Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Robert

This week’s featured employee is celebrating his one year anniversary this month!  Robert is one of Vocus’ Marketing Sales Consultants. His favorite part about Vocus is the “freedom each employee is given to run their own business.”  He loves how he has the chance to figure out what works and what doesn’t work to achieve his goals and is able to plan his own day and implement it in his own way.  Robert enjoys the fact that “success at Vocus is very self-driven,” the company allows employees to learn and grow every day.  If you’re interested in learning more about Vocus, connect with Robert on LinkedIn. 

1798965_10200656087003902_657661754_oQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Beachin’ By Jake Owen.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Maryland Blue crabs.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Anywhere in southern Florida. My favorite activities are golfing and boating; you can pretty much do that every day of the year there.

1459655_10101971226847665_1573326508_nQ: What is your most treasured possession?

A:  My Family. You can replace almost anything in life, besides the ones who made you who you are today.

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Consistent.

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Be consistent and never give up – The day you stop learning is the day you start falling behind – You can always do better, be better, and make more.


Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Melissa

This week’s Featured Employee comes from our Professional Services Consultant team.  Melissa joined Vocus in October 2013.  Her favorite part about Vocus is “how social everyone is.  It’s easy to talk to employees about work and other hobbies.”  Another perk she enjoys is the casual work environment that really helps to keep people like her upbeat and energized.  Melissa’s favorite place in HQ is Sundogs because it is a great place to relax and read during lunch and to take a quick break.

If you want to learn more about Vocus be sure to connect with Melissa on LinkedIn.

Melissa KatskiQ: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: Up on Cripple Creek by The Band, always puts me in a good mood

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Any and all seafood – Crabs, lobster, scallops, oysters, fish… Cadbury cream eggs are a close second.

10419639_10102313090215719_2934743905371817987_nQ: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Somewhere with great weather and open space so I could be doing things outside all of the time, like New Zealand or Costa Rica 

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My running shoes – without them I would go insane!

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Loyal

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Build relationships with your coworkers. Nothing gets you through a tough day at work better than being able to laugh with your coworkers! And you can learn something new from every person here.


Be sure to check back next week to read about the next Featured Employee!


Vocus Named Among DC’s “Top Workplaces” in The Washington Post


If you picked up this week’s Washington Post, you’ve read the great news! Vocus has been named among the Top Workplaces in the area by The Washington Post! Vocus is among winning companies that received the highest ratings from their employees based on a survey conducted by independent research firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLP.

“The company’s headquarters in Beltsville is designed to resemble a small city, complete with cafes, a radio station, clock tower and bookstore,” said The Washington Post reporter Sarah Halzack in her article highlighting evolving workplace culture in DC. “Health and wellness amenities are central to the company. An annual fair provides employees with free health screenings. There’s also an on-site gym and basketball court, and a spa where employees can slip away for some needed rest and relaxation.”

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Photo Credit: Recruiter Nieves Chavez

Followers of our Employer Brand are very familiar with the perks of being a Vocus employee at this point, but the recognition for our teams here is very special. We won this award because of our employees and it is a true testament to the hard work we put in each day. Our industry-leading people are what make our employee experience so rewarding.

“The productivity of our people is entirely related to the experience they have at work,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Holly Paul in an interview given to The Washington Post. “That’s why creating Vocus Town and building this culture was always so important to us.”

Top Workplaces GalaVocus was honored alongside other recipients at an awards gala on June 19, 2014. Senior Social Media Manager Stacey Miller, myself, Marketing Manager Channing Muller, and Social PR Manager Adrienne Sheares represented Vocus at the Awards Gala on June 19. The complete list of Top Workplace winners was published in The Washington Post on June 22, 2014.

Congratulations to all Vocus employees! This is a great award for Vocus as an employer in the DC region and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Christian

This week’s Vocus Featured Employee will celebrate his one year anniversary next month! Christian works in Sales at our office in Herndon, Virginia. He is the first in his family to work in software sales. “The men in my family were all Stone Masons and Pool Construction Workers, so I became the first to work away from that field. Vocus has a nice environment because it allows me to bring a ‘blue collar’ work ethic to a ‘white collar’ party,” says Christian of his experience in our work hard, play hard environment. Christian initially was attracted to working at Vocus because of the opportunity to work with businesses. Prior to joining Vocus,  he worked in sales for three years. If you’re interested in learning more about Vocus, connect with Christian on LinkedIn.

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Here’s our Q&A with Christian…

Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: The Script: Hall of Fame 

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: South County, MD Blue Crabs with a side of Cheeseburger 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Malta most likely. It’s the brightest place I’ve ever been, and who can be sad on a sunny day? 

