This member chose to be shown as anonymous

Like many business professionals, I utilize LinkedIn as a networking resource.  If you use LinkedIn, you may have noticed that you can see people who have looked at your profile.  I don’t utilize that feature all that often, but I recently noticed that 3 of the last 10 people who looked at my profile had no name or picture (I am not claiming that is the norm or average).  LinkedIn states, “this person chose to be shown as anonymous.”  That’s a fairly large percentage of people who had interest in seeing my profile, but didn’t want me to know who they were.

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Perhaps readers can give me some insight into this.  Personally, I don’t understand why anyone would want to remain anonymous.  Could it be a competitor checking out my profile?  Perhaps I have an ex-girlfriend who decided to stalk me?  Perhaps those individuals wanted to remain anonymous due to concerns over their internet privacy.  Wait…that doesn’t make sense!  LinkedIn should be an I see you, you can see me forum.  Anyone with privacy concerns should certainly not be checking out any other profiles, least of all anonymously.

“This member chose to be shown as anonymous.” 

This member chose to be shown as anonymous

Don’t be this person!

LinkedIn can be a valuable business tool, particularly to those in sales and marketing, and certainly for job seekers.  They allow you to create a personal profile that can look different from your company website or your resume.  If you remain “anonymous” you remain unknown.  What good can that do?

LinkedIn is a professional network, so it works best when people introduce themselves with a well-written bio and a reasonably professional looking photo.  Please be yourself and not just some anonymous surfer dude.  And for goodness sake, please don’t scare people into thinking that they have an anonymous stalker.

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So, unless your name is Guy Fawkes, or you starred in V for Vendetta, please don’t be anonymous.  Please be the real you!

 

 

 

An open reply to “Lipstick on Pigs”

Having recently read a posting on LinkedIn entitled – Too Many Recruiters Put Lipstick On A Pig– by Jon Bartos –  http://linkd.in/Ug8fch , I felt a need to post my “open reply”.  Perhaps I should let it go, but this article really gets my goat!

To quote Mr. Bartos, he felt that “90% of the recruiters he has worked with in 25 years in the business are focused on making a commission check and not in helping him”.  He suggested that 90% of recruiters “put lipstick on pigs”.   All I can say is…

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Surely you get the idea…he implied that 90% of recruiters try to present an inferior candidate, dress them up nicely and attempt to sell them for me than they are worth. I find this assumption to be highly exaggerated and very far from the truth! Naturally, there are bad eggs in any industry, but to imply that 90% of recruiters put “lipstick on pigs” is a completely false statement, based neither in merit or fact.

So, how do clients and candidates find the good recruiters, and not, ahem, the “lipstick” recruiters? Here are some things you should look for –

Being a good recruiter simply means having the ability to provide people with the right skills, attitudes and initiatives, who will make a valuable contribution to an organization.

Professional recruiters excel at developing strong relationships – with both their clients and candidates. Clients and candidates alike should look for recruiters who take the time to truly understand both their immediate needs and their long-term goals.   A good recruiter will get to know their candidates well, to gain an understanding that goes far beyond their resume.

Person-to-Person-to-Person (recruiter/candidate/client) interaction is as important as ever in building strong relationships. A strong recruiter should be able to clearly articulate how they and their candidate can add value to your team.

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A professional recruiter responds flexibly to problems and challenges.  A well-trained, professional recruiter asks excellent questions. They possess incredible listening skills.  A professional recruiter is, most of all, ethical, reliable and responsible – they would never consider putting lipstick on a pig.

Always remember that your recruiter is your ally, not your adversary. They serve to help you find the best candidate. They are not a competitor to your Human Resources team, they should be considered a valuable part of your HR team!

Small Business Remains Good Business!

This week is National Small Business Week. Please remember to support small businesses because small business has always been, and will always remain, Good Business.

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Every large businesses was once small. From McDonald’s and Starbucks to Microsoft and Apple. Nobody starts out as a large business, they begin as a small business, and if a variety of factors fall into place (hard work, determination, smart business planning and other factors far too numerous to mention) they have the opportunity to grow.

