In October 2010, the lead article in InSight 153 was Adventures of a (linchpin) job seeker. It was the story of Ellison Bloomfield, a frustrated job seeker who decided she was going to try a different approach to finding her dream job.
Ellison embarked on a very public campaign to find ‘The Job’ and the outcome of her campaign was a fascinating insight into the options available for job seekers outside the traditional recruitment channels and processes.
I’d obviously put a lot of work (and myself) into getting my role so I was feeling the pressure of living up to expectations and being able to follow through, after all getting the job was just the first part – now I had to deliver.
I put a huge amount of emphasis on who I’m working with and I really think that the people I work with every day has an impact on my happiness in a role so it was important for me to know what I was walking into. Deloitte has a high performance culture that encourages people to have a ‘fame agenda’ so my story was received positively and everyone was very welcoming.
That was a bit of a shock when I had to start thinking in dollars and realising how accountable I had to be for the service that was being provided to our clients. If we lose a client it comes down to me and I have to be able to explain why that has happened.
There have been massive surprises for me along the way, but they’ve been positive every time, such as when I met Giam, the Deloitte Australia CEO, in March and the conversations I’ve had with senior executives who are so interested in the people who will be the future of the company.
I’ve worked in places where the CEO sat only one floor away and yet was never seen in the office, so to work somewhere with such a flat hierarchy and with such open leadership is pretty amazing.
I knew that I would be walking into a company where I would be expected to work hard and that might mean extra hours and late nights but it also means a brilliant culture and fantastic colleagues. I’m not sure of the exact dollar amount but our use of social media has resulted in massive savings when it comes to recruitment. We have a well supported referral program that encourages us to recommend people in our network for available positions.
The other advantage is that we know what’s happening in the market; I’m able to do research using my network, I know what’s happening with my clients and I can provide a better client experience as a result of this. We practice what we preach – at Deloitte we want to be different and our involvement in social media, right from the start, is one of the ways that we set ourselves apart.
My study forces me to keep reading and keep across trends in OD which is relevant to the Leadership Academy, but regardless of my role, this course will be beneficial to me as it will help me to become a better manager (when I get to that type of position).
We can say ‘if only I had/hadn’t’ but our choices are what make our future and the person that we are each day. Each choice I made has led me to being in the position I’m in now and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
If starting a dialogue through social media is the right way then do that, if a more traditional approach is required, then find out who to get in contact with. I was rejected for dozens of jobs. It wasn’t nice at the time but you have to be able to focus on what’s next. Technology can amplify your message but you need to be clear about what you want and what you’re good at.
It’s important to be realistic as well. Make sure you’re aiming for something that you’re qualified for and you can demonstrate you’ll be able to do well at.
I’m still extremely passionate about how important it is for people to be in a role they care about, to work for a company you believe in and to encourage people to work in the areas that their strengths lie.
Within the next 12 months I hope that I will be able to move into a full time social media position. That role might look like a lot of things but will still involve being able to focus on the areas that get me out of bed in the morning.
The Deloitte Digital blog is something I love working on and the boys in the social media team are fantastic to work with so I hope I can get to work with them more. It’s more than obvious to people that I love to talk about what I’m doing and the company that I’m working in so this is something I would like to continue doing through all the mediums that are available!