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Tips For Hiring Your Next Employee

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The importance of defining who the hiring manager really wants

Be sure all involved with hiring are on the same page as you prepare for hiring your next employee, the superstar


Hiring your next employee and champion is important to the team’s and company’s future successes. Be sure to define who that person is so that he/she can make a positive impact immediately or as quickly as possible. To keep the recruiting process efficient, below are a few tips for hiring your next employee and superstar.

1. Define the role. Creating a well defined, well thought out job specification certainly helps with recruiting the ideal candidate. Be sure the hiring manager is involved with this step.

2. Define the type of individual the hiring manager is ideally looking for. Include such things as educational background, number of years experience, should the person be analytical, strategic, and/or big picture focused? Be sure the definition is not just limited to qualifications, but personal qualities and traits as well.

3. Define the individual’s role on the team, beyond what is written. Be sure it is discovered the type of individual the hiring manager is really looking for. Be sure to define the role that this new team member will be tasked with. For instance, is the hiring manager looking for someone to clean house or build? Is the hiring manager interested in someone who can take over his/her role in a few years, or just someone who can simply join the team and add “value” to an all ready super team? Try to understand why someone succeeds and fails under this hiring manager. This too will help define and lead to a successful hire.

Hiring the next supestar is not always easy. It needs to be defined as to who best fits the definition of the hiring manager’s next superstar. Hiring a professional goes beyond qualifications and qualities. Be sure to understand the type of individual the hiring manager really wants and why this type of individual will prove to be an immediate positive impact player. Before the search gets underway, be sure to be real with expectations, be ready to go out and search for the ideal candidate as defined, be patient yet understand that time is always of the essence when seeking out the company’s next successful hire.

What tips do you have to share with us as you prepare for hiring your next employee?


Happy hunting.

Sheila Greco





Sheila Greco Shares Wisdom and Experiences of the past 25 Years 2/25 Hiring Your First Employee


Hiring Your First Employee


Theme for Today is Hiring Your First Employee!

Hiring my first employee was exciting and scary at the same time. Prior to making this decision I looked at the possibility of hiring a freelancer,  but due to the business and my philosophy of wanting everyone under one roof, I decided to hire a full-time employee who would work alongside me at the office.

Significant growth warranted this move as did the number of future hires shortly thereafter. My hiring strategy was such as to hire an “athlete”; a solid citizen with a strong career background and track record of success. Ideally I looked for professionals coming from a relatively small company who were not afraid to roll up their sleeves and be utility players. Qualities of these professionals needed to be; must have a strong work ethic, the desire to work hard, the ability to set his/her own goals versus what the company sets and to be engaged with who we were and what we did. Additionally, I preferred to hire those with great personalities, were athletes in high school and/or college or involved with extracurricular activities that required these folks to go the extra mile for themselves and others. Ok, don’t crucify me with this one, but I really found great success with recent college graduates who had come from a family where females worked as opposed to being at home. Truthfully, in the beginning I was just looking for professionals who had thick skin, were not afraid to ask questions and were okay with rejection. Remember research 25 years ago required the use of the telephone and our successes were dependent upon obtaining accurate information for our clients to use. A researcher’s job is not an easy one as many of us know, so hiring for this role was not that easy either. However I must say we did make many successful hires many of whom today continue to be employed with us.

How did I go about the hiring process? I networked. I believe if people knew me, my personality and what I expected from an employee this route would be the best way to go. Honestly, it worked and still does. I would also like to mention the value of internal referrals. Many of my first 15 employees were the result of employee referrals.  So my advice to entrepreneurs is do not neglect employee referrals, be sure to investigate them. Make it a habit to ask your employees who they know and of course no family members please. However this resource dried up as time went on, so the need to look beyond this resource became a must. It became necessary to look outside our networks and rely on others for future candidates. However to this day, I still ask the team who they know when we are looking to hire.

I must say that I am happy how we have grown over the last 25 years and we must have done something right since over 75% of our current employee base were amongst the first few hiring waves. I love my team!!

Happy Hunting and sure hope you enjoyed how I hired my first employee (s)!

Sheila Greco




Last Week’s Top 5 Recruiting Email Subject Line Descriptions

We know recruiting emails work!

Statistics show recruiting emails need to be part of the recruiting process.


Last week while recruiting here are the top 5 recruiting email subject lines that produced the best results.

1. I am interested in networking with you regarding a systems engineer role. Let’s connect.

2. As a thought leader I am interested in speaking with you regarding a role you may be interested in.

3. As a sales superstar I am interested in speaking with you regarding your next career move.

4. Heard you are exceptionally talented. I am a recruiter, let’s connect.

5. We are recruiting sales professionals and you have been identified as a star. Let’s connect.

We compete for talent daily and the need to have access to top talent is only part of the success equation. In order to start conversations with those professionals of interest you need to get their attention from all the noise out there. We have discovered that by creating effective recruiting email subject lines actually increases the response rate. Be sure you have what you consider a good recruiting email subject line so you too can get the results required to fill the pipeline with exceptional candidates and of course it needs to be done yesterday. What recruiting email subject lines work for you?


Happy Hunting.

Sheila Greco




Madonna’s Decades Of Success & Her Career Plan


Only Read This If Success Is Part Of Your Plan

And Realize Change & Career Evolution Need to Be Part Of It


Decades of success requires determination, the ability to recognize change and the need to evolve as part of a long-term plan. Understanding that complacency and standing still can result in being left behind. As a successful individual it is necessary to know success can come and go if we allow it to. But it doesn’t have to. Success just does not happen, it includes a plan that often includes change as situations change, may need to be tweaked periodically and it must include the plan that realizes change needs to be part of the plan.

