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Importance of a Well Written Job Description

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A well written job description can save a hiring manager hours during the hiring process. If the description is written correctly and thoroughly, it will weed out those who are not qualified and will answer questions interested candidates typically have. If you seem to have trouble finding quality hires, you may want to look at how your job descriptions are written and see if that could be the source of your trouble. Here are a few tips to help you write better job descriptions.

Job Title and Summary - The job title should accurately reflect the work that will be performed. Once the position has been defined, give a short explanation of the position, including its purpose.

Responsibilities - One of the most important things a potential hire will want to know is what will be expected of them. Be sure their duties are clearly stated and include specific statements about their role. Be as concise as possible.

Salary Range - Many organizations will leave this out of their job descriptions, but this piece of information will help weed out any prospects that are expecting something more than what you are offering. Imagine spending the time and resources interviewing a candidate and considering them for the position only to find they aren’t willing to accept the salary that is being offered.

Skills and Qualifications - If you are requiring a specific degree or certification, be sure to include it. Not only should required skills be listed, but also add preferred skills.

Location - Include the physical address of where the work will be performed. Also include if travel is necessary. If so, state the percentage of time spent traveling and to what areas.

Having a well written job description will help weed out the candidates who are not a good fit. This will save time and money in the hiring process and save you from conducting fruitless interviews. It’s the first step in finding the best talent.


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Becoming a Great Networker

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Job hunting in today’s market requires various skills, one of which is networking. When done properly, it can make a positive impact on your career. However, the opposite can also be true. Bad networking can ruin your reputation. Here are some suggestions on becoming a successful networker.

  • Become the “regular” of your networking group. Showing up to all the functions of your group will help you get to know every member and, in turn, they will know you. If they know someone who is hiring, they will be more likely to think of you if you’ve made a strong connection.
  • Don’t wait for opportunity to knock on your door, go out and make it happen. Networking doesn’t happen ONLY at networking events. Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Attend events you might not normally attend. You never know where the next job offer will come from.
  • Always follow up with new connections. Exchanging emails or business cards is a start, but following up to make a stronger connection is important. Remember, the more a person knows about you, the more likely they will be to refer you for positions where they feel you’d excel.
  • Ask questions. While it’s important you get your information out to people, no one wants to network with someone who is all about himself. Be sure to ask questions and listen attentively to the answers. Asking open ended questions is a great way to get a conversation started, which will result in creating a stronger connection.
  • While focusing on what’s going wrong is easy, you should keep your conversations and attitude positive. People will see you are an optimistic person and will be more receptive to engage in meaningful conversation.

Implementing some of these strategies when networking will help you establish stronger more meaningful connections with people in your networking groups. You will also start to expand your circles, giving you more opportunity to find that perfect job.

 

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Managing Underperforming Teams

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A disengaged or unfocused team can cause a productivity breakdown in any business. The job of a manager is to decipher the underlying issues and get the team or individual employees back on track. When managing these underperforming people, here are some things to consider:

Get to Know your Employees - Whether you are having difficulty with a specific worker or an entire team, your job as a manager is to get to know your team and understand what makes them tick. Focus on what made them stand out and be hired in the first place. Find their talent or skill set and give them projects that will matter to them and make them successful. Don’t dismiss the possibility a situation in their personal life could be affecting their work. In any event, once you understand the cause, you can better assess how to re-engage them.

Share the Company’s Goals and Vision - Frequently employees will be disengaged, causing them to underperform because they can’t see how their duties contribute to the goals of the company. Be sure all members of your team understand their worth within the organization and the impact they have on peers, customers and upper level management. Once they see how their work ties into the success of the company, their work has more meaning and they become more invested in doing a great job.

Offer Continuous Training - When new procedures or techniques are implemented, there may be some confusion with members of the team on how to carry them out. Recognize the importance of offering training or retraining to those who simply didn’t understand the rollout of procedures the first time. It could be a very simple solution to help reignite the passion they originally had for the job.

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Provide Feedback - This is probably the most important thing a manager can do to help motivate underperforming employees or teams. Spend time giving them honest feedback about their performance and just as important, allow them time to talk about issues they feel are important. If there are areas causing problems, try to work toward a common solution that will benefit all members of the organization.

