Tis the Season…

VOTING HAS ENDED

THANKS TO ALL WHO VOICED THEIR OPINION. 

Results will be announced after the Thanksgiving Holiday!

 

Cincinnati Women Bloggers is very excited to announce:

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Suggested Donation: $10 at the door

And everyone is invited. Tell your friends, your neighbors, random strangers you meet on the street – try not to scare them of course!

In other words you need not be a blogger or a woman or a Cincinnatian or a blogging woman or a blogging Cincinnatian or a blogging Cincinnatian woman or even know what a blog or a woman or a Cincinnatian is. You just need ten bucks and some holiday spirit.

All proceeds from the evening will go to worthy, local charity.

More details will be sent your way very soon, but in the meantime, we need your help.

First, we need your input on who the local charity should be.

VOTING HAS ENDED – THANKS TO ALL WHO VOICED THEIR OPINION.  Results will be announced after the Thanksgiving Holiday!

Hurry! Voting will end on Wednesday, November 26th at 11:59pm EST.

Trouble deciding? More information about each of these organizations can be found on their websites:

Women Helping Women

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northern Kentucky

Freestore Foodbank of Greater Cincinnati

Second, we need everyone to help gather giveaways for the raffle and silent auction. Shake those trees people. It’s that time of the year and sometimes all people need to be their baddest giving selves is a simple request from YOU! So don’t let them down. No gift is too small and we will of course talk up the generosity of such wonderful people – you AND the givers!

You can leave a comment here with any questions or donation offerings.

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CWB of the month: How Networking Got Me A Cool Job

The following is a cross post from our CWB of the Month, Amybeth Hale. You can check out her original post and other topics at www.researchgoddess.com.

It’s pretty obvious that I’m big into using social networks to their fullest extent. As if no one knew that before! I need to give a major hat tip to networking because, after all, that’s how I landed my job at Waggener Edstrom. I decided it would be a neat thing to go through the steps of the process on how exactly I got my job and how networking and new social media played a major part in it.

Susan Burns, who is the former Worldwide Talent Acquisition Leader at Waggener Edstrom, has always been a very creative thinker. She was working with Steve Fogarty, the former Senior Sourcing Strategist at Waggener, when he was presented with a new opportunity at Adidas, so they needed to find a replacement for him. Susan had a long-standing relationship with Joel Cheesman from an SEO standpoint – Joel was managing WE’s pay-per-click campaign and she wanted to try an alternative method of advertising for this position, so she approached Joel. They decided to use Joel’s own Cheezhead blog, as well as his network of bloggers, to promote the job via CheezAds. So Susan first created a graphic promoting WE and the Sourcing role, layered in an H3 campaign and worked with Joel to use the referral tracking code to track results and ensure payout for referrals. Joel then set about sending out the unique HTML code to his blog network to post the job opening. At the same time, he also sent a few select people the full job description for the Sourcing Strategist position.

Back in the fall of 2006, I had met with Joel while I was up in Cleveland starting my job with SearchPath because I was interested in starting my own research blog. Joel was gracious enough to spend a couple of hours with me over dinner talking to me about some best practices and how to get my feet wet in the world of blogging. Over the next several months I worked on my blog and it became a fairly popular read within the recruiting and research community. In the spring of 2007, Joel invited me to participate in his CheezAds campaign, and I accepted. I was one of the bloggers who received the HTML code for the Sourcing Strategist job and placed it on this post (ironically, targeted sourcing and research techniques!) – I was advertising for the job I would eventually accept, though at the time I did not realize it!

What piqued my interest was the email Joel sent me with the Sourcing Strategist position description. I almost did not even respond to it because in the original description there was an element of candidate development, a skill I do not have. However, the rest of it intrigued me so I submitted a response to the company.

About a week later, I received a response from Susan indicating that one of the recruiters would be reaching out to me. I was contacted by the staffing coordinator shortly thereafter and scheduled for my first phone interview with Nikole. After some schedule shuffling, we finally nailed down a date and spoke for about an hour. The conversation went very well, and we set up a phone interview one week later during which I spoke with the Sr. Vice President of People Services. We also had a great conversation, and within two days we were making arrangements for me to fly out to Portland for some face-to-face interviews.

