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The Opening shot..

Yesterday I attended an event by Westmeath County Enterprise Board about the subject of blogging. There were a number of speakers from the IIA (Irish Internet Association) all extolling the benefits of blogging for people in small businesses. Such as myself.

In all honesty, I went along with a fairly sceptical view of what blogging was all about. These days there seems to be endless schemes for getting people to spend all of their time gazing into a computer screen. (Bad enough really). And then I just can’t say that I’m a huge fan of having to read other people’s spoof just for the sake of spoof.

But I must admit, “traditional” websites can be sterile places. Take my own website, Midlandjobs.ie is (by design) a super-functional site. It only says what it needs to say and does only what it needs to do. Nothing more. It’s a no-frills, take no prisoners sort of website.

It’s very purpose was to to allow people to easily find and apply for the jobs which interest them in the local towns. So they can work right there where they want to work. And they can apply as quickly and as hassle-free as possible without having to read reams of information before they get to what they’re looking for. Thankfully I’d say, that much has been achieved.

It occurs to me now though that the users of the website, both job-seekers and recruiters alike, might value an area which allows them to discuss the issues that are of interest to them. These discussions don’t need to be cluttering up the main website, but they could have a valuable purpose in their own right.

I have been in both situations, both recruiting and job-seeking and without a doubt there are things to talk about for both groups. So despite my initial scepticism, I’m happy to start the conversations here today, even if only on a trial basis for the moment. You the reader, may have some valuable feedback for us about the Midlandjobs site itself. Whether it has been of help to you – or not as the case may be. And if not, how can it be improved. We’d be interested to hear from you.

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