General, recruiting, TGIF

TGIF from (sunny, spectacular) Seattle





Happy Friday from sunny, beautiful Seattle. To me, this epitomizes Spring:


This is the first open blossom on the spectacular Mt. Fuji Cherry tree in our front yard. It’s a beautiful old specimen, and I eagerly await it’s blossoming every Spring. Given a few sunny days–which we are having right now, fortunately–it will explode into a stunning display of color. I’ll update with a photo of it in full bloom.

It’s supposed to reach 70 degrees here this weekend! Out like a lamb with March, indeed. I can hardly believe that a week ago I was posting photos of snow.  Time for me to do serious yardwork (borrowing a neighbor’s truck and spreading mulch) and, if I’m not too sore on Sunday, wash at least two of the cars. Then perhaps a bike ride and dinner with our (awesome) neighbors.

What else is going on, hivemind?

-Pro blogger, HR thought leader, and all around smart woman Laurie Ruettimann wrote a great post on her blog The Cynical Girl this week: “Recruiting is the Hardest Part of HR“.  I think Laurie and I are of like mind that most Recruiters who have made a career of recruiting don’t want to jump the fence over to the HR side. Conversely, most HR generalists don’t want to work in the recruiting space (although I think in smaller teams, everyone should be cross-functional; all of our HR managers can operate as recruiters if needed).  Laurie’s blog is easily one of the best on the ‘net; I highly recommend subscribing. I do think some of the things HR generalists/managers do are way more difficult than what I do (reductions in force, for instance).

-I’m WAY behind the punditosphere on this, but I want to add my $0.02 on the Big Dongle story of last week.  In short: Two devs at PyCon were having a discussion that included a joke about ‘big dongles’ (you know, like the thing you plug into your laptop so you can use a wireless mouse). A ‘developer evangelist’ for SendGrid, Adria Richards, overheard and was apparently offended. She posts a photo and complaint to Twitter. Dude gets ejected from the conference, then fired. Down the line, Anonymous (allegedly) gets involved, demanding SendGrid fire the dev evangelist and (allegedly) initiates a DDOS attack against SendGrid. SendGrid fires said dev evangelist. This all happened in the blink of an eye.

My analysis:

  • The dev should have known better than to make juvenile and sexually suggestive comments in a professional environment.
  • Richards handled this situation 100% wrong. Richards’ is paid to use her social networking profiles to engage the dev community on behalf of her employer. Instead of turning around and saying, “Hey guys, I couldn’t help but overhear…and I gotta say your convo is making me a bit uncomfortable”, she posts a photo of them to Twitter and complains to her nearly 15,000 followers. While her action resulted in an immediate reaction (dev being removed from conference session), it also launched a firestorm of events resulting in her employer being attacked and her being fired. I can’t speak to the reasons, but it’s clear that when your actions have set in motion a course of events that result in an anonymous hacker collective (allegedly) attacking your employer, you can no longer represent said employer with the dev community.

This highlights how significant reputational risk can be in the world of social media–both to an individual and to their  If you build a social media audience–through actions personal or professional–you must be constantly aware of how you use it. Everything you post, repost, or respond to is irrevocable (even if you delete that tweet, it’s still out there) and if it’s controversial enough, it will spread like wildfire.



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