks and catapult Facebook into space, but until then Zuckerberg needs to stop thinking it’s more important  than it actually is. If everyone wanted a phone, Zuckerberg should stop his minions firing up ideas and instead approach the people to get a better idea of what is wanted, just a thought.

I’d be interested to hear what users of the Facebook Home app say after a couple of months using it. Maybe times may change and I’ll have been wrong, but until then, I’ll keep my privacy close and Facebook on a log on, log off basis.

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Dannii Introduces New Social Media Consultancy

Hello, hello. So, if anyone knows me, they would know that I recently started up a social media consultancy helping recruitment agencies and small businesses find their voice online, communicate with their audience and increase traffic to their website and business.

Just to get the intro’s going, I thought what better way than pinging this across a little more about what my social media consultancy is and how it may in fact help you.

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Social Comoonnity is a social media consultancy based in West London and is the brain child of award-winning social media community manager Danielle Moon. Danielle noticed a gap in the market where companies didn’t know how to brand themselves online and helps them find their voice.

Social Comoonnity covers all core functional disciplines within Employer Branding, Community Management, Social Media and Digital Marketing.

How do we do this?

  • We listen to you and your audience
  • We find your voice
  • We identify key influencers
  • We develop the best creative campaigns that work across all platforms

If you’re looking to expand your online presence, feel like a penny lost in a big well or not hitting your target market like you think you should, contact me now on 07880 364 781 or email me at danielle@socialcomoonnity.com