When teams start to breakdown and don’t perform as well as they have, getting to the source of problem as quickly as possible is imperative. Focus on the strengths of the team and isolate the trigger that may be the source of underperformance. Once you can determine the root of the problem, addressing and correcting it will be effortless.

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How A Pre-Employment Screening Can Affect You

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Employment screening used to refer to checking your references. While companies will almost certainly check your personal references, there are also other types of employment screening with which you may not be familiar. Being prepared for potential employers to look much deeper into your background than just references is very important.

Criminal History Screening - Criminal history can give potential employers information about a candidate’s moral and ethical compass. Many states have laws on how far back and what types of crimes employers can consider when screening new hires. If you do have a criminal background, it is important to be up front about the circumstances and don’t try to hide information. Being dishonest about the incident can be more detrimental than the actual event.

Credit Checks - One benefit to a credit check is you must give authorization for it. You will know in advance if this is something an organization is reviewing. Typically, a late credit card payment or debt due to medical bills will not be held against an applicant. However, student loan defaults or bills that have gone to collection or court, are not as easily overlooked. Your best bet is run your own credit check first so you know exactly what to expect.

Drug Testing - Depending on the position, you may or may not be required to submit to drug testing. If you are taking a prescription medication that is likely to show up in drug screening, be prepared to provide the prescription with the proper information. Also, if you are required to be screened prior to being hired, be prepared for random checks during your employment as well.

Sex Offender Registry Screening - Companies are often reluctant to hire individuals who might cause harm to current employees or endanger the company’s reputation. Again, being up front about the circumstances that led to being put on a registry is better than trying to hide it. Depending on the situation and the job for which you are applying, some organizations may be understanding of your predicament.

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Understanding the various types of pre-employment screening that may be done when you are applying for jobs is important. Be sure you are aware of what companies will find when they check your background. If there are any incidents needing explanation, be sure you are prepared to give factual accounts of the events being questioned.

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Working with Unmotivated Employees

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Every company has them…..employees who are working as a means to an end. They aren’t the productive, over achieving worker you hoped, but more the type who does just enough to get by. Often times, these types of employees can bring an entire team down with their lack of enthusiasm for their job. Addressing this problem needs to be done quickly so the entire department or organization doesn’t take a morale hit. There are three ways you can handle unmotivated employees. Trying each strategy in progression will be most effective.

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Talk to them privately - Frequently, people don’t realize their perceived lack of effort has an effect on their entire team. Taking them aside and providing them with actual examples of times they seemed to get in the way of an idea or didn’t move on a project as quickly as they should have, can help them understand other’s perspective. Conversely, be sure to see their perspective as well. Are there reasons why this particular person seems to hold back and, if so, are there things you can do to help them become more of a team player.

Help them understand “why” - For most people, understanding the purpose behind a project or task helps motivate them to do the task well. Be sure your entire team is on the same page and sees the big picture. Knowing the small mundane tasks are necessary in completing a larger project will help everyone keep their focus on the end result.

Make it clear to employees what is at stake - Even after implementing the first two strategies, there might be an employee that just can’t seem to step up their game. At that point, you need to make it VERY clear of the personal losses at stake. Remind the employee that in exchange for a stable work environment, steady paycheck and any other benefits, it is expected they contribute to the organization in a productive manner. If they can’t hold up their end of the commitment, they may not last in their position long term. If this conversation needs to be had, the employee will decide if their job is important enough to turn things around. If it isn’t, it’s in your entire team's’ best interest to find someone who is willing to do their part.

Trying these strategies can help unmotivated employees understand how their behavior can negatively impact the rest of the team. More often than not, they will be willing to improve their contributions to the organization.

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Working with a Recruiter

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Searching for employment on your own can become a difficult and arduous task. As time passes, you might ask yourself if working with a recruiter could increase your chances of landing a new job. In order for them to do the best possible job, there are a few things you need know.

  • Trust your recruiter, but ask tough questions - In most cases, recruiters have the experience to give you the best advice possible when dealing with a client employer. Second guessing or going against the advice given is usually not in your best interest. If you have opposing views, talk to your recruiter about them and get them ironed out beforehand.

