I have always worked in and around recruiting as a Recruiter, Trainer, Operations Director, Consultant and Coach. I have spent more than 27 years in this industry which sadly qualifies me as a veteran. (substitute old!) During this time I have worked in most markets and have been responsible for the full H.R. and Training function for a recruitment business that grew from 6 to 147 branches. I have implemented I.T systems, designed performance management and appraisal systems among most other things.
Over the last 5 years I have been working as a consultant and trainer to growing recruiting firms across Europe. The last 18 months saw my introduction to social media and social recruiting. I started with 50 connections on Linked In (mostly friends) and grew from there. signing up for a twitter account in March 2009 changed everything, as I was given access to a fantastic network worldwide. In Feb 2009 I was honoured and surprised to be ranked in the HR Examiner/trakkr index as the 6′th most influential on-line recruiter in the world. Despite this accolade, I still consider myself to be very much a social media amateur (there are lots more in my network that are much wiser and cleverer.
You can read my other blog at The Recruiting Unblog (#Tru)
I’m now best known as @BillBoorman on twitter, and have been described a twitterholic that never sleeps, omnipresent and even a whirling dervish! (Thanks @fishdogs.)
In September 2009 I attended an event in Toronto (Recruitfest 09) that had a major impact on me. This was my first stint as a track leader at an unconference. I was so taken by this open format that I brought it back to the UK and with Geoff Webb, (Radical Recruit), launched #trulondon and other #tru events. We are in the process of taking these events on a global tour stretching from london to china over the next 2 years. I love the buzz these events create, and enjoy them as much on-line as off it.
I have always been involved in writing and key-note speaking. Social media has given me a great channel to exercise this passion. I deliver key-notes or host tracks whenever I can, and will happily discuss any engagement anywhere in the world. Just get in touch if you are looking for a speaker on a whole range of recruiting, HR, social-media or other subjects.
As well as my own blog, I usually guest post 2 – 3 times a week. if you are looking for a guest blogger, I’d be glad to contribute. It all builds audience.
Aside from the events, I support a select group of recruiting firms as a consultant and trainer, in particular assisting with performance issues, holistic sales training and implementing social recruiting. This keeps me current and actively involved in the market.
Away from work, my children Frank (10, Read his Blog 2beFrank) and Alice (8) provide lots of inspiration, motivation and a real reason for doing what I do. Despite leading a relatively unhealthy life-style, I have somehow managed to complete 27 marathons (very slowly) and always have an eye on a challenge. I love it best when someone tells me you could never do that.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me. My network continues to educate me and gives me far more learning, enjoyment and inspiration than I could ever give back. I just keep discovering new friends!
Keep being ambassadors of your network,