Job Candidates Should Apply Even When They Don’t Meet Every Requirement

November 9th, 2017

There are two kinds of job seekers in the world. The ones who feel like they have to live up to every possible aspect of a job description before sending in their resume and the ones who decide to just go for it. But should be you the person who just goes for it? What if you don’t meet every requirement? Should you still apply? There may be cases where applying anyway can get you the job when you employ the right strategy. Here’s how to do it.

Know the job description is a dream candidate.

Always keep in mind that the job description includes every possible requirement that the company would like to see in an ideal candidate. That doesn’t mean they will automatically get applicants that check all the boxes. If you feel that you check most of them, it still may be worth it to throw your hat in the ring.

Demonstrate why you’re the best person for the job.

Once you do apply, it is your job to prove to the hiring manager that you are the person they want to talk to about this job. Incorporate the specifics of the job with your past experience to help them see how you can be a problem solver for them. Express your interest in their company specifically, not just any job.

Showcase the skills you have and value you bring.

When sharing with them your experience, be sure to highlight the things that you bring to the table that can improve their business and fit their role. Spend time on the top qualities that they’re looking for that you also possess. Maintain a positive attitude and a cool confidence.

Don’t focus on the things you can’t do.

Finally, make sure that you’re not focusing on the parts of the job you’re not able to do. You may need to address these items in the interview process but remain optimistic that your experience learning new skills can get you up to speed quickly for the right employer. Make this a benefit for the company to not have to break old habits as you learn to work with them.

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Custom Employees Reviews Make Everyone Happier

November 2nd, 2017

Employee reviews can feel like a “necessary evil” but they don’t have to be. In fact, many experts believe that a tailored review process can lead to more engagement and happier employees. So how exactly do you go about improving your review process to ensure everyone is heard and the right improvements are being made? Here are just a few things you can do to personalize your review process and improve your employee satisfaction.

Tailor the review to your employees’ personalities.

Your employees aren’t cookie cutter people, so it’s important not to treat their reviews the same way. Everyone will have different needs, require different kinds of feedback, and have different motivations. As a manager, it’s your job to determine how someone will react to a review and adjust your approach accordingly. This will help make everyone happier on the job.

Determine what makes them tick.

You need to find out what makes them tick as a person. What are their motivations? Do they love to learn? Do they like variety? How do they react in a stressful situation? It’s okay to ask them these kinds of questions in their reviews which will help you both create an action plan that fits with their goals and personality.

Emphasize how each employee makes a difference.

All of your employees want to feel as though they are contributing to the company. This may be more pronounced with some personalities, but everyone cares. Makes sure within the context of reviews, you emphasize how their contribution makes a difference in the overall success of the company.

Create an action plan for management as well.

In your employee reviews, you give each worker an action plan to ensure they are making the right improvements and adjustments. Allow your employees to ask you to do the same. Ask them what management could do to make their jobs easier or happier. Take their answers into consideration and create an action plan to make a difference.

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Can You Use Facebook Jobs to Land Job Candidates?

October 19th, 2017

Are you missing out on a large audience for advertising your open positions? If you’re not familiar with Facebook Jobs, you may not be attracting the most qualified and engaged employees in your area. More and more people are engaging with companies through online social media, so if you’re not using Facebook Jobs, your competition probably is, and that could mean you lose out. Here are some of the ways Facebook Jobs can help you in your hiring process.

Free access

Facebook Jobs is free to use both for job seekers and for companies looking for talent. If you’re logged in for your business and you visit Facebook.com/jobs, click on Publish a Job Post. This will bring up the free tool for you to enter your information. Once this post is up on your page, it will be accessible to anyone who has followed your company.

Wide audience

Not only will your followers see it, but you can also elect to share it with others based on certain criteria. On top of that, your content will be shareable, which is one of the many ways that Facebook posts get seen by a wider audience. If one of your followers knows their friends or family are looking for a job, they will share your post to their network, and so on.

Easy to use

The tool couldn’t be easier to use for job seekers. If they follow your page, they’ll see it in their feed. If they visit Facebook.com/jobs they will see all the current jobs available in their area. This will allow for them to submit their application through the “apply now” button or visit your website for more information.

