Joining a small company is like becoming part of a family. If you have worked for a start-up, or joined an established small business — family run or not — then you appreciate the significance of actually liking the people you work with.
At larger agencies, or at big companies in general, it’s impossible to like everyone who works there. And the beauty is, you don’t have to. In even the largest organizations, an employee’s day-to-day world typically involves working with the same core group of people. Those are the folks where chemistry is critical.
But in a small company, team chemistry is paramount. In smaller companies like this agency, there’s an all hands approach to getting the work done. It’s the team approach to almost everything we do. There’s no place to run, there’s no place to hide.
Currently, we’re recruiting for an Associate (account executive). It’s our first full-time hire since I joined the firm several months ago, and I’m realizing how important this new hire is. The fact that the new employee will be relatively new to the work world (aka, a junior employee), his or her influence on a firm such as ours could be tremendous. Therein lies the opportunity. Because in a small organization, even the most junior of employees can have a real influence on the success and well-being of the organization. At a bigger company, not so much.
From a job description point of view, here’s the individual we’re recruiting for:
- an Associate with 2-3 years of experience working in a communications setting, preferably in PR or in a related marketing services discipline. Someone with PR agency experience would have an advantage (if you’ve never worked in a PR agency before, there’s a definite adjustment period).
Some of the soft skills that are desired include these:
- Being a team player is critical. This isn’t to say that you won’t be focused on your own activities, because you will. But most of the work you’ll be doing at your desk, on the phone and PC, will be rolled back into a team/client effort. Also, we do lots of team brainstorming here. So we need to hear what you’re thinking. One of the things clients buy from us are our ideas. Let’s hear them.
- Are you fearless? I know picking up the phone to follow up on a pitch to a writer or blogger or analyst can be intimidating to some junior people. Hell, even to lots of seasoned people. But after the email or DM has gone unreturned for some period of time, you’re probably going to have to pick up the phone.
- Clients make our world go round. Without clients, well, we don’t exist. If you enjoy interacting with clients, sharing your great ideas with them, and enjoy mutual success, then you might be right for this position. Likewise, if you can deal with your so-called great idea(s) being pooh-poohed by a client, and you don’t pout on those occasions a client isn’t keeping you in the loop, or worse, then you might be right for this position.
- Having a sense of fun, a sense of humor (we love sarcasm too), and a thick skin…well, all of these are very important too.
The other requirements in the job description (writing and social media skills, detail oriented, etc.) are important, but are more along the lines of table stakes.
We’re getting interest from some great candidates. But the search is still on. If you are aware of others who might be well-suited to join our team, I’d appreciate you sending them our way.