As you may know, I will be going to Mamelodi, South Africa this November on an aid trip to help build homes, plant gardens, and bring some love and much-needed assistance to the Mamelodi community. To date, I have raised an amazing $2080 through the kind and generous contributions of many of you. However, my deadline for raising a total of $3000 is coming up QUICKLY – I must have my funds turned in within the first couple of days of October. I have $920 left to raise by then and I am working hard to get the remainder collected.
Jim Stroud, author of The Recruiters Lounge, is teaming up with BlitzTime to conduct a series of online networking events each month to support worthy causes. The first event that Jim is collecting for will take place on October 2nd and happens to be for my trip to South Africa! Jim is very excited to be able to donate the proceeds from this event (as am I) and I would encourage each of you to check out his post on the event, complete with details on what BlitzTime is and how this event will happen. To join this event, all you will need is a telephone and an internet connection. The cost of the event is $10.00 and all of the proceeds will be donated to the South Africa fudraising efforts.
If you want to make a contribution but don’t want to or cannot participate in this event, you’re welcome to make a donation as well. Simply click on this link and type ‘Hale’ into the search field that asks for the participant’s last name. Or you can mail a check; the address and directions are listed on the site as well.
Thanks for your continued support! I plan to blog my experiences here while I am in South Africa. Stay tuned!
Yes, we all do it. We whisper in the ears of our competitors’ employees and say “Come join us…you know you want to!” And any company out there that says it doesn’t gaze with a lustful eye upon the top talent at its competitors is a liar, IMHO.
The Firm Voice came out with a great article today, Preventing People Poaching: Lateral Hiring Among Agencies—and How to Stop It. This article discusses the issue of talent poaching specifically within the PR community, citing some reasons as including “a ‘grass is greener’ mentality, high levels of burnout because it’s 24/7 and agencies thinking they can create an instant culture by taking people from other shops.”
The article lists some recommendations taken from some PR firms that are fighting this battle successfully to retain their employees:
- Analyze your retention rates.
- Hire the right people in the first place.
- Recognize that some poaching comes from the client side.
- Give your employees a clear career path.
- Evaluate your agency culture against common factors for high retention.
- Utilize protective legal measures.
- If all else fails, let them go.
As quoted by a couple of people in the article, there seems to be a feeling that there is a shortage of PR talent available today. However, one commenter states that there is not a shortage of talent, but rather a lack of experience. This comment came from an individual who has been trying to break into the industry but due to ‘lack of experience’ has been unsuccessful in obtaining an entry level position. Marcus Anderson, if you read this post please get in touch with me and we’ll see if we can help you :)
This brings up a good point – the Catch-22 of gaining industry experience. In an interview, some folks are told that they do not have enough experience. How is one supposed to gain experience in an industry if no opportunity is provided to earn said experience? Particularly in entry-level positions?
Another interesting point with the whole ‘talent shortage’ in the PR world is not that there is no talent available, it’s that we’re not looking beyond the “PR” talent pool and considering similar skillsets from other functions, such as marketing, advertising, journalism, even legal. The ‘talent pool’ has become incestuous as we continue to steal from each other. Why not look outward and consider a cross-industry hire? That might help to alleviate this talent poaching within our industry.
As a shameless plug of course for Waggener Edstrom, we are committed to the consideration of cross-industry hires within the agency, so if anyone out there in related industries has considered a career in PR, please get in touch with me.
Read the whole article here on The Firm Voice- it’s quite well-written and offers up a lot of good suggestions for employee retention.
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That’s right folks – we’re hiring a Recruiter or Sr. Recruiter in Seattle (local candidates only – sorry!)
- 5+ yrs. exp. full-cycle recruiting
- Strong client management skills
- Ability to deal with rapidly changing organizational issues
- Worked within a team environment
- Worked under client deadlines in a fast-faced environment
- Prior experience in recruiting for service organization/industries/positions is preferred.
- Passion for technology and innovation, and the role which PR plays in achieving client’s business goals is a must
Please email me if you’re interested! Waggener Edstrom has fantastic benefits and competitive compensation – this is a great opportunity!
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My local colleagues Daniel Johnson Jr. and Barbara K. Baker coined this phrase yesterday and I think it’s funny, so I’m going to pilfer it for this post. For those who look forward to my semi-regular postings, sorry I haven’t updated but if you’ve been watching the weather, there was a hurricane that hit Texas last week and made its way up into the Midwest. Keeping things in perspective, my heart goes out to those in the Houston and Galveston areas who really got hit hard – I hope that things get back to normal for everyone there soon.
However, being that Cincinnati is a land-locked area, we do not have an emergency action plan for hurricanes and were not prepared to receive tropical storm, and at times hurricane, force winds on Sunday! As a result, close to 1 million homes and businesses in the Cincinnati area lost power on Sunday. We are being told that it may be as late as Saturday until some places have power restored. I personally have no power at home still, so I’ve been trolling the area looking for wifi spots so I can work. Today thankfully, my church is open and they provide free wifi and…free coffee :) In the evenings, I am living on canned tuna and bottled water, and I have 3 candles and a little reading light that keep me out of total darkness!
So, here’s what happened – our local utility company had sent a fleet in the direction of Texas to help out with the massive power outages that were expected, not anticipating that we would have so many issues here ourselves! They recalled the fleet which I think returned back here on Monday night around 9pm. They’re working to restore power to the most critical areas first, so I would anticipate personally having power back maybe sometime tomorrow, or possibly even Thursday.
Having grown up in Florida, I’ve seen my fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms. While it was shocking for this area to get winds at times exceeding 70mph, it wasn’t as bad as some storms I’ve seen. When things like this happen, you see the best and the worst in people. Someone said last night that when it is truly a disaster, you see the best in people. But when it’s simply an inconvenience, you tend to see the worst in people. Unfortunately I’ve seen a lot of the latter in the past couple of days. I’ve heard about fist-fights over gas, I even saw a greedy guy in a minivan fill up his tank and then proceed to fill up 6 emergency containers full of gas – and right after this occurred, the station ran out of gas. People forget driving etiquette when the lights go out – intersections are supposed to become a 4-way stop and I’ve seen people blow right through with no consideration for others.
I hope that folks remember that while they are being inconvenienced with fallen trees, power outages, gas shortages, no ice, etc. that everyone else around them is also being inconvenienced :) As I saw many folks trying to find places to plug in their electronics yesterday in the cafe I finally found open, I have brought a power strip with me today to share the outlets. Just trying to do my part!
Here’s a video of some of the wind and things that were going on around my neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. I hope to be “back in business” here shortly – thanks for being patient!