We're hiring. Purple squirrels please apply.

Jan 10, 2012 admin

We’re hiring. This may not be news at InkHouse, where our continuous growth requires us to find smart, curious people who are creative and passionate and want to participate in a rapidly evolving industry. But it is news at a time when the national unemployment rate remains at 8.5 percent.

You’d think it would be easy to find qualified candidates in this economy. Yet what we do, and how we do it, requires a special kind of person. You might say we are looking for purple squirrels, a term used by employment recruiters to describe an unlikely job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications that perfectly fit a job’s multifaceted requirements, perhaps even allowing a business to function with fewer workers.

When I look out over our loft space at the Watch Factory in Waltham, I hear rap coming from the Sonos speakers, I see colleagues sitting on desks brainstorming with each other, while others have their game faces or their headsets on, talking with reporters and/or clients. Basically, I see purple squirrels, happily coexisting and contributing to our success. (For a taste of what it’s like to work here, read a recent blog post from Beth on signs that you work in PR.)

While most will say that purple squirrels don’t exist in nature – certainly not ones that look likes this:

I recently was hiking in the Berkshires at dusk, looking intently for unusual birds, listening for animals and watching for tracks. Ahead, scampering up a tree, a saw what appeared to be a burgundy squirrel – unlike anything I had ever seen before. “Look! Maybe that’s it – a purple squirrel!” My family thought I was joking. And I sort of was. But I did find something unusual. It looked like this:

Technically, it was a black squirrel, but in the dusky winter light, it looked vaguely purple – but very cool. Which counts for something.

Come on, I know you’re out there. Send us your resume.

Topics: Public Relations, Writing, Employees, Journalism, Recruiting, Social Media

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