Week of 4/20 – 4/24

This past week, we saw companies helping sea turtles and continuing to help healthcare and front line workers. Here are our favorite ‘feel good’ stories this past week:

Turtle and Hughes: Sponsors Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC)

Ocean Power Technologies: Providing face shields

Distributor Wire & Cable: Through April 30th, DWC will provide special healthcare support pricing

Milbank: Supporting local healthcare providers

THANK YOU to all these companies and others for their commitment to local communities!

Week of 4/13 – 4/17

In the past week, we have seen companies in the Electrical Industry help their local communities and educate youth across the US. Here are our favorite ‘feel good’ stories this past week:

Maxlite: Supporting Local Communities with Meals

Graybar: Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Local Hospitals

Southwire: Assists Youth with Virtual Learning

Energetic Lighting: Donated 10,000 masks to COVID-19 relief efforts

Xcel: Supports COVID-19 Efforts

THANK YOU to all these companies and others for their donations and efforts.

A message from our president…

Egret Consulting employees began working from home when Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker, enforced a “stay at home” order last week.

Working remotely is new to us, as I imagine it is for many of you. We are all adjusting to our current circumstances and our new “coworkers” like children and pets; but we’re adapting and remaining positive. Egret Consulting continues to serve the Electrical Industry. We’ve survived two recessions; and we will continue to serve our amazing clients and candidates.

Egret Consulting is committed to helping our clients and candidates through this situation. Please reach out to us with any questions, comments and concerns. We are happy to guide you, your company and offer any help with your strategy through this COVID-19 pandemic.

Stay safe. Thank you!


Brooke Ziolo President Egret Consulting Electrical Industry Lighting

Brooke Ziolo is a contingent and retained executive recruiter working exclusively within the Lighting Industry. To learn more about how she can help your Lighting company, LED company or Lighting Design Firm attract talent, check out her biography, LinkedIn profile or email her at bz@egretconsulting.com.

Unemployment Rate the Lowest in Years

We have hit an unemployment rate that hasn’t been seen since February 2001. In September, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, ironically, during the hurricanes. Since the storms, people in Texas and Florida returned to work and payroll employment rose; although there is a record low number of people filing for unemployment in Puerto Rico due to lack of electricity and internet access.

The biggest concern for employers is the shortage of skilled workers to fill a great deal of job openings. The unemployment rate for college educated people is significantly lower than the national average and puts those people in great demand.

Not only are there not enough degree holders to go around, companies are competing for talent at every turn. Of the candidates I’ve placed in the last year, 100% received a counteroffer, 29% of those people accepted that counteroffer and added a minimum of $10,000 to their salary (one candidate received over $30,000). This is the time of year most companies build out next year’s budget. Call an expert, like me, to recruit top talent to your company.


Prudence Thompson is a contingent and retained recruiter entirely dedicated to the Electrical Distribution industry. To learn more about how she can help your company attract talent, check out her biographyLinkedIn profile or email her at pt@egretconsulting.com.


Recruiters are a diverse lot. There are some bad recruiters just as there are bad cops, bad priests, bad teachers and bad doctors. But a few bad people shouldn’t besmirch an entire profession. Recruiting is perceived as an easy-entry business, with very low barriers to entry and potential high earnings, so it attracts a breadth of people; mostly good people. At a recent gathering of global search firm owners, I was struck by a comment that one owner made… that he recruits generous people as his recruiters. Of all of the skills that high performing recruiters require; intellect, tenacity, empathy and resilience, ‘generosity’ struck a chord for me. The one thing about recruiting that has always interested me is the ability to help people. There is nothing negative about what we do; despite being painted by a broad brush; poisoned by some bad practitioners.

Recruiting has 2 impacts; help our clients attract employees and leaders who will help the company grow and prosper and help qualified and talented people expand their careers. Our services have to be conducted with absolute confidentiality and the utmost professionalism. And then there’s generous.

According to Wharton Professor Adam Grant, ‘Givers’ are the most likely people to succeed. In his book “Give and Take – A revolutionary Approach to Success” he argues that true Givers who help others unconditionally are predictably more successful than Matchers, who only help others who have helped them or Takers who ask for help but rarely offer help*.

In evolutionary theory, altruism is a rarely demonstrated trait in the natural world. In the most extreme example, you can’t pass along your genes to the next generation if you lose your life helping others, so it’s a rare occurrence that animals behave with true altruism; including humans. True altruists tend to be deeply faithful people; Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Buddha, etc. but then there are Givers who rise to extreme generosity; e.g. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the other billionaires they’ve recruited to pledge to give away their fortunes to their charity of choice. Generosity carries forward powerful benefits to the Giver. Seeing the benefits of your wealth distributed across philanthropic endeavors around the world, is very rewarding.

Successful recruiters tend to have the shared philosophy of recruiting for the giver aspects of our trade; not strictly ‘for the money’. We regularly receive calls or letters or thank you cards from people we’ve helped to better their lives. Those responses are still a thrill to receive. And it’s a thrill to us, because we are inherently generous. We’re generous with our time with candidates we can’t help, or clients who need our expertise to figure out what they need to help them grow. Our approach has always been consultative, not transactional. We help our clients and candidates; often without expecting compensation for our time.