This You Tube clip is American, but makes interesting reading nonetheless. Whether the figures predicted are accurate is anyone’s guess but if they are there is one thing for sure, recruiters aren’t going to be out of a job any time soon.
As reported in PR Week last week, there is an every growing PR community on Facebook. As a recruiter who is always interested to hear what’s going on in the industry I’ve joined lots of the PR related groups, including Alain Desmier and Alex Pearmain’s PR and Communications Network – the fastest growing PR group on Facebook.
Today, I created the group PR Job Watch. A free and easy to use space for recruiters to advertise their jobs and for PR professionals to keep an eye on the job market and ask for career related advise. It’s the first PR job group on Facebook and I’ve let lots of our competitors know that it’s there. It’s about time there was somewhere that PR recruiters can debate the issues of the industry and collaborate -and it’s cheaper than advertising in the back of PR Week, who have had a monopoly on PR job advertising for at least as long as I’ve been recruiting in the industry.
Come and join us, you don’t have to be looking for a new job – it’s a great place to network with other PR folk and pick the brains of PR recruiters.
Join Facebook (if you haven’t already) and search the groups for PR Job Watch. See you there!
I am losing my patience with the furniture store, Harveys. I’ve just sent them this email:
I am writing to complain about the appalling customer service provided by Harveys. We bought a sofa back in 2006, which we took delivery of in June 2006. In Dec 2006 the sofa broke. After numerous emails and phone calls an engineer was sent out to take a look at the sofa and took a few pictures, and we never heard anything again. We called the store we bought the sofa from (Hounslow) repeatedly asking when we would have a replacement, to no avail. Eventually we had to contact one of the Directors of Harveys who immediately authorised for us to go into store and pick another sofa. So we did that. Over 14 weeks later we are still waiting for delivery of said sofa.
It was due to be delivered on Saturday between 11am – 2pm. We waited in all day, until 3pm, before we had to leave the house to attend an appointment. At 4.30 I had a phone call from the driver to say it wasn’t being delivered. Really. Like we hadn’t noticed!
I called the number provided (08700 663853) to arrange redelivery today (as it’s not open over the weekend or holidays). The customer service representative who I spoke to at 9am promised someone would ring back by the end of play today to arrange redelivery. At 5.30pm when still no one had called me back I phoned again. I asked for redelivery this Saturday and was told no, there are no slots available. I asked to speak to someone more superior and Camilla, the customer service representative, refused.
I wasted a whole day on Saturday waiting for a sofa to be delivered – with no notification that it wasn’t going to arrive until after the delivery time had been and gone. We have waited MONTHS for a sofa we can actually sit on. It is not our fault that the driver was unable to deliver this weekend.
The next available Saturday slot, I was told, is Saturday the 9th June which is absolutely no use to me as we’re at a wedding that day.
I NEED OUR SOFA DELIVERED ON SATURDAY 2ND JUNE. If you are not prepared to arrange delivery for this Saturday, we would like a refund, IN FULL.
If delivery cannot be arranged for this Saturday or a refund be arranged, I am prepared to stand outside your Hounslow store and tell everyone who passes the door what absolutely shocking service we have received from Harveys from start to finish, and if necessary remove the display model of the sofa we have purchased. I am also prepared to call the local press to watch me do it, and every consumer watchdog I can think of to warn other people of the shoddy merchandise and useless service.
I expect a reply to this message by 10am tomorrow morning.
Hands up who thinks I’ll get a reply? Hands up who thinks I’ll be searching for the name of the Head of Communications tomorrow to let them know the local press are about to be informed of my protest this coming Saturday?
Google has delivered the goods once more! Another Sarah Hayman has contacted me after finding this blog. Goodness me, how many of us are there? We shall call her Sarah Hayman 3! Sarah 3 has just had a baby boy called Samuel – take my word for it, he’s CUTE! We’ve been chatting on MSN messenger and there are a few spooky parallels in our lives.
I introduced Sarah 2 to Sarah 3 via email. This could get confusing.
So now we have: –
- Sarah Hayman – PR Headhunter, frustrated writer, getting married this year, has a dad originally from Devon who now lives in London
- Sarah Hayman 2 – lives in Australia
- Sarah Hayman 3 – lives in the midlands, has a dad originally from Devon who now lives in London, has two sons, is getting married this year, has an interest in genealogy, been in Panto, now an agony aunt for a teen magazine.
The Sarah Hayman Society – current membership – 3.