send me a Starbucks gift card and with a note that said 'I heard there was a Starbucks in your building, enjoy!'. Unfortunately, there was NOT a Starbucks in the building. It's not that I wanted the coffee, but rather it puzzled me as to why she wrote that! Did she just assume there was a Starbucks? Does that mean she would assume other things incorrectly as well? I know it's a stretch, but even two years later, that sticks out. As for clients, we always send thank you cards. It could be thank you for meeting, hiring, referring, whatever, but we don't do anything else. Well, we had a client that moved to a new location they built and we sent a plant for their new front office. But, they invited us for a tour of the new facility and we didn't want to go empty handed! Anything more than that, it creeps me out to do it. It seems unnatural and makes me feel like a slimy sales person. I'd take a hand written note (not an email!) any day.…
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for "testimonials" during our networking luncheon, they can be tedious and self-indulgent. Do they work? Manners seem to be regionally-defined as well as industry-distinct, but should they be? I mean, it's not as if a "service tip" can be written in and added to your invoice or paycheck. What is an appropriate thank you for a candidate or a client to offer you, the service provider? A few years back, I interviewed a young man for a position within my company. I liked him instantly over the phone and invited him on-site for an interview. He wasn't exactly right in the position for which he had applied, but given that we were hiring for many newly-created positions, I kept him on the line for another req I knew would soon be opening up. Two days after our interview, he sent me flowers. He also sent them to the Vice President of Corporate Services - my boss. Despite the fact that I felt it was inappropriate, I enjoyed the flowers and I did end up hiring him - but not because of the flowers. As a matter of fact, the flowers hindered his candidacy and almost cost him the job. Another candidate sent me a thank you note with a Starbucks card tucked inside. He didn't get the job but I did enjoy the coffee. I guess every position comes with perquisites of some sort or another, right? Still not sure how I feel about it. Is it taking a bribe if I don't allow it to influence my decision? Should I return the gifts that sometimes come my way? Is this at all related to payola or campaign contributions? One of the search firms I worked for always sent a plant to our placements on their second day on the job. "Thank you for securing us a large fee." It is a fine line, and one worth considering. Business is business - Service provider to client and vice versa. This doesn't exactly fall under the Holiday card exchange category. More "above and beyond..." We also sent Thank You cards on vellum to individuals interviewed as Professional References - in other words, "We treated you nice and you were nice back, do you want to buy our services?" Do we think they will not see past the gold-embossed Thank You? The fee paid in full and in a timely manner would be thanks enough for me. A pretty-near perfect placement/job should be thanks enough for them. But it doesn't seem to be. Do we require endorsements, testimonials, or recommendations? Shouldn't our work and referrals stand for themselves? Again, ego gets in the way. Perhaps the id is where we should meet. Where the two lines cross. When the rubber meets the road. Where you put your money where your mouth is...
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th one of the department heads at my invitation they have to buy lunch with a company credit card if they have any social interaction with any vendor. One year i had been to lunch with so many of them so many times that i decided to send hams for Christmas to all the department heads. Oh my God. I didn't send one to HR because i didn't work with HR. When the HR manager saw the hams being delivered she had a cat fit. I had sent one to the president of the company with a note that said , "Merry Christmas and Thank you for your business and all the lunches.
HR went nutso, sent memos to everyone that they could not accept gifts from any vendor. One of the VP's sent me a thank you and let me know that they could not accept gifts. I suggested that they give them to their church or any of their associates who might be having a difficult time. The Pres went to HR to see what the big flap was all about and discovered a big basket of cookies from the temp firm they use sitting on the HR Managers desk. When he asked what the difference was between cookies and ham the HR manager told him the cookies were for everybody.
Mr Pres thought it was kind of ironically funny so he told HR that he was giving his to the VP of Finance since he had several kids , the VP of Finance said he was giving his to the VP of IS because he had all his inlaws for the holidays and on and on it went. They all gave theirs away and everybody got one. I have not however sent any more Christmas hams.
But this is not about the little thank you gifts or the bottle of wine or flowers on a birthday. This is the crooked stuff where a lot of money changes hands behind the scenes and nothing prevents it if you have two willing players. A lot of recruiters have been "enticed" by internal hiring managers who want a piece of the action. It starts out with a joking remark about "Wow, i have made you a lot of money this month, you owe me a steak and drinks or a bottle of scotch, ha, ha, ha." An oportunistic recruiter gets the picture and the boys go out for drinks a few times. And it builds from there until somebody like our anonymous person here finds out about it. That is when it gets really sticky.
If this happens to you just laugh and say "Wow, i really do appreciate your vote of confidence in my ability, i will drop your boss a note letting him know what a great job you are doing interviewing and selling my candidates on the company". "Even the ones you don't hire come away very complimentary of you and the company."
For our internal person here it might be the best course of action to leave an anonymous letter on the boss's desk since one never really knows who all the players are in a scam and a higher up exec. might be copied so it will roll down hill.
Before everybody starts thinking that any recruiter who makes a lot of placements with one company or one hiring manager is paying off somebody. There are a lot of situations where a hiring manager has a long standing relationship with a TPR who knows what he wants and can find it time after time. Be sure you are sure about "fraudboy" before making any overt suggestions because that can really get big time icky sticky.…
and start giggling. Maybe it is the first stages of senile dementia but is sure is fun. I never paid any attention to the senior discouts in restaurants, last night a group of us went to dinner so i decided it was time to ask for the senior discount. The bitch carded me. See what i mean about it being fun.
@Noel and Tim It's "Smile, dial and cry for a while". I was delighted when we got push button phones those rotary dial puppies were hell on my finger nails. I was an early adopter of new technology. I have a little tip for you. If you can't hear well on an i phone get a droid. My ring tone is "Hello Moto" my grand daughter cringes eveytime my phone goes off. I love my turn at torturing the young.
@Tim you poor child. With a virgo for a mother it's a wonder you didn't grow up to be an accountant. We rear perfect children you know and if we have more than one we line them up by height. I got a surprise gift from the executive group with one of my clients this afternoon. A bunch of gorgeous flowers, a bottle of very nice Chivas and 20 bales of hay. The card said, Whiskey for our recruiter and hay for her horses.
To explain the Hay, Hay, Hay. I told Tim yesterday that due to the drought here i gave up recruiting people and recruited hay for a week. Trust me a purple squirrel is no problem as compared to enough alfalfa to feed 7 horses all winter when there isn't any. I traded a fee on an engineer with a client in Colorado for a truck load of alfalfa. They thought it was a hell of a deal until they found out the cost of hauling and stacking it in a barn. Never trade with a horse trader who also happens to be a recruiter. We were born negotiating.…