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What Do People Say About Your Company?

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Do you think you run a great department? Reputation is crucial in attracting and retaining the people you need to achieve success. If you aren’t sure, and even if you are, I suggest you do three things. First, check out Glassdoor.com to see who is saying what about you.

Compensation, What Are Stations Doing?

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(By Laurie Kahn) Here’s the question – What are small-market stations doing differently to compensate sellers? All of the stations in our market are using old techniques and I would like some ideas. Good for you for asking this great question.

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Talking To Prospective Prospects

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Recently we participated in the Rising Above Summit that many of the state broadcasting associations sponsored for their members. The good news is that from the many attendees, it appears that hiring is on the mind of many managers so we thought it would be wise to share some of their questions and how we responded. These are real questions from real radio managers. How do you talk to a good prospect, someone who would be a great addition to our team at some point?

Looking Towards the Future

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Written by Laurie Kahn. As we soon say ‘good-bye’ to 2020, many of us still struggle to build and retain the people we need to achieve our budgets and goals. While this was a major issue during low unemployment, even with so many now unemployed, it can remain a struggle.

The 7 Ways to Source and Attract Diverse Technology Talent

Just talking about diversity and inclusion won’t move the needle. Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts are at the forefront for organizations looking to recruit and retain top talent, but nowhere does this remain more of a challenge and opportunity than in the tech sector. In this guide, we provide seven strategies organizations can use to source and attract diverse tech talent.

Lessons Learned From 2020

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It’s a new year! We are all hopeful for a return to our new normal. At Media Staffing Network, we are feeling confident that media hiring will increase in 2021 creating new opportunities in many categories. Companies that needed to downsize are slowly ramping up and revisiting various positions to fill. There will be new positions created and new sets of working rules. A few important reminders of what we learned the last year: Pivot was the ‘hot’ word.

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Rethink, Retool, Respond, Rebuild

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As we now hit our ‘halfway’ month we are all in a much different situation than what we thought when we entered 2020. In our 27 years, this is not the first time we have seen the media business slow down, it is actually the 3rd time! What we know is that each time, business does pick up, companies still need a top-notch group of employees to help hit goals. At MSN, we have adopted a new ‘mantra’ RETHINK, RETOOL, RESPOND, REBUILD.

Are you frustrated when looking for a job?

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For those of you that are 50+, are you frustrated when looking for a job? Do hiring managers ignore you or stop returning your calls when they see your work history? Or are you a manager that feels anyone over 50 can’t sell or be on-air anymore? In media, we have a huge number of age 50+ employees.

How You Treat Your Employees Counts

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With a new decade upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on how you, as an owner or manager, treat those who work for you. With unemployment low and competition to hire fierce, and challenges in attracting Millennial and Gen Z workers, culture is a major area that needs consideration. The younger generations are interested in working for companies that treat their employees well and with respect.

Categories to Help Build a Talent Acquisition Budget

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Last month we discussed how important it is to have a budget for Talent Acquisition. We promised tips to help you build a plan for your budget. We have included categories to consider to help make your planning easier. As always, please let us know of any questions you may have. Categories to help build a Talent Acquisition Budget: Manpower – who will oversee the program? Do you have someone internal or do you need an outside source or do you need to create a new position? Marketing.

CFO’s Guide to Building an HR Team with Limited Time, Budget and Resources

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when CFOs have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!

It’s Budget Time, Don’t Forget to Include Talent Acquisition

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With unemployment at the lowest it has been in 50 years, finding qualified employees is getting more challenging. Companies must become more proactive to win in the war for talented hires. It is crucial to be more proactive not only to attract great people but to hire and retain them too! . Just as companies invest in research and training, it is important to include line items to cover the all-important talent acquisition items. Below are tips to be considered when building your budget. .

Why Do Radio Stations Struggle To Hire New Sellers?

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For years, owners and operators of radio stations have told me how they struggle to find sellers. Not only do they have a hard time attracting new sellers, but often, when there is a bite and a new hire is made, they don’t stick around long. Ouch, how frustrating — and time-consuming and sometimes a financial loss too. In this time of low unemployment, the lowest in five decades, it is hard to attract, hire, and retain sellers, and it isn’t going to get any easier.

Tips to Help You Build an Effective Recruitment Plan

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A famous person once said, “ Good things come to those who wait.” ” Well, not when it comes to recruitment! Those who don’t have a recruitment strategy in place will end up hurting their companies in the long run. A recent study conducted by Bountyjobs.com shows that over 10,000 Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) will hit 65 and retire daily from now until 2029.

