11 January 2007

New year, new job..?

Let’s face it, you’ve completely overspent at Christmas and the kindness of your employer in paying your December salary before the festive period now looks like the ultimate act of sadism as a long, skint January stretches out before you. You need some more money, and quick. You need a better job.

Obviously, for those looking for a new challenge, inspiring environment and, let’s face it, a whacking great pay rise, there’s only one place to go: Indigo Red. Yep, it seems that Santa stuffed a load of brilliant new PR jobs down the chimney of out lovely booze sponsor Steve Mallison-Jones. Here are just a few tempting morsels:

Associate Director – B2B Tech – Agency - London
Nice one for someone who’s been an AD for a while, I reckon…maybe your promotion (for which you’re clearly ready) has been “pushed back” a time or two, just until you’ve achieved one or two more of those SMART objectives…

It’s London-based, and you’ll be the lead on a global client, coordinating European offices (which means you’ll get to push lots of foreigners around…great!). You’ll be providing strategy for three parts of the client’s business: UK corporate and product, EMEA corporate and EMEA product. So, umm, that seems to be everything UK and EMEA then… As ever with these massive clients, you’ll also need to help the agency connect the different pieces of the account, making sure you’re all nicely integrated.

I imagine this one pays really, really well.

UK PR Manager – B2B Tech role – in-house - South
Ooooh look, an in-house role. Perhaps this is the easy street you’ve been looking for? Perhaps you’re at the top of the Account Management tree (or have just been promoted to Account Director and realised that it’s exactly the same job you’ve been doing for the past four years)?

Imagine being on the client side, eh? You get to push the agency around a bit…and they have to take you out to flash restaurants all the time. Even better, this company is partly involved in the gaming arena – which means funky consumer stuff and even flashier nightclubs! There is a bit of techie stuff, so you need to be able to talk both tech and games…maybe one for a tech PR who’s a games enthusiast?

Business PR Manager, Emerging Markets – B2B Tech – In-house - South
Another in-house role! It’s tech, but you need to be able to put technology into business context…so forget your bits and bytes and think profit and loss.

You’ll define the UK business PR strategy (something like, “get in the FT” should do it) and, I’m afraid, you’ll need to talk to people at the US HQ. But no doubt you’ll also get to go over there on a regular basis which, at current exchange rates, means a whole load of shopping. And you’ll probably be able to get an iPhone before anyone else.

There are also the usual in-house benefits associated with being the client to a load of local PR agencies and other vendors. You’ll also need to be able to speak to the in-house marketing people and “integrate”…which essentially means making them understand what PR is, and why it’s more useful than anything they’ve done lately.

Any of these sound great? Yes? No? Well, whatever, Steve’s got loads and loads more so give him a call on 01923 466555. And let him know TWL sent you...he's promised us a recrutiment fee in the form of a whole load more drink for the next TWL party...

In true Nick Ross fashion, “he’s waiting, for your call.”

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, advertorial. There's a new approach to blogging.

....the world's leading.... said...

Keeps the wolf from the door...or at least drink in our tummies.

figgis said...

Choose TWL. Choose a blog. Choose an attitude. Choose an opinion. Choose to piss it all up the wall by running the self same rubbish you always complain about. Choose poorly. Choose to wreck your months of hard work by undermining the whole thing with one post.

Anonymous said...

Nice one Grantos.

....the world's leading.... said...

Figgis, Figgis, Figgis...

1. If you think this is hard work, fella, maybe you should get yourself a proper job

2. If we want to give Steve and his company a plug for being kind enough to stump up hard cash so that people he's never met before can go out an get pissed, surely that's up to us?

3. You don't have to read this shite if you don't want to, so safe yourself some time and do something else (and I'll refer you back to point no.1)

4. I can't think of a 4. Three's enough, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

An object lesson on the perils of sponsorship.

There's no such thing as a free lunch.....or in this case, a free drink....

ARGuy said...

As always it takes someone in-house to point out the typos - it's SAVE YOURSELF not SAFE YOURSELF.