  • Consider a recruiter that specializes in your field - Most recruiters specialize in specific industries. You will have a more productive relationship with your recruiter if you find one knowledgeable in your specific field or job function.

  • Follow through on commitments - Make sure you are willing to follow through with the entire process. Don’t back out on interviews that are set up for you. Not only does this make YOU look bad, it also makes the recruiter look bad and will more than likely cause tension in your relationship. If you aren’t interested in working for certain organizations, be upfront about your intentions.

  • Be professional - Treat your recruiter like you would a potential employer. Give them the necessary information needed to place you in a proper position where you can succeed. Remember, the information you give them is being used to find you a career, misleading or embellishing facts will only lead to an unsatisfying job placement.

Working with a recruiter can be a great way to advance your job search. They can place you in the right role and open doors to future opportunities. Maintaining frequent and honest communication is your best chance at locating and landing your next job.

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Modern Methods that Bring in New Talent

 In the past ten years, there has been a significant change in the way both internal and external recruiters search for new talent. To reach the next generation of job seekers, companies need to think outside the box when posting positions. Here are few ways for organizations to consider finding that perfect hire.

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  • Social Media - In today’s job market, posting your open positions on social media is a MUST. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and industry specific online groups are perfect vehicles to share job postings and develop casual relationships with candidates. Studies show people who are hired through social media, as opposed to traditional hiring means, are more likely to stay with the company longer. This means less time and money spent on recruiting and training of new employees.

  • Online Networking Events - Career fairs and in person networking are very valuable but they are also time consuming and can be cost prohibitive. Holding an online networking event is a great alternative to the traditional career fair model. They reduce the need for traveling and spending time with candidates who don’t have the required skill sets. Holding your online networking event will also give you access to a much larger pool of potential hires.

  • Employee Referral Incentives - Your current employees are a great resource when looking for new talent to add to your team. Offer incentives for finding and bringing in new hires.

When the times change, you should change with them. This includes the world of job searching. While some of these methods may not work for your organization, investigating more modern recruiting methods can benefit you in the long run. Not only will it save you time and money, you’ll also reach a bigger pool of candidates for that next open position.

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Phone Interviews: More than meets the Ear

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Your resume is flawless, your cover letter impeccable and your credentials have earned you an interview; a phone interview, that is. Many companies are now using this method of interviewing to decide if a candidate is worth spending the time and money to get to know better and some even use it for final interviews. So, how should you go about preparing for this type of interview? Much the same way you would prepare for a face to face meeting.

The first thing to remember is a phone interview should be taken just as seriously as an in-person meeting. The same way you would research the company in order to ask intelligent questions, make bullet notes to highlight successes and accomplishments in your professional career and dress appropriately for a traditional interview, should be done when planning for a phone interview.

Be sure you schedule the interview at a time when you will not be distracted and interrupted. Allow yourself a quiet room that will be off limits to children, pets and other distractions during the call. These things cannot only cause you to lose focus, but could also annoy the person interviewing you.

During the call, speak clearly and confidently. This eliminates the possibility for miscommunication and keeps the tone of the conversation positive. While you can’t be seen by the interviewer, try to keep a smile on your face. It helps to convey an enthusiastic tone in your voice and shows your excitement about the position.

One of the best things about phone interviews is you can keep cheat sheets right at your fingertips. Research about the company, notes you want to emphasize about yourself, and a copy of your resume should be on hand for quick reference. Often HR managers will reference your resume during an interview and having a copy will allow you to answer questions with confidence.

In this digital age, more and more organizations are turning to phone interviews as a less expensive and time efficient way of finding new hires. If you take the time to prepare, it could lead to being called in for an additional interview.

 

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Why Human Capital Is Your Company’s Greatest Asset

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Human capital is an asset consisting of the knowledge and skills held by a person that can be used by an organization to advance its goals. Many companies don’t understand why human capital is such an asset to their company. To ignore the importance of this asset is to risk moving your company forward.

