((( TRANSMITTING )))
Just when you think it’s safe to get back to business, one of your gun staff leaves.
This has happened to Andrew Preston. You’ve met him before.
Just as I should be ace at birthday cards, this recruiter ought to find a new employee in a snap.
But the world is awfully different today.
Yes, Andrew’s ally is Australia’s finest job ad writer.
- No-one reads newspaper ads any more.
- The best people already have jobs.
- If he doesn’t move fast, competitors may target his clients.
- Candidates are far more interested in their careers than his business.
So it seems we must go lateral.
- Write an email telling everyone exactly what’s going on (Appendix 1).
- Divvy up client and candidate portfolios to ensure no-one’s service suffers.
- Put an ad in SEEK, which is where our audience hangs these days.
- Hit our personal networks – including my wife, who happens to be attending a recruitment consultants’ reunion next fortnight!
- Do the relatively new thing of offering a $500 bounty to the person who recommends the successful applicant.
- Try something completely new, by writing this blog post.
This last measure is very risky – like cutting your calf on coral while corralled by cartilaginous carnivores.
Once they scent blood, there could be a frenzy.
In his defence, Andrew’s client relationships span decades.
And his crew is tough enough to carry the fight till relief arrives.
The job involves:
- placing high-level professionals (engineers, draftspeople);
- with very large organisations (ERM, QLD Govt);
- working on insanely huge projects (ports, rail yards).
Base salary is $60-80K, but $120K is possible if you’re good.
If this blog tactic works, Andrew’s new person could start Monday.
If not, I’ll have a gripping dispatch about how I blasted his $6M life’s work into a smoking ruin.
Either way, it should be interesting.
What do you think of our approach?
Has your business ever lost a vital team member?
How did it affect you?
How did you replace them?
How long did it take you to recover?
Please forgive the non-addressed nature of this email; I wanted to get the news out fast.
One of our consultants, X, is leaving us to explore other opportunities.
Having appreciated X’s ideas and energy for well over three years, we’re sad to see him go.
I’ve told X the door is open, should he ever wish to return.
Until we source a replacement (which shouldn’t take us very long!) Y and I will look after X’s clients and candidates.
If X was looking after you, one of us will contact you personally to ensure a seamless transition.
If Y or I are already your primary contact, you needn’t do a thing.
Except know that our service standards will not suffer one jot.
Meanwhile, if you have any needs or questions, please call me (management), Y (operations) or Z (administration).
Best regards and talk soon.
Andrew Preston, Managing Director, Blyss Personnel.
Paul Hassing, Founder & Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire