Job Available But No One Cares? Alabama Utility Got the Message (Video)

Rob McElroy stresses that employers shouldn’t blindly follow a job description or list of required qualifications or experience when filling positions. In fact, he is proof of what he speaks. The general manager of Daphne (Alabama) Utilities had no experience in the field when he signed on with the then-flailing utility in 2005. One particularly telling incident occurred several years ago when McElroy posted a $50,000 job opening and received not a single resume. Over the years, the utility changed how it approached recruiting and improved on the methods it uses to nurture and appreciate its best employees. As a result, it is now routinely hailed as a “top place to work” by Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and others.

McElroy is part of the panel discussion “Managing Today’s Talent Pipeline: 30 Ideas in 30 Minutes” at the 2011 Advanced Employment Issues Symposium (AEIS) this week in Las Vegas. The following video clip below is from the same panel discussion during the AEIS conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, in October. He also individually presented the session “Greatness Knows No Bounds: How Small Companies Are Creating Something Wonderful for Their Employees.”

Watch part of Rob McElroy’s presentation at AEIS Nashville

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