These days my wheels have been spinning even faster than usual. Always an early riser, today I find myself seated with laptop and coffee at hand before the sun rises, hoping to find some relief in words. I’ve been longing to scratch out a few paragraphs on my blog. It’s been left unattended for way too long. There’s good reason for my blog’s neglect: Since January, I’ve experienced a significant period of growth thanks to an aggressive new business push in Q4. It’s an exciting (and a bit overwhelming) lesson on how quickly one’s life can change when you run a small company.
In August 2014, I opened the doors to Richardson Media Group, leaving a rewarding job in advertising to plunge head first into self-employment. My reasons for taking this leap included craving more flexibility in my work schedule, seeking more autonomy over my career, and finding opportunities to explore more applications for my diverse interests and years of accumulated professional skills. For as long as I could remember, I had a boss (or a parent) making decisions for me. Many would argue there’s security in that arrangement, however, I knew deep down that I was more than ready to step up to the front line.
I could not have accomplished this shift without the assistance of a few key friends and colleagues who seemed to recognize my innate entrepreneurial spirit even before I knew it myself. These generous allies led me towards some early billable opportunities while reassuring me that I had the goods to make my dream into reality. Nearly two, intense, slightly chaotic, but wholly satisfying, years later, I realize they were right.
Growth is wonderful, but change can be painful at times. Never one to shy away from challenges, I keep telling myself that this new, fast-moving period of expansion is simply another test, another chance for me to prove my mettle through determination and hard work. I’ve also come to the realization that it’s time to hire an employee. Soon, if all goes well, Richardson Media Group will go from one to two, and maybe more, forever altering the original company dynamic. It’s still unclear to me where this next leg of the journey will lead.
So, what’s a smart woman to do next? First I needed to post the job. I checked out descriptions and reviews on the top job search engines choosing to go with SimplyHired and Craigslist. At the end of week 1, the results are in: lots of clicks but virtually no direct responses. As a media planner whose job it is to place ads for my clients, always with an eye on ROI, I’m surprisingly content with watching the level of engagement build for now. After all, I’m not promoting concert tickets or coupons for free ice cream. When it comes to human interaction and something as personal as a job search, only time will show whether my small ad investment will deliver any viable applicants.
Not one to sit and wait, I started tapping into my resourceful circle of fellow business owners, media reps, friends and associates I trust, to let them know I’m hiring. That effort has been far more rewarding than the anonymous job boards. Add to that, I’ve secured a spot for my listing on a local mothers’ association website, thanks to the gracious cooperation of the site manager. Top it off with a sprinkle of social media sharing and I’m hopeful that the leads will eventually start rolling in.
Anticipating what’s ahead, I turned to Google to read about some best practices related to hiring. I was looking for content that resonated with the type of approach I plan to take. Here are five tips I’ve summarized from one article I especially enjoyed:
I will continue chronicling my progress towards finding the right office associate on this blog over the weeks (and possibly months) to come. Eventually, I will hire someone who meets my needs, but I must be patient. Meanwhile, if you know of anyone you think would be a good fit, please let me know! I’ve included the job link here.