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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The Right Way to Put Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

May 11th, 2017

When you’ve been working short term, temporary assignments, you may be wondering how to include these on your resume. There is a right way to emphasize this experience and to sell it as a positive to a future employer. So, before you say something that might trigger a negative response, consider these ways to include temp jobs on your resume.

Demonstrate consistency.

Many times, individuals will work temporary jobs to help close the gap between full-time jobs. There is nothing wrong with expressing this on a resume. However, most experts will agree that rather than listing each individual assignment, lump it together under the headline of the staffing agency you’ve worked for. This can also show that you’re consistent in your work with one company and promote your loyalty and skills.

Show skills gained.

You should also use your short-term jobs as a way to showcase the skills you’ve learned or things you’ve accomplished. This is especially effective in a functional resume. Rather than listing each job you’ve had in chronological order, create a section at the top for your accomplishments. Use what you’ve learned in multiple jobs to help sell your skills.

Focus on determination.

Continuing to work temporary positions shows that you’re determined. Companies like to see people without gaps in their resume. So what better way to do that than to stay working even when you know it won’t be a long-term opportunity? Use this to your advantage. Show that you are dedicated to continued learning and continued employment even in the face of adversity.

Provide references.

You can also talk to your staffing agency or particularly successful clients to provide references for you when you apply for future positions. If you are a particularly loyal, skilled, or pleasant employee, they may be happy to talk to potential employers on your behalf. It shows that they had a good experience working with you and will give you more credibility to be hired.

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Is This a Fun Place to Work? Look for This

March 30th, 2017

Where you work is as important, if not more, than what your job will entail. You can’t work effectively in an environment that makes you feel uncomfortable. More and more employers are figuring this out and working on making the office culture an integral part of the conversation. So how do you determine if a new place of employment will be a fun spot for you to work?

Talk to other employees.

The first step to determining if a company is right for you is to talk to the current employees. During the interview process, ask if you can meet with others in the department where you will be working. Ask them candid questions about why they like working for the company, their favorite things, and get a sense of their personalities to learn if this is a department you can work in.

Talk to former employees.

It is safe to assume that any current employee would speak well about the company, so it is also a good idea to talk to former employees and get a better-rounded picture. Connect with former employees on LinkedIn and ask to speak with them either over email or to get together for coffee. If more of the former employees describe the working situation as challenging rather than satisfying, you may be right to have some concerns.

Review social media.

Another place to review and see if you can find insider information is social media. Search Facebook and Twitter for mentions of the company. See what people are saying and if their impressions are overall good or bad. However, know that Facebook is often used as a place to vent, so learning to discern these comments will be an important tool as well.

Trust your gut.

Lastly, be sure to trust your instinct. If you get a bad feeling about a place during the interview process, it probably won’t go away once you’re working there. If at any point you think this isn’t the right place for you, don’t take the job. On the other hand, if the company gives you a generally good feeling, there is a good chance that this place will be a good fit for your personality.

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5 Things Your Employees WANT You to Say

March 23rd, 2017

As the manager of your department or owner of a small business, you’re the leader. As such, your job is to inspire and motivate your staff. By now, everyone understands that micromanagement is not the best solution to a positive work environment, but what is the best way to be the right kind of leader in your office? Consider these 5 things your employees genuinely want to hear from you monthly, weekly, or even daily.

1. I have trust in you.

You don’t just trust your employees, you have trust in them. This means that you believe that they are capable of doing the job at hand. Tell them so. But also show it in your behavior. Don’t micromanage. Don’t hover over them when they are completing a task. Trust in their ability to get the job done without being overly concerned with the processes they follow.

2. This is what we want to achieve.

At the same time, your team wants to understand the end goal of the project or initiative. They don’t need you to micromanage how it is accomplished, but they want buy-in for what it is they should be achieving. Any time you roll out something new, give your staff an idea of what the outcome should be before letting them take control.

3. I want to set you up for success.

Your staff also wants to know that you’re putting processes and tools in place specifically to help them succeed. When you tell your staff that their success is your priority, you are making them feel appreciated on the job. That the ultimate goal isn’t the success of the job or the product, but of each of their individual contributions that make up the whole.

4. What else can I provide for you?

Far too few managers will ask employees to tell them what they need to make something more successful. Don’t be afraid to ask them what you can do to help them succeed in their jobs. If there are tools that can assist or materials that can help, be sure to provide them. If someone feels overwhelmed, get them the additional help them they need to unload some of the burden.

5. Ask if you need help.

They also want to know that you, as a manager, can pitch in and help out if push comes to shove. You’ve worked your way up to your position, so how can you demonstrate that you can still get your hands dirty. If your staff needs you in any capacity, they should feel comfortable coming to you to ask. You can facilitate this process by letting them know they shouldn’t be afraid of asking for help.

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The Latest Technology to Help in Recruiting

February 16th, 2017

Hiring may be one of the most difficult, and important, aspects of your job as a business leader. Hiring the wrong person can result in missed opportunities and damage control. But hiring the right person will aid in your company’s growth and success. But the old fashioned recruiting methods might not be your best bet in our new, modern world. Using technology to help you find and hire the right candidates for your business can not only save you time and money but also help you put the right people in the right positions. Here is some information on the latest technology that can help you out.

Use marketing automation

Many businesses will start the hiring process over again when a need comes up, but that means they are missing out on stellar candidates who have applied in the past. There are potentially dozens of talented individuals who have already responded to your open positions, so don’t forget about them. One way to make sure you stay in touch with former candidates is to use targeted marketing to stay top of mind with them as they continue their job search. You may not have something right now, but make your company a desirable place to work when you do.

Use an applicant tracking system

An applicant tracking system, or ATS, is technology that helps you keep potential candidates in a database that you can search when a need arises. They are often used by staffing agencies and large corporations that receive hundreds of applications at any given time. An ATS can allow you to search for specific keