I’m Steve Ward, but people didn’t recognise me at social media industry events, until I mention CloudNineRec – because that’s how over 6,000 people recognised me on Twitter for a while. Now, I’m plain old Steve Ward to most people now. Hopefully, because I made my mark.
After 15 years in nomadic recruitment consultancy existence, I tripped over the social media industry in 2009, and on the advice of a new found client – re-directed my recruitment focus, methodology and client and candidate market – to focus on recruiting social media and digital communications talent. This was when CloudNine Social Media & Digital Talent was born.
I’d been a recruiter who had dabbled in using Twitter and Linkedin – but the thought of building a recruitment strategy around them, and delving into the worlds of Facebook etc, was a distant thought. On discovering social media for recruitment, I got trained in social media strategy, and re-directed my business.
It’s the most fun and rewarding times I’ve had in my recruitment existence, and I’ve been lucky to win many awards, do exciting work, and meet great people from within the industry I supply, and amongst the social recruiting fraternity.
I’ve also guested as a specialist on the subject of Social Media & Hiring/Job-seeking on webinars, twitter chats and articles, for The Guardian Careers, The Telegraph, Jobsite, TotalJobs a number of #RecHangouts, and even in Glamour Magazine!
Within the recruitment industry I have spoken at events run by The Recruiter, The REC, CIETT conference, Recruitment International and Recruiter.com; as well as being a `regular` on Bill Boorman’s TRU recruitment unconference circuit – discussing and speaking on all things relating to how recruitment companies can apply social media to their communications mix. I have also been featured in articles in The Guardian, Glamour, EsCouter magazine, Recruitment International and The Recruiter.
In 2013, I merged CloudNine with the Angela Mortimer Group – a company that stood for the same standards as CloudNine, although from a different angle. In September 2015, I decided to step away from CloudNine, and take up some offers to do some other stuff; as well as retaining a little more of the same.
I still recruit Social Media & Digital communications people, but also I consult with recruitment agencies and departments in lamens terms, on how social media is applicable and accessible – because I’ve done it. I’ve made that transition. Sourcing talent yes, but more pertinently how to win business and solid clients through social media.
I also have a huge passion for Future Talent & Graduates, and their transition into digital careers, and so events such as #MyDigitalCareer have been enablers for new graduates to hear from leading industry specialists. Ambitions for #MyDigitalAcademy are on the agenda for beyond 2016. This is another area I speak regularly in, for Universities, Careers Shows and for excellent organisations such as Inspiring Futures.