m able to check my inbox before I even roll out of bed. This readies me for the day and also prepares me for any fires that might be starting to burn. I am a big fan of preventative maintenance. And all in the wee small hours of my morning.
I usually give it a rest on the weekend. As a matter of fact, I rarely sit at my computer on Saturday or Sunday. And by rarely, I mean never. I have learned to value my weekend time - mostly because my weekdays are filled with arriving early to work and not wanting to leave my desk until long after the 5pm bell. This all goes to show that not only do I love my work, but I am also a bit of a workaholic. My only way to combat the disease is to just say no. It isn't always easy and I readily admit that I check emails consistently but only from my mobile device - a great access tool, but not so good for anything other than document review. Good thing.
I intend to keep it that way. I like that my mobile, in my head at least, is limited to serving as nothing other than a communication device. The ease with which I am able to access and then respond is perfect and keeps my work demons at bay. For some, work/life balance is a fallacy. I can see how this could be true for me, if I let it. My children would all guffaw loudly at the thought that I have work/life balance. They see, first hand, the demands I place on myself and the expectations I presume.
When I worked from home as a consultant, my time was my own. I created my own schedule that worked around that of my family. The weight of simply living in comfort, though, took its toll on us and when an opportunity to go corporate presented itself, I took it. It meant a shift to significant devotion outside of the home but it also freed my weekends, as I can now say no to my computer and to the self-induced burden I often took on, as most self-employed do. There is no rest when you are the employer.
I welcome the sounds that wake me. They mean I have a place to be and someone that needs something from me. And it is good to be needed. There are days when I strongly feel the gap, you know - that space between where I am and where I want to be. I like those days, for it means I am not done, there is much to do and miles to go. Wasn't it Robert Frost? "The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep..."
- tweeters whom you have learned from or find value in what they have tweeted over the course of the last week. No, it is not a popularity contest. Not if you are doing it right. I have never tweeted a #FollowFriday out about Steve Martin or Tom Peters, though I follow them both. Nor have I tweeted out a #FF for my boss and you can bet I follow him and follow his rare tweets.
Many of my friends do not tweet. None of my family does. It is not relevant to them - yet. So, I understand when scoffers scoff and skeptics skep. But I see the power and opportunity behind Twitter. Communicate and with speed. The other day, I was checking all my Twitter channels. I, of course follow anything said about Broadbean, the company for whom I work. I also keep track all of our competitors, I like to know what they are up to and those that follow them. It is about awareness.
One stream I follow every day is simply titled "recruiters." I am always surprised, though I no longer should be, by the individuals that tweet nonsense and complaints out about recruiters and the company where they just interviewed. And I am also surprised, though I no longer should be, by the way recruiters have treated candidates and/or applicants. The tweets I have seen prove that there are still recruiters out there that have not changed their spots and never will.
I like to follow tweets about my community and interests like theatre. I have learned about events and "sales" that I never would have had I not been paying attention. Additionally, I have made fast friends and business connections. And when you expand your network, you expand your reach. I don't bother too much with relevance. I base relevance on me - on what I get out of it - on whether it is relevant to me. Then of course, I am going to attract or find individuals interested in the same things.
I have heard back from major corporations that have seen my tweets about them. I have received thank you gifts in the mail and emailed coupons from companies whose products or services I have publicly touted or praised on Twitter. I have helped people with questions, I have learned about myself and others. I have promoted my company and other companies. I have shared blogs, information, and news. And I enjoy it. As much as many would like to have seen it, this star has not burned out. As a matter of fact, it is getting bigger. With 175 million registered users and 95 million tweets written every day, its impact and influence - its relevance - are undeniable. And guess what? They're hiring. http://twitter.com/jobs How much more evidence do you need?
es - I still wasn't happy that I would be paying my ""lower rate.""
Also - to clarify - I don't ONLY use the Ladders for my searches. I use my network and I know how to find almost anything if I want thru cold call recruiting - I just like the quality of the candidates on The Ladders and I feel I should be one one job board. Also - I just post - I don't search candidates on the board.…