At this point in time, I had started doing some ‘snooping around’ on LinkedIn to find some of the people with whom I’d be interviewing at Waggener. I wanted to find out some information on each of them so that I could ask them some questions about their background while they were interviewing me. Along the way, I happened to see the name Steve Fogarty on one person’s list of contacts, and I noticed his title while at Waggener – Senior Sourcing Strategist. I got curious and reached out to Steve to find out a little bit about the company, the position, and the expectations. After I left my interviews in Portland, I immediately sent connection invitations to all of the people with whom I’d interviewed. Within the next five days, I was offered the position and accepted.

I also have a sourcing colleague who started at the same time as me, Kristin Kalscheur. She got her job at Waggener in much the same manner. She saw a job posting on ERE for a Sourcing Strategist and went to LinkedIn to connect with Susan and express her interest in the position. Kristin told me that because at the time she was living in L.A., had she not taken this extra step, she probably would not have interviewed for the position!

Interestingly enough, after I started with Waggener, I learned from Nikole that the fact that I would not do candidate development was almost a deal-breaker! But Nikole told her manager that I would be worth taking a look at, and the rest is history so I am ever thankful to Nikole for taking a chance on me!

So upon my hire, I connected back with Susan Burns, only to find out that she was also going to be a presenter at SourceCon 2007. We made plans to meet up and have lunch together there, and we have since developed a nice friendship even though we do not work together as she has ventured out on her own with Talent Synchronicity.

Steve Fogarty, who used to hold the Senior Sourcing Strategist position at WE, has also become a very good network connection. Since we linked up during my interview process, he has been an incredibly informative and helpful colleague.

Joel saw his efforts through the H3 campaign come through, and according to him, he was able to put a few more gifts under the Christmas tree last year, just by helping me get a new job.
And me – well, I have a cool job with Waggener and some great new connections. Ever since I accidentally stumbled into this industry in 2002, I’ve realized the importance of who you know and connect with. I think this is a perfect example of the benefits of developing good connections within your network. If I had not known Joel, I never would have known about this opportunity. If Joel hadn’t developed a good relationship with Susan, she might not have taken advantage of his blogging network. If Susan and Steve hadn’t tried to come up with some new and innovative ways of bringing in new talent, they never would have thought of Joel. And if any part of this network had become detached, I might not have been able to take advantage of this cool opportunity with Waggener.

Lesson to be learned here: make sure to take care of your networks! You never know what treasures may be hidden within them!

Q&A with Amybeth Hale — CWB Blogger of the Month

Name and About your Blog(s)? Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess (www.researchgoddess.com). I also co-edit The Source Newsletter (www.thesourcenewsletter.com), which is a newsletter/blog dedicated solely to research and sourcing in the recruiting industry. My personal blog, Research Goddess, was started out of necessity to stay connected to other researchers when I left my first job. It has grown from there to become a resource for other researchers, as well as a place to discuss social media and its application in the recruiting world.
 
Neighborhood/City? I live in West Chester, across the street from The Cone 🙂
 
How long have you been blogging? I started by blog in October 2006, so just over 2 years now. 
 
Why did you start blogging? I used to work for an MRI franchise office here in town, and MRI ran an internet research listserv group that I was heavily involved in. When I moved on from that office, I was no longer allowed to access this listserv, so I needed to find an alternative way to reach out to the research community. On top of making social network connections with many researchers, I decided to start the blog in order to remain in touch with the research community.
 
Most memorable experience as a blogger? There have been several! The first one was being contacted by Jim Stroud after posting my first blog post, a story about how I got interested in research in the first place. Second would have to be when I attended SourceCon in 2007 and people came up to me saying “Oh, YOU’RE the Research Goddess – I love your blog!” (I’m now more well-known as ‘Research Goddess’ than by my own name!) And the third would have to be when ERE sponsored me earlier this year to attend the Web 2.0 Expo out in San Francisco. Being recognized by ERE as someone worth sending to a large social media conference to cover it from a recruiting standpoint was a true honor for me.
 
