It Comes Down to the Content

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a New York Women In Communications panel around the hot topic of content marketing. Lori Greene, senior partner and content director at Maxus, moderated the discussion that included Alexa Christon, head of Global Media Development for GE; Georgia Galanoudis, managing director at Meredith Xcelerated Marketing, and Julie Hochheiser Ilkovich, a managing partner and president of Editorial Operations at Masthead Media Company. These women each come at this … [Read more...]

Conference Season

With many of our team members making plans to attend conferences this fall- Rebecca is at FutureM this week and will join Amy at the International PRSA conferences in October- I wanted to investigate how one can get the most out of a conference experience. Attending these events often requires travel, and a big investment of time and money. So, how do you make a return on that investment and take full advantage of these opportunities? Our founder, Ted Chaloner, has a wealth of experience … [Read more...]

When You Know You’re the Underdog

A guest blog by Samantha Beach The term “underdog” comes to us from dogfights of the 19th century where, at the end of a battle, one dog would end up on top and one underneath. The dog that lost bore the shame in the books where it would read “underdog” beneath his name and number. Though the next fight had not yet begun, he was already defined by the improbability that he would win. I have just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath (about a year after the rest of the … [Read more...]

The Timeless Art of Negotiating

A guest blog by Samantha Beach While the necessary skills for a successful communications career seem to be rapidly evolving and changing with the landscape, there is one business skill that I have to master in the same way that my dad did and his dad before him. Negotiating requires a gravitas, confidence and savvy that can only be learned through time and experience. I talked with our founder, Ted Chaloner, our president, Amy Segelin and senior recruiter, Jenn Saldarelli, to learn how each … [Read more...]

How Do You Fare at Career Fairs?

While attending career fairs should only be one part of your job search, they can be a valuable step if you make a plan and assert yourself appropriately. To gain more insight on how to navigate these events, I consulted with the people on the other side of the table. Debbie Gsellmeier is Director of Human Resources at Idex Optics & Photonics and Caitlin Annunziata is a Senior Recruiter at Mullen and they have some good advice on how to prepare, how to stand out and, of course, what not to … [Read more...]

Keeping Pace with Speed Networking

To continue mining some of the expertise around our office, I picked recruiter Christine Santeusanio’s brain this week. Christine attends a lot of networking events, especially of the fast and furious variety, and she has some good advice about how to get the most out of these evenings as an attendee and a facilitator. SB: I’m always impressed with how proactive you are about seeking out networking opportunities. You’ve been to a lot of events in the past month! CS: Yes, including Boston … [Read more...]

A Chat with Rebecca Porter

Last week we welcomed a new recruiter, Rebecca Porter, to our team. I had the pleasure of getting to know a bit more about her: what blogs she reads, what its been like coming full circle in her career and, most importantly, her love for Bon Jovi. SB: Our new hires answer a bunch of fun questions so we can get to know and introduce them on our website. Rebecca said her fantasy dinner guests would be Oprah, Richard Branson and Jon Bon Jovi. That would be a fascinating evening- what do you … [Read more...]

Lights, Camera, Action: The Video Interview

In addition to working at Chaloner, I am also pursuing a career in acting, which often requires me to put auditions on tape. So I was interested to learn that video interviews are becoming more and more common as a means for companies to pre-screen candidates. I know how challenging it is to present an authentic, enthusiastic and grounded version of yourself on screen, especially when there’s no one on the receiving end. How do you prepare for a one-way video interview? Practice with a … [Read more...]

The Recruiter Relationship

Since I started working at Chaloner last fall, I have witnessed many ways in which a recruiter relationship can be hugely beneficial to a professional communicator throughout the course of his or her career. Larry Galardi, whom we placed as the Director of Internal Communications at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, says this: "While online media can be a treasure trove of opportunities, the best sources of viable career opportunities come from established and accredited executive recruiters… In … [Read more...]

The Importance of Mentoring

This week we’d like to welcome Samantha Beach, our guest blogger and recent attendee at the most recent New York Women in Communications event. This week I had the privilege of attending a New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Coffee & Conversations Panel on “The Fastest Way to the Top.” Erica Hill, co-anchor of TODAY’s Weekend Editions moderated the conversation between an impressive group of women including Ellen Archer, President at Hyperion Books/Head of East Coast Development, … [Read more...]