Small business is the backbone of America. It is every small diner and non-chain restaurant, independent clothing store and just about every convenience store not named 7-11. They are the places where you can find unique and interesting items, not just the “same old thing” that you can find in every cookie-cutter chain outlet.

I have written two previous blogs about National Small Business week, so at the risk of repeating myself, I will direct my readers there:

2012 – https://theguyfrom4staff.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/small-business-is-good-business/

2013 – https://theguyfrom4staff.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/small-business-is-still-good-business/

In 2014, small business remains good business, and your support is important as ever.  Support entrepreneurship. Support Small Business!

About our company: 4Staff, LLC is a boutique staffing company in Washington, DC. We provide both our clients and employees alike a highly dedicated level of service, defined by trust, integrity, commitment and care.

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May is National Cancer Research Month

Most people already know that October is National Breast Cancer Month.  Some may even know that September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. What many people probably don’t know is that May is National Cancer Research Month (as passed by Congress in 2007).

Cancer patients, survivors and medical experts all agree: cancer research saves lives. Today, there are over 12 million cancer survivors in the United States. Many of these survivors could not have made it without all the advances in scientific research. Those advances have helped improve people’s health and enabled many to live longer lives.

Countless people have been affected by cancer in one fashion or another, whether a family member, relative, co-worker or friend. For me, it’s personal.  I lost both my mother and sister to cancer.

Cancer affects the young and old alike. It does not discriminate by age, gender, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or any other factor.  Let’s get real… Cancer Sucks!

For more information on cancer research, please visit:

American Association for Cancer Research http://www.aacr.org/
American Institute for Cancer Research http://www.aicr.org.
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/research/researchprogramsfunding/research-programs-and-funding-landing

I have faith that, one day, all the great research will lead to a cure for cancer.  My only hope is that they find a cure soon, so more lives can be saved. When that day comes, we can celebrate only one “cancer month”, the month to celebrate the cure for all cancers.

This Sunday we will celebrate Mother’s Day.  Wishing all mothers a very happy and healthy Mother’s Day!

 

In Celebration of Administrative Professionals Week

Having been in the staffing industry for the better part of my adult life, I have a sincere appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Administrative Professionals. Mind you, I didn’t write administrative “staff”, my intent is clearly intended to emphasize these ever-important “professionals”.

Administrative Professionals are the heart-beat of many companies and organizations. At times overlooked and under-appreciated, they are crucial to the smooth and successful operations of most businesses.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, there are currently more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the U.S.  As a whole, there are nearly 9 million people working in various administrative support roles.

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This week, we celebrate Administrative Professionals week, with Administrative Professional’s Day on Wednesday, April 23rd.

• The administrative professional is the person that everyone counts on to keep their department running smoothly
• They are the go-to person who is expected to stay on top of the latest technologies
• The administrative professional gets consistent results, often with limited resources
• They are the loyal assistant who is entrusted with critical, confidential information
• They take on roles as team leaders
• Administrative professionals are virtually indispensable to their boss and organization

*source the Administrative Professionals Conference websitehttp://www.apcevent.com/

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Administrative Professional’s 22nd Annual Conference
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD (near Washington, DC)
September 28th – October 1st, 2014

American Society of Administrative Professionals – http://www.asaporg.com/
International Association of Administrative Professionals – http://www.iaap-hq.org/
Washington, DC metro area Administrative Professionals – http://www.dc-iaap.org/home

Please show a little extra appreciation to your Administrative Professionals this Wednesday. Buy them flowers, take them to lunch, tweet them a coffee – https://www.starbucks.com/tweet-a-coffee, or if you are feeling extra nice, give them the day off with pay (if you are in the DC area, please call 4Staff at 202-347-1044 to bring in a well qualified temporary Administrative Professional).

