Specialist Recruitment

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 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…

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…

Why Introverts Make Great Membership Employees

When people think of introverts, they often imagine shy, nervous and withdrawn people.  However, the truth is that introverts can be valuable parts of your membership team. These people might not be as loud or imposing as the extroverts. However, they will approach issues more methodically, analysing each project, and finding the best solution for the task…

How to Build Your Membership Talent Pipeline This Year

Wouldn’t life be easier if every time one of your employees resigned, you had a list of qualified candidates to fill the resulting gap?   With a selection of dedicated applicants at your fingertips, you can spend less time searching for replacement staff members, and more time building your business. That’s the driving idea behind the membership talent pipeline.   Most…

How To Onboard Leaders Into Your Membership Organisation

Onboarding leaders; is it really that different? The answer is yes. Leaders and senior managers are pivotal to the process of growing any membership organisation or body.  However, it’s critical to remember that the hiring process does not end when someone accepts your offer.  Though there are numerous factors that can impact a leadership hire’s longevity within their new role, robust onboarding consistently improves the odds of success.  Therefore, preparing your new leaders to immerse themselves into your membership culture…

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