Personally I think you're doing a public sevice by highlighting new opportunities for you readers. I though blogs were all about social networking - and as far as I can see that is exactly what you're doing! Well done - keep up the good (if slightly proprietary) work!

PS - I hope to Christ there are no typos in this comment!!

figgis said...

My my - are we perhaps a little tender from the brickbats landing rather than the bouquets Ms TWL?

In answer to your questions:

1) The thought does occur to me from time to time.

2) True true - it's yours to do with as you will...but I suspect Steve probably got a bit out of sponsoring the do, like a load of new clients/CVs for instance.

3) Could you at least entitle them ADVERTISING FEATURE and put them in a different font so we can spot the difference quickly and not bother to read them.

Love

Figgis

....the world's leading.... said...

Figgis...

1) Me too. It quickly passes

2) I should've made it clearer...the reason for this latest plug is that Steve has agreed to stump up again for the next TWL drink-up

3) OK, OK...I thought it was fairly clear that the post was a "sponsored plug" but, next time, we'll shout it from the rooftops.

Love you.

....the world's leading.... said...

ARGuy...fair enough, silly typo.

However, I'll leave it to our readers to debate this point:

"As always it takes someone in-house to point out the typos"

Anonymous said...

Oh yes in-house PRs always produce the finest, if not 'The World's Leading' press releases - always very innovative, unique and robust. Especially our American cousins ;-)

Anonymous said...

Given the in-house position I assumed it was "arguy" as in 'always arguing' as opposed to AR Guy.

Either way, I like the fact that - as always - the PR agency people have been too polite to point out the typos you really should have avoided in order to not look jolly silly:

"Personally I think you're doing a public sevice by highlighting new opportunities for you(r) readers..."

"I though(t) blogs were all about social networking..."

Were you too busy moving some goalposts to proof your own comment?

Grant said...

Eh? What have done now?! I just read, I don't post. That would imply I give a shit...

oh bugger

Sarah Hayman said...

Before I begin, in the spirit of openess (and because you'd be able to find out on Google anyway), I work for Steve.

I attended the TWL Christmas drinks so I too drank the bosses booze.

As a headhunter, social media is a useful tool. For years and years headhunters have been ringing up PRs and journos and saying "we are looking for x type of PR person to work for y client, do you know of anyone?" Sometimes we get a helpful response, sometimes we get a "what's in it for us?" (usually from journos) and sometimes we get told to bugger off.

The blogosphere makes those people so much more accessible to us. I've spent this week contacting internal comms bloggers to ask their opinion about who we should be speaking to and to put the word about that we are looking to headhunt someone with certain types of skills.

The result of which, is that someone suggested I contact Ned at JOTW (you'll have to Google, I'm not making it too easy by sticking a link up). The whole premise of JOTW is that thousands of people share their knowledge of job opportunities - thus giving everyone the opportunity to see what's out there in terms of new positions, and build relationships with those who have something in common with them. An excellent example of how social media is enhancing the job hunting experience.

If TWL had stuck a few job ads on and said "apply for these now, we think they're fab jobs" and had not at all mentioned that Indigo Red bunged some money behind the bar at their last event then yes, I could perhaps understand why some folk might be up in arms (although I would still argue does it really matter that they're sharing such information?). But TWL didn't do that. The connection was perfectly clear, so I don't really get why knickers are in such a twist.

figgis said...

>I don't really get why knickers are in such a twist.<

Not perhaps a shining advert for your understanding of the industry...

Anonymous said...

>"The connection was perfectly clear, so I don't really get why knickers are in such a twist."<

Because, one would not have happened without the other - that's why.

The clarity of the 'connection' is not the issue, it's the fact that there IS a connection which is bothering people, I suspect...

Anonymous said...

Why ANYONE would want to work in the South really beats me!

Where are all the jobs up north (in the land where the sparrows cough...)

Anonymous said...

>"Why ANYONE would want to work in the South really beats me!"<

Completely agree. I moved 250 miles down the road about three years ago. I am now poorer and less busy than I was. But I could not be happier...