Career

What Makes A Great Membership Events Manager?

Being an events manager is not for everyone – and certainly not for the faint-hearted. It’s been officially recognised as one of the most stressful jobs in the world. In fact, according to a 2017 survey by CareerCast, event planning is the fifth most stressful occupation, beaten only by more obvious contenders, such as firefighters, police officers and airline pilots.   While newer technologies have made certain aspects of event management somewhat easier, this has not diminished the importance of the core qualities that only successful events managers possess. These are the attributes that distinguish the brave from the truly…

How to Improve Staff Retention On Your Membership Team

Finding the perfect people for your team is only the first step to realising your membership organisation’s potential. Once your recruitment specialist has helped you to locate the right talent, you will also need to retain them for as long as possible.   Hiring managers find themselves facing increased competition in the job market, making it harder to find and hold onto critical hires. Since the cost of turnover in a specialist market can…

5 Tips For Working With A Recruiter to Accelerate Your Membership Career

Does it feel like your membership career has plateaued? Searching for the right role to build your career can be overwhelming and tiring, becoming a full-time job all on its own.   If you’ve been struggling with those career blues feelings, working with a specialist membership recruiter might just be what you need to take your career to the next level. In addition to knowing about positions that aren’t widely advertised, a specialist can offer valuable insight into current hiring…

How To Prepare For Your Performance Appraisal

So, this year’s performance appraisal is right around the corner, and there’s a lot riding on this one, like that overdue salary increase you’ve been too afraid to bring up. However, there’s no need to panic. There’s still plenty you can do to prepare yourself. One of the most important things you can do to…

What Makes A Great Business Development Director

Business Development Directors (BDDs) have very demanding and challenging roles; because they’re responsible for developing continuing membership growth. Consequently, they have to be able to identify potential business opportunities,  build profitable long-term relationships so that their organisation is as successful as it can be, by both increasing revenue and maximising profits. In addition to using…

What Makes a Great Senior Leader?

Effective leaders are the driving force behind successful teams. They’re the visionaries that motivate and inspire other staff members to accomplish incredible things. Leaders can also be the innovators that place their companies on the cutting edge of the membership organisation environment.   In the past, we’ve discussed what makes a great head of membership or marketing. However, phenomenal…

5 Steps to Handling Those Career Blues Feelings

What do you do when the January blues don’t disappear in February?   Do you still feel plagued by a Groundhog Day sensation at work? Maybe you’re convinced that your career or even your life isn’t heading in the right direction.   The good news is that Spring is just around the corner. Now’s the perfect time…

How Successful People Stay Calm Under Pressure

It’s easy to assume that stress is always a bad thing.   However, the truth is that you need some level of stress in your life. Feelings of pressure can motivate us to accomplish incredible things. According to research, stress can even support the formulation of new brain cells that prepare you to tackle the challenges in your membership organisation.    Stress becomes a…

What Makes a Great Senior Membership Officer?

Finding the right people to lead and support your membership team is crucial. Though every organisation has its own concept of the “ideal” employee, most roles demand specific competencies and proficiencies.   Previously, we discussed what you might look for if you were hiring a head of membership for your team. Today, we’ll be continuing our series of recruitment advice, with an insight into…

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