While machines, technology and data are important to help companies reach their goals, some level of human knowledge and skills are needed for an organization to accomplish anything. Tapping into this unrecognized potential is vital for a successful company. Investing in your capital will incentivize employees to become more involved. They will be eager to reach goals set by the organization and this will boost morale. The domino effect won't stop there. As employee satisfaction increases, quality hires will be easier to retain and turnover will decrease. This means less capital needs to be spent on recruiting and training, leaving more to be invested in your current employees.

Human capital can be increased through education and training. When new members are brought into the team, their capital is low. As they prove themselves to be eager and willing to take on projects that will move the organization forward, their capital can be increased by investing in their education. Broadening their skill set and expanding their knowledge base will allow them to further advance the company towards obtaining their goals.

Why is it so important to recognize human capital? You will see a greater company culture. Employees want to learn, they want to advance their career and they want to enjoy their place of employment. Having a positive company culture will lead to engaged and happy employees which, in turn, will increase productivity and improve your bottom line.

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What’s Killing Your Productivity?

One goal of any organization is to increase revenue. In order to do that, companies need to be productive. Therefore, attention needs to be given in hiring individuals who can be consistently productive, contributing to the success of their organization. There are several factors that contribute to keeping your workers productive.

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This article will take a look at some of those factors and what can be done to avoid productivity pitfalls.

  • Prioritize your work the night before - Significant time is wasted in the office during the morning hours. Co-workers greeting each other and making small talk, getting your desk straightened out and deciding what tasks will be accomplished, take time away from accomplishing them. Prior to leaving each night, you should create a list of tasks for the next day. Your desk should be ready with the items you need for the first project on your list. This eliminates time wasted in the morning and allows you to get started right away.
  • Cell Phone Overuse - Technology has allowed for great advancements in the workplace. However, it is also a huge distraction. While cell phones are necessary, you should find a place for them when giving attention to your work. Place them in your desk drawer and designate a specific time to check your calls. If productivity is a priority while at work, cell phone distraction should be eliminated.
  • Email - Of course email is necessary at work, but many times we divert our attention from something of high priority to an email that could be addressed later in the day or even the next day. Similar to cell phones, you should have a designated time to check and respond to emails. Ideally, while working on a task from your list, your email should be closed so you are not pulled off task by the constant notification of incoming emails.
  • Multitasking - While this may sound counter intuitive, multitasking can actually kill your productivity. Trying to jump from one project to another interrupts your concentration and work flow. Each time you go back to a task, you have to take the time to find where you left off and how you will proceed. If you increase your attention to ONE thing for a longer period of time, you stay focused longer and accomplish more.

These are just a few tools that could make you the most efficient member of your team. Trying to make all these changes at once could be difficult. Try focusing on one and see if it works for you. If it does, great! Continue to incorporate these changes and over time, you will see your productivity increase.

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Importance of Team Building

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Team building activities are some of the most useful ways to form a trusting, cohesive environment in the workplace; they are also frequently overlooked and underutilized. Organizations could significantly improve the culture and day to day working of their team members, by investing time and resources in strengthening their relationships. The following are just a few benefits you can expect from providing quality team building activities for members of your company.

  • Effective Communication - The vast majority of team building activities require being solved as a group, which means communication is key. Practicing this type of communication can translate into more productive and efficient daily work.
  • Ease Conflict - One of the biggest advantages to working as a team, as opposed to individually, is the diversity of knowledge, resources and ideas. However, diversity tends to produce conflict. Team building activities can help employees become more accustomed to individual personalities, increasing the chance they will be more tolerant of opposing points of view.
  • Collaboration - collaboration is key to a successful business. Learning how to work together and solve problems through fun, non-threatening activities will transfer to situations that might arise during the work day.
  • Leadership - Through various activities, management can identify leadership qualities in individuals. This can help identify workers who would be able to supervise certain projects or take on roles requiring less direction from upper management.
  • Confidence - Having confidence to take chances others may not be willing to take, produces results. Being able to practice this behavior in a safe environment will build the confidence needed to apply the same determination and self-reliance in workplace situations.

Encouraging team building in the office not only helps develop open communication between the employees themselves, it opens lines of communication between employees and higher management as well. It significantly contributes to employee motivation, ensuring better productivity. Providing activities that build the team’s skills mentioned above, will contribute to the success of the organization.