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: I have an Omega 8006 Fruit & Vegetable Juicer that does things right 

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Boondocks 

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Dive in and get embarrassed. The more you’re on the phones, the better stories you’ll have at the end of the day, and before you know it, your phone skills will be sharper than ever before. 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Kera

Happy Friday! Today’s Featured Employee Kera joined Vocus at the end of 2011. She brought her marketing and sales experience to our Mid-Market PR Sales division and has done an amazing job. Towards the end of this year, she will celebrate her three year anniversary with Vocus, reaching a few other milestones along the way, including Q1 MVP, Presidents’ Club, and qualifying for four consecutive Mid Year Sales trips in a row. Asked what she loves most about working at Vocus, Kera says, “It does not seem like a ‘job.’ I have met some of my best friends here (not to mention, my husband!), so I love having the opportunity to work beside such talented, amazing people each day.” She’s right, isn’t she? Work feels most rewarding when you work with talented people in a collaborative environment. At Vocus, our teams- across all departments- thrive off of collaboration. To learn more about our PR products or if you’re interested in learning more about what it’s like to work here, connect with Kera on LinkedIn.

Here’s our Q&A with Kera…

Featured Employee Kera 1Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: At this very moment it is Gone, Gone, Gone by Phillip Phillips… but it is always changing.  I am from Alabama (ROLL TIDE!), so there is a lot of country that rotates through!


Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Mexican- anything Mexican!  I am convinced that a taco is the perfect food- it has all the food groups! :)


Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: Close to my family.  They are the most important thing in my life, so whereever they are is where I want to be.  Although, I would prefer for it to be down south, in the mountains and by a beautiful lake (not too picky!) . 


Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My wedding ring.  My husband Dustin and I are a “Vocus Love Story”.    We met here 3 years ago and my ring is a constant reminder that I am not alone on this journey, I have my best friend by my side.


Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Quirky.


Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Be a sponge.  Some of the most talented people that I have ever met are here at Vocus.  Take every possible opportunity to soak up their knowledge, skills and experience- you will learn a ton!

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Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Steven

Happy Friday, everyone! Talk about an exciting week to be working at Vocus, right? This week’s Featured Employee is Steven, a Sales Executive, who celebrated his one year work anniversary this week! Within his first three months here, Steven exceeded sales goals by and average of 189% and three short months later was awarded the Number One Sales Executive of the Month in September 2013. When asked what he loves about working here, he says “My favorite part about working at Vocus is the people. Vocus definitely rewards hard work and I’ve made a lot of friends.” You might hear that a lot. The people at Vocus and the talent they each bring to the team are what make us a great place to work, which is why we love to highlight the unique personalities on this blog. If you’re interested in learning more about Vocus, the product or the employee experience, connect with Steven on LinkedIn.

Here’s our Q&A with Steven…

Featured Employee Steven 1Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: John Legend – Made to Love

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: My mom’s Christmas dinner. Unfortunately, I cannot give details on what’s included… it’s a family secret… but I’m also a huge fan of anything seafood! 

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: I just came back from Cancun, Mexico with my wife and loved it. The beach/weather/food was amazing so I would have to say Cancun.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My autographed Jerry Rice football Jersey.  

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Driven

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: Utilize all of your resources. We have a great management staff and several successful employees. When I first started, I immediately requested to shadow the most successful sales reps and took their advice. Each employee and manager has their own style so take what you can and run with it. Make sure to research your potential clients, know their challenges and listen to their needs. But most importantly, be light on your feet and be prepared to shift your emphasis on certain aspects of our solutions based on how the energy changes when you give the presentation.

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Vocus Recruiting Campus Season Recap

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This is a guest blog post written by our Campus Program Manager Lindsey Bradsher. Prior to joining Vocus, Lindsey worked in Employer Relations for East Carolina University. Below Lindsey recaps the 2013-2014 campus recruiting season for Vocus. She even offers some shout outs to the schools with students who left the biggest impressions on her team. Be sure to check out Events page for future hiring events and like us on Facebook to stay in the loop with our campus hiring efforts. 

The Campus Recruitment team has had quite an exciting year! We’ve traveled near and far over the past nine months in search of top sales talent, attending over 20 university career fairs and engaging student groups through a variety of classroom presentations, information sessions, and events.

The start of June marks the end of our Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 recruitment season. Tassels have been turned and graduates everywhere are getting ready to embark on a new journey – starting their careers!

Congrats to all of our grads who will be joining the Vocus family this summer as Business Development Associates. Graduates from as far north as Boston College, all the way down to the University of Florida will be joining this team. Whether you made your initial impression on us at a career fair or if it was through your super professional email outreach – you had “it”! We are so excited to have this group of sales rock stars start at Vocus over the next few weeks. Before we close the chapter on this season, I’d like to give some special university superlatives to schools that deserve recognition for their fantastic efforts in the support of students’ professional development.

Best Career Fair

Virginia Tech, Pamplin School of Business – Business Horizons

Based on the volume of students, overall professionalism of students, and consistent exceptional customer service from career services personnel, we tip our hats to the Pamplin School of Business’ Business Horizon Fair and award the Hokies “Best in Show”.  This is one recruiting event that we make sure not to miss!!

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Best Interviewing Skills

James Madison University

Within the past year, we’ve hired more JMU grads as Business Development Associates than any other university. Clearly, these students have mastered the art of interviewing and continue to make a great impression on our recruiters and sales managers throughout our interview process. Well played, Dukes!

