I loved my first “real” job, even if I had a fit the first time I saw my paycheck after taxes. I was stunned. “What do you mean? They took almost half my money!” I remember yelling at my Mom. “Welcome to adulthood,” she said.
I was a retail associate at American Eagle Outfitters. I was 16, and their clothes were popular. I, on the other hand, was not. I was a nerdy kid who just wanted out of my high school life. Work was a safe place and hiding space from the tension of being a teenager. Bonus: I made money while I did it.
I was good at it, too. What I lacked in social skills at school, I made up for selling clothes and credit cards. I hit every goal, if not doubling it. It was obvious to me why. I was an awkwardly shaped kid with a big smile. It was far less intimidating to talk to me about jeans than some 100-pound blonde.
I worked my way up until I was putting in 39.5 hours each week in addition to my school work. I’d do overnights, weekends, whatever. I just loved being there. I even took a few store transfers to get more hours in the two years before I left for college.
I think about that job a lot when I hire for Three Ears. It was the purest love of work I think I’ll ever experience. I loved the team. My managers took care of me with regular promotions, raises, and rewards. When I think about a Best Places to Work award, they would have won.
That’s the kind of feeling I want to create for my company. For the first time, I realized maybe we’re on our way after writing my very first “About Three Ears Media” paragraph for my job posting this week. Here’s what I said.
I started Three Ears Media because hiring is hard. We manage one of the most unpredictable variables in the world: people.
The one thing we can control in this equation? How we ask. We are a team of excellent writers and editors who specialize in HR and recruiting that have mastered the ask whether it comes in the form of a career site, email, or job posting.
Recruiting strategy shouldn’t be something a consultant picks from a best-in-class manual. That’s why everything we do at Three Ears Media starts with listening. We interview the people living this job/department/company experience and translate their stories into strategies that attract smart, talented people who can thrive too.
This company is women-owned, dog-friendly, 100% remote, and founded on the belief that the status quo isn’t good enough in work. I’m building the company I dreamt about while working in corporate America for 15 years as a copywriter, managing editor, and CMO.
Let’s have some fun and do some great work.
Did I mention we’re hiring a contract proofreader?
I’m looking for a contract proofreader to help my team proof and polish our client deliverables. I posted a blog with all the details this week, and the link is below. Make sure to mention you subscribe to the newsletter if you decide to apply before the deadline on 9/8. I’d love to hire someone who knows our story beyond the about us., and you definitely do if you’ve read this letter each week.
Be well -