1. What does MirGroup do?
MirGroup has three business units and a global footprint. The three business units are:
Transition & Outplacement Services (TOS) is a people (as opposed to profit) driven business that is established to assist job seekers with developing their capabilities and becoming more marketable. A candidate makes a Make-a-Difference, or MAD, proposal, that documents their interest and value proposition (s)he can provide to MirGroup and to themselves. This is a great opportunity for a candidate to make small commitments to themselves in-line with their career aspirations. The commitments range from writing whitepapers, to teaching others on how to be a successful Project Manager. It all depends upon the candidates aspirations. Sometimes candidates get confused when given this option by MirGroup because they are used to being provided with a job description and being asked if they qualify and how. We, at MirGroup strongly believe in creating value and building candidates to fit their true calling. We believe many super-stars are just waiting to be supported in their creativity and given a chance to live up to their dreams. By making a candidate document a MAD proposal that truly interests the candidate, and supporting him/her through the delivery, we expect to create a super-star. In worst case scenario, the candidates learn of their capabilities, and get the right to say they tried their concept. Which really is a very marketable fact in itself. In best case, they succeed tremendously, and hopefully help others as others move through the same phases.
Global Professional Services (GPS) is a new trend visible in the marketplace and MirGroup wants to be an early adopter. As you may have noticed, large companies prefer to work with large Professional Services (PS) organizations. However, Small and Midsize Businesses (SMB) tend to choose independent contactors. SMB do this because it provides the most “bang for the buck”. We feel that the large companies choose large PS organizations for ease of engagement due to coordinated and consistent services rendered. There is a single billing system, selection of resources is left up to the PS organization, there is a single delivery methodology, and a single point of contact and ownership. If things don’t go well, the responsibility lies at one point. However, the cost is usually high compared to getting a bunch of independent contactors. This additional cost buys a large organization reduced delivery risk.
An SMB prefers independent contractors mostly due to reduced costs. Since SMB require much less resources, the associated coordination risk is lower as well.
Under GPS business unit, MirGroup combines the best of both worlds and reduces the risk associated with hiring multiple independent contractors. MirGroup takes ownership of delivery, which creates a single point of contact for the customer. We deliver services using a single approach for sales, contracting, delivery, and billing. This provides the customer with the same experience as if they were dealing with a large Tier 1 global consulting organization. At the same time, we use a global base of independent contractors that have been fully vetted and trained in a single business approach. Since we do not carry the business overhead associated with a large global firm, we provide competitively priced, yet same, or even higher quality work, as the global professional services organizations do.
Global Venture Incubation(GVI) is a relatively new service that has been formed purely due to demand. However it is a natural progression of our business model. Essentially we have had some candidates who started in the Global Interim Consulting (GIC) business, and as their business ideas improved, they wanted to start a new venture. This may happen for multiple reasons, including personal interest, the type of product or service being offered, etc. For example, one GIC candidate wanted to look at replacing capital heavy phone systems at the hotels, with a VOIP system, that was priced based on occupancy. This model reduces a hotels Capital expenditures and made their telecom expenses a variable cost associated with hotel occupancy. This is a very attractive model especially for hotels with wide swings in occupancy rates. We pulled a team together from within the IC business to conduct a few deep discussions about the venture and helped build a team that included sales, delivery, operations, and finance resources to clarify, document and deliver on the business venture.
Since then, others, who started in the IC ranks have started building their business ideas that they have had for a while but never had enough support, or guts, to live the American Dream. With MirGroup’s support they now have the ability to tap into different types of skills and resources to help them succeed.
2. Why this business? Why now?
The global employment market is soft. This can bee seen as a glass half full or a glass half empty. From our perspective, there is tremendous availability of talent. Organizations are laying off whole departments and we are finding people with years of excellent experience, strong work ethics and deep knowledge of a specific field, just waiting for an opportunity to shine, and in some cases an opportunity to live their dream. All their lives they have worked for someone else and have been told a job description they have to fit into. We shift that paradigm. We give them an opportunity to do what they like and put them together with other like-minded resources with complimentary skills. The current global market conditions are actually very conducive to our business model. It’s all about the people. It’s the people that make this program successful by making themselves succeed.
