Our New MacBook

Our New MacBook
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Yesterday, the future replacement to our dingy HP Pavillion came in finally. It’s a MacBook.

I have fallen in love with the Mac platform, but I couldn’t afford the Mac Book Pro (nor did I need one for the way I use my machine). At the same time, the HP Laptop was in dire need of getting replaced: it’s been a faithful dog for close to four years now, but once again I had had too many crashes “at 10,000 feet” with it, if you know what I mean.

So I took the leap, and now the MacBook is here. 🙂

How To Hire Five People in Ten Days

If you are expecting magic tricks here, I won’t make false promises.

Doubling my team from five to ten (four of whom start in two days, with one last person starting on Monday) has been no easy task. Here’s how I accomplished it:
1) I created the job descriptions: these five people are starting in three different positions, two of which are completely new in our team. I needed to have a means of painting the picture of the job they’d be doing, as best as I could, before I could even start interviewing.

2) I sent out a “blast e-mail” to the company: with close to 1,200 staff members, the response was pretty good. 3 of the 5 people I hired resulted from this effort.

3) I looked back into past resumes of folks that did very well in previous hiring rounds, but didn’t end up getting hired. Another person came out as a result of this technique.

4) Another department was hiring for a position similar to one of the vacant spots I had but they were looking for some elements that were not as critical in my case. So I asked them for their best candidates that almost got the job with them, but didn’t quite make it. One of those candidates was a very good fit for my position…

Result: 5 people hired in a matter of ten days.

Now, ask me in a few weeks how we are surviving the learning curve! 🙂