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My efforts via social media to connect directly with employers and with recruiters, is resulting in some early morning and late night calls worldwide.
I’m truly honoured that key decision makers from around the world are finding me to discuss my career objectives. I’m starting to discuss a variety of possible opportunities.
Asia?.. Australia?.. US?.. UK?.. The conversations have started in regards to some exciting ventures in all of them.
In the meantime, I continue to temporarily offer my services to Living Social, working on filling some senior level positions in the UK and other open requisitions in Canada.
As I write this, my 21 month old daughter has fallen asleep next to me, her head snuggled up against me. The rest of the house is quiet, time stands still. It is our moment.
Right now, it’s right here!
In the last few days, my son has turned 13 and is now officially a teenager (oh, joy!). Also, in the past week our 3 yr old daughter officially gave up her pacifier. To all the horrified parents out there, I know, I know – why did we leave it this long? I admit that this was my fault, as my wife recommended that we help her give it up for over a year and I was just too weak-willed. In fact, I can’t even claim credit for it finally happening – it was my wife who marched our daughter to Toys-R-Us to exchange the pacifier for a toy.
Shhh – don’t tell anyone, but I think that it was me who needed the Binky more!
On the same day I had to give up the pacifier, our 20 month old daughter decided that she was too old for diapers, stripped hers off and started to try to use the potty.
By the end of the day, my daughters were supremely proud of themselves, my wife was their loudest cheerleader and I sat uselessly by, lost in thoughts of ‘hang on – how did our children get this old, this quickly?!’
As my childrenare growing in front of my eyes, so is the revenue from my work with Living Social. In 4 weeks of actual work (after training on their systems and minus vacation time), I’ve now presented 12 candidates worldwide and made 7 hires – a 1.71:1 interviews arranged/placements ratio. Yeah!! This kind of success will continue to allow me to take my time in sourcing the right FT job for myself in US, UK or Asia as in the meantime, I can provide as I would wish to.
I watch with unbridled pride as my children grow and develop. I observe our income stream continue to grow with much satisfaction. My love and respect for my wife grows quickest of all, as we live this life together. I strive for personal growth constantly.
Gordon Gekko may have postulated that ‘greed is good’. My view is that growth is better.
2 full days traveling and 8 days running all over the UK with our 3 kids and my father in tow!
Luckily, my wife still loves me; we didn’t strangle the kids and my father says he enjoyed himself (although he’s always been a polite man!).
However, needless to say…..I need to go on another vacation!
As all staffing professionals know, things always seem to happen when we go away. This is either due to blind luck or because of the hard work which we put it in to wrapping things up before we go.
In my case, I’ll choose to believe that it’s the latter of course!
With 2 candidates placed in Australia and 1 in the UK, my temporary full cycle recruitment career with Living Social is up and running. Thank you to Stu Wetstein at The Wetstein Group for the opportunity and to my wife for putting up with me being on the phone early in the morning with candidates from the UK and late at night with those from Australia and NZ.
I’m now working on more open positions in the UK, Australia and NZ, as well as others in Canada and Ireland.
Who knows – I may earn us another vacation yet!
It would seem that I’m a hot commodity for the insurance/assurance market!
A few weeks after actively putting myself out there in the job market and I’m being inundated with approaches from the likes of Farmers Insurance. Apparently, the business development success that I’ve enjoyed as part of my staffing experience makes me an ideal candidate for selling insurance!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks so far, balancing new temporary contract work priorities with the search for a FT job, while still trying to be the husband and father that I strive to be.
My temporary work with LivingSocial (LS), contracting through The Wetstein Group (TWG), is now up and running. I’m up to speed on LS recruiting goals, vision and urgent staffing needs and I have been superbly trained in the processes TWG use to deliver their outstanding success to LS.
I’ve also connected TWG with 7 of my former colleagues from within my social network, as the co seeks to meet LivingSocial’s expansion plans in 2011. It’s been so nice to ‘pay it forward’ and give other experienced recruiters the opportunity to link up with TWG and their client, LS.
I’ve also taken on responsibility for full cycle recruiting of specific LS hiring needs in the US, UK and Australia and was flown into D.C. to sit in on one of LS’s ‘Super Session’ recruitment days and learn the methodology behind how they recruit.
