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A New Executive Director of Internet Marketing Hired…And More.

I’m happy to announce that we have finally hired our new Executive Director of Internet Marketing. Brent Spicer, you are now released to go work in our Church Department. 😉 Jen Sievertsen, formerly of LazyBoy, we’ll see you Monday, August 31st at 8:30.

Looking for quality people for your team can be quite an exhausting experience, but I realized early on that it’s one of the greatest pillars of a successful team and company. If the hiring is weak, it is tough to overcome the challenges and be successful. At Dave Ramsey’s company, we realize the responsibility we have to every family on the team. Quite frequently a position may remain unfilled for 18 months while we looking for just the right person. Fortunately for me, I’ve only been on the hunt since March.

Since March, we’ve had 100 applicants. It has been tedious working through each applicant. A word of advice for all the job seekers out there…get someone to proof read your resume. Spelling errors in the 1st paragraph are not a good idea.

Thanks or everyone that gave me feedback on my post about high level hiring.

In actuality, this has been quite the journey for me. I learned a lot as a young professional. I posted about the first 90 days on the job which put me in touch with Michael Watkins, author of The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels. I also met a lot of young up and coming leaders.

Initially, I had the position posted as “Director of Internet Marketing” which is the current position title. I quickly realized that the title needed to be changed to raise the caliber of applicant. We’re not big on titles in our company, but understandably, other companies are. This required us to use language that communicates more effectively in the marketplace. After changing the title to “Executive Director” vs. the earlier “Director”, I began seeing the applicants I wanted.

Another by product of the process was that quite a few quality applicants came through that caused us to created new roles in the organization such as: Director of Online Content/Social Media/Email Marketing. When you find quality people, hire them. 🙂 In the end we found quality people for 4 other positions. Assuming we hire them all, we’ll have a 1 to 20 applicants hiring ratio from this position. I’ll be doing some celebrating.

Time will tell if I have done my work well, but I can’t help being a little excited right now.

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