3. What are you looking for?
We have short-, medium-, and long-term needs. First, we need to get the word out. Currently, word-of-mouth has brought in most business and resources. We need to build an online and off-line presence and more importantly, a reputation of a company that is focused on providing support to job-seekers and corporations alike. So, the short term need is that of marketing and sales.
In the medium term we need to start building service offerings consistent with the company objectives of supporting people and businesses alike. Unlike large PS organizations, we are a grass-roots effort and work hard on creating local jobs and capabilities while accepting the global business trends. So, in the medium-term, we need to get the delivery system perfected for a global scalability. We need to build domestic and international partnerships for Professional Services.
In the long-term, we need to extend the business on a global scale and allow everyone to live and deliver to their full potential. We strongly believe that its human capital that when improved under right ethical and business guidelines that we will make this world a great place to call home.
4. How can someone or a business help?
We have built a value proposition for multiple different types of individuals and organizations. The value proposition is available at our website under Services I encourage everyone to check it and figure out how we can assist in letting you become successful.
5. How do I post an announcement?
Make sure you are allowed to post an announcement. Contact Us to confirm. The following are the instructions:
(1) Remember the target audience is the MirGroup membership. Please keep in mind that a member receives large volumes of email from many sources and may be overwhelmed. Would a member:
• understand the subject line of the email in 3 – 4 seconds?
• know that the event is sponsored by MirGroup or another organization?
(2) Is the information you are sharing appropriate to membership?
Categories of appropriate postings include:
• JOB FAIR:
(3) The subject line should contain the following:
• Category of the posting (LANDING, OPENING, JOB FAIR, TRAINING, EVENT, MEETING, WORKSHOP)
• Sponsoring organization (name of the networking group, workshop/church, user group, etc)
• Date (ex: 2/10)
• Time (ex: @ 1pm)
• Cost (ex: $0 or Free – generally we do not post announcements that cost $, however some exceptions are made when it’s closely related to the job search)
• Name of event if there is room (speaker name can be listed if space is available)
LANDING: Susan Miller has joined WYS Company in Dallas
OPENING: Business Analyst, XYZ Company, Fort Worth
TRAINING: FW SQL Server User Group,2/20 @ 8:30am, $25,SQL Server 2008 SSAS (4 Saturdays)
EVENT: MIT Enterprise Forum – 2/25 @ 5:30pm, $20, DFW Bootstrapping Event
MEETING: Fort Worth Career Search Network: 2/15 – Monday @ 9 am, FREE
JOB FAIR: First American Corporation – 3/25 @ 1 – 4pm, F-R-E-E
WORKSHOP: CSN – Enhanced Job Search Solutions, 2/27 @ 9am, Fort Worth
Note: postings that do not follow this guideline will be rejected or modified by the moderator. This guideline allows members to quickly determine whether they are interested in reading the email. They can also determine which group is sponsoring the event.
(4) Use “BC:” or blind copy for all email addresses rather than “To:” or “CC:”. The reason for this guideline is that it can take most of the page before you get to the body of the email due to all the other groups and individual email addresses listed in the “To:” or “CC:” sections. If someone wanted to print the email then it will be 2 pages and the first page is taken up with a listing of email addresses, which is wasteful. The important content of the email is the subject line and body, which should include the logistics for the event (usually with some directions). It would be ideal for the email fit entirely on 1 page for those that want to print it.
(5) Body of the email should include specific details for the event including address, date, time, and contact information for follow up.
(6) We are not a sales, marketing, advertising, or public relations channel for any specific speaker, trainer, or organization even if the individuals involved are members. Postings will be rejected if they are too focused on the speaker, trainer, or organization rather than the benefits to the job seeker. We post useful information for job seekers regarding upcoming events, classes, and workshops that are sponsored by reputable organizations. Please do not include speaker bio information in the body of the email as this makes the email too long. A link to the bio of the speaker or trainer can be included in the body of the email if desired.
(7) Ensure your posting is readable. It should not be a forwarded email. It should not be an attachment. Please note that some people receive text only emails.
(8) Validate all links in the body of the email prior to sending to the group. Let’s make sure we are not sending members to a site that has malware or suspicious code that could take advantage of them by collecting personal information.
(9) Check the terms and conditions of the links to other sites.
• Do the websites referenced in the body of the posting follow U.S. laws? If not, then this should be disclosed in the body of the email.
• Is there a cost to attend? The real cost including hidden fees must be disclosed.