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  string(4342) "It was just another Saturday afternoon, summer of 2005 in Northern Ireland, and I was visiting a cousin for a catch-up chat, cold beer, and to plan our Saturday night on the town.Before we got settled her husband Paul (yes another one) pulled up on his motorbike – a custom 1200 Bandit which had been stripped down and race tuned.

Now I’ve always had a love of all things fast but had contained myself to 4 wheels (much to my Mum’s delight). I have had a few close shaves in cars and simply felt I would probably kill myself on 2 wheels.

Well my cousins teased and teased until I finally gave in and agreed to go for my first ride on a bike, just on the back of course.We eased down the hill and out on to the main road where we pulled up at the red light. To be honest I was a little nervous and rightly so, the lights turned green and we were off…well actually I was nearly off, the acceleration was so strong I almost flipped off the back of the bike!!

I composed myself, checked my underwear, and we headed along the coast road of Belfast Lough and eventually onto a closed road when he shouted through his helmet “I’m gonna open her up”….within seconds we were doing 140mph (225kph) and I was holding on for dear life – with an enormous smile on my face!!!

I was hooked!!! Within 6 months I had bought my first bike and a whole new social life was born.

I have had similar experiences throughout my career when considering a move to a new industry. It’s completely natural to be apprehensive and wary of new adventures, unknown situations, a new employer, or maybe even a new country, but the thrill of discovering something new far out-weighs any fear of potential failure.You simply have to believe in your own strength and ability to succeed.

I mentioned earlier the whole new social life that I discovered within the biking world and I have to admit that upon reflection, it still surprises me to this day that some of my closest friends are those I have only met within the last 8 of my 47 years on this earth.

Gaining those new friends involved a lot of meeting and greeting, introductions through other friends, attending bike shows and rallies, going for road trips, or simply just quick catch-ups for a coffee or pint. Without even realising it at the time, I was networking!

As a recruiter, networking is essential in order to succeed, however there needs to be structure – a plan if you like.There is no point attending every networking event you can find if you have not already identified your target market, and it is just as important to restrict your target market to a few key areas or industries. Spread yourself too thin over a greater area and you’ll simply end up being a busy fool – better to work smarter, not harder!

During my 5 years of biking in Northern Ireland I met many weird and wonderful people, great big hairy bikers covered in tattoos who you would normally try to avoid eye contact with, turned out to be well-spoken gentle giants. It even amazed me to see representatives of the Hells Angels turn up to support and donate to various charity events.I guess what I’m trying to say is: you should never judge a book by its cover.

How many of us are guilty of jumping to conclusions about a person we do not know, based on their appearance etc?I think we have all been guilty of this at some point in time.

As recruiters we should constantly remind ourselves not to judge unfairly or jump to conclusions when meeting people for the first time.When interviewing candidates for a prospective role I always focus on the client’s requirements, the key selection criteria, what is essential and what is desirable, and avoid letting my personal opinion cloud my better judgement. Just because a candidate does not ‘click’ with me personally, does not mean that they are not suitable for the role.

I have been in Australia for over 3 years now, I have rebuilt a whole new social life with new friends, I have changed employers and moved to a completely new industry where I am networking on a daily basis, and every day brings with it new challenges and new thrills.

Take that leap of faith, have belief in your ability….then get on your bike and ride!!!!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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It was just another Saturday afternoon, summer of 2005 in Northern Ireland, and I was visiting a cousin for a catch-up chat, cold beer, and to plan our Saturday night on the town.Before we got settled her husband Paul (yes another one) pulled up on his motorbike – a custom 1200 Bandit which had been stripped down and race tuned.

Now I’ve always had a love of all things fast but had contained myself to 4 wheels (much to my Mum’s delight). I have had a few close shaves in cars and simply felt I would probably kill myself on 2 wheels.

Well my cousins teased and teased until I finally gave in and agreed to go for my first ride on a bike, just on the back of course.We eased down the hill and out on to the main road where we pulled up at the red light. To be honest I was a little nervous and rightly so, the lights turned green and we were off…well actually I was nearly off, the acceleration was so strong I almost flipped off the back of the bike!!

I composed myself, checked my underwear, and we headed along the coast road of Belfast Lough and eventually onto a closed road when he shouted through his helmet “I’m gonna open her up”….within seconds we were doing 140mph (225kph) and I was holding on for dear life – with an enormous smile on my face!!!

I was hooked!!! Within 6 months I had bought my first bike and a whole new social life was born.

I have had similar experiences throughout my career when considering a move to a new industry. It’s completely natural to be apprehensive and wary of new adventures, unknown situations, a new employer, or maybe even a new country, but the thrill of discovering something new far out-weighs any fear of potential failure.You simply have to believe in your own strength and ability to succeed.

I mentioned earlier the whole new social life that I discovered within the biking world and I have to admit that upon reflection, it still surprises me to this day that some of my closest friends are those I have only met within the last 8 of my 47 years on this earth.

Gaining those new friends involved a lot of meeting and greeting, introductions through other friends, attending bike shows and rallies, going for road trips, or simply just quick catch-ups for a coffee or pint. Without even realising it at the time, I was networking!

As a recruiter, networking is essential in order to succeed, however there needs to be structure – a plan if you like.There is no point attending every networking event you can find if you have not already identified your target market, and it is just as important to restrict your target market to a few key areas or industries. Spread yourself too thin over a greater area and you’ll simply end up being a busy fool – better to work smarter, not harder!

During my 5 years of biking in Northern Ireland I met many weird and wonderful people, great big hairy bikers covered in tattoos who you would normally try to avoid eye contact with, turned out to be well-spoken gentle giants. It even amazed me to see representatives of the Hells Angels turn up to support and donate to various charity events.I guess what I’m trying to say is: you should never judge a book by its cover.

How many of us are guilty of jumping to conclusions about a person we do not know, based on their appearance etc?I think we have all been guilty of this at some point in time.

As recruiters we should constantly remind ourselves not to judge unfairly or jump to conclusions when meeting people for the first time.When interviewing candidates for a prospective role I always focus on the client’s requirements, the key selection criteria, what is essential and what is desirable, and avoid letting my personal opinion cloud my better judgement. Just because a candidate does not ‘click’ with me personally, does not mean that they are not suitable for the role.

I have been in Australia for over 3 years now, I have rebuilt a whole new social life with new friends, I have changed employers and moved to a completely new industry where I am networking on a daily basis, and every day brings with it new challenges and new thrills.

Take that leap of faith, have belief in your ability….then get on your bike and ride!!!!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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