Wondering Whether to Use Us?

You may be considering the best way to fill your public affairs vacancy and wondering whether to do it yourself, or get help.

  • If you just want to use our site to advertise to the public affairs community, that is fine by us.
  • However, you might not always have the time to dedicate to a search for the right person – or you may not have the wide networks (and the additional networks which hang off those) to tap into to quickly find someone – let alone the right candidate.

So you might decide you and/or your organisation needs some help.

How do you go about finding the right agency to assist you?

 

Here’s some topics to consider:

1.   We’re Niche

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We know our niche.

Not only have we worked in the the public affairs industry ourselves ….

  •  for a large part of the 15 years our CEO was in government, including as a Director, Public Affairs and working on major communications campaigns (think Marketing of the Qantas float, and less publicly known communications exercises such as the Regional Australia Strategy).

…but we’ve worked in placing candidates across the six main employment sectors for the past 13 years.

  • government – federal, state and local
  • statutory authorities – federal and state
  • industry associations
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • education sector
  • private sector (from SMEs to the large multi-nationals)

See our list of our past and current clients.

You can use generalist recruitment agencies, but maybe this will show you why it’s best to stick with someone who is a niche recruiter:

  • https://www.fordyceletter.com/2013/11/12/data-9-out-of-10-jobs-get-filled-by-niche-recruiters/#more-12214

2.   We Never Advertise

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Nope. Never. (Well, we did do it once for a client who insisted, but the ad just sent people to their website, which is all they wanted.)

Why Don’t We Advertise?

…because we don’t need to.

Why Don’t We Need to Advertise? (How Else Can We Source Candidates?)

…well, since January 2002, when we created a Job Alert! to let our candidates know about the jobs we were handling for our clients, we’ve always filled the roles with our registered candidates – people we know, whose experience and skills we are familiar with, people whose careers we’ve followed and watched as they’ve risen through the ranks.

The Job Alert! also provides them with much more than just job information. It also keeps them abreast of:

  • recruitment developments that impact on their job prospects now and in the future;
  • courses and relevant industry conferences to attend;
  • social media developments that might assist them in their roles;
  • developments in public affairs of relevance
  • feedback from other candidates on our service, our courses and our clients;
  • and much more.

OK, We Do Advertise on Our Own Site

…But That’s Just to Make it Easier for Our Candidates.

As we experiment with our own wordpress site and what it allows us to do, we’ll put the jobs up on here so people can see them.

…and We’ll Advertise Other People’s Jobs if They’d Like Us To.

We’ll  also – as we’ve got the eyeballs of the public affairs industry on our site – advertise jobs for other organisations which need to reach our readership.

 

3.   Our Career (and other) Advice is Trusted

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Many of our registered candidates are regularly in touch with us and ask all manner of career, professional development and related (and sometimes not-so-related) questions

We’ll often have our candidates – placed by other agencies – come to us for advice. (That says a lot.) When we ask why they don’t ask their placing agency, they do a bit of a shoe-shuffle in embarrassment and it’s obvious that they want and value our advice (and we never turn them away).

Why? Well, these are our people, this is our industry and we are helping our peers).

One (unsolicited) testimonial – from one individual after several different roles:

“Thanks again Karen for being so supportive, being a good listener and giving great advice. Its much appreciated.”

“Just letting you know officially that I have accepted the offer of non-ongoing employment with [Federal Government Dept].   In the end, thanks to your advice, it wasn’t a difficult decision.”

“Job hunting isn’t always an easy thing to do, but with your excellent advice and assistance I was able to navigate my way through this minefield without too many difficulties. I wanted to thank you for your belief in me and advocacy on my behalf. I have valued your straight talking, advice, good humour and your friendship. I will continue to be a strong advocate for the Public Affairs Recruitment Company, so until our paths cross again, thanks one more time.”

“I just wanted to let you know, that following your ‘counselling session’ with me on Monday I accepted the role at [Organisation]. I can’t thank you enough for helping me make that decision. Even though these roles were not with PARC and you had no real obligation to help me, your professionalism, knowledge and understanding clarified things for me – where no one else was able to do this – not my family, friends or work colleagues. I only wish this role had been with you and there had been some financial reward your end – but rest assured – I will endeavour to be an ambassador for your company and your excellent service. Thank you again.”

“More than happy for you to share this with everyone. Your service is awesome, but I really appreciate you as a person and thank you so much for your understanding and good humour.”

This is fairly typical of all the feedback we’ve received over the years.

4. We’ve  Developed Long Term Relationships with our Candidates

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On average, when we meet with one candidate, they will then refer another 5-6 to us to register.

Our candidate base includes:

  • fathers and daughters/sons;
  • mothers and daughters/sons;
  • husbands and wives;
  • grandparents, children, grandchildren;
  • cousins;
  • uncles, nephews/nieces;
  • aunts, nephews/nieces;
  • …oh, and the unrelated (that we know of!)

We’ve seen our candidates go from graduates, up through the career stream to SES (senior) level officers in government and elsewhere.

They are our professional family.

This level of trust takes time to achieve – and a consistency of approach.

It translates into trust in our career advice which they actively seek.