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Dennis Smith, Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition @ T-Mobile, Wireless Career Builder, Blogger.
I started blogging in December 2004, so I’m still a newbie by the Blog Herald’s standards. Although I’ve gone through a couple of name changes since then, I’m still blogging away on my blogger.com account: www.CareerBuilderBlog.com.
My blog is an extension of my role as a recruiting manager at T-Mobile, and it helps me build community with my target audience: job seekers (who want to know about life and jobs at T-Mobile) and consumers (who want the latest scoop on our cool phones). My blog helps me accomplish all of the things I do everyday as a recruiter. I spend my time persuading (people), influencing (people), and connecting (with people!). Catch the common theme? CareerBuilderBlog.com helps me do each of those better and faster.
How do I blog? Well, in the words of Halley Suitt, I “blog early” (almost every morning), “blog often” (my goal is at least 2 times each day), and I “bake fresh bread” (something you can’t get anywhere else). All with the purpose of being an active participant in the public conversation focused on jobs, careers, recruiting, the wireless industry, and T-Mobile. Bloglines.com, recruiting.com, and ere.net are my lifeline for keeping me plugged in to the job-seeker, recruiting, and wireless community so I always have fresh material for my blog.
Why do blog? I blog because I believe my blog brings a human touch to the black hole process. You know, that ugly process whereby job-seekers apply for a job online by submitting their resume to the big, black hole, only to never hear from anybody again (except for the “thanks for applying” postcard that shows up in the mail a week later).
I blog because I care about connecting with people around a topic that is very near and dear to all of us … our jobs.
Dennis Smith is the Senior Manager for Talent Acquisition at T-Mobile Wireless and the blogger at CareerBuilderBlog.
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