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A lot going on in the Carolinas. Good thing WSOC has NIKKI OOSTRA onboard as a promo producer. She was most recently at Nexstar’s WNCT in Greenville NC where her CSD, the uber-talented MARC MORRISTON, was thrilled with her. You can’t hold a muy-talented person back, and Nikki made the switch to the ABC affil in the Queen City. Queen Charlotte people. Look her up. Big statue at the airport. Nikki has a background as a Director of newscasts, which means she is cool under pressure. She’d recently worked at WPDE in Myrtle Beach, at WSPA in Spartanburg, and at WACH in Columbia. All South Carolina. She calls Coal City, Illinois home. Again, Google it. She’s super and fun and we all say Well Dunne Nikki.
Job Alert: Writer Producer Branded Content Discovery Knoxville
Job Alert: On Air Promo Producer RFD The Cowboy Channel Nashville
Job Alert: Graphic Designer KSTP Minneapolis
Think About This: “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army or in an office.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
The very week she begins as an official promo producer, NAOMI PIECE has a hurricane to deal with. A Major hurricane to be precise. As they say in the south, bless her heart. The young marketing pro was studying journalism and landed an internship at WNCT, the Nexstar CBS/CW duop in Greenville, NC. Greenville is about an hour and a half from the ocean, but Florence might muscle through like a member of the Russian mob to rough up eastern NC. Back to Naomi…she was doing the news internship and on her last day, she sat with CSD MARC MORRISTON (a favorite!) and his crew. She fell in love with TV marketing, and when she went back to college (either UNC Pembroke or East Carolina – she went to both) she focused on marketing and promotion. How terrific. She’s new but is fitting in like a vet. Naomi, you’ll have a great story to tell. What a way to begin! Well Dunne! and best of luck to you Naomi!
Job Alert – Director of Creative Services & Local Content Integration WKRN Nashville
Job Alert – Promotions Producer WGNO/NOLA 38 New Orleans
New Orleans is called “The Big Easy.” Creating big time stuff is what we do. Whether it’s our newscasts set in a funky bar (yes that’s us), our integrated sponsorships centered around food or the nationally recognized God Bless Louisiana campaign, never has a station’s identity better matched the sights and sounds of a truly unique city. As a Promotions Producer, not only will you have the lofty task of elevating the station’s reputation for delivering nationally award winning image promos, but you must have the ability to produce compelling social and long format content to support our one of a kind News With A Twist news program. The ideal candidate must have experience in all aspects of current promo production processes, including shooting, lighting, motion graphics, videography, nonlinear editing and post-production. A boutique agency, post-production, broadcast television or cable background is ideal. Take a sneak peek into what we do. WGNO https://youtu.be/feuWgs0xc0s NOLA38 The CW https://youtu.be/4pPUVAvFbIo
Seeking:2+ years Creative Services experience in on-air cable or broadcast environment, boutique agency, or post-production house
- 2+ years’ experience in Adobe Creative Suite (especially After Fx)
- 2+ years’ experience in Adobe Premiere
- 2+ years’ experience in sales driven video writing, editing and production
- Consistent use DSLR technology and digital video cameras
- Proficiency with Mac OS and file base management
- Strong aptitude for new technology, WordPress and social media
- A sense of humor and authentic, conversational writing style
- Self-directed, self-motivated attitude, with ability to work in a fast paced, deadline-driven environment
- Competitive spirit, strong team collaborator and an open mind even if you’re totally attached to your original idea.
- Must be willing to submit to a background check and have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States
Seventeen years since the towers fell. Americans, in those 17 years, have forgotten how unified we were then. They’ve turned on the media. Turned on truth. Turned on ‘those people’ whomever that may be. Let this 9-11 anniversary be a time to reconsider the divisions and wonder if all the days of living since that perfect September morning in New York might have brought about a different result. As Gandi said…be the change you want to see.
Think About This: “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
Sometimes, a good producer arrives on your doorstep thanks to their spouses new job. Yes, follow the thread here. When NIKKI OOSTRA’s husband got transferred to Greenville, NC, it was the perfect timing for Marketing Director (and major favorite) MARC MORRISTON, who was on the hunt for a talented marketing producer. As you no doubt have surmised, NIKKI is now on board at the Nexstar owned WNCT, CBS. She has a background as a Director of newscasts, which means she really is cool under pressure. She’d recently worked at WPDE in Myrtle Beach, at WSPA in Spartanburg, and at WACH in Columbia. All South Carolina. Love to see creative solutions to promo producer problems. Now it’s time for PROMO BOOT CAMP!! (blatant self promotion). Nikki, Marc’s team is a great place to be. Well Dunne!