Online reputation

Of course, posting jobs online has a lot more positive implications than negatives ones. Building a good reputation on social media will help draw more people to your page, site, and business. It will show how your company is a good place to work as well as a good company to do business with in your specific area of expertise. As online communication becomes more prevalent, building this reputation will be more important.

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How to Craft an Employee Retention Plan

September 21st, 2017

Your employees are your company’s most valuable asset. So when you’re experiencing high turnover, it can be a sign that things are broken in your processes. To create an effective employee retention plan is a way that you can demonstrate your commitment to keeping your employees engaged and happy on the job. So how do you do that? Here are just a few suggestions to get you started with a retention strategy in your company.

Create a positive company culture.

Your company culture has more at stake than just where the coffee is in your breakroom. The overall values and mission of your organization create the culture, and you should be hiring individuals who fit that culture and work well within its framework. Creating a company culture that breeds loyalty is a great way to ensure retention of your employees.

Develop a streamlined hiring process.

Your hiring process may also be to blame for high turnover. Many managers hire based on gut feeling, but this can go wrong quickly. Instead, create an interview and evaluation process to compare the same criteria for each and every candidate who walks in for a job with your company.

Maintain an onboarding program.

Like company culture, onboarding needs to go further than a tour of the office. Onboarding is how you train your new team to accept and work within your company culture. Not only do you need to train them on the job they’re doing, but also on how your company does things. Make this interactive and positive.

Recognize contributions of your team.

When your staff goes above and beyond, how do you recognize their hard work? Programs that allow for you to reward your team for a variety of reasons will let them know you value them and want them in your organization. Sure, holiday bonuses can go a long way but have spontaneous rewards as well.

Conduct exit interviews to learn more.

When someone does leave, make sure you know why and track that information. Conduct exit interviews with employees who give their notice. There are many reasons an employee leaves, and sometimes it isn’t about the job at all. But when it is, it’s imperative that you do what you can to make sure problems are resolved before others are affected.

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Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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Don’t Despair! How to Rock a Panel Job Interview

August 10th, 2017

You’re never quite expecting a panel interview, much in the way no one expects the Spanish Inquisition. Even with advanced notice, you may find yourself wondering how exactly you can pull off a conversation with three, four, five, or more people at a time. But you don’t have to panic. You can rock the panel job interview even if you’re nervous and anxious. Here are our tips for acing this interview and standing out among the crowd.

Acknowledge everyone on the panel.

When a one-on-one interview, you probably make sure you pay some attention to your eye contact. It’s equally as important that you do so with a panel of people. Be sure to acknowledge everyone on the panel throughout your conversation. Make it natural, though, not systematic. If you look at each person for a few seconds before starting the rotation over again, it will start to become noticeable.

Be prepared to repeat yourself.

Everyone you’re speaking with will have a different attention level, and that means some may listen attentively to every word you say while others will be thinking about their next question. For this reason, you may be asked similar questions more than once. Don’t act frustrated because you’ve already answered. Be gracious and give them the information they’re looking for.

Figure out who needs more convincing.

You will quickly start to notice the people on the panel who are on your side and those who are not. You don’t need to convince your biggest fan, your real job is to convince the people who are on the fence. Spend time addressing their concerns, react to their body language positively, and showcase why you’re a good fit.

Prepare for an off-the-wall question.

Especially in a panel interview, there is always someone who wants to see how you react when you’re flustered. Prepare for a question that might seem off the wall. Answer it to the best of your ability. Just don’t react in a way that will give them the satisfaction that they “gotcha” with the question. If the question is inappropriate, let them know that but give them relevant related information.

Thank everyone on the panel.

Of course, after you leave the interview your job isn’t over. Make sure you get cards for everyone you met with. Then, send an individual thank you note to each one. It doesn’t matter if you decide to do emails or send a handwritten note through the mail, just make sure you are thanking each person individually.

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5 Signs You Need Outside Staffing Help

August 3rd, 2017

You know you need to focus your time and talent on running your business. So if you find yourself spending a lot of time searching for and interviewing new employees, there may be a much more efficient way to handle that process. Have you considered working with a staffing agency? Consider these 5 signs and how they may point in the direction of working with a firm to help you with your hiring and onboarding processes.

