Filed under: Blogging
Today marks the first anniversary of the start of the Research Goddess blog. From its humble beginnings as SPI Internet Research to where it’s gone today, I am excited to reach this milestone! Thinking back on my first post (actually, it was my second official post, as my first was a simple welcome message), boy has my blog changed! The first comment made on my blog was from my now-dear-friend, Jim Stroud. Ahh…that was the start of a beautiful friendship.
I am so incredibly thankful to all of you who read my blog and enjoy my posts. As you know, one of my goals was to hit 50 subscribers and, well, if you look at the reader counter to the right, you’ll see that I have achieved this goal. So, many thanks to all of you!
I wanted to take this time to reflect back on some of the highlights and my favorite moments in my first year of blogging, and how starting the Research Goddess blog truly has made a difference, not just for me, but for lots of you folks out there who read it!
My dinner with the Big Cheez – Joel was my original inspiration to start blogging. I remember reading his blog one day and thinking ‘his blog is awesome – I wonder if I could do something like that with a research blog?’ He is probably sick of me saying this, but I am ever grateful for the time Joel spent with me while I was up in Cleveland because he is the one who gave me the gentle shove to get this whole thing started.
Nomination for the Recruiting.com 2006 Best Blog Awards – how cool was this! My little blog got nominated for an award just two months after I started it. I did not get into the top 10 but just to be in the company of the other nominated blogs was humbling.
My first appearance on the Recruiters Lounge – ah, the first time I got interviewed by the Searchologist. My how time does fly!
Meeting my good friend, Mike Notaro – I think this occurred some time around January or February, and I am thankful for Mike’s friendship and the knowledge he shares with me. He has come into his own in internet research so quickly and I am glad I met him!
My first somewhat questionable search technique, and a major nod from Shally – my post on the MySpace site: search that really seemed to grab Shally’s attention…some of the big dogs in research were starting to notice me!
Being appreciated, and starting my obsession with social networking and new media – I love getting messages from people I’ve had conversations with that have gotten something useful out of our discussions. Makes me feel like it was time well spent!
My first conversation with Rob McIntosh – I have a lot of respect for this man and the knowledge he has, and I was pleased to be able to speak with him at length before I wrote this article. Rob also was responsible for connecting me with Suzy Tonini, another person I have developed a great friendship with and learned a great deal from.
Getting tapped on the shoulder by Leslie O’Connor and Earl Mann to present at SourceCon – man, I can’t think of another event in the past year that I was so excited to attend, and the fact that I was asked to present was just icing on the cake. Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Reaching the five-year mile marker as an Internet Researcher – it was so great to think back on the last five years and how much I’ve learned, how many great people I’ve met, and what I’ve accomplished in the world of Internet Research.
Getting published in the Fordyce Letter – what an honor! I wrote an article called ‘Stephen Covey Applied To Research and Recruiting Prioritization’ that I had originally wanted published on ERE but they thought it would be well received by the readers of the Fordyce Letter – cool!
The Research Goddess Radio Show goes live –I am looking forward to having the chance to interview a lot of you on my podcast show on Recruiter Life!
Landing a new job at Waggener Edstrom – this rounded out my first year writing the Research Goddess blog. I love my new position and am excited to see what good things are in store here!
There are so many, many more cool things that have happened over the past year as a result of my blog, but these were just some of the best moments. Over the last year as well, I have received so many emails and comments on my posts that have warmed my heart. I am thrilled that so many of you enjoy reading my stuff!
I found you through your blog and you had been mentioned in some of the other blogs that I read.
[By the way, you do a great job with your blog.]
Scott Szur, The Harrison Group
I love your Blog!!! You are doing great things-Thank you for keeping me on your mailing list.
Margaret Blackwell, Sr. Recruiting Consultant
Hi Amy. We’re going to add your blog to our blogosphere…
Todd Raphael, ERE Media
I’ve actually been reading your blog since around December, and I have to say I love the emurse.com search string you provided in one of your past posts. Great tip!
Sara Agee, Internet Researcher
Amybeth, Thank you for all the knowledge and support you have offered my in my efforts to ramping up my desk. I know that at times you probably felt like blocking me from your IM list but now I think the most tedious part of my learning process is behind me. You have been a true mentor for me as I embark on this exciting journey!
Paul Wolfe, SPI franchise owner
My name is Bryan Marek and I have become a fan of your blog. I have left a comment on your most recent one on recruiter.com stating how you have helped me set up a more productive researching process. For that I am truly greatful.
Bryan Marek, Internet Researcher
thanks for the exposure amybeth! i love hearing your thoughts 🙂
Jeremy Langhans, Executive Sourcer
I hope you continue putting research/sourcing out there in a more positive light (as you already doing) and continue to spread the news about what value and what a researcher/sourcer does!
Dan Harris, Sourcer/Talent Researcher
Really enjoyed your presentation and some of your comments will be making my slides as we continue to build our Sourcing Team here. Brand new model for the company as of beginning of this year and we are already see contributions being made.
