Fingers in HR Pies


Wanted to share some happenings in the HR Bacon Hut world. Content has slowed down over here a bit. But, I have good reason. Let me catch you up! With two new recognition product launches starting to wrap up, we have had a great Spring at Berkeley Tandem, Inc.  And that has certainly dominated my time. Not to worry, the conversation of influence still swirls by phone or a lucky moment to grab lunch when one of my fave HR pals comes to town. I am listening and commenting! The goal? To inspire content. I’m seeing content in the HR and social media space grow in exciting ways. Let me share with you what I’m having conversations about.

Rich Social Media Pie

For those bloggers truly putting content out there, you need to get listed on the two hottest influencer platforms. And even get paid! To be an HR Blogger (The Mashable of HR)  you have to post at least 4 times a month. To be in the HR Blogger Network, PPC you have to post once a week.  Once a month or less for me is obviously not getting me a seat on the list. But, I encourage my readers who can pour out this kind of content to check out these two opportunities with Star Conspiracy and Blogging for Jobs.

Flavor of SHRM Pie

My poor SHRM chapter  has been neglected this Spring as well. Not as much as my blog though! We’ve been wrapped up in the pitfalls of social media multi-account ownership and needed website re-make. Along with my business social media, MT|SHRM is getting my live time. And my SHRM chapter social media network  is growing with a target of 2013, hosting our State Conference, and tightening our social media presence. Look for more to come SHRM fans! Very exciting. Be sure to follow us on Twitter. 

Teach Making Pie

Tying into SHRM is the new Project Social HR site in soft launch. Victorio Milian and I have been working hard to bring this HR blogger mentoring alive. The site is staged to become a publishing and educational platform for those who want to break into HR blogging. Project Social is a crowd sourcing opportunity that leverages everyone’s network to disseminate a message and “practice blogging” within a support system of other HR bloggers. I’m so excited to see this go live and buffer, the sometimes daunting task, of putting yourself out there in a professional circle. My long-term goal is to help facilitate this site as great educational tie into my SHRM chapter. It would be great if the site can help open a door to my chapter members who would like to try blogging. Victorio is doing a great job keeping me on task. He is social media community manager extraordinaire! (My French word for you Victorio.)

This influence is coming home to roost. Shout out to the Middle TN State University, Organizational Communication Majors and the Special Topics Course “Social Media”. Taught by long time personal and social media pal Dr. Lynette Long, @smcorco. They have been studying me…. and you. (Amongst others.) I spoke to the class Thursday. They are a handsome crowd. A mix of blogging causes, artistic expression, college musing and insight into the mind of the college student’s introduction and perception of social media. They are learning how social media makes an impact. Dr. Long has done a wonderful job coaching these students into the world of blogging with assigned topics and required regular posts. I am schooled! It is fascinating to see their social media expression mature into their online voices. The semester is wrapping up and they now see this social media “stuff”  can serve them in their job and internship search! I encourage you to check them out.

Let me introduce you to some of the class blog roll:

In no particular order:
MTSU keeps waffling on their course offerings. Social Media will not be offered in this department in the Fall. I cannot help but question that decision. New technology and communication platforms are being created each day within social media. Obviously it is exploding in the HR space. Universities need to be the think-tank to teach the tool with an immersion methodology in order to connect to a broader application. The Project Social HR blog platform understands that for the social media tools to take root, you have to use them regularly in order for your organic network form. You have to jump in and use the tools in a way that connects with your areas of expertise. College coarse work and blog mentoring becomes the fertilizer to help grow a network in a more targeted, interdisciplinary, deliberate way. Corporations and organizations are on board. Course work should be leading this charge, not following.

Who Else WILL FEAST on Pie?

Thanks again to the  smcorco class. You ground me in the importance of education, learning and the freedom to publish without fear. Be in control of what you put on the web and use it to promote your talents and skills to further your career. Finding your social media purpose is the hard part. Once you discover where your interests are playing in the social media sandbox, engage with them. When you contribute your thoughts, your network will start to blossom. I love seeing my Human Resources network blossom online. I remember their ideas in infancy, seeded in tweets and blog posts that evolved into full-blown, money-making business plans. The frontier is growing! Will higher education be left behind?

It is an exciting time to be a blogger. Social Media is not a fad. Blogging is not dying. It is being woven into a more credible network within industries as a part of an effort to communicate ideas. Blogging and tweeting media is just a piece of the social tool box that reaches culture, branding, business and education. It is about people. It is about making time to finding an audience. One tweet won’t build it. So thanks for letting me share some of the pies I’ve been licking lately. It is sweet success I share with my HR network and those who influence me. Thanks for reading. You inspire me!

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