Think About This: “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” ~ Unknown
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So much going on…so little desire to do anything that isn’t “summer-related.” Luckily, AARON BEVILL doesn’t feel that way. He’s the new Creative Services Manager for WNCT and ENCT, the CBS and CW affils in eastern Carolina, namely Greenville. It’s a promotion…love hearing about promotions. Before he was tapped for CSM, Aaron was working nights as writer producer, which he did so well he won an Emmy for his work…only the fifth golden statue in the history of Greenville TV which led to the stations winning their first CBS Eye on Excellence Award for promotion. Aaron is a grad of Eastern Carolina U and loves basketball and his new baby. He also knows how to fix yachts. Yes, he can fix yachts. Now how many can list that on a resume? Sounds like this is a great year for Aaron and the stations. CSD MARC MORRISTON is very proud of the whole thing. Well Dunne! Aaron.
Job Alert – Writer Producer KENS San Antonio (not only work with DON SMITH, but you’ll get to do high end work, not the run of the mill stuff…this is a really great slot – details tomorrow)
Very good article about what makes a Company a good one to work for (proper English aside)
Think About This: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ~ Aristotle
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L to R: Tom Hebel WFLA/Tampa
Marc Morriston WNCT/Greenville NC
Kristen Byrum WNCN/Raleigh
Dan Klintworth WBTW/Myrtle Beach
Brett Kenyon WJTV/Jackson MS
Mariah Gardner KPRC/Houston
Dixon Johnston WRIC/Richmond
One of the best things local television can do is be part of their community; spotlighting outreach programs to help when needed, highlighting outstanding actions and people via recognition, trying to make sense when tragedy strikes as well as bringing comfort. Down in Charleston, after the murders that made the world shake its head in dismay, Raycom’s WCSC stepped up and produced a series of image spots reinforcing the city’s strength in never allowing a tragedy to define the good people of The Palmetto City. CSD DANI DUDEK wrangled her producers, KRISTIN LEE, SAMANTHA HIGGINS and MAC FAIL along with her Graphics talents DEMONTRE PARISH and STEVE RADFORD. The CBS affiliate used on-air and social media, focusing on the strengths of Charleston’s people coming together. Click here to see them and check out social’s hashtag #standwithcharleston. Well Dunne! everybody. Thanks Dani.
PROMAXers…have you checked out that guitar at Stephen Arnold Music’s suite? Really? Well do it! Signed by Les Paul, it can be yours if you sign up. Winner will be chosen Thursday (today if you’re reading this via your email) so don’t miss out. And check out the Guitar Legends while you’re there. Give Stephen a Hi Ya’ll for me while you’re at it.
Take a gander at three fun favorites…MARC MORRISTON of WNCT in Greenville NC, STEVE PATRICK of WHEC in Rochester, and DAN FLAXER of WSAV in Savannah. Having fun.
Adore RUSSELL BRAND? For sure. Then it’s good to know a new documentary about him is on tap, and the good folks at illuminate over in Studio City have contributed to making it top drawer. It’s all in the post, which illuminate Prez TAL FIALA said was a blast. Put Brand: A Second Coming on your To Watch list and put illuminate on your give ‘em a call list as well. Well Dunne!
Think About This: “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford
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What with winter easing up and all, it’s no wonder MARC MORRISTON, Marketing Director at WNCT in Greenville, NC is all smiles. Well, there’s more than warm breezes and the lack of snow that’s at issue, actually. He’s thrilled with his new promo producer, DANIEL MALONEY, who was nose to the grindstone during February at the CBS/CW station. Daniel was previously in the news department for the last year or so. Let’s stop calling the move to promo a ‘reprieve’ because several News Directors haven’t embraced that term. Nonetheless, the East Carolina U grad is charged with growing the CW side of the broadcast. Daniel also worked at a TV operation in the market before heading to WNCT. A big Well Dunne! Daniel.
Job Alert – Senior Promo Producer WCVB Boston
WCVB Channel 5 (ABC), Boston’s News Leader and Hearst Television Station has a rare opportunity for an experienced person who can produce high-end, emotionally-compelling, research-driven image and topical promotion that clearly expresses our brand. We have all the tools you need to promote Boston’s number-one news, recognized by the RTDNA as the nation’s best, and “Chronicle”, our award-winning nightly news magazine show. We are seeking a Senior Producer who can demonstrate polished, precise writing; an impeccable visual and graphic aesthetic, and advanced conceptual skills. Experience executing brand message across all media platforms is a must, including traditional, digital and social media. College degree and prior promotion producing experience required. Non-linear editing required, Adobe Creative Suite experience preferred.
