By Paris Wolfe
Kelly Blazek is one of the best known brands in Northeast Ohio communications. Every two weeks or so, the self-described Job Bank Mother blasts a list of empty seats to 7,100 subscribers. These include positions in the marketing, PR, digital communications, fundraising, non-profit management, media, journalism and graphics fields throughout Northeast Ohio. Her listserv is one of the largest individually produced employment compilations in the country within the marketing and communications field.
In September, the Cleveland Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recognized Blazek as Communicator of the Year for her service to the industry. This award is presented annually to recognize a practitioner who demonstrates excellence in communications.
Blazek is not a headhunter or a recruiter, but a senior communications executive who enjoys helping others in the profession.
“I’ve always been a passionate advocate for keeping talent in NE Ohio, and we have so much of it in the region,” Blazek told attendees at the IABC recognition event at Cleveland’s Pura Vida. “I want my subscribers to feel like everyone is my little sister or brother, and I’m looking out for them.”
Peer appreciation motivates her. “The notes I’ve received from folks who have been laid off are priceless to me,” she says. “Their heartfelt messages of thanks are so touching. I’ve saved this one for years:
‘I know this sounds melodramatic but, after 64 weeks on the job search, the American landscape starts to look pretty bleak. You'd be surprised what a treat it is when Kelly Blazek's name appears in your inbox.’
Many communicators AND employers would attest to that.
Blazek, a senior internal communications practitioner, owner of Gemba Communications (www.gembacomms.com) and a Six Sigma Green Belt, advises her clients in many areas. She specializes in employee and change management communication issues and in creating effective messaging for workforces around the world. Blazek developed internal communication programs for diversified industrial companies such as GE, Eaton Corporation and Ingersoll Rand. A frequent speaker on creating a game-changer resume, Blazek blogs about job search tips at http://kellyblazek.wordpress.com/
To subscribe to her job posting list, sign up at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ClevelandJobBank/info
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