Last October I announced in this blog that I was on the look out for a new job. And I found one.
It is with great pleasure that I announce that starting May 1st I will join Proven Partners, a KM consultancy firm. I very much look forward to this new position. We’ve been talking since early december, and I think we connect very well on a personal level as well as in our professional attitude and perception of KM.
Interesting to note here is of course if my blog had anything to do with finding a new position. Not directly, but it did help establish my professional level and areas of interest. During one of the interviews my counterpart had a googled stack of printouts from my blog and Martin Roell’s Jobblog in front of him. He quoted Martin’s piece where he describes me as “an unbelievably sympathetic, educated, interested, intelligent and reflective person”. He then asked me if I had written this myself or Martin. On my answer ‘Martin’, he asked “how does he know that?”. We then talked about how blogs build relations through conversations, and how this carried over into face to face meetings and e-mail discussions.
Another blog-related thing was that I blogged a meeting where several of my new colleagues were present as well, which they were pointed to by one of their clients (who hosted the meeting).
As for the future, in my plan for the rest of this year, introducing blogs and wikis as a co-creativity tool into my new company has a place on the agenda.

10 reactions on “Hired!

  1. Ton,
    although I had an opportunity to say it to you directly, I would repeat it here – congratulations!
    I believe it’s very important to have a job where you can turn your passions into a business value. I hope your new job will give you lots of such chances.

  2. Congratulations Ton !
    I read this somewhere once … “to do what you love … and get paid for it … what can be better?”

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    I’m very glad to see Ton’s announcement that he’s found a new job. And excited by his reflections on the part blogging played in the process. Just lately I’ve had serious discussions about a work project which has arisen directly…

  4. Ton, I know I have already written to you in email, but I’ll say it again here: This is great! I wish you a lot of success and happyness in your new job. I look forward to seeing you next week.

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  9. Congratulations, Ton.
    I will be coming to western Europe for the month of April. If anywhere close to you, perhaps we could share a meal together ?

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