Lesley Blume




Professional life: I have been in the IT industry for almost 20 years and worked my way up through the secretarial and office management route to become European HR Manager for an American Software House in Marlow. I graduated from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development in 1995 and unfortunately, like many, became a casualty of the last recession in the mid 90's. As an HR Manager and then as a candidate, like many, I experienced the worst of the worst Recruitment Consultants and agencies, I felt sure I could do a much more professional job than I had experienced. I subsequently established my own successful consultancy and enjoyed 7 brilliant years of business. However, last summer, I was approached by one of my former clients to help his new company (Skype) to drive their recruitment process. I worked exclusively for Skype for a number of months as a Consultant and at the end of the year, I was invited to join the company as a permanent employee. I swore I would never give up my own consultancy and go back into corporate life, but Skype was different in every way possible and I readily accepted the offer and challenge. We are growing at an incredible rate and our plans for future growth continue to challenge, excite and reward me. Skype is one of the MOST exciting and dynamic companies - with the most talented group of people I have ever had the priviledge to work with and I am loving every minute of being part of this amazing international company. If you have a broadband connection and have not tried Skype yet, I urge you to do so. Aside from FREE calls (to other Skype users) anywhere in the world for as long as you like and as often of you like, you can IM people, conference others in (Skype & non-Skype) and exchange documents/pictures etc with surprising speed and in complete confidence as it is all encrypted. The voice quality is amazing and all it takes is a free download and yes, you read it right, it's absolutely FREE! Go on try it, you will be very pleasantly surprised. (NB. What have you got to lose?) Skype is one of the fastest growing companies on the internet today. Watch this space!!! PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer a Power Networker and therefore cannot contact you via Ecademy