Considering Older Workers For Your Team

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Are a high percentage of your sellers Boomers? If so, many may be looking to retire soon. Statistics show that 10,000 Boomers turn 65 every day until 2029. For many staffs this is going to mean that a complete turnover is necessary, which is extremely hard to do with the low unemployment that many industries are facing today. Don’t panic, there are solutions.

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

Is Remote Work Here to Stay?

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By Laurie Kahn. Special to RBR+TVBR. While many of us are unsure what the future holds, one thing is certain. For many Americans, they prefer to work from home. Many of the positions at a radio station have now proven to be able to work successfully on a remote basis—definitely those in sales, if the right tools, processes, and procedures are in place. In the past, many managers required sellers to be in the office at 7:30am and again at 5pm.

TV Sales: A Strong Compensation Profession?

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The Spring 2020 edition of the Radio + Television Business Report magazine is officially available via PDF to all subscribers, and in it are the exclusive findings of a survey conducted by RBR+TVBR and Media Staffing Network. To learn how the 2020 TV Sales Compensation Study was produced, Laurie Kahn , CEO of Media Staffing Network, offered this behind-the-scenes look at how it gathered the eye-catching results.

It’s A Good Time To Find New Talent

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Last week Radio Ink ran an article I wrote about opening parameters when looking to hire sellers. I strongly suggested considering part-time sellers and looking outside of media. Now, with the coronavirus upon us, many quality sellers are out of work. Many have the skills that companies look for in a potential seller. Those stations that struggle to find and hire new sellers can help their communities by putting these displaced employees back to work.

Getting Your Ideal Candidate May Cost More Than You Think

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What you paid last year is probably not going to be what it will cost you today or tomorrow. There is a big war for qualified talent going on and to get what you want, you will pay more. We often get calls from Human Resources or Market Managers wanting to hire a new sales manager. When we probe what the potential income is, we often find it drastically lower than the going compensation for similar jobs in similar size markets.

2021 Recruitment Strategies: Work Smarter Not Harder

Hours spent sourcing. Constantly checking different recruiting channels. Sifting through a sea of resumes. There’s no denying that the current hiring landscape is fragmented, complex, and full of frustrations. As you plan for 2021, take a moment to reflect on your current strategies and evaluate how you can work smarter, not harder in the new year. Download our guide where we break down different stages of the recruitment journey—and share several potential paths to hiring success.

Know your Clawback Rules

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I am sure many of you are not aware of what this means! I didn’t. With unemployment so low, many companies are offering signing bonuses. While this may be new in media, it is not for other industries. With high competition to hire quality talent, we are seeing this come into play much more. Often this is a one time bonus paid on the employees first day of employment. It can be in cash or merchandise.

Do you know what you are worth?

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This is always a loaded question when considering a job or career change. It is important when negotiating to know what you are worth and what the market will bear. While you may be earning a nice compensation at your current employer, it is important to understand whether it’s above or below the norm for that industry and your market. Here are some things to think about: If you are considering a job in a different market, it is essential to research the cost of living in that area.

Attracting A Younger Workforce

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Article on Radio Ink. Recently I was asked what radio can do to attract the younger workforce. Most companies are still grappling with how to attract and manage millennials, and now we are starting to learn more about the Gen Z generation — those born after 1995. There are a few broadcasters who have done an outstanding job of reaching out to the younger generations.

Media Staffing Perspective From 26-Year Veteran Laurie Kahn

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Laurie Kahn has been helping media companies hire full-time employees since she founded Media Staffing Network in 1993. Given her broad and lengthy experience, I wanted to talk to her about the state of TV recruitment, how it has changed over the years and what advice she could offer to those TV companies that need staff and those candidates who are looking for opportunities. by Paul Greeley November 7, 2019 12:43 GMT. Laurie Kahn.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Better Positioning of Your Open Positions

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Do you post jobs and wonder why you don’t get the ‘right’ candidates responding? Perhaps it’s time to review your message. With low unemployment and high competition to hire, it is important to sell your opportunity to potential job seekers. If you are promoting that you are “hiring sellers–if you have a strong work ethic, want to work hard, respond to this ad” you may get little to no response.

Remember Sales 101?

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When all of us started in sales, one of the first things we learned was to pick up the phone to schedule appointments. Even better, we were encouraged to get out of the office and meet the potential client in person, right? As we moved into management, we asked our sales team to go on cold calls. They were scary, but when they turned into an order, oh so rewarding! Talking or meeting in person with people was so important to our business.