If you love making television and want to work with talented people who share your passion, this is a rare opportunity to advance your career at one of the most respected television stations in the nation. Rush your resume and promo samples to: Russ Nelligan, Creative Services Director, WCVB-TV, 5 TV Place, Needham, MA 02494. Or email your materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are an equal opportunity employer, m/f/d/v. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply. No phone calls please.
Think About This: “Good people know about both good and evil; bad people do not know about either.” ~ CS Lewis
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Happy New Year one and all. Starting off a new cycle of 365 with a promotion is always a good omen, eh? No doubt why BRANSON KIMBALL is smiling in the picture. He’s been named Assistant Creative Services Director of ABC’s WTVD in the Raleigh Durham market. Branson has been doing fab work as Sr. Writer Producer, which is what one expects from an App State grad. Let’s hear it for Boone and App State!! Branson gets a big Well Dunne! with many more to come.
Meanwhile, his CSD CHRISTIE GONZALES is in Sydney Australia over this holiday season. While many of you are digging out from winter snow, she’s enjoying summer temps along with the kangaroos.
While the spotlight is on North Carolina, best wishes and all happiness go out to Media General’s CBS affil WNCT’s MARC MORRISTON who tied the knot this holiday season. All the best Mr. and Mrs. M.
Job Alert – 2C Media in Miami Florida has a couple of positions currently open: SENIOR GRAPHICS DESIGNER and SUPERVISING PROMO WRITER/PRODUCER. I’ve got details….
Well Dunne! Talent sadly must take more time away due to travel and a sudden loss. But please let us know about your new jobs, open slots and anything that can put a smile on faces. Stay warm and enjoy today’s Think About This.
Think About This: “I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” ~ Neil Gaiman
Chicago’s own JAY WADHWA is quite the sport. The Manager of Local Brand Marketing and Creative Services at NBC’s WMAQ in the Windy City has a brand new gig – one they created just for him. That’s impressive. Mr. W is headed to be Senior Director of Creative Services of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. He’s a Boston U grad who’s worked for ESPN, WCBS, CBS, NBC and MSNBC. He’s gonna score big with the new gig. Well Dunne! Jay. BTW, the picture is Jay’s son in Halloween mode.
Best wishes are on the way to WNCT’s Marketing Director MARC MORRISTON, who got engaged. He’s so happy, it’s contagious. The Indianapolis bred Marc and his bride-to-be will share details later on the nuptials.
Anybody going to be giving away Halloween vodka tonics? With extra olives – guarantees your pumpkin’s safety. Please message me….
Really Hallmark Channel? Countdown to Christmas starts THIS WEEKEND?
Job Alert – Coordinator, Partner Marketing EPIX NYC Job 6309
Think About This: “There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can’t just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don’t, you’re the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win.” ~ Alexandra Monir
Yes, there is life after television. TODD LONG, who writes comedy and is talented in so many other ways as well, is using all that background of his to bring video to Raytheon, where he’s officially Senior Visual Effects Artist. He learned a lot doing TV promo at WAFF in Huntsville as well at net affiliates in Omaha and Victoria, TX. Always glad to hear about excellent transitions. Well Dunne! Todd.
How did you start your day. Bet it wasn’t as much fun as the folks in Vegas, where they did a 5K down the Vegas strip with Dr. Oz. Seen on the scene were WXYZ’s DAVE BAUMANN (looking muy fit), KJRH’s SAMANTHA KNOWLTON, WNCT’s MARC MORRISTON (who quipped that the run should have been named the ‘I’m not in shape 5K”), MARIAH GARDNER of WAGT and WJLA’s BONNIE WOOD. Way to go kids…wear those I Did The Strip With Dr. Oz shirts with pride. Well Dunne!
If you run into the one and only DEILIA WILLIAMS, make sure to comment on her shoes.
Think About This: "Alas for those that never sing, But die with all their music in them!" ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Is there anything as frightening and exhilarating than getting out of college and getting your first real job? Just landing a slot in today’s market is a major boost. So it must be very exciting to be ELIZABETH COGGINS, who is the new writer producer for Marketing Director MARC MORRISTON at Media General’s WNCT in Greenville, NC. She’s already onboard at the CBS affiliate and is well prepared for it, having studied Eastern Carolina U. She’s joining ROB BUMGARTNER, whose work is described as ‘awesome”. Sounds like it’s a hot shop. Well Dunne! Elizabeth.
