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JD Ritterson

JD Ritterson

IT’S HARDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. Writing is not difficult, but making meaningful order of writing with limited time to create content is a challenge. Being focused, knowing what you will write about and what you will not write about, is a challenge. Using social media but not being swallowed up by the great whale of social media, another challenge. I spent a serious amount of time feeling as I imagine Jonah felt. There is no escape from social media, there is only the mad rush in the direction of sanity.  I have found my place on Twitter, Facebook Pages, Pinterest, LinkedIn Pulse, and I have avoided overloading on the many other social media sites out there. I have added tools – to help me be organized and to save time.

Where social media distracted me, it didn’t keep me from learning my blogging  platform and its strengths and weaknesses and over the year I have become more comfortable with the line between me, the writer and me the recruiter employed by Ecolab. There’s me the recruiter that wants to get the word out about the job opportunities I have to offer, and to share the passion I have about my job and the company I work for.  My writing is my own — my thoughts my own, opinions my own. Much of what I know and can share, I have learned from watching the people I hire go on to succeed in their careers, though I can tell that story without speaking for them, or for Ecolab.

Social media was not my only distraction in 2014 — it was a busy year. I took on projects at work to gain my Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate and to hone my project management skills.  I traveled to Colorado, Washington D.C. , London, the Grand Canyon and Berkeley, California. I am reminded of Simone de Beauvior’s lament:

“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.”Simone de Beauvoir

I think the hardest is to want to be selfish and to be unselfish — to have work-live balance, to spend time with those I love, and to spend time alone to be creative — to mentor and advise, to care and support, to laugh and enjoy. In 2015, I won’t succeed in being all things, but I will travel —  to Boulder, Colorado, Mexico City, Montana, California – maybe Ireland. Along the way, I will finish a few chapters of my novel — and I will train and run a marathon and another half marathon. I will lose all the weight that I gained in 2012 -2014. I will enjoy my recruiting job, hire another 60-70 people for jobs across the U.S. and perhaps switch it up to work on HR data analytics, but if not that, I imagine I will do another HR-related Kaizen project. And, I will mentor a few young women, which always inspires my blogging – I will blog.

One part of my evolution in 2014 was to discover my topic focus both for writing and curating. Whether you read my blog, my Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter or find me on Pinterest, you can expect that I will deliver content within a limited range in 2015.


  • Networking for New Opportunities
  • Networking to Advance With Your Company
  • Networking Events
  • Tips on Working Smarter
  • Articles About Women Who Make a Difference
  • Launching a New Job
  • Career Development
  • Career Advancement

I won’t be posting advice on resume or cover letter writing — I see so many resumes that writing about resumes would be painful. There are so many great sites and so many articles about those topics you don’t need my two cents. Better that I write about networking and development, but as I write I will provide you with links to steer you in the direction of the other information.

Enjoy your year – wherever it takes you!

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