Favorite offline activities Seriously, there are things to do offline???? 🙂 Just kidding. I enjoy spending time with my brother and his family here in town. I love to travel (most people know this too hehe), and read. I also enjoy meeting new people and helping out other new researchers when I can. I love going to football and hockey games as much as I enjoy going to a symphony concert. I also like long walks on the beach and dining out at nice restaurants, for all the single eligible men out there (hehe). 

Who has been your biggest influence with regards to your blog? My biggest influence has always been the person who inspired me to blog in the first place, and that person is Joel Cheesman. When I was working remotely for a company based out of Cleveland, I discovered and started reading his blog, Cheezhead. I also discovered that he lives in Cleveland, so I reached out to Joel before I was to head up to Cleveland to see if I could take him to dinner and pick his brain about all things blog-related. Joel met up with me, bought ME dinner, and spent a good 2 hours telling me all about how he started blogging, giving me good tips on how to reach the most targeted audiences, and offering me advice on how to make the most of my social media presence. Joel is a humble guy and I know he doesn’t like it when I do this, but I am forever grateful to him for taking that time to help me out.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a blog?
  1. Decide on a topic – the worst thing you can do is be all over the board with your content. You can write on differing topics as long as they’re somewhat related. For example, I write about research, but I also write about social media, which is related to research by virtue of usable resources. I also started tying in social media with PR since I now work for a PR agency. Make sure there’s some kind of a flow.
  2. Make sure you are committed to blogging. If you don’t think you can commit to at least one new post per week, wait until you know you can find the time to do so.
  3. Before you launch your blog, have at least 5 articles pre-written, and always try to keep a couple “in the works.” That way if you ever have writers’ bloc, you have some back-up material to go with.
  4. Don’t be lame about your URL: make sure it’s something that people can remember/spell. It’s also a good idea to reserve your www.firstnamelastname.com for yourself, even if you don’t plan to use that as your main site. (for the future)
  5. Be yourself – don’t try to copy-cat too much of someone else’s style, even if you worship the ground they walk on. Staying true to you will reward you with a loyal audience down the road.
  6. BE PATIENT – you will not have 1,000 readers overnight. You need to engage, comment on other people’s blogs, link back to others’ posts, and give give give without expecting much in return initially. But stay persistent and you will be rewarded in the long run!

November’s Blogger of the Month: Amybeth Hale

researchgoddess1We’d like you to meet Cincinnati Women Bloggers Miss November, the Research Goddess, Amybeth Hale. She could quite possibly have the coolest job we’ve ever heard about. You should ask her about it by checking out her site or chatting with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.

Check out Amybeth’s amazing accomplishments, and tune in next week for a Q&A.

Amybeth began her career in research in the summer of 2002 as the sole researcher for an award-winning MRI-affiliated executive search firm in Ohio. She then served as the Manager of Internet Research for a recruiting franchisor in Ohio where she provided research support to franchise offices and implemented, customized, and conducted training classes for contact management databases as well as passive researching techniques. She is currently a Sourcing Strategist for Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, a global public relations firm headquartered in Seattle, WA. 

Amybeth was an instrumental part in the development and moderation of an extensive interactive network of researchers throughout MRI’s franchise system. She helped establish recognition of and assistance for the researchers affiliated with MRI at its regional conferences and was asked to assist with training sessions for 2005 and 2006. She willingly offered training and support to new researchers who were referred to her by other franchise offices. One of her favorite sayings is, “Never forget where you came from – and always reach back.”

Amybeth also maintains an internet research blog, www.researchgoddess.com where she is affectionately known as the “Research Goddess”. She is a proponent of responsible professional networking and believes that there is something to be learned from every person you encounter in life. 

Amybeth graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She currently resides in the Cincinnati area.