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We support you finding new career opportunities.
Restructuring, mergers, acquisitions - intense corporate change impacts positions in corporate communications or PR agencies. Should a career re-assessment become necessary then our services are available to support you in the orientation process, boosting your further career development while relying on us with maximum confidentiality.
comtract provides specific outplacement counseling to support professional reorientation. Employers often offer outplacement support within separation packages. The same services can also be booked directly by PR managers. With years of experience comtract has a successful track record for their outplacement and new placement services. This success is based on comtract's systematic approach and deep knowledge of the PR industry with its job market specifics as well as their access to public or non-public vacancies.You can rely on us to advise you how to make the most out of the remaining working days in your current position, and how to manage the communication of your job situation before and after your exit
We accompany you in the reflection of your current life situation and can help you build your "separation story"
We support you in the creation of professional letters of recommendations and employment references
We review and optimize your application documents
We match your personal expectations and career goals with the current labor market situation
We partner with you in developing your individual career plan
We review and rate job specifications and offers, and analyze your target companies for your proactive application strategy
We provide background information about targeted companies and review their conditions
We help you to prepare ideally for job interviews and support you in the relevant application process
We support you in your decision making
We advise you on your salary and contract negotiations
…and we can offer professional guidance should you choose to be a self-employed or freelance communications consultant or want to start your own PR agency
comtract offers "new placement" services to PR-Managers with a need for tailored advice and support while they are re-evaluating their professional career plan.
Besides the services mentioned under "Outplacement" this includes actively approaching potential employers or other recruiters as necessary.
We support you during your induction process.
As a new employee you are scrutinized from day 1. A grace period for newcomers is just a relic, the direction of your career is usually set well before the first "100 days" elapse.
That is why it is vital to demonstrate your expertise, management capabilities and leadership in your new position from the outset - internally as much as externally. As fellow PR professionals and coaches we can offer you targeted support during the onboarding and induction process.
Our on-boarding services are always tailored to the specific needs of our clients and according to the specifications of a particular position. Services include:
Matching own expectations and goals with those of employers
Supporting the prioritization of pending tasks and projects
Identifying hidden agendas, internal opinion leaders, hidden alliances and potential issues
Analysis of the team and employee situation
Internal positioning and definition of own leadership role
Analysis of the established corporate and communication culture
Identification of communication opportunities and risks, and planning ideal tactics
Identification and analysis of crisis situations and creating options for positive reactions
Analyzing and balancing any personal uncertainties
We support executives in their development.
The requirements of PR managers are increasing greatly and will continue to do so. Communication's significance as a value-adding factor is being recognized. Simultaneously conditions in companies and PR agencies are changing rapidly leading to high fluctuation within teams and among business contacts, thus dramatically increasing the pressure for delivering rapid results.
Business coaching as a methodological approach to self-reflection provides an opportunity to reflect on business-related topics and issues within a confidential environment. comtract's systemic coaching approach is highly solution oriented, helping you develop alternative courses of action and ways to increase your personal performance.
If you request private coaching we keep the focus on your self-defined needs and issues. Following your brief, we define the coaching goals. Our coaching follows a methodology which reflects your personal agenda as the basis for developing individual solution sets.
When employers request the coaching, then expectations are defined in a joint discussion before kicking off the process. comtract applies the same strict confidentiality with coachees regardless if contracted by an employer or by individuals. The success of the coaching process can be determined in a final conversation with all stakeholders.
Systemic business coaching offers support in
realizing and developing ones full potential
increasing motivation and performance when adopting new tasks and responsibilities
positioning oneself internally and optimizing communications with superiors
the optimization of internal processes and identifying opportunities for improvement
the development of own leadership skills and increasing employee motivation
preparing teams for new challenges
resolving conflict with superiors, employees, colleagues, and external contacts
developing strategies for sensitive discussions between managers and employees
maximizing communication and leadership skills
the preparation of annual performance reviews/appraisals, management audits, and 360-degree feedback
Communications teams in companies or agencies are constantly adapting to changing conditions. The internal organization need to be reconsidered, responsibilities newly defined or tasks attributed differently than before. This may lead to new or additional requirements for team members.
comtract offers individual consulting and facilitation services for internal change processes.
Team coaching or moderated workshops can lead to new approaches, mitigate or solve conflicts, revive or create team spirit as a source for motivation.
Executives strengthen their position and staff their engagement and performance levels. Creative potential can be unleashed, processes streamlined and efficiencies improved.
We support strategy processes
Corporate communication supports the implementation of corporate strategy. Management demands from their PR department measurable contributions towards the company's success and expects strategic planning and effective tactics. We support supervisors as partners or consultants in the creation of strategies, positioning, building organizational structures or in PR projects.
Individual support of communication managers and press officers in the preparation of communication strategies
Planning and facilitation of internal workshops for strategy development, as well as corporate or departmental positioning
Development of internal communication structures, planning and supporting implementation
Evaluation of efficiency and optimizing processes within PR departments or agencies
Providing best practice examples in PR, and competitive analysis of the PR market
Advice on cost estimations for new projects and cost optimization for existing projects and tasks
Advice on selection of service providers and support in the preparation of agency pitches
Assistance in establishing networks of service providers and freelancers for external and internal communications, public affairs, trade fairs and events
We support careers.
Rigorous career planning is becoming increasingly important in the wake of changing job requirements in the public relations industry and due to dynamic change within companies and agencies. We offer professional career development for PR managers, press officers, communications consultants and journalists.
Positioning oneself in a team
Assuming increased levels of responsibility and leadership
Differentiation from other areas of responsibility
Active career development planning, both internally and externally
Preparation for internal negotiations and annual appraisal discussions
Setting personal goals
Recognizing one's own potential
Matching personal expectations and goals with market opportunities and needs
Development of an individual action plan
Supporting professional change processes
Assistance in creating work references, letters of recommendation
Review and optimization of application documents
Supporting creation of professional work references, letters of recommendation
Planning next steps in the application process, consulting in communications and implementation
Preparing for job interviews and contract negotiations
Trainings for job interviews and negotiations
Professional support during the entire application and decision making process
Founded by Monika Schammas and Udo Lahm, comtract was first established in Heidelberg, Germany in 1999 and expanded in 2002 with an office in Cologne.
comtract supports businesses, organizations and PR agencies in their search for executives and specialists in corporate communications, marketing communications, media relations, public relations, investor relations, social media, corporate publishing, text, internal communications and change communications, and public affairs.
We identify professionally trained and experienced communication managers for national and international positions at all levels - as regular full-time, or as temporary employees for projects with a limited scope, as well as interim manager and freelancers.
We offer many years of personal professional experience in the PR and the media industry. From our experiences as strategic consultants to businesses and communications professionals, we are very familiar with current developments in and requirements for corporate communications - in particular high expectations of companies for PR teams that work highly integrated with marketing and sales.
We offer strategic communications consulting and business coaching to PR professionals. Our systemic coaching approach is highly solution oriented.
In change situations we offer communication managers career guidance, outplacement, newplacement as well as onboarding services and coaching.
Managing partner and co-founder of the communications and recruitment consultancy comtract in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 1999 Udo Lahm advises corporate communications and Public Relations executives in corporations and agencies on topics regarding recruitment and strategic communications.
Prior to comtract Udo Lahm was responsible for media relations at Porsche, for corporate and marketing communications at ABB Germany, served as corporate head of an in-house PR agency, and led the corporate communications department of Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, one of Germany's leading building societies. Udo Lahm also worked as a journalist for over ten years, as editor and senior editor for daily newspapers and business magazines.
With a master's degree as systemic business coach from ZSFB (Center for Systemic Research and Consulting) in Heidelberg, Udo Lahm coaches PR managers and communications teams. He also serves as instructor for PR training courses in private and public institutions. As member of various professional and industry associations, Udo Lahm is also very well connected in PR and journalism in Germany.
Managing partner and co-founder of comtract, the communications and recruitment consultancy based in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 1999 she advises companies searching for executives and specialists for positions in corporate communications, and consults clients on teaming processes, development of professional competencies and management skills.
As a certified systemic business coach (master's degree from ZSFB, the Center for Systemic Research and Consulting in Heidelberg), Monika Schammas trains PR managers in companies and PR agencies putting a special focus on developing female careers. She also serves as instructor for PR training courses in private and public institutions.
As a trained PR consultant, Monika Schammas has gained professional experience in agency and corporate environments. For a PR training institute she was also responsible for PR manager qualification courses. Prior to her PR career she worked in the intercultural adult education field.
Hundreds of strategic consulting sessions and customer projects, numerous interviews with applicants, individual career counseling and personal coaching sessions as well as lectures and workshops: In more than 20 years we were privileged with working with highly qualified PR professionals and service providers who have repeatedly
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Values and respecting them are of high importance to comtract's management and employees.
Treating information from clients and applicants strictly confidential is our highest priority. We respect restriction notices from applicants as religiously as competitive customer information or legal disclosure policies for publicly listed companies.
We treat information that we receive from applicants, clients and coachees strictly confidential.
Integrity in the collaboration with our clients is equally important to us. Contracting clients are granted competitive exclusivity for the duration of a respective search. We do not entice employees away from our client base.
In searches, we present our clients only qualified candidates who have a sincere interest in the available position.
We expect high mutual trust which we regard to be a fundamental prerequisite for a successful, long-term business relationship - which we strive for.
Communications- and Recruitment Consulting
Monika Schammas & Udo Lahm
Tel + 49 6221 - 18 00 58
Fax + 49 6221-18 00 59
Tel: +49 6221-18 00 58
Access through the historic gate to the courtyard, then follow the signpost to comtract's entrance
Input navigation (GPS) systems:
69120 Heidelberg, Moenchhofstrasse 3
Parking available in the immediate neighborhood of the building (with parking disc for max. 2 hours)
From the main train station by taxi (10 minutes) to Moenchhofstrasse 3.
Alternatively from the main station with bus or tram to Bismarckplatz (10 minute ride). From the Bismarckplatz by foot (10 minutes) over the Neckar bridge, continue straight on Brueckenstrasse, turn left after 300m on to Moenchhofstrasse.
We are located in the office of:
Only 8 minutes walking distance from Cologne Main Station
comtract Kommunikations- und Personalberatung GbR
Monika Schammas & Udo Lahm
69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel + 49 6221 - 18 00 58
Fax + 49 6221-18 00 59
Owners/Managing Directors: Monika Schammas & Udo Lahm
Sales tax identification number according to § 27 German sales tax law: DE 2038 70-255
Responsible for content according to § 55 paragraph 2 MDStV (German law): Udo Lahm (address as above)
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