Job Alert – Promotions Producer at WFTS in Tampa
Job Alert – News promo producer at NBC Bay Area
For those who have wished to throw their cell phones….a news story out of Finland that might make you laugh.
Think About This: “All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” ~ Sally Ride
Hope you had a happy 4th. So I can have a little time to paint and frolic, we have the very talented MARIAH GARDNER who graciously wrote about her experience in Vegas. Proving once again about things staying there doesn’t happen all that much…Anyway, take it away Ms. Mariah, who is pictured here with DAN FLAXER of WSAV/Savannah, ROBERT PIPPIN of WJBF / Augusta, JAMES RASCO of WVTM / Birmingham, BRETT KENYON of WJTV / Jackson, KATIE TOWNSEND of WHLT / Hattiesburg and our darling MARC MORRISTON of WNCT / Greenville NC. MARIAH is the one in the center.
5 Lessons from the Promax BDA Station Summit
By Mariah Gardner
The second annual Promax BDA Station Summit, held June 26-29 in fabulous Las Vegas, proved to be another valuable learning and networking experience for many station marketing folks thanks to organizational efforts by the Promax BDA staff and their Station Summit Advisory Council. One creatively refreshed station Promotions and Marketing Manager shares a few of her takeaways from this year’s conference:
5. We Love Swag (and Our Viewers Will Too)
Remember all the statistics from those dazzling PowerPoints the studios showed off during their presentations on Wednesday? Me neither. What I do remember is shaking hands with our reps, asking questions one-on-one, and getting some neat stuff to bring home to my market. Let’s be honest, swag is important. Whether you give it away to viewers or keep it on your desk, swag can fire up a good conversation about the show it’s promoting and help keep it top-of-mind. Thumbs up to Warner Bros and NBCUniversal Television Distribution for some of the most exciting and creative swag I encountered, like the prescription bottle of mints promoting House – definitely a great conversation piece.
4. Promo Time Has Value
When the economy tanks and everyone’s told they’re lucky just to have a job, it’s easy to let your sales department talk you into giving up some prime promotional real estate on your logs for the sake of making a much needed extra buck. Fold no more, promo people! Stand your ground – it’s the best possible thing for your station to self-promote on our favorite medium, which also happens to be the one most accessible to us. If anyone needed validation about this concept from network bigwigs, we got it with the “State of the Industry: A View from the Top By Broadcast’s Best” panel, which included NICK BELPERIO (Fox), SCOTT BLUMENTHAL (LIN Media), MARLA PROVENCIO (ABC Entertainment) and VALARI STAAB (NBC O&O). Wonder if I could convince them to call my GSM…
3. Don’t Be Anti-Social
If you’re suffering from Facebook burnout, you’re not alone. However, if you’re not utilizing Facebook, Twitter and some of the other top social networking tools (Instagram, Pinterest) as much as you should, you could be missing out on big bucks and major viewer interaction. WXIA (Atlanta), WTMJ (Milwaukee), WVIT (Hartford) and KING5 (Seattle) were among the over-achieving social media marketers featured in the NBC Affiliate Marketing breakout session “Social Superstars” and their success is inspiring. Featured speaker CORY BERGMAN from Lost Remote and Breaking News also touted the benefits of being a social-friendly station in his session “Tales from the Lost Remote Part Deux: Best Social Marketing Practices in Local Media.” In addition to driving viewers to your programs with live interaction online, broadcasters now have a new option for “second screen” experiences with products like ConnecTV, a sort of entrepreneurial peace offering from STACY JOLNA and others behind TiVo. The product looks to help reinvigorate a sense of urgency and excitement around live television viewing through real-time social interaction.
2. Stand for Something
If you have the tools to convey a powerful message (as we all do), perhaps it’s a noble idea to use those tools and creativity to promote a charitable cause in your community. Be part of something bigger than your normal routine. Promax BDA lauds charitable station initiatives through their Just Cause Awards, with this year’s honors going to WTWC (Tallahassee), WBRC (Birmingham) and WEWS (Cleveland). And if you weren’t inspired by keynote speaker MICK EBELING’s message about the power of creative innovation and invention, then either you weren’t paying attention or your heart still has room to grow three sizes. In conveying his story about collaborating on the invention of the EyeWriter, Ebeling made it clear that creative types have a unique ability to make the world a better place. We also have the perfect platform with which to initiate change, so what’s holding us back? Put your reservations aside and lead the charge to stand for something in your community.
