About Me

My name is Kirby Cole, and I am a Human Resource and Recruiting Nerd.  I spent the better part of my career in St. Louis, and after a about a year and a half in Dallas I am back living in the Lou.  I went to Hickman High School, am mad a Pujols, and hope the Rams get it together (it’s a St. Louis thing).  I work for FleishmanHillard, the world’s most complete communications firm, specializing in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, and transmedia and social content. FleishmanHillard delivers on the power of true, reflecting the firm’s high values, and unique ability to guide clients through a world demanding unprecedented authenticity and transparency.

I love my job.  I love to work.  I love to share my story and listen to other people’s stories.  I love to accomplish things, big things and small things.  I like helping the people that I work with accomplish things.  I have a ton of ideas, maybe to many ideas and not enough time.  In a perfect world, I would spend half my time working on the tasks of my job and half my time working on ideas, projects, and proposals that aren’t work yet.  I want to be the best at what I do.  If you put a goal in front of my face, I will work whatever hours it takes to get it done.  I work in my car, at McDonalds, at Starbucks, in the office, in my bedroom, in my home office, at my dining room table, and sometimes even in my sleep.  I will work to get the job done because I have committed to get the job done.  Nothing is more important to me than keeping a commitment.  I don’t work hard because my boss tells me to; I work hard because I love it.  I love to win.  I love success.

I believe in the positive power of a high five.  I believe recognizing a job well done goes further than a paycheck.  I believe a smile can change a person’s day.  I believe a group of like-minded individuals each passionately expressing their own ideas can create limitless possibilities.  I believe dissidence and disagreement in moderation is a good thing.  I believe we don’t have to like the same things, believe the same ideals, support the same politicians, or wear the same clothes to live and work brilliantly together.

I believe in doing things right.  I don’t mean the right way because we don’t always know the right way to do something.  I mean doing something with the right intentions for everyone involved.  Doing wrong never works out in the long run, it will catch up to me, and it will hurt.  I make mistakes, but I learn from them.  Some of my best lessons have been from mistakes I have made.  I believe truly courageous people get an idea and have the passion to follow through on that idea.  If they fail they fail hard because they were irrepressible in their commitment to their idea.  But they learned, and they grew, and they probably now have new ideas to champion.

I believe that everyone in an organization should work towards the same goal, our client’s or customer’s success.  Notice I didn’t’ say our companies success?  Serving your clients and/or customers success is the single guiding focus an organization is bound to.  I like knowing, and seeing, my impact. In a great organization everyone is involved: involved with finance and financial goals, involved with recruiting, sharing ideas, researching, participating, and sharing the wins and losses.

I believe technology is awesome and I believe HR people need to get a better handle on what technology can do for our industry.  I use Google chrome as my web browser.  Some people use safari, some use Firefox, and yes some use internet explorer.    In fact, something like 60% of all internet users are still on internet explorer, and most of them use an older version.  I’m not sure how I remembered that factoid, but that is something I live on.  The world is changing, it is online, it is fast, it is digital, it is interactive.  I live in those places where digital interaction takes place.  I tweet my favorite blog reads.  I friend people on Facebook so I can stay in touch.  I follow companies, people, and jobs on LinkedIn.  I search for people by name, address, and phone number to see what I can learn about them before I meet them.  I love to write and share my ideas, which on display at http://www.stlrecruiter.com.

Finally, I believe I can help.  I believe that my story can help you write your story.  I believe I can help you find your next job.  I believe I can help lift your spirits during a difficult time in your life.  I believe I know a little about the recruiting game and can folks on both sides of that fence.  I believe in the ideal of great HR making in impact on peoples stories at work and beyond.  I believe in me, and I believe in you.

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