Bryan Reichert, Lead Recruiter
I appreciate your definition of what my new career path should be. You truly helped me to better understand what it is that my job description should entail.
Elizabeth Gary-Ruegger, Research Manager
The things I write about are things I feel very passionately about. My goal in starting this blog was to connect with the larger research community, and I most certainly have accomplished this. I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart, because you are what has made this blog what it is!
from the archives…
Amybeth Hale, Research Goddess, interviews Jeremy Sisemore, Founder and CEO of Dynamic Search Partners of Houston TX. Jeremy is a very successful SAP recruiter and he and Amybeth discuss the importance of the internet and the research function in a successful recruiting organization.
Filed under: Education
I’m pretty particular on what webinars and trainings I will promote. I think that this one is going to be worth taking a look at:
Filed under: Thoughts
Many of us have experienced something like this in our lives. We’re sitting on the plane, ready to fly to wherever, when we get notification that our flight has been delayed due to bad weather, mechanical issues, whatever the case may be. We deplane and hang out in the terminal for who knows how long. When we finally get back on the plane and land in our connecting city, we’ve obviously missed our connecting flight. Since it’s late in the evening, no more flights to our final destination and leaving so we are forced to stand in the Customer Service line for what seems like hours to change our flight and figure out where the heck we’re going to stay for the night.
You may have guessed that I recently experienced this very scenario! You guessed right. On my way back from Florida where I just attended my 10 year high school reunion, my flight was delayed in Florida due to some nasty weather in Houston where I was supposed to connect to get back to Cincinnati. 2 hours later, we were finally in the air on our way, and of course I missed my connecting flight home in Houston. What a crappy experience you might say. I say not at all!
For starters, you must keep in mind that there is no sense in getting frustrated or irritated by the situation. Things like this happen from time to time, and when you’re in the middle of one o these moments, stop to think that EVERYone else around you is experiencing the same issue. Then remember that there’s nothing that can be done at that time to fix the situation, so you might as well just make the best of it.
The first thing I thought to do at this time was to tap my network and see who I knew in Houston. I emailed one of my former franchise owners whom I supported when I was at SearchPath and told him what was going on, asking if the situation arose where I would need to spend the night in Houston, would I be able to crash at his place. He responded within ten minutes saying absolutely, and to let him know when I landed what was going on. Check out my post on Jim Stroud’s blog about gracefully departing a company – by maintaining my friendship with my former colleague, I was able to solve one potential problem before it even arose. It is so important, when you are networking, to make sure you cultivate those connections and add value upfront. You never know when you may need to call in a favor!
When something like this happens, I also like to take the time to converse with some of the other weary passengers with whom I am travelling to try and keep them from getting too frustrated. In this case I met a nice young girl named Abby who happened to be flying home to Houston from visiting her boyfriend in Florida. He just took a new position in Florida and this was their first experience being so far apart. We got to talking about work and come to find out she isn’t quite sure what she wants to do yet. She currently works in her dad’s accounting office, but she wants to do something that would allow her to have more human interaction. I threw out a couple of suggestions and we had a very nice conversation. Also on my flight happened to be a group of musicians who were playing some of their music on their laptops in our terminal boarding area. I listened in and enjoyed the music, so when we were about to re-board the plane I stopped and inquired about their band and asked if I could purchase a CD. Once we were on the plane, one of the musicians came up to me and handed me a CD, telling me I could just have it. Very nice!
Once in Houston, I re-booked my flight back to Ohio and called up my colleague, Jeremy Sisemore. He came and picked me up from the airport. Since I was unable to get a flight out of Houston until 7:50pm the next evening, Jeremy graciously offered to let me work at one of the empty desks in his office. (I never travel without my laptop, just in case!) I spent all day Tuesday in Jeremy’s office amongst his recruiters. (Jeremy runs a SearchPath franchise recruiting office specializing in SAP placement. If you know of anyone who works in the SAP space, Jeremy is a fantastic SAP recruiter and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone) Over the course of the day, I was able to show one of his brand new recruiters a few little tips and tricks using LinkedIn and Yahoo and Google groups to look for passive leads. I also showed her one of the email templates I use when I reach out to my passive contacts regarding opportunities we have available at Waggener. She was very excited about using some of these techniques to find more candidates. I figured helping her out was the least I could do! Jeremy and I grabbed some Mexican food before he returned me to the airport, and over dinner I found out that he has a TON of connections with individuals who work at one of the largest PR agencies in the world. He offered to put me in touch with them. Had I not been forced to stay overnight in Houston, I may never have found this out!
So, what’s the point to this long-winded tale of my awful travel experience? That it wasn’t awful at all. I made some new friends, got some cool music, learned some helpful information from a trusted colleague, and helped a few people along the way. If I left the whole delayed flight/stuck overnight part of the story out, it sounds like a pretty fulfilling day, don’t you think?
Don’t look at the situation for what’s gone wrong with it. Look at the situation from the standpoint on how you can make it a great experience – and not just for yourself, but for others too!