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Flickr as a Hiring Platform

Flickr as a Hiring Platform

I’ve done it once and I plan to do it again.

I use Flickr to hire people for my projects. I needed some website art for a project I’m doing, and though I am capable of doing my own art, I realized that there were people who were far more talented than me. So, I looked around my 50 or so Flickr contacts and picked Sonya to do the illustrations for my website and the iTunes art, etc.

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And then it struck me that I would re-use this model. Now, I’ve got feelers out to a photographer who specializes in really cool setups using dolls and miniatures to build really hilarious settings to photograph.

Why WOULDN’T you use Flickr as a hiring platform? In fact, why not use Flickr as part of someone’s background search for jobs? I’m stealing this idea from Mitch Joel of Twist Image, who talked about it on the New Comm Road podcast. He said he’d want to read someone’s blog more than their resume.

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The Hack

Start looking at “social networking” and “social software” sites as prospects for your projects, as customers for your products, as networkers for things you’re passionate about and working on. Look beyond the shape and premise of the site into what the content of the site means to things you’re doing.

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MySpace has netted me more connections and interesting opportunities than LinkedIN (which is a neat site, but I’ve yet to have any significant business experience from it).

Some tips?

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  • Build profiles such that people know what you’re interested in OUTSIDE of that site’s basic premise– For instance, on my Flickr profile, I think I mention that I’m starting an audio and video podcasting company.
  • Write strong profiles with contact information– Make sure people have ways to reach you that don’t require them to use the on-board messaging systems of most social networks.
  • Connect with connectors– Even if someone’s got something going that’s not directly related to what you’re doing, you never know when they will connect with someone who you’d love to get in touch with.
  • Share the love– Make sure you ask people on the site what you can do for them, who they need for clients, what they’re hoping to get going? It’s nice to share.
  • Link, link, link– Use your blog as a platform to link people together. Share people’s pet projects on your site, and show others how to reach them. Sharing the audience brings people back to your projects.
  • Grow your community– If you’re writing social software, or running a group, or developing a network, make ways for people to grow the community themselves. Have people share the passion and give them a way to participate. Look at Digg. They’ve made that the baseline of the project.

There are dozens of sites and hundreds of stories on how people have found each other through social networking and social software online. The trick for you becomes finding a way to turn that into opportunities, and a way for you to help others. Have you had an experience like this that you’d like to share?

— Chris Brogan is working this angle heavily at Grasshopper New Media, where he’s reaching out to podcasters, bloggers, and other new media enthusiasts every day. He blogs at [chrisbrogan.com].

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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