Depending on what the weather is in the precise moment you’re reading this post, you might be wondering why I would say that? After all, it’s probably raining, snowing or just not hot enough for you! Or, maybe it’s too hot… Who knows. We always complain about the weather here. No, the reason that now is the very best time to live here has absolutely nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the job opportunities, specifically the opportunity to work at TKG.
As I celebrate my one-year anniversary here, I thought it might be helpful for prospective candidates to have some insight into why working for TKG is such a great opportunity. After all, changing jobs can be scary and it’s hard to know just what you’ll find once you make the leap. As an online marketing strategist, you’ll find that many of my insights relate directly to this department, but be assured that TKG culture is pretty uniform — so, you can safely assume that things will be similar in other departments as well.
And, I don’t mean challenging as in difficult, although sometimes their challenges are difficult! TKG serves a wide range of clients, from small business owners to online-only retailers to publicly traded business-to-business manufacturers. Our clients are diverse and the strategies and tools we use to serve them are equally as diverse.
What this means for you: An opportunity to flex your creative muscles, to use cutting edge techniques to help your clients grow their businesses, and an in-house team to lean on. (For real! If you’re a marketing person, you won’t have to code websites anymore. And our IT staff does not create marketing strategies!)
It also means a fast-paced (but friendly) environment, sometimes with tight deadlines.
Opportunities to Grow
Is there something related to your job that you’ve always wanted to learn? Go learn it. Is there a course that you want to take that would really help you with xyz? If it fits the budget (time or dollars), you’ll get the chance. Does one of your clients have a challenge and no one knows the answer? We’ll challenge you to grow that way too. TKG strives to be a partner with all of our clients. Collectively TKG has a lot of experience to bring to the table, and with 15+ years helping clients do business online, we’ve seen a lot of the same challenges before. But, if no one knows the answer, you might just be the person who gets to figure it out. And that’s pretty awesome.
The Chance to be a Leader
Raise your hand if you feel like you have no voice where you are. Ahh, yes, isn’t that one of the biggest complaints you hear about other people’s jobs? I know it was one of mine. I honestly didn’t expect it to be different here. After all, doesn’t everyone say that their employees’ ideas matter? Yawn….
Well, let me be the first to tell you that when TKG says it, they mean it. No, it doesn’t mean that every idea will be implemented and that we’ll do everything your way, but if you have a great idea, bring it to the table. We want to hear it. From one-on-one meetings with your team lead/strategist to QA lunches with Geoff, there are plenty of ways to make your voice heard. And, if you’re really passionate about something, sell it to us… Chances are, we’ll give it a try! And, if it works, we’ll give you credit for it (and if it doesn’t, we’ll
never let you live it down! strategize together for a better solution!)
Work hard, play hard. It’s cliche, but at TKG it’s true. If you only know us from Facebook, you might think that fun is all we do, but it’s not true. (It’s just that fun engages better for us on Facebook )
TKG values a work-life balance, so we try to stick to regular business hours, but every now and then it’s necessary to put in some extra hours (this has happened only a handful of times for me in the last year). And while a brain war often breaks out in the middle of the afternoon (even though I have tried really hard to institute a “Don’t throw brains at me!” policy), it’s short-lived. TKG’ers are dedicated professionals…. who happen to know how to have a good time! If you are a dedicated professional, you’ll fit in! If you’re just here for the fun…. well, why don’t you just like us on Facebook?
Seriously – Part of the culture here does include things like “First Thursday” (a couple of drinks at the end of the day) or the annual Camping Trip, but it also includes fun in the form of hitting a deadline, solving a client’s problem or seeing a client achieve a particular goal. I know it sounds kind of nerdy… but, well, we are kind of nerds.
And, if you’re a nerd like we are nerds, then TKG is the right place for you.
As I celebrate my first year here, I am grateful for all of the challenges I’ve had, the opportunities to grow, and mostly for the fact that I had the courage to make the move. Changing jobs is scary, but if I’d known then what I know now (and what I’ve tried to share here), well, I’d probably be celebrating two years instead of one! Thanks for all of the opportunities this year, TKG & TKG clients! Here’s to many more years!
If you’d like to work at tkg, check out our job openings and apply today!