IBMer Spotlight: Meet Ella Slade

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We grab a coffee with IBMers from around the world, and share our chat in this weekly spotlight series. This week you can meet Ella, from IBM UK.

In the morning, I like my coffee…
To be honest I am more of an English Breakfast tea person! But if I were to have a coffee it would be a vanilla latte!

When I get up to go to work, I look forward to… 
My morning chat with my colleague Cheya. She is based in the Philippines so we can never just ‘grab a coffee’ with one another so we make sure we have a quick catch up each morning to start our day off right! 

I am responsible for.. 
Attracting exciting new talent to IBM using social media! I manage IBM’s recruitment accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Outside of my day job I am also on the steering committee of IBM’s UK LGBT+ network. 

My typical day… 
I start off my day by checking social media to see what activity has occurred overnight and respond to any messages. Then I tend to have a few meetings on additional projects I work on. Often these will be to do with websites, social content and our employer brand. I typically end my day by scheduling some content for the coming day and preparing for meetings tomorrow. 

The coolest part of my job is…  
The people I work with! My team are a great bunch of people who are all so talented but also up for a laugh! 

The biggest challenge I have…. 
Staying on top of trends. My role is constantly changing as new social trends and platforms emerge so I have to make sure I am on top of it so we can find and attract the best talent. 

Most memorable moment in my career… 
In 2017 I was lucky enough to go to India on a project for a week, it was a great opportunity to meet colleagues from across the world and even meet our new Vice President of Talent Acquisition.  

Top piece of career advice… 
Be true to yourself and your values. Change is to be expected in any career and industry but maintaining a strong sense of who you are and what you value is key and will help you make decisions you believe in.  


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