to learn than to learn from others mistakes, if you are open enough to learn from them and humble enough to think you can learn anything from a site/community such as RBC.
I've made heaps of mistakes in my career, but hopefully I've taken a lesson from it. I learnt a lot politically this way, I was way to trusting at the start of my career and got burned subtly at the beginning.
A silly mistake... We had a huge drive back in the mid-late 90s when I was starting my career. I was overwhelmed by resumes, messages and general interest to a campaign my company was running. In a stressed mode with the idea of candidate care, I ensured I emailed every single applicant back thanking them for their response, promising a prompt response. However, sending them all individually seemed too time and effort intensive, so I put as many as I could on the one email and pressed send. I was new to technology, email (Eudora of all things) was new to me (I was still receiving cv's via fax and we kept hard copies), little did I realise that I put everyone in the "TO" part of the email. I was pretty proud of myself.... until the responses started coming back.. Guess what people were upset about a lack of confidentiality (and rightly so). My Managers were equally upset. I felt sick... my sentence.... I had to individually call every single person on the list, apologise for my error and smooth it all over. Let me assure you there were a lot of phone calls. I overcame, and after a few days of struggling to make eye contact with my managers, placements were made, the world turned and we kept moving forward. Was that day bad? yes... the worst I had in my career? No.. did I learn something, and not forgotten it EVER.. yes!
As this is a forum for learning and sharing, I am inviting people to add/share their mistakes that they have learnt from so that the rest of us can learn.…
articipants and from those who were interested (especially "Boolean Beginners"), is that one of their major problems in their practice is dealing with too much information. As an example, some people feel they cannot even start to source on Google because they need to learn "all" about the advanced operators and sites to X-ray before they do.
So what I am trying to do is to pick and choose a small subset of technologies that I know can work and create practical results for a sourcer (and I know this from my hands-on practice). I then encourage people to get their feet wet before they learn how to use more.
Of course, a beginner webinar like that may not serve a more advanced sourcer who wants to know and use multiple search and metasearch engines, all twitter sites that are out there, etc.
It seems to me that announcing talks on many, many technologies and sites has its marketing advantage for trainers who give them. People are drawn to come to a webinar that covers 10 times many more sites and costs the same as another one. What happens next for some participants, is that too much material is hard to absorb, so they may come back for more...
If you sign up for a webinar, what matters to you in terms of its content? Is it more interesting to hear about 1,000 ways to source or hear about 5 select ways to source that are likely to bring results? (Of course there paid and free webinars, and there's a question of cost as well; I am more interested to hear what the desired content might be.)
Thanks for your feedback,
avascript, Java. C##, etc.
Now I found a site where I could easily learn a bit of programming, what are your thoughts on starting a free course? Should I learn a bit of programming to become good at recruiting in the ICT world?