You may have noticed her tweets on @cbforemployers over the last couple of weeks. Right now, you may be spending countless hours engrossed in her latest blog posts on The Hiring Site about the unbelievable factors that influence hiring, the latest BLS jobs report, and cringe-worthy job seeker bloopers like resumes written in Klingon (and who could blame you?). You may have laughed at her contribution to the #CVSReceipt Instagram meme — and you may have even spotted her at an NSYNC concert once.
Yes, Deanna, your new friendly face behind CareerBuilder for Employers’ social presence, may sometimes be guilty of humming along to “Bye, Bye, Bye” at her desk — and she’s not ashamed.
The day has come to hand over the keys to CareerBuilder for Employers’ social channels, and I hand them over with confidence that Deanna will keep you more than informed, entertained, and interested as this ride continues.
It’s been wonderful being able to communicate with all of you from the day we wrote our first tweet for @cbforemployers and penned our first words on The Hiring Site back in 2008 (Was one of my proudest moments when I worked Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth perfume into a blog post title? Without a doubt, yes.). We’ve laughed, we’ve probably cried, we’ve seen the economy and recruitment go through a lot of ups and downs — and the best part of it all has been getting to know many of you, whether online or in person.
I’ll still be behind the scenes here at CareerBuilder, making sure we’re continuing to add appropriate 1980s references to our work when at all possible — as Deanna brings a fresh perspective as your new go-to person for the latest in recruitment news, delivering her own brand of insight, wit and perspective to our social accounts.
No stranger to social media or the recruitment space — or, soon, to you, for that matter — Deanna is eager to talk to you about her parasailing adventure/nightmare in Malaysia, the most embarrassing song on her iPod, the horrors of co-workers clipping their fingernails at work, or… well, I’ll let her tell you herself:
1. What was your first job and what’s one thing you learned during that time?
Interestingly, my first job — more like an internship I resumed every summer growing up — was as a copywriter/copy editor at a small boutique advertising agency that my mom co-owned. During that time, I learned not to take criticism personally and that graciously accepting suggestions/advice goes a long way. Since then, I went to journalism school and have worked in an official capacity as a magazine editor for a number of years, but I feel very much at home in my copywriting role here at CareerBuilder. It’s like my life has come full circle. And I’m not even 30 yet!
2. What do you love most about the recruitment space?
What’s NOT to love?! I get excited to live tweet at 7:30 a.m. on the first Friday of every month when the jobs report comes out. Need I say more?
Also, and pardon the cliché, but it’s incredible to know that I’m part of an organization and a movement to empower employment and help match employers with candidates who are the right fit for them, which in turn moves our economy forward.
3. Who’s your favorite Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram user?
I’m a social media addict, so I have favorites for all three. I love the crazy, oftentimes informative tweets by @RedEyeChicago. (You can imagine my glee when they favorited one of my tweets a few days ago.)
Most people use Pinterest to share aesthetically pleasing designs to showcase their refined tastes in decor. I, on the other hand, use it primarily to pin to the “Humor” category, so following someecards is a must. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good laugh.
During a phase in my life when I didn’t have cable, I was forced to keep up with the Kardashians on Instagram – and still do. That said, I probably most enjoy following Mindy Kaling and her crazy antics on Instagram at the moment.
4. What’s the movie or book you’d be embarrassed to tell others you love?
Pretty much every single chick flick that has ever been made. But this is something I’ve slowly learned to embrace about myself – after all, you can never have too many “You’ve Got Mail” references in your back pocket, can you?
5. How have you made your cubicle or work space yours?
I put up a big sign that says “Instant Human: Just Add Coffee.” It’s true – please don’t EVER approach me before I have my first cup of coffee. Just ask my husband, one of those annoying morning people.
6. What’s one thing you have always wanted to do that scares you?
I’d love to say skydiving to make myself sound cool, but I’d like to live to see another day. I once went parasailing in Malaysia (honestly, just to say that I did), and I’m pretty sure I got cardiac arrhythmia. So I’ll go with singing at a karaoke bar instead.
7. What is one of your talents that many people may not know about?
Not to brag or anything, but I did once win an office bake-off contest. I still have a screenshot of the voting sheet, and it will forever be one of my most proud accomplishments. Just one rung higher than earning a master’s degree.
8. What’s been your favorite moment at CareerBuilder so far?
I’ve only been here a few weeks, but everything has been amazing thus far and it’d be unfair to pinpoint just one thing. Literally as I was writing this, two cool things happened. 1) A colleague stopped by to drop off a free pair of orange Converse to wear at some conferences I’ll be attending, and 2) My manager’s starting a book club where we get to read and discuss amazing books like “Steve Jobs” and “Switch” (books I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten around to) to get our creative juices flowing.
9. What winning dance move do you bust out on special occasions (or anytime)?
That would have to be “Gangnam Style.” I thought my sister was crazy for including it in her wedding day playlist, but it turned out great because everyone looked equally stupid doing it.
10. Name three songs no one would suspect are on your iPod?
1. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (my current favorite).
2. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem (one of my all-time favorites).
3. “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle (I never listen to it because it always makes me cry, but for some reason I can’t get myself to delete it).
Please join me in welcoming Deanna! Give her a shout on Twitter at @cbforemployers, read about the recruitment topics on her mind right now, and chat her up on CareerBuilder for Employers’ Facebook page. You’ll still see me popping up here on The Hiring Site from time to time (and bobbing my head along to my boy band of choice).