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Stop being SAD – My personal cure for the winter blues (Part 1)

Hello 2014. It seems that I’ve been lax with my blog for a few months, but I will try to do better this year.

My company (4Staff, LLC) is in Washington, DC. It’s a beautiful city! To me, it offers some of the best of what big cities have to offer…a good transportation system (albeit a crowded one), plenty of parks and recreation, the culture of the Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Museums, several sports teams (professional and college) and a large assortment of restaurants that ranges from dives to fine dining. It has quaint areas for shopping and some of the finest monuments in the world. Yes, I love Washington, DC and all it has to offer.

The one thing I do not love about Washington is the cold winter. I don’t mean to whine. I know it’s not as cold as Green Bay or Boston, but DC winter, for my taste, is still far too cold. Although I have never been diagnosed by a doctor, I feel that I suffer from SAD – Seasonal Affected Disorder. This year’s polar vortex is certainly not helping either, with temperatures, often in the teens and rising no higher than the mid twenties. And, don’t get me started on the wind chill!

This year, I proclaimed to have a warmer and happier winter, so I hatched a grand experiment. My plan was to work remotely and trade-in my Mid-Atlantic winter in exchange for palm trees and delightful tropical weather. I’ve been working as an adult for over a quarter century and, aside for a few days here and there, I have rarely ever worked from home. Understandably, cell phones and laptops have made working remotely very possible, so I decided to give life to my dream of “no more winter”. Staying a few weeks with a very generous relative in Ft. Lauderdale, I knew that all I needed were a desk and a bed (I provided the laptop and cell phone). The end result is being in South Florida in January has made me as happy as a kid on Christmas Day. I’m able to start every day fresh and eager, instead of frozen-numb and worn out. For me, personally, I have eliminated all signs of “SADness”. And, because I’m working every day rather than goofing off and going to the beach, I can qualify my experiment as a definite success.

To be continued…

Small Business is Still Good Business!

This week, June 17-21, we celebrate National Small Business Week.  Last May, I wrote a blog about National Small Business Week 2012.  Without intending to be redundant, I believe that small business is still good business.

While many people regularly enjoy places like McDonalds and Starbucks where the sense of familiarity breeds monotonous choices, but without the variety of the local coffee house and friendly neighborhood burger joint, life would be a little more boring.  More importantly, our economy would surely suffer tremendous ills if they all get replaced by big box stores and chain outlets.

The United States established the National Small Business Week in 1963 to recognize the important contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  You may or may not know this, but more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.  More than half…Wow! Small businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.  Huge kudos to the small business owner!

Personally, I have always been a big fan of mom and pop shops, and I try to show my support whenever possible.  In my humble opinion, the small coffee café almost always offers better coffee than the colossal coffee chains.  They always seem to be friendlier and more appreciative of my business too.  In my neighborhood, I always get great customer service from my local hardware store.  While they may not have quite the selection of Home Depot, their customer service is impeccable (if you want to know, Brown‘s Hardware* in Falls Church, Virginia has been in business since 1883.  That’s not a typo…since 1883!).   It is hard not to make the occasional trip to Home Depot, but it would be a shame if you don’t have a “Brown’s” in your neighborhood…hardware store or otherwise.

As individuals, we always make personal choices, and whenever possible, please choose to patronize small local businesses.  It is understandable that you can’t do it all the time, but please do it as much as possible, and especially during National Small Business Week.

Everybody believes it is patriotic to show support for our troops, but I believe that it just as patriotic to support your local businesses.  We are all counting on you, and thank you, for your support!

Steve – aka “theguyfrom4staff” www.4staffllc.com – 4Staff is a small business, based in Washington, DC.

*Brown’s Hardware is in Falls Church, VA, but as one online reviewer wrote, it is just like Mayberry.  “Quality – Very good.  Appeal – Very good.  Service – Excellent!   Please don’t ever close Brown’s Hardware. These courtly gentlemen who work here will help you and advise you on how to solve your problem.  It’s like stepping back in time to Mayberry 1950″.