1. We’re in the People Business
Isn’t it nice to put a face with the name of the person you’ve been emailing all year long? Getting a few days’ break from drowning in logs and our crazy daily routines to reconnect with our network marketing teams (you missed out this year, Fox!) and share ideas with our peers is supremely valuable. Thanks to those who showcased their work. I still can’t get that “News Men of Fresno” song out of my head – a really fun spot by JIM GRAVINA and his team at KSEE. Wasn’t it also great to get a wake-up call from GRAEME NEWELL of 602 Communications about why we’re really here in his session “The 360 Station Brand”? We’re in the people business so why not put the very people we aim to serve each day in a spot or two instead of relentlessly shining the spotlight on ourselves? If it works for Walmart, maybe it will work for us, too.
THINK ABOUT THIS: "Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society." ~ John Adams
MARC MORRISTON on WNCT in Greenville NC and JON TRESSEL of Charlotte hanging in Vegas. Literally. Can NOT get the image to right itself and have done ALL the things my graphics guy has told me.
LAURA GIACALONE started her career as an NBC Page. Just like out of the storyline. She’s now the VP of Marketing for Discovery Fit & Health net. The Catholic University of America grad has really worked her way up the ladder and done the most interesting things, like be Manager of Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Focus Features and work at AOL Moviefone. Her resume also includes Director of Marketing at Sundance Channel. She’s based in NYC. Well Dunne! Laura.
DAVID ANGEHRN is too young to be considered Senior, except in his new title of Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA-based G4. He’s been at G4 as plain ol’ VP of Marketing, and before that was Director of On-Air Promotion at Corus Entertainment. Mr. Angehrn not only has a degree from Ryerson U, he also taught there. Way Cool! Well Dunne! David.
Well Dunne Talent’s KELLY PIDGEON is in the VO article from the Pittsburgh newspaper. Read about it here.
Job Alert – Director of Creative Services, G4. Based in LA
OOOps….last week when I talked about Marc Morriston’s new hire, I confused the market of being AT the coast and in truth it INCLUDES the coast, but you have to take a short drive to get there. So if you’re looking to buy a Greenville NC place with an ocean view, you’re out of luck.
Excellent article about the Six Questions to Ask to find innovative (creative) hires.
Think About This: “One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.” ~ Madame de Stael
So what would you choose…Capital or coast. City or seagulls? Mortons or McAlister’s? The coast won for ROB BUMGARNER who is headed to the beach. He’s been named the new promo Writer Producer at Media General’s on the NC coast city of Greenville. He’ll be working with one of my fave’s MARC MORRISTON. Rob is leaving the ABC operation in Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. A former football player, Mr. B is a Presbyterian College grad. Well Dunne! Rob.
Job Alert – super entry level TV gig at NBC in NYC as Marketing Coordinator #4689BR
Job Alert WISN-TV, a Hearst television station and ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, WI, is seeking qualified applicants for the following position:
GRAPHIC DESIGN DIRECTOR – Full-Time
WISN-TV is seeking a Graphic Design Director to oversee the look of the station, ensuring consistent brand identity across various platforms. The Graphic Design Director will work with news, promotion and sales departments, supporting daily newscasts and assisting in commercial and promotion production needs. Must be able to work under tight deadlines and have a strong sense of design and composition with still and animated graphics. Graphics are created using the Adobe Suite and VIZRT. Cinema 4D experience is a plus. The Graphic Design Director will report to the Creative Services Director and will need to have flexible work hours based on shifting priorities.
We are looking for an inventive and inspiring leader who can see the big picture without missing the details. This position requires someone with an ability to prioritize workload, streamline workflow and keep projects on schedule. Communication skills are paramount as this position interfaces with every department in the building.
Applicants must have 3-5 years television graphic design experience and college degree in design. Required Skills: Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. Preferred Skills: VIZRT, Cinema 4D, ENPS Adobe Premiere
Send Reel and Resume to:
WISN-TVHuman Resources, Job #022212759 N. 19th StreetMilwaukee, WI 53233
Save the date – April 1. Not because of April Fools, but because it will be the Million Moustache March in DC. Thanks to one of the coolest TV marketing guys – SHAWN ANDERSON who holds down the creative fort at Nexstar in Rockford…good Midwesterner.
