Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Left; NBC: Everett

It’s often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more “down the line.” They don’t hide their hopes and fears. They applaud ambition and openly reward success. Brits are more comfortable with life’s losers. We embrace the underdog until it’s no longer the underdog.We like to bring authority down a peg or two. Just for the hell of it. Americans say, “have a nice day” whether they mean it or not. Brits are terrified to say this. We tell ourselves it’s because we don’t want to sound insincere but I think it might be for the opposite reason. We don’t want to celebrate anything too soon. Failure and disappointment lurk around every corner. This is due to our upbringing. Americans are brought up to believe they can be the next president of the United States. Brits are told, “It won’t happen for you.”

There’s a received wisdom in the U.K. that Americans don’t get irony. This is of course not true. But what is true is that they don’t use it all the time. It shows up in the smarter comedies but Americans don’t use it as much socially as Brits. We use it as liberally as prepositions in every day speech. We tease our friends. We use sarcasm as a shield and a weapon. We avoid sincerity until it’s absolutely necessary. We mercilessly take the piss out of people we like or dislike basically. And ourselves. This is very important. Our brashness and swagger is laden with equal portions of self-deprecation. This is our license to hand it out.

This can sometimes be perceived as nasty if the recipients aren’t used to it. It isn’t. It’s play fighting. It’s almost a sign of affection if we like you, and ego bursting if we don’t. You just have to know which one it is.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2011/11/09/the-difference-between-american-and-british-humour/#ixzz23eyaDIbg

Contacts are being made; conversations are being held.

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.

Where in the world do I want to be!  That question is to be answered in the future.

Right now, it’s right here!

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!

Now, nothing against Farmers and their like but I somehow don’t see myself as an Insurance Salesman.  I’m sure that it’s a worthy field – just not for me!

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. 

Having now presented my 1st few applicants for consideration, we’ll soon see how many bills I can pay!

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!

  • LivingSocial offers daily deals on handpicked experiences that can be shared with friends. Their mission is to add surprise to every calendar.  Innovation and imagination have made LivingSocial the fastest-growing company in the social-buying category.
  • LivingSocial lets anyone find restaurants, shops, activities and travel hotspots popular in their area, at a significant savings. The company has dedicated area experts on the ground in every market working directly with business owners and constantly researching the best in local attractions to bring a savings of 50% to 70% for consumers.
  • Their web site offers a new promotion every morning, announced through its website, daily email, iPhone and Android app. Live for 24 hours, the Deal is available to anyone who clicks on it. Additionally, LivingSocial’s unique referral model gives users their Deal for free if they refer three friends who also participate.
  • With an audience of 10 million subscribers, LivingSocial is able to provide local merchants with the unprecedented ability to reach both local customers and a worldwide audience as well as introduce great local experiences at incredible values.
  • Recently, LivingSocial launched LivingSocial Escapes, a travel site offering unbeatable savings on curated, unforgettable adventures. Just as LivingSocial lets people discover new services, experiences and attractions at deep discounts in their hometown or places they visit, LivingSocial Escapes helps anyone find one-of-a-kind day trips, packaged nearcations, quick escapes that don’t require air-travel or weekend excursions they might not typically pursue. LivingSocial Escapes is the company’s third vertical market launch, including its LivingSocial Family Edition with deals for families in select locations and Deals for college students offered through a partnership with Koofers.
  • They are tracking to generate $500 million in sales this year and are focused on winning new market share in 2011, following the $175 million investment from Amazon recently announced.
  • In the last year, they have grown to offering local experiences in 5 countries!

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.