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Most Prepared & Professional Student Body

Salisbury University – Perdue School of Business Students

With an undergraduate population just shy of 8,000, Salisbury University is one of the smaller schools we visit. However, out of the 30 schools that we engage – it is the #3 school from which we hire! JMU with around 18,000 undergrads is #1 and Virginia Tech with around 24,000 undergrads comes in at #2. What does that say about students in the Perdue School of Business? These seagulls are a flock to be reckoned with! Every time I visit Salisbury, I know I’m going to meet a student I want to bring in for an interview. They are such an impressive group and have one of the best sales clubs in this region.


Remember, you can always visit our events calendar to find out where our team will be next! Even if we don’t attend your school’s career fair, there are many ways to connect with us on social such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, LinkedIn. If you’re a recent grad, chat with us at our next networking event

Networking After Work – Tips from Vocus Recruiting

Networking Tips from NievesThis is a guest blog post written by Nieves Chavez, who is a Talent Acquisition Specialist here at Vocus working on a wide range of positions. She celebrated her one year anniversary with us in January and has been working in Human Resources for five years. She is currently hiring for Vocus Sales Executives. 


Vocus is hosting a Networking After Work event in Baltimore tonight, which means if you’re one of the lucky ones to secure a spot to the sold-out event, you’ll have a chance to meet a ton of talented Baltimore professionals this evening. I’ve done a good deal of research on how to network and how to make the most of these situations. I’ve compiled a list of the top six tips I’ve found to be most beneficial. If you’re headed to a networking event soon, you’ll want to be sure to brush up on your skills.

1.) Be on time. It is often thought that the later you wait, the more people will show up. While this is true, a lot of impactful conversations can happen early during the event. Often times early in the event, people have not yet found conversation partners and are much more open to chatting with you.

2.) Smile. This one is always my favorite. Never underestimate the power of a smile. By smiling you’ll not only put your nerves at ease, but you’ll also be viewed as a warm and inviting person to the professionals of whom you are there to meet.

3.) Never underestimate the power of a handshake. Your smile, along with a firm handshake, is the very first impression you can make. Be sure your impression is a good one.

4.) “How can I help YOU?”  This is an important question to ask when networking. It is critical to keep in mind that professionals are at this same event for varying reasons. Shifting the focus off of yourself and asking someone how you can help them is an awesome step toward growing your network and building trust.

5.) Listen. You’ve asked the question – now listen for the answer. Maintain eye contact and listen to what this person is looking to gain from the event. Can you help them? Who do you know who might be able to help them?

6.) Follow-up. This one is key to building a great network. If you meet someone at tonight’s event and you tell them “I’ll email you about that tomorrow.” Email them about that tomorrow. Follow through.

What are your best techniques for networking? Share them with us in the comments below. 

Vocus Featured Employee | Meet Dan

Happy Friday, everyone! We’re kicking off this summer’s series of Featured Employees with a member of our Recruiting team. Dan relocated from Philadelphia and joined Vocus two years ago this June. He started out as a Corporate Recruiter and has since been promoted to Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist. He now leads a team of three Recruiting Coordinators who find top talent for Sales, Client Services, and Technology positions here at Vocus. Dan is a huge Philly sports fan and is a regular in Golding’s Gym. He says his favorite place to be at headquarters is “on any open treadmill.” Dan graduated from Temple University and lives in Baltimore. I asked Dan to share what he loves most about working at Vocus. “From a business perspective, I most enjoy how transparent our departments are from department to department. Every team communicates so well together; account sales with professional services, new sales with finance, marketing with product, and the list goes on. Personally, my favorite part is the people. Being a member of the talent acquisition team allows me to interact with multiple departments. Coming in every morning and working alongside such bright and driven people is really motivating. ” If you’re interested in learning more about opportunities within sales, client services, or tech, connect with Dan on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.


Q: What’s the song most played on your iPod these days?

A: I’ve been on a bourbon and cigar kick lately – so to act sophisticated I have been listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra recently.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: Being from Philly my heart is telling me to give the Cheesesteak answer, but my gut says seafood. Oysters, mussels, clams, sushi, crabs, I love it all. I’ve adopted some “Bawlmore” habits.

Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

A: For the past 5 years I have been out to California at least once, so I have become a huge enthusiast. I think San Francisco is a beautiful city but I’d live in Southern California. The weather, the beaches, and mostly because I feel my personality is agreeable with the mentality out there.  Cultural diversity, high openness, and healthy lifestyle.

Q: What is your most treasured possession?

A: My car – not because I think it’s great or I’m neurotic about it, but my commute would suck without it. 

Q: What’s the one word you would choose to describe yourself?

A: Dependable 

Q: What’s some advice you would give a new employee for being successful at Vocus?

A: There are two brands you represent when you start here, Vocus & yourself. Create a positive brand surrounding who you are. Network internally and become a Vocus junkie. There are a ton of opportunities here and you can create your own path by asking questions, listening, and meeting people. Learn everything you can about Vocus products, services, and our people. Also, remember that you are also representing the Vocus outside of these walls. We are all brand ambassadors and should be proud to be a member of the #Vocus team.

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