Madonna had a career plan and still does, it includes to do whatever needs to be done to be #1. Do you have a solid career plan in place?

Do you have a career strategy in place to follow as you navigate through your career journey? If not it is not too late to create one. You need to set and have goals in order to achieve them. As simple as some goals may be, setting goals help people succeed and not having goals may cause failures or stumbling blocks which can stall or disturb one’s career. My advice is if you don’t have a career plan, do it now.

Madonna wanted super stardom right from the start of her career and still does. She originally created her brand, continues to maintain it  and is not afraid to reinvent herself/brand to stay on top. Yes, she may have done a few things that were “borderline” unacceptable, but we cannot argue the fact that she is still recognized as one of the greatest successes in the entertainment world today. Are you the next star to be born?  What career legacy are you looking to leave behind while creating your brand in this very competitive ever-changing world? Are you willing to learn, build and continue to do whatever it takes to enhance your career skill sets and build upon your knowledge base so that you too can continue to grow professionally for decades?

Many agree that one’s career defines them, who they are and how they are perceived by others not to mention yourself. Therefore your career should be one that makes you proud and of course without regrets. However building one’s career is not an easy task. There needs to be a plan and it needs to be followed, tweaked, and full of goals that may change as the landscape of the playing field changes. But you have to work at it, set goals and do what is required to stay on course so that as you navigate the sometimes tumulus waters, you continue to reach the goals you had set out to achieve. Down for a moment or two, just get back up because anyone can be successful if they want to and are willing to do what it takes…..

Why is Madonna so successful after so many decades? Her passion and desire to be #1 was and remains her ultimate goal. She continues to evolve and reinvent herself as new stars enter into her space. Part of her success is her ability to recognize that complacency or just maintaining her foothold in the entertainment world would not sustain nor yield continued success. Instead she continues to take control of her career, her brand, and is not afraid to personally make changes in areas she can control. For example, in order to sustain her success she needed to appeal to broader audiences, which at times required creating new types of music, choreographing new moves, making changes, sometimes dramatic ones to her live stage shows, basically doing what she needed to do to continue and advance her successful career. Can you say that about yourself? Do you take the time to look around to see what you may need to do to sustain or advance your career? It doesn’t matter what you aspire to be in life, it is important that you need to have a plan and strategy in place so you can achieve your personal goals.

She is not one to settle for second best. Are you? Are you looking around your company and recognizing others’ talents, potential threats to your advancement, your strengths and weaknesses compared to others? You should be evaluating where you are currently and decide your next steps to achieve your goals. Out of a job? Don’t let it get you down. Dig deep, reinvent, find what you like. Put a plan in place and go for it. But of course you need a career plan even after decades of success.

Relationships matter. Do you use your relationships to help with your career advancements? How good are your business and personal networks compared to others? Take a look to see and if needed increase your networks. Madonna knows about relationships and how to exploit them for sure. Madonna knows the importance of surrounding herself with the right people to advance her career and help her succeed. She knew and continues to know how to get out of people what she personally needs. Are you surrounding yourself with people who can make you better professionally? Do you have a mentor and support system to help with navigating your career? Of course hard work almost always pays off, but you also must know how to play the game and be in the right circle so to speak. Yes you need to be determined, focused, not to mention flexible and open to change but you also need a bit more, a network, the right network of course.

Blaze the trail. Madonna set the trends she did not and will not follow them. Part of her plan was to become knowledgable as to what was selling, what the fans wanted and played to their wants, needs and desires. Of course, that was part of her plan. What is part of yours? Creating a successful career plan is not a random act. To help with your career plan ask yourself a few of these questions; What do I want my brand to be? How do I feel about coloring outside the lines? I am ready to take control of my life/career and ready to take action to achieve my career goals and aspirations. Am I ready to be challenged? Ready to lead not be led? Do I need to reinvent myself and evolve? Who is my competition? How can I exploit their weaknesses? Do I have someone I wish to emulate?  Am I passionate about what I do? Don’t be afraid, you only go around once so make it a good one! Make a foot print in your organization, the world and create a legacy for yourself. Make a plan, make it your own, follow the plan and be sure to recognize when it is time to change/evolve you are ready to do it.


Sheila Greco

New Years Resolutions Are Goals & Commitments………

Resolutions, Goals and Commitments can be made at any time.

A New Year does not necessarily mean one suddenly becomes a new person or a company suddenly changes and all is well. New Years Resolutions are traditions to many, a goal intended  to help some become better people, better managers, healthier, thinner, more successful, so go ahead make the committment. Just keep in mind that change and achieving the resolutions on the list don’t just happen. As creatures of habit change may be slow but don’t let time get in the way. Success on many fronts comes to those who want it and work hard to get it!

I am a true believer that almost everyone wants to succeed at something. Having said that it wouldn’t be wrong for me to say everyone wants to succeed in life, and in order to do so, commitments, goals or resolutions must be put in place with the desire to achieve them. As a leader, coach and mom, I preach to all who will listen, that these committments and resolutions don’t just need to be at the beginning of the year, but whenever you want to. Additionally don’t forget these commitments can be tweaked or changed a bit to adapt to what is happening at a specific time. But goals need to be made! I encourage people to make a few resolutions, one for personal growth and the other for professional growth.

I say loud and clear, set your goals, set your commitments and go for it! Define success as it relates to you, your needs, your desires and don’t be afraid to make a reach goal if you are feeling it. As you make your commitments remember that you will need to incorporate whatever activities or duties necessary to achieve them into your every day life. Make them habits. Create habits that will make you better.

Lastly, as you make your commitment, say it loud and clear, print it out and post it on your wall, not Facebook but if you wish you can, but the wall you face every day at the office or home. This posting will be your reminder of the commitments you made to you!!! Good luck and go for it!


Sheila Greco