Google glasses that make ads even more so…welcome to the Star Trek world of tomorrow’s advertising? NYTimes has the scoop.
Think About This: "Awakened souls strengthen and encourage each other by their friendships and interchange of thoughts and revilements. They create a network of light over the planet and spin threads of mutual upliftment and inspiration. ~ Vida Reed Stone
Because I hear from people both looking to fill job slots and people looking for jobs, today let’s hear from a job seeker and what he learned in his journey to full-time employment. A huge thanks goes out to MARC MORRISTON, Marketing Director at WNCT in Greenville, NC who shares his experience so we can all learn.
It’s a sweltering June day. I’m perspiring, but it has nothing to do with the heat or humidity but rather the overwhelming surge of nerves filling my body.
I’m waiting for a phone call. Not just any call; it’s the call I’ve been waiting for for what feels like forever. It’s the phone call that will get my life back on track.
The call I’m waiting for is a job offer!
People get job offer calls all the time, so what’s the big deal you ask. Well like many, I was out of work for a long time. So long that my full time job seemed to be interviewing. This latter job didn’t pay me but did take me back and forth across the country, with some weeks seeing me on a plane 4 out of 5 days during the week.
I love traveling so I didn’t mind that part. It was what was waiting at the other end that caused me concern.
Like most adults who’ve been in the “work force” for any length of time an interview is nothing new. I’ve been on plenty and sat on the other side of the desk interviewing plenty.
I’m talking with a friend in my industry who says that I should write an article, as it turns out the very one you’re currently reading about my experience and what I’ve learned about looking for a job but more importantly what I learned about what I will always do better when I hire in the future.
I say, sure. However in the back of my mind I’m thinking why? Why will anyone care what I have to say? Who will read it and will the people that I’m trying to reach with these observations shrug it off? Will the article be a waste of the precious digital trees we all seek to preserve?
So after some time thinking about the whole idea I realize that I need to write the article for no other reason than to urge everyone who has the responsibility of hiring that there a few simple steps to take to make the process easier on everyone – including yourself.
I’ve been told by former employees that I’m a good boss – however after my experience of going on so many interviews, what I came to realize about myself was that while I might pick good candidates to hire I was a very aloof hiring manager. I couldn’t be bothered with things, if someone called or emailed, I didn’t want to talk with them since they were bothering me.
Now, I look back on this and myself and shake my head partially in disgust of myself.
Being unemployed is frustrating; with every new job posting there’s a renewed since of optimism that this is the one. With every sent resume there’s hope. With every phone interview there’s potential. With every face to face meeting there are possibilities.
There are also pitfalls.
I would study the company or, in my case, the TV station where I was interviewing, learn as much as possible to be prepared for any potential line of questioning that could come my way. Upon arrival I would take a deep breath and tell myself “it’s go time”. Unfortunately on many interviews my brain must have interpreted my inner voice saying “it’s go time” as, “it’s time to go” as in leave. I say this because there were interviews that no matter how prepared I was or seemed to be, I just didn’t click.
There are too many interview experiences I had during my unemployment to recount all of them but I did meet some wonderful people mixed in with a few that weren’t. I’ve given strong well thought out answers and showed poise and energy, yet been left scratching my head when I didn’t get the job – been surprised that I went through to the next round but didn’t make it to the finish line.
Interviews are a tricky proposition. I always find so called experts’ advice columns on interviewing techniques fascinating since I feel that so many miss the mark on the reality of interviews.
I think most people have their minds made up fairly early on in the process. I once had an interview that I knew the person wouldn’t be offered the job the moment I met them at the airport because every single instinct I had said no – all of my internal alarms were going off. As it turns out, I wasn’t alone with that internal alarm. Everyone who talked with that candidate also had the same reaction. I’ve also decided on hiring someone the moment that I met them at the airport and to this day I’m still quite pleased with how that one turned out.
The thing about interviews is there subject to the whims of the interviewer, is this person in a good mood, is this a good day to be there, do they have a tooth ache, are they distracted by budgeting or some personal matter, are they in a great mood and happy to have you there?
You just never know.
I had one interview that was done with all of the department heads and the general manager. I sat at the end of the conference room table and the entire room took turns firing questions at me. That one was a little more difficult than most because the questions varied greatly and came like an avalanche. I thought upon completion that I did a decent job, however I lost out on the job to the other candidate (since there were only 2 of us).