Dealing with business casual

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Consider this, you are moving through the interview process with a potential seller who has passed the resume review, done great in the interviews and has a great personality. You are ready to move forward but have a nagging concern that they dress more casually than you normally see in your office. It happens. So how do you handle? First of all, review YOUR expectations on what clients will accept in a seller. What formats or types of programming do you represent? What is the market norm?

As a job seeker, what can you expect from a recruiter?

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We often get calls from those wanting a new job asking if we can find one for them. We can sure help, but most of the work needs to come from them. As a recruiter, our fees are paid by employers who have specific job needs that need to be filled. It is very difficult to present someone who does not have the skills or expertise required for that particular job. However, being in a situation where you know you want to make a move, how can a recruiter help?

Adapting, Evolving and Staying Competitive in a Disrupted Economy

COVID-19 continues to shape the way we live and work. Organizational success depends on workforce wellbeing, and employee needs are varied and constantly changing. It’s clear that a more flexible and strategic approach to total compensation is required to create a better path forward. The 2021 Q1 Gallagher Better WorksSM Insights Report: The Path Forward explores and how employers can balance workforce expectations against organizational goals. Discover how you can review and implement new technologies, develop updated and forward-looking strategies, and evolve your employee value proposition to create a more engaged and resilient workforce.

Don’t be so Quick to Eliminate Senior Job Seekers

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Unemployment is at an all-time low. People aren’t aging as they have in the past, they are active, smart and still hungry. They have many skills that younger workers need to learn and have the drive and interest to learn from younger workers. Mature sellers often have years of contacts and they usually have strong work ethics. Keep in mind: 60 is the new 40. One time I had a broadcaster share a story; she had a 72-year-old man who wanted to sel l for her. She kept putting him off.

“Sales” Is A Bad Word To Use In Talent Acquisition!

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(By Laurie Kahn ) It’s what we do every day, regardless of whether you are in sales or not. You are constantly negotiating, upselling products or services. You sell yourself in every interview and in presentations, reports, and research. When you meet someone special, you sell yourself as the ideal companion. So, why do I suggest not using it in recruitment marketing? This is a major issue with Millennials, but also with other generations as well.

Off Hours Business Etiquette

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We are living in a world of instant gratification. We are inundated with email, texts, instant messaging, Instagram, and numerous other communication platforms. For many, work is a 24/7 lifestyle and for others, it is M-F 8-5. What is right? There is no right answer. But there are boundaries that can be set. When accepting the job or taking on a new communication tool, discuss with your supervisor what is required for the job and what works best for both of you.

What’s The Biggest Thing Missing In Talent Acquisition?

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(By Laurie Kahn) We hear that finding solid sellers is a major challenge for almost all companies, especially in radio. We hear they can’t find people, that the right people don’t apply for the open positions that they are advertising, we hear that those who are the quality they need end up accepting jobs elsewhere. Why is this? For many companies, the real problem is lack of accountability for recruitment.

How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Are you struggling with virtual onboarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, March 4th at 2 PM E.T. for more information.

Launch of LSR Online Learning Center Levels Talent Acquisition Playing Field

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NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT . Local Sales Recruitment Program Launches. LSR Online Learning Center. LSR Online Learning Center Provides an Affordable, Easy Way to Attract, Hire and Retain Top Talent .

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Pipeline Development

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In recent articles, I have shared some tips to help stations do a better job at attracting, hiring, and retaining good employees. With so much competition to hire, it is really smart to have a more proactive stance so that when you have an opening, you already have an idea of who you will hire. We know that in today’s climate, a job-seeker who is talented will get snapped up quickly, so it is important to build a pipeline of prospective employees well in advance.

Tips for Recent Graduates and Employers

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It’s that time of the year when recent grads start reaching out looking for jobs. So, I would like to address two-fold = 1) tips for the recent grad and 2) ideas for employers on what will entice them to join your company. I will be brief, so for more detailed information, let us know and we can offer more in-depth advice. Tips for the recent graduate: · Your resume – while career services still encourage you to put your education on the top, it doesn’t go there.

Looking for a job? Here are some tips…

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Looking for a new job while working full time can be tough. While you want to give your all to our current employer, it is almost a full-time job looking for a new one. Here are some tips to help: DO keep giving 100% while on the job. Try to do as much as you can on your search after hours. DO keep engaged so you are keeping an image of the ultimate professional. DO have a plan on how to handle if your boss finds out. Know what you will say and what you expect to get out of it.

How to Build the Ideal HR Team (with Limited Time, Budget and Resources)

Building the ideal HR team doesn’t happen overnight—especially when you have limited time, budget and resources. But our new guide can give you advice on where to start and key focus areas you need to know. Download our guide today!