Overall, it’s proving to be the new adventure that I hoped it to be – an enjoyable and professionally satisfying way to pay the bills, until such time as the right FT job comes along.
January 15th 2011
I am indeed a lucky man.
I have the most beautiful, vibrant woman in the world by my side during this period of transition. I have 3 intelligent, healthy and passionate children. As a family, we now walk the path which will lead to the next adventure in our lives following my job elimination.
The 1st step was taken about 10 mins after my COO and President left my office and 5 minutes after I had called my wife with the news. I reached out to one of my contacts on LinkedIn, Jean Wetstein who I had corresponded with a few days earlier when she had announced that she had left Williams Lea and was joining her husband’s firm, The Wetstein Group.
She had let me know that they were looking for recruiters to support them in their work with their major client. I had promised to let her know of anyone I would recommend her speaking with.
Now, on the day I was told that I had lost my job, the conversation took on a different perspective.
“Hey Jean, I’ve got someone for you – me!”
Long story short – 3 emails and 2 telephone conversations later, by the following day I was signed up to be a contract recruiter for Living Social – a great, short-term option for all sorts of reasons!
I am honored and excited to be offered the chance to assist Living Social with the latest phase of their growth; specifically in joining The Wetstein Group’s team of recruiters in sourcing Account Execs for Living Social in both the US and UK, as well as assist them in sourcing other new recruiters; utilizing the power of my own social networks. Led by Stu Wetstein, they are a tremendously skilled and supportive group of people.
Through the power of networking, the stars have aligned to offer me this chance to flex my recruitment skills and earn some resulting income, while I search for the next big opportunity for myself and my family.
Did I mention that I feel lucky?!
Lucky to have my family and their support, as well as being fortunate to have tremendous, generous people in my social network.
My team said some lovely things on my last day, I’ve received some wonderfully kind messages of support from others in the wider co and the references are building up on my LinkedIn profile.
Mike, my direct boss, put out an announcement about my position’s elimination which included: “Matthew has been a man of honor through this process. We appreciate so much the progress he has made in transitioning Therapy Solutions into our family of companies and it’s growth over the last 2 years. We will be supporting Matthew’s transition. We applaud Matthew for everything he’s done for Therapy Solutions and wish him the very best with his next endeavors.”
Bob (COO) wrote on my LinkedIn profile: “Matthew is a genuine individual who worked diligently to transition a company that we acquired into our family of companies. He built our employee base and streamlined/organized processes that had been antiquated. He developed social media for recruitment and sales purposes. He also developed new clients for our company and continued to contribute to the growth and building of revenue in the company. It was a sincere pleasure to work with Matthew.”
Don’t get me wrong, there will be plenty who will delighted to see the back of me – you know who are! However, at these times of introspection, it is joyous for me to know that by following the age-old mantra of trying to ‘treat others as you would wish to be treated’ and by trying your best each and every day, more people than not respond positively; your efforts are reflected back at you as images of appreciation.
I am a lucky man.
January 7th 2011
Today was not a good day!
The email came in from the COO – “Hey Matthew, Mike (President) and I will be in the area, can we come and see you?” Admittedly inauspicious on the surface, I’m been around the block enough times for alarm bells to immediately toll. When neither one would return my calls, my suspicions hardened.
By the time that Bob (COO) and Mike delivered the news “I’m sorry Matthew, but to prepare for the changes in reimbursement, the overall co is having to cut costs and yours is one of the positions to go”, my reaction was one more of resignation as opposed to surprise.
Having delivered that type of news myself on many occasions and therefore knowing how stressful these situations are for all concerned, I was impressed by the humane way that the situation was handled by both of them. It was especially nice for them to ask me as to how I wanted the team told and then for them to deliver on my request to confirm to those assembled that this was nothing to do with performance; more so, that it was to do with costs, as there was another person in the parent co who could absorb the running of my responsibilities into their role.
They were both so complimentary as to everything I had achieved over the past 2.5 years and as to the reasons that they had enjoyed working with me. I echoed their feelings, confirming that I had the greatest respect for both of them.
An hour after they arrived, they and my job were gone.
By the end of the day, so was I.