Through this job search experience, I learned to be a better person, more caring, understanding, certainly more humble.
As a hiring manager, what I learned has changed my entire perspective on the very job I do. I still believe you need to look for the best, most talented person, the one that fits your vision for what you need. In addition, there are things I now believe every hiring manager should do throughout the process. I certainly will and they all take very little time
Once you receive the candidates resume, simply acknowledge that you’ve received it. Send them an email with a rough idea of what they can expect and when they can expect to hear from you if they fit the needs of the position. The email can be specific or more general. Either way, the candidate will be grateful to at least have some idea. For ease of use on your end, just write one email and copy all the candidates you have. This will also give people an idea that if they haven’t heard from you they probably haven’t made the first cut, which generally will reduce the number of calls you receive asking the status.
Just that one email can make such a difference to someone who’s been looking for a job, plus when you do end up eventually hiring one of those candidates they’ll be in a good frame of mind knowing that you’ve communicated with them all along and that you cared enough to do it.
After narrowing your stack of resumes and finding the candidates that best fit the needs of the position, send an email to set up a phone interview. Even if the candidate lives close by do a phone interview first. They’re quicker, they give you time to ask important questions and help you narrow your field.
When it gets to the call, try to be on time since that candidate is more than likely hovering nervously over the phone, waiting. After the hello’s, start the interview by asking them about themselves and what they know of the job and place they’d be working. I think by doing this you’re going to find the more enthusiastic candidates, those that are truly interested because they’ve done their research and are coming in prepared. It can help you narrow the search because of someone has taken no time to do any research on the position or the company, do you really want that person working for you? Then sit back, ask you questions and take notes.
At the end of the call tell the candidate the next step in the process and when they could expect to hear from you if they are moving on to the next round. Again, deadlines are helpful since it gives the candidate important knowledge about the process and it even helps to keep you on a schedule.
These steps of informing your candidates of the process and timeline help to eliminate a lot of calls and emails about where things stand. You’ve already told them when they’d hear from you in an approximate time, so if they haven’t they have a good idea that they aren’t moving on to the next round.
I would also take some time to draft an email thinking the candidate who didn’t make the cuts after the phone round just to let them know, even though they probably are aware since they haven’t heard back from you.
I used to hate answering my phone during this process since it never failed that I’d get daily calls from various candidates on the status. I’ve changed the way I feel about this. Now, I’d pick up and tell them where things stood since they’re interested enough to reach out about the job. I would have my phone and email posted so any questions could come my way. I realize this sounds like a lot but I think it’s simply a matter of courtesy. Remember the last time you were looking for a job and how you wanted to know where things stood? It’s really easy to forget that the longer you’ve been in a job. These days with the economy the way it is, you never know when it could be you looking again, so why not store up some good job looking Karma. If someone is willing to call or email to me it shows that they’re hungry and fighting for the job.
Now if someone is calling you or emailing you every day, that person might not be the right fit since part of the equation on the job hunting side is exhibiting common sense, being assertive but not overly aggressive.
When you make your final decision and make the offer, let the people who didn’t get the job know. This used to be much more common but seems to have dropped off which if you think about it is odd since it’s easier than ever to communicate with people.
In the future I would either call or email the candidates who didn’t get offered the job, it’s not an enjoyable call or email to make but just think how you’d feel if you were waiting knowing you were in the hunt but didn’t hear.
No one likes getting a rejection call but I know I’d prefer that call to none at all. The thing is none of this is labor intensive.
Today with so many people looking for work, do them the best favor you can (if you don’t hire them) and simply let them know their status.
That alone will ease their mind a bit and even if they didn’t get the job at least they’ll feel positive about the experience and know that you and your company were stand up individuals.
My phone is ringing…okay, deep breath, crossing my fingers, hoping it’s a good call. Be back in a moment.
Yes! I got the job!
Maybe just as importantly I have a renewed sense of what’s important and how to do my job as a manager better going forward. I won’t be the same as I used to – I can’t because I’ve changed from this experience…for the better, I feel.
Okay, now I’m sweating because of the heat.
Time for ice cream to cool down and celebrate.
CANDACE ARCHER HIRLEMAN no longer has to worry about her heart being in San Francisco while the rest of her isn’t. The big news and a great holiday present is that she’s going to be in SF top to toe when she takes her new office at KGO. The ABC station has found their long-sought VP of Creative Services. Sister ABC station KABC is where Candace is currently Promotion Manager working with VP Programming and Creative Services WENDY MCMAHON. Candace has her degree from Cal State Sacramento and has worked at KRON in SF as well as KGMB in Honolulu. Wow, she has gotten to live in the best places! Well Dunne! Candace and Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli.