1. High turnover rates.

Is your company struggling to keep good workers on the job? Do people sometimes leave within their first 90 days? Have you been tracking their reason for leaving and been noticing specific patterns? A staffing partner can help you determine the cause and effect, such as an onboarding experience that isn’t matching the expectations of the job. Or the hiring process not drilling deep enough into employee skill levels.

2. Slow hiring process.

You have a lot on your mind. And even with the importance of hiring, sometimes it gets put on the back burner. That leads to a very slow hiring time, which can impact your business even if you don’t realize it. The time it takes to hire someone for an important position is costing your company money. Other employees are taking up the slack. You can’t afford to wait too long to fill a necessary role.

3. Low-quality candidates.

You may have several tried and true resources for hiring employees, but what happens when the well starts to run dry? You don’t have the time to try to access every avenue to hire your next great employee, so you may start to notice that the quality of candidates you’re bringing in isn’t the caliber that you’re looking for. A staffing partner can solve this problem.

4. Inability to test skills.

And how do you prove that a candidate is who they say they are? Not necessarily on an identity fraud basis, but on the basis of what they say they can do. If you bring in someone who claims to be an Excel wizard only to learn they can barely skate by, how does that affect the job at hand and the entire office? A staffing partner can test for skills before presenting candidates.

5. Too many resumes.

Another problem you’ve probably faced is simply too many resumes to effectively narrow your choices down for any given job. When you post online for a position, you probably get hundreds of resumes. That is too many to review and most of them won’t meet the qualifications. But a recruiter is dedicated to this process which can free up your time so you can focus on what you do best.

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6 Warning Signs That You Shouldn’t Take a Job

July 27th, 2017

Sometimes when you’re in the thick of a job search, it can feel like any job offer will be necessary to maintain your sanity. But the truth is, accepting the wrong job will only lead to bigger problems down the road. But what should you be looking for to help you determine whether or not you should accept a job offer? If you notice any of these six red flags in the job search, it may be time to graciously walk away. Here’s what to look for.

1. Poor Communication

If at any time throughout the process, the hiring manager engages in inconsistent communication or insulting behavior, it may be time to cut bait. For some, that could be a microaggression that makes it clear you’re not the type of person they would rather be working with. Or it might be an inability to connect with you in a timely manner.

2. Bad Office Attitude

When you interview, pay attention to the office attitude as a whole. Are people happy to be at work? Is the overall mood positive? If not, can you determine why? You don’t want to work in an environment where no one seems excited to be there. If you can visit on more than one occasion, that will help you determine if it was just a bad day.

3. Bad Reputation

Do your homework. Before accepting a job offer, check out any news related articles about the company. Read former employee reviews on sites like Glass Door. Look for financial information to make sure the company is healthy. Taking into account sour grapes, use this to make an informed decision about your offer.

4. Personality Conflict

Do you genuinely like the person you would be working with? If you think that your personalities won’t match up, then it might not be a good idea to take the job. Once heads start to butt, it can be far too late to make repairs. If you feel tension with anyone you meet with, just politely walk away.

5. Unclear Job Duties

Throughout the process, the company should be able to effectively communicate the expectations of the job. If they seem unclear on what the job will entail, how can you expect to have clear instructions and proper training? If things seem inconsistent, it might be time to turn them down.

6. Inconsistent Policies

Speaking of inconsistencies, you should also pay attention to corporate policies. If their environment and their policies seem to be on very different pages, it might be a red flag. If their policies seem reactionary, you may not be fully protected if something happens they’re not prepared for. Make an informed decision before accepting any offer.

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How to Write Smarter Job Search Emails

July 13th, 2017

It is simply a reality of the 21st-century job search – you will have to write professional emails throughout the process. There are plenty of times when emailing is going to be preferred both by you and the person you’re connecting with. Let’s look at some of the times when you will be emailing throughout your job search and we can provide some easy to use templates to get you started.

Initial Inquiry

In today’s marketplace, you’re probably sending a lot of resumes via email through online job postings. You may already know that you shouldn’t just attach a document without some accompanying email. If you do that, the recruiter probably won’t open it. But your initial inquiry should act as your cover letter.