 

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How to Use LinkedIn Effectively

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LinkedIn has become one of the biggest social media sites when looking for careers and quality candidates. This could be a great vehicle to help you land your dream job or it could also be what causes you to lose it. Here are some tips to help your LinkedIn profile characterize you as the professional you would like to be considered.

  • Don’t Use an Avatar - Your profile picture should represent your professionalism. Using an avatar or pictures including your husband, children or friends is conveying the message you don’t distinguish your personal life from your professional life. Your profile picture should be clear, professional, and relatively recent.

  • Be Active but not Overactive - You should keep your profile updated and join groups that will help you in your career search. However, don’t comment on every post you come across or update your status every hour. This could give the impression you have too much time on your hands and don’t know how to use it effectively.

  • Cross Promote - LinkedIn is just one web page of your online presence. Link your profile to your blog’s “About Me” page or any other web presence you have. It would also be smart to direct people to your LinkedIn profile from other venues.

  • Show Work Samples - In the “Summary, Education, and Experience” section of your profile you can add videos, images, documents, links, and presentations. This enables you to showcase work samples and projects you’ve accomplished. Companies can get a look at your work before they even get a look at you!

  • Colloquial Writing - Even though it’s a social media site, grammatical errors, acronyms, and colloquial styled writing can cast a bad light on you. Remember, LinkedIn is a snapshot of the professional you. Be sure your content is polished and perfect.

When searching for that perfect job, using social media is a must. Unfortunately, when used inappropriately, it will do more harm than good. Differentiate your professional social media from your personal accounts to be sure companies see the side of you they would expect to see at work…...the professional side.

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How to Avoid Mismanaging Your Employees

Though many people overlook this part of a manager’s job description, talent retention is a big part it. Keeping quality hires should be on the minds of supervisors on a daily basis. Study after study shows the top reasons employees leave their jobs are due to variables that can be controlled by proper management. Whether it be the culture or environment of the workplace, feelings of being overworked, or not feeling valued by their employer, managers have the ability to positively influence the way their workers view their jobs.

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Let’s take a look at some common mistakes that can send productive members of your team packing and what management can do to stop this from happening.

  • Be Consistent - One of the biggest complaints from employees is a lack of consistency from their managers. For any number of reasons, one employee gets treated one way and others get treated differently. Expectations should be the same for every member of the team, as well as consequences when those expectations aren’t met.
  • Be an Active Listener - When employees are heard, they feel valued and important; workplace satisfaction increases and so does job productivity. Listening skill training is often unnecessary if managers demonstrate they truly value people’s opinions.
  • Show Appreciation - One of the top reasons people leave their jobs is feeling unappreciated. Be sure your employees know how much you appreciate them working late in order to get a deadline met or going the extra mile to secure a new client. Team members are more likely to put in extra effort when their hard work is noticed.
  • Overall Workplace Culture - If there are issues in the workplace, management needs to deal with them immediately before they create an uncomfortable working environment. Contention between co-workers, unsatisfied employees, and unclear company goals are big factors in creating poor morale within a team. A dip in morale will affect productivity and the overall success of the company. Managers need to be aware of the climate and be sure any issues are addressed.

Recruiting new hires is expensive and time-consuming. Spend some of your time and money focusing on your current employees. This can help reduce the company's turnover rate and increase retention rates of your most valued team members. It will also give your organization a reputation for being a great place to work, making it easier to attract good talent when the need arises. 

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How to Communicate Effectively During an Interview

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A well thought out resume is the first step to making a great impression on a potential employer. Having the right experience, education, and references help your resume get noticed and in turn, help you land an interview. However, the way you communicate during that interview, goes a long way in supporting the credentials you listed in your resume.

Some studies have shown people form first impressions based 55% on body language and only 7% on actual verbal content of the conversation. Here are some helpful ways to make sure your non-verbal communication is saying what you want it to.

  • How you look - Your appearance is a reflection of your level of professionalism. You want to show the interviewer you care about the impression you are making and you take pride in how you represent yourself. Before one word is spoken, you have already conveyed the message their opinion of you matters and, if hired, you will put in the same effort when working with clients.
  • Your posture during the interview - When you are seated, don’t slouch. This gives the impression of being disinterested and too relaxed. Ultimately, you want to show you are engaged and confident. Sitting up straight and leaning forward just a little will show the interviewer you are actively listening. Try to avoid fidgeting, either with your hands or shifting your position frequently. This shows you are nervous and can also be distracting to the person interviewing you.
  • Eye contact - Making eye contact with the person with whom you are speaking is important. Again, your goal is to show your confidence. If your eyes are looking away from that person, convincing someone of your sincerity and self-assurance will be difficult.
  • Your handshake - While this may seem like a “no brainer,” often people are not aware of how they shake another person’s hand. Your handshake should be firm, but not bone crushing. Most importantly, your palms should be dry. If needed, dry them with a towel prior to the interview. You can also put powder or antiperspirant on them to keep them dry.

The old adage “you only have one chance to make a first impression” is never truer than in a job interview. You want the person interviewing you to see you as a confident, prepared professional who takes pride in themself.

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Interview Questions to Help Find Quality Hires

Interview questions need to be developed so the answers provide a company the necessary information to decide if the potential hire will be a good fit. The candidate’s job experience, background, interpersonal skills and professionalism all need to be revealed during the interview. If the right questions aren’t asked, you could miss out on valuable information.

While job specific questions are always necessary, there are other types of questions whose answers can inform hiring managers about the candidate’s values and work ethic. Let’s look at some of those.

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What are the most important skills you believe you would bring to this company? This question will inform you about what the candidate sees as important when considering their skill set. It will also give a better understanding about the qualities they feel are important for being successful in the position. Candidates need to have a strong understanding of the responsibilities for the position in order to answer this question thoughtfully.

What interested you most about this position? Knowing what interests a potential new hire also gives some insight as to what motivates them. Highly motivated employees are usually the most successful, and tapping into that motivation can benefit all members of the team in the long run.

What kind of support would an “ideal” boss provide you? Finding a candidate to fit into the existing culture of the company is as important as finding one that has the right skill set for the job. This question will tell you if the individual is self-directed or needs more guidance when it comes to starting and completing projects. If the leadership likes to micromanage its employees, a self-starter might not be the right fit.

What do you consider your greatest career achievement? There are several pieces of information you can get from this question. If the applicant struggles to answer, it may be a sign they haven’t done anything they consider an achievement. The answer will also tell you what they consider important and what they value.

As an employer, you need to decide what information you want to receive from potential hires and fashion your questions so the answers will give you that information. Knowing the purpose of the questions will help you get the most valuable information from the answers.

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Don’t Lose the Job After the Interview

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Searching for a job is a difficult and arduous task. Trying to find the right job to match your skill set, spending hours preparing your resume, filling out online applications, scheduling and preparing for the interview, and waiting possibly weeks for results can be draining. When the process is over, it’s natural to think it’s okay to take a break, but that would be a mistake. The same drive and effort you put into GETTING the interview, needs to be put into following up AFTER the interview.

Here are a few things you can do to better your chances of securing the job.

  1. Ask the questions - inevitably, every interviewer is going to end the process with “Do you have any questions for us?” You should ALWAYS be prepared with a couple questions you can ask about the job. Don’t ask questions that can be answered by looking on the company website or reading the job description. Ask specifics about the job itself, or the team you might be working with. This will show the interviewer your level of interest and preparation.

  2. Send a thank you email or personalized note - This should always be done within 24 hours of the interview. Be sure you address the note to the person who interviewed you. If there were multiple people on the committee, send a note to each individual. Customize the body of the note and mention something specific that came up during your meeting. Also, it never hurts to remind them why you would be a good fit for the organization. Remember, your final impression can be as important as your first impression.

  3. Check your references - If you let a good amount of time pass between asking someone to be a reference for you and getting an interview, give them a phone call to let them now they might be contacted. You wouldn’t want a potential employer calling your reference and catching them off guard. Touch base with them and let them know what position you are applying for and with what company. Remind them about your qualifications and why you think you would be a good fit for the new organization. If the person gets contacted, they can speak knowledgeably about your background and experience.