JOSHUA AUSLEY is the new Commercial Producer at WXII, NBC in the Greensboro-High Point and Winston-Salem market. Lovely NC Piedmont country it is. Joshua is a grad of Elon University who has recently been Art Director at ABC in the market. Lucky CSD MICHAEL LEACH is considering Joshua a present. Well Dunne! Mr. Ausley.
WNCT’s head creative MARC MORRISTON is in NYC having a holiday blast. On deck is seasonal cheer, Letterman, Spiderman and generally the kind of activities that make memories.
Think About This: “When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…all the good things.” ~ Maya Angelou
Let’s play catch up and talk about Orlando. Yes, we did talk about O-town last week, but things happen where they happen. Let’s hear it for effervescent ERIN MARTIN, who has been Promotion Manager at Post Newsweek’s WKMG since June. Erin always gets A+ marks and those come from the folks she works with – testament to what a great creative she is. She wowed them when she was Promotion Manager for the Cox folks down in Orlando, where she worked her way up from writer/producer to Sr. writer/producer to PM. Her sense of news promotion comes from actually doing news….she was a News Producer for WOFL in Orlando and WWMT in Kalamazoo. Love to see that she’s happy and in the sunshine. Well Dunne! Erin.
Job Alert – WCMH in Columbus, Ohio is looking for a Sr. Writer Producer
Job Alert – MARC MORRISTON is looking for a writer producer for his shop in Greenville, NC, WNCT.
Think About This: "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” ~ Vince Lombardi
Holidays are coming up faster than it seems possible. So Well Dunne! is going to highlight possible gifts that we can purchase from other creative folks in the biz. So all you with side jobs, let me know what ya got. I’ll feature it here. Let’s kick off with Writer JUDY COLE’s book – a perfect choice for dog lovers and parents looking for books for their older kids. Grrracie, A Stray Dog’s Tale is affordable, an eBook and ya gotta love this true story. B&N has it, as does the Apple Store. Click here for B&N.
Job Alert – Want to live by the ocean and actually afford a roof over your head? Then get hold of Marketing Director MARC MORRISTON at WNCT in Greenville, NC. email@example.com
Job Alert – Creative Services Director needed in Burbank for Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Job #127945BR
Job Alert – Martha Stewart needs a Digital Marketing Manager. Well, not Martha herself, but you know. Click here.
NATPE has announced Turner Broadcasting’s PHIL KENT as the opening keynote speaker at the upcoming Miami convention in January.
Any of you involved in marketing, PR or programming just for kids? Then you’ll want to know all about Cynopsis Media’s Kids !magination Awards. Click here.
What a cute story on CBS News about a voice over pro. Click here.
Think About This: "So, keep on keeping on living the life which your inner voice directs, kindly, lovingly: giving help wherever you can, giving love and sustenance to this great work of illuminating all life. Your life is like a pebble dropped into a pool of water, creating ripples endlessly. You do not know the end of a word, a thought, an action." ~ White Eagle
Midland, TX is home to more than oil wells. It’s now home to JEREMY STEEL, who is the Promotion Manager at ABC affil KMID. The area is called the Permian Basin and Midland boasts an impressive skyline for the size of the town. Odessa is right next door and they have a huge jackrabbit statue there, which makes for lots of fun photos. Jeremy is used to moving around – he grew up an Air Force brat, as they say. Born in Alaska, he moved to Hawaii (to thaw out?) and has lived in the Midwest as well. He’s one of those guys who really knows broadcast equipment and in today’s world, that’s a plus. He’s worked at an ad agency and did production for the aforementioned Air Force. Jeremy is adding Midland to his list of Texas cities, which include Austin. Well Dunne! Jeremy!
MARC MORRISTON has a great creative eye and is top notch when it comes to marketing strategy. Which one of you are going to be the smart ones to put him to work doing TV promo for you?
Madison Avenue is finally (FINALLY) giving PR the respect it deserves.
Dora the Explorer doesn’t look a day over 6, but she’s celebrated 10 years of being on TV. Helping that celebration was yU+co, the Hollywood, Shanghai, Hong Kong based graphics group who created a Wizard of Oz-themed motion graphic start for anniversary movie. It aired mid-August on Nickelodeon. Well Dunne!
Think About This: “Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.” ~ Charles Caleb Colton