This cover letter needs to include important information that might not be on your resume, your contact information, and your interest level. Also be sure to address it directly to the hiring manager or recruiter. If you can’t do that, never use “To Whom It May Concern.” Simply begin with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.”

Here is a template to get you started:

Good Morning [Mr. or Ms. and their Name, if known],

I saw your listing online and I’m interested in learning more about the [job title] position.

I have [# of years] experience with [this work] and believe I would be a good fit.

[Insert a specific example of how this experience has helped you in the past in a similar position.]

I am available to talk at your convenience. Call me at [phone number] or email me at [email address] so we can set up a time to meet.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

[Your Name]

Thank You Note

After any interview, you probably know that you should be sending a Thank You note. Some people prefer the handwritten note over the email, but there are limitations to that option as well. They take longer to arrive and may not include all the details you want to convey.

A Thank You note is a great way to share information you may have forgotten in the interview. For example:

Good Afternoon [name],

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. I enjoyed meeting your staff, loved your office, and am excited about the opportunity.

[In this section, start with something like “I forgot to mention in the interview, your job posting specifically stated that you were looking for someone with (experience.) I have worked with that in the past and (share details about your experience).]

I look forward to hearing back from you.

[Your Name]

Interview Follow Up

After an interview, you should also follow up with a potential employer. During your meeting, you should have asked when they expected to make a decision. Then, after you’ve sent your initial thank you note, you can mark the calendar with the time frame. For instance, if they said “about a week” connect with them 5 days later and remind them you’re still interested. For instance:

Good Morning [name],

I really enjoyed our meeting on [date] and wanted to find out if you had made a decision regarding the open position in [department or office.]

I am available and interested in talking with you more. If you have any more questions for me, you can reach me at [phone number] or [email address].

I look forward to hearing from you.

[Your name]

Online Networking

Emails are also a staple of online networking, such as the generated emails from LinkedIn when you connect with a new person. But these general emails don’t share any information and don’t give any reason the person should accept your invitation. You should always customize it for your specific needs.

For example, you may have a mutual professional acquaintance. You can reference that. Or they may work in an industry you are interested in or have worked in before. They may be in your city and you’re looking for more local connections. Add a paragraph about why you’re reaching out and they’re more likely to connect.

As always, you should customize all of the templates we’ve provided here and use them only as a jumping off point.

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Bilingual? You’re in Hot Demand

June 29th, 2017

If you’re bilingual, there may be some great news for you on the business horizon. In the last 5 years, the demand for talented bilingual employees has grown significantly. If you’re a professional at any level and you can speak more than one language, you should be able to leverage these skills to advance your career. So what can you do to ensure that you’re included in this hiring boom and approach the right employers for your next job?

Jobs at all skill levels.

Bilingual employees are in high demand across the board. From general labor to administrative support and all the way up to upper management, technology, and financial positions. Regardless of the type of job you want or your long term goals, if you’re proficient in another language you have an advantage in the workplace.

Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

Companies hiring bilingual employees are looking at multiple languages, but the top three appear to be Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. And that makes sense considering the global aspects of the modern workplace. If you’re fluent in any of these languages, be sure to make that prominent on your resume.

Texas at the top of the list.

Unsurprisingly, when looking at states that are focusing on bilingual hiring, Texas is at the top of the list. For a variety of reasons, Spanish speakers are in high demand throughout the Lone Star state, but other languages are being sought as well. If you’re a bilingual professional in Texas, seek out the right opportunities.

Proving fluency.

Of course, it isn’t always as easy as simply saying you’re fluent in any of these languages. Companies need to have some assurance that you can do what you say. They may provide testing in the other language to determine if you’re proficient in both writing and speaking as well as understanding someone else and potentially understanding dialects. Be willing to take these assessments.

Writing your resume.

You also need to be able to market your skills in another language in your resume so you will get calls back from top companies in Texas. Be sure to list it prominently. And, if possible, provide data that will support how your language skills have benefited you and a previous employer in the past. This can also be demonstrated in a cover letter, which you should write in the primary language but perhaps include a short paragraph demonstrating how you write in another language.

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