  4. Follow up - If you haven’t heard anything in the time frame you were expecting, don’t be afraid to send a follow up email or phone call. Hiring managers get busy and can lose track of the amount of time that has passed after finalizing a hiring decision. Don’t be apologetic for inquiring about the status of the job. This shows the level of interest and drive you have for the position.

The work doesn’t stop once the interview is over. Be sure to follow up and continue to show a high level of interest in the position until you have a definite answer. It could be the difference between securing the job or being passed over for someone else.

 

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Successfully Onboarding New Employees

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You have sifted through stacks of resumes and sat through dozens of interviews. Now you’ve finally found the perfect new hire. To help this new employee reach their full potential in the shortest amount of time possible and maximize productivity, your company must have an effective onboarding process.

This is more than a basic new employee orientation. Onboarding is intended to familiarize new hires with the overall goals of the company and offer support while they take on initial projects. The purpose is to have the new employee experience success quickly which will translate into increased job satisfaction and decreased turnover.

Many companies lack a well thought out onboarding plan. This can have a negative impact on retaining quality hires. Let’s look at some strategies organizations can incorporate into their on-boarding plans to increase the likelihood of new employees having a positive introduction into the company.

  1. Give your employee undivided attention - When bringing a new hire into the organization, make a list of subjects you want to review and block out enough time to address them all. Letting emails, phone calls and texts continually interrupt the orientation sends a message to your new employee that they don’t deserve your full attention. This can immediately make them feel devalued.

  2. Set up a workstation - While employees will eventually take ownership of their workspace, it is uncomfortable to be assigned to an empty desk on the first day. Be sure the new hire has a working computer and phone set up on their desk. Relevant office supplies should be stocked in the desk including a small number of business cards.

  3. Introduce new hires to other employees - Set up a meeting so current employees have a chance to meet the new hire and share information about their position within the company. This is also a great time to assign the new hire a mentor to have as a resource for any immediate questions that may arise.

  4. Set aside one on one time - For the first weeks, make time in your schedule to check in with new hires and see how they are doing. Determine if the position and the company is meeting their expectations. If not, fix what can be done differently. Knowing you value their input goes a long way in overall job satisfaction.

While there are several other strategies companies can add to their onboarding process, the aforementioned are a few that can have the most immediate impact. The faster you can make new hires feel like valued members of the team, the faster they can start becoming productive and contributing to the overall success of the organization.

 

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Managing Employment Gaps on your Resume

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Employment gaps are much more common now than in the past. Rarely will you find an employee staying with the same company for 35 years before retiring. There are a multitude of reasons for these gaps: family situations, looking to advance your career, medical necessity and unfortunately - layoffs. Many people feel these can be explained during an interview. However, they might be the very reason you are not GETTING an interview.

When companies review resumes and see gaps between jobs, an impression is created that you lack the ambition or ability to advance your career. What company would want to waste their time interviewing a candidate with those qualities? You want to show career progression, not stagnation and if there is inactivity in your resume, it’s best to address it.

The first step is to explain the gap. If you were let go from a company, explain why. Were they restructuring, downsizing or relocating? Being let go for these reasons are easy to clarify and it is much better to address them in your resume, then to leave them unexplained, hoping they will be overlooked.

If you voluntarily left a job, don’t be afraid to give the reasons for it. Millions of people in the workforce take time off from employment for sabbaticals, travel, or family obligations. Good intent behind leaving a company can be easily explained. Emphasize the activities you participated in during your time away from employment which helped improve your professional standing. Companies are much more likely to view a resume favorably if you can show certifications, education, freelance work or any other valuable experience that would convince them you continued to advance your professional learning.

Finally, if you were dismissed from a previous job for an individual reason, you may have no other option but to wait for an interview to explain it. If this is the case, be prepared prior to the interview. Be honest, stick to the facts, and don’t come across as bitter. Stay positive and emphasize what you learned from the experience.

Remember, a resume not only tells a prospective employer about your professional history, it also implies a standard of ethics. Taking control over what your credentials illustrate will make it harder for hiring managers to make negative assumptions about any gaps they may see.

 

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