June 26th, 2015
Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.
- Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
- How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
- What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
- What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
- Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
- Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.
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June 19th, 2015
When something is miscommunicated in the office, it can be the small snowball that causes the avalanche. As a manager it is up to you to ensure that your instructions are clear and easy to follow. Part of this process is managing your employees’ expectations so they know not only what they are supposed to do but also what is expected from them. Here are some ways you can set your expectations for employees to ensure clarity in the office.
The structure may be different depending on your corporate culture, but you do need some sort of framework. If you goal is innovation, design a structure around that. If it is productivity, it will look very different. Look into other businesses similar to your own and see what kind of structure they put in place to help set their employees’ expectations.
Be clear about results.
You also want your team to know what kind of results you’re expecting so you can manage your own expectations. Never be vague when assigning projects when you know what result you’re expecting. Otherwise, if the end result is more fluid then indicate those to the team when you give them the task. Encourage communication from your employees if there is any discrepancy.
They should have production goals that they need to hit along the way. This will not only give you a sense of what is being accomplished but it can also provide motivation to the team as they see their work pay off. Benchmarks throughout projects also provide a guide on timeline and the possibility of future deadlines being met. Reward them for good work including finishing ahead of schedule or exceeding expectations.
Finally, you need to provide feedback along the way to continue to manage your expectations and theirs. Don’t only talk about the mistakes or problems, but be sure to praise your team for their accomplishments as well. Avoid slipping into micromanagement during the process and allow your team to complete their work as they see fit as long it is completed correctly.
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June 12th, 2015
Congratulations! You have had a successful interview, and the company is interested in making you an offer. All that’s left is to say is “yes,” right? Well, maybe. There are lots things you should consider before accepting a job offer, and the only way to find out what you really need to know is to ask the right questions. Here are some of the things you should be asking potential employers before you accept their offer.
How soon do you need an answer?
There are very few circumstances where you will want to say yes to a job offer immediately upon receiving it. You may have other companies you want to follow up with or you may need to give notice to your current employer. But you need to strike a balance. You can’t leave an employer hanging too long or they will move on to their next candidate. Find out the answer to this question before moving on to the next steps.
What is the complete compensation package?
You’ve probably discussed the salary so that should already be agreed upon, but what about the other aspects of compensation? What is the bonus structure and do you qualify? What are the benefits available to you and how do you take advantage of them completely? How long does it take to qualify for medical benefits or retirement matching? You should be armed with all the details before you start working.
What is the company’s vacation policy?
Another aspect of compensation is personal time off. There are many ways a company can handle this. You may be given a lump sum of PTO days that can use throughout the year based on your own discretion. Others offer packages where you earn time off as you continue to work. Or, they may have separate vacation, personal days, and sick days that are counted differently. The way they organize their time off may influence your decision.
What is the view on work/life balance?
In regards to time off, it is also important to know how much value the company places on your work/life balance. Is this a job that expects more than 40 hours a week? Do they work with other employees who have families to provide allowances for childcare or family emergencies? Look at how they treat their current employees for a better idea.
Who will I be working with directly?
And speaking of other employees, you may want to have a chance to speak with the other members of your team before you start if you haven’t already. You want to know whether or not you can see yourself working with these people every day. In many cases, employees see their co-workers more often than they see their families, so it is imperative that you can get along.
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June 5th, 2015
“Team Player” is a big buzzword in business and a lot of candidates will refer to themselves this way when interviewing for jobs. But what does being a team player really mean? Your employees often spend more time together than they do with their families, so encouraging them to get along may be essential to your productivity. Here are some great ways to encourage your staff to be great team players.
Start with the hiring process.
If you start out with a great team then there won’t be problems to solve in the future. Know the types of personalities that work best in your office. When you’re hiring, look for people who will fit in well with your current team. Have others in the department meet and interview the candidates as well, including their potential co-workers. Everyone needs to see themselves working with the new person before it can be a good experience for everyone.
Play to their strengths.
Another great way to ensure that your staff members are good at working as a team is to encourage people with complementary strengths to work together. Someone who is good with numbers should work with people who don’t have that as a strength so nothing falls through the cracks. Pair creative people with others who like to implement ideas so they both feel like they’re contributing to a project.
Encourage them to know each other better.
People work better when they genuinely like their co-workers. Encourage them to share their non-work interests with one another. Host employee social activities to enjoy each other’s company. The simple difference of gathering outside of the office walls changes the dynamic and can really strength relationships. Of course, it is important that these relationships stay professional and within the context of the work they are doing.
Provide incentives for working together.
Lastly, you may want to encourage your team to work well together by providing rewards for team projects. These are similar to any performance recognition, but they are specific for groups that have worked well together to solve a problem or develop an innovative new idea. This will encourage people to pool their resources. When you don’t just talk about working together but actually provide perks, it’s more likely to be successful.
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May 29th, 2015
Are you communicating effectively to potential employers as you search and interview for jobs? There are definitely right and wrong ways to talk to companies while you’re in the job market. Before your next conversation, consider these four communications tips to help you make the right point and get the right attention.
Be direct and answer the question.
Interviewers can get pretty frustrated with candidates who don’t answer a question directly. When you dance around the issue or fail to understand the basics of the question being asked, it is a huge red flag for the hiring manager. Instead, really pay attention to the question, be direct and give an answer that isn’t all over the place.
Listen and absorb information before answering.
To that point, make sure you really listen to every word that the interviewer says. Don’t think about your response while they’re speaking, this will only lead to misunderstandings. Instead, really listen to what they have to say and absorb the information before responding. It is okay to take a moment or two before answering or say, “That’s a great question. Let me talk through my answer.” This will even give them an insight into your thought process.
Always be honest and genuine.
Honesty is extremely important when it comes to your interview. Exaggerating some of your experiences is one thing, but completely making something up is another. Also, be genuine when answering questions. Don’t just say what you think the interviewer wants to hear. You don’t want to tell them you love working for their type of environment and then hate it after a couple of months. Being honest and genuine throughout the entire process will work out in the long term more often than being dishonest.
Tap into your natural humor.
Finally, if you are a naturally funny person don’t try to hide it by being all business. Express your humor, tell jokes, and lighten the mood. Of course, keep your audience in mind and don’t say anything that would be considered controversial or inappropriate. Companies like to work with people who are fun and can keep things light even when there are challenges. If you aren’t a naturally comedic person, then don’t force jokes or humor. Be natural and see if that behavior makes the company feel like a good fit.
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May 22nd, 2015
Avoiding conflict is common and sometimes necessary to maintain sanity, but as a manager it is critical that you are able to correctly deal with conflict in your organization. Whenever you have more than one person in a place there is bound to be natural disagreements, and the key is how to solve them. Far too often in order to avoid these negative confrontations, managers allow low production or bad behavior to continue. If you need to put a stop to conflict in your office, here are some easy to follow ideas.
Walk a mile in their shoes.
Constructive criticism is often avoided in an effort to maintain positivity in the office. Unfortunately, sometimes it is far too late to stop some of the bad habits this encourages. If an employee doesn’t know their performance isn’t up to your standards then they really can’t be held reliable for it. You need to share your concerns with them as mistakes happen and give them a chance to improve. This communication will help eliminate the changes of much bigger mistakes in the future.
Provide a pathway for feedback.
When you wait until everything has gone terribly wrong to talk to your employees, then it will be clear that you only meet with them for bad reasons. A manager who has a reputation of only sharing negative feedback will be universally disliked by their employees. Instead, create a pathway to provide all types of feedback in the form of one-on-one conversations with employees. Do this routinely (weekly or monthly) and let people know they can bring concerns to you at any time.
Bring data to the table.
Avoiding conflict is usually about fear of the unknown. What will they say? How will they react? Will they argue? They may become defensive or give excuses for their behavior. Of course, all of these will happen at one point or another so it is important to be prepared. Having the right information to back up your side of the story is critical. This will stop the employee from trying to challenge your position.
Don’t make it personal.
Of course, you need to step back from the fear that you will sound mean when you address conflict. You also need to stress to your employees that you’re never attacking them as a person, but you need to solve critical issues in the office that aren’t conducive to productivity. Always let them know you’re criticism is based on your believe that they are capable of doing a better job.
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May 15th, 2015
Your first job out of college may be the most important step on your career path. It can set the tone for everything in your future so you want to ensure that you are set up for success. If you’ve graduated this year and are looking for your first professional job out of college, here are some ideas to get you started. The more prepared you are then the better you will be in this job and in all of your future jobs.
Prepare your image.
They say dress for the job you want not the job you have. When you’re applying for your first jobs out of college, you need to make an impression. There is a perception of young people in the corporate world, and it is important you don’t play into any negative stereotypes. Choose an interviewing wardrobe that is professional, clean, and tailored. And even if you get hired in a casual environment, keep up your professional standards. There’s no reason to stand out from the crowd but when you dress well, then you will fit in and gain respect of your co-workers.
Meet your employer’s expectations.
When you land that first job, the most important thing you can do is prove to your employer that you were worth hiring. Not only should you meet their expectations but try to exceed them at every chance you get. Make the best first impression as well as second and third impressions. Just doing enough will allow you to keep your job but won’t do anything to help with your career progression. This will blaze the trail for your career in this company.
Learn new things every day.
Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Successful people say that the key to their success is that they continue to learn new things each and every day. This can be in the context of the job itself or just acquiring new knowledge in general. Don’t stop reading and don’t stop learning. Blog articles and podcasts make that simple. Listening to co-workers or mentors also will provide valuable information.
Always stay positive.
Finally, your success after graduation is largely dependent on your overall attitude. Confidence and positivity go much farther than arrogance and negativity when it comes to creating a professional identity for yourself after college. Maintain a upbeat attitude and try not to let negativity influence your overall performance.
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May 8th, 2015
There are two primary types of candidates in the job market – active and passive. Active candidates send their resumes to open jobs and apply with companies and staffing agencies to help them find a job. On the other hand, a passive job seeker is, by the very definition, someone who is not currently engaged with a job search. Passive job seekers are often more valuable in the marketplace because of their up-to-date experience. But, if they’re not looking how do you find them? Here are some of the best places to source talented passive job seekers.
- On LinkedIn. The single best resource for finding both passive and active candidates today is LinkedIn. While there are plenty of people looking for jobs on the site, other professionals simply like to keep their profiles up to date. Use this site to search for people with the right skills or other advance search criteria.
- With a competitor. Whether through LinkedIn or directly calling a candidate, recruiting people from your competitors has been a tried-and-true method of hiring passive job seekers. Reach out to people and find out if they’re happy in their jobs. Always make sure you offer them something their current employer can’t.
- Networking events. Get out into the community for face-to-face interactions. Networking events for your specific field of business is a great way to meet others in the industry, and those contacts could consider a move to a different company if the opportunity was right. Be a public face in your community and develop relationships, which are the key to successful networking.
- Other social media. Beyond LinkedIn, other social media sites are a great place to target passive candidates. This is because they aren’t necessarily using these forums to find a job. Follow people on Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest to see if they might be a good fit for your company and initiate a conversation.
- Blogs and websites. Lastly, another great resource for passive candidates is the web. Many people have created websites and blogs to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in a field. These showpieces are ways for them to extend their knowledge and help others. You may be able to source a great candidate through their blog even if they’re not actively looking.
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April 24th, 2015
If you’ve been at your job for a significant amount of time and have yet to receive a raise, it may not be because your employer is being unfair to you. Often the primary reason employees don’t earn more in their jobs is because they simply didn’t ask. Marching down the hall and pounding on the door probably isn’t the most effective method. However, there is an art form to asking for more money in the right way. Here are some tips for asking your manager for a raise in the proper way.
- Consider the timing. There is never a “good time” to ask for a raise. If you wait for one then you might wait forever. On the other hand, there are also some particularly bad times to approach your manager. For example, don’t ask during a particularly sensitive deadline process. You may also look for clues around the office. Do most reviews happen at the end of the year? If so, schedule a meeting around the same time.
- Do your homework. Asking for the wrong raise is almost as bad as never asking for one. Before you approach your manager with your request, know what you’re looking for and what is appropriate for your level of service and experience. You can use resources such as Salary.com to review common pay rates in your area and create a case around those numbers.
- Prepare to make your case. Once you have the information in hand, you need to prepare a presentation to let your manager know why you’re making this request. Collect data from your tenure in your job. What projects have you contributed to? What was the success rate? How has your work specifically impacted the company in a positive way? Being able to show numbers that illustrate your positive effect will help your case.
- Is this part of a promotion? Do you want more than money? It is important to know what you’re asking for before you approach your manager. Perhaps someone has recently left the organization and an advanced opportunity is available. You want to strike while the iron is hot and before they invest too much money in outside recruiting.
- Know how to take rejection. It is also important that you know how to react if they refuse your request. Walking into that meeting and envisioning each scenario will have you prepared to respond properly and not through emotion. Keep in mind that this is a negotiation and not an ultimatum. The door isn’t closed forever because they weren’t able to honor your request. Take this opportunity to ask why and do what you can to improve the situation on your side.
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April 17th, 2015
There was a time in our culture where the word “overqualified” wasn’t even used. Since the most recent recession, many employers are falling back on this reason to avoid hiring certain professionals. Job seekers are increasingly, and understandably, more frustrated by the job market because of this one word. But overqualified doesn’t have to mean unemployable. You can leverage the candidates’ skills to your advantage. Here are some reasons you may not want to pass on an overqualified employee.
- Top-quality experience. An overqualified employee will be able to handle the function of the job with fewer problems. Their years of experience may be more than the job requires, but that also means they have more maturity. They have learned from their mistakes and won’t repeat them at your company. The cost of a bad hire can rack up pretty quickly so someone with business experience can help mitigate that issue.
- Innovative mind. Higher levels of experience also lead to the development of new ideas that you were never expecting. They may notice something about the way your company handles the job that they can improve or augment. You will not get this same perspective from an entry-level candidate. Creativity and innovation can make the difference between someone who can do the job and someone who can excel at it.
- Extreme professionalism. Life experience will foster professionalism and a mature candidate will have developed better skills to deal with some of the challenges of the job. They also already have a familiarity with business protocol, even if it was for another company, which can translate to the way you run your company. You won’t have to explain what to talk about in the office, how to communicate with executives, or how to avoid over-stepping their roles on a project.
- Dedication and loyalty. Due to the way the job market tends to treat overqualified employees, they are looking for companies where they can establish long-term relationships and make a positive impact. They tend to be very loyal while some entry-level candidates are more likely to get their experience and leave for another position. It’s easy to remember the time and resources needed after making a bad hire, but also have to keep in mind those same resources are needed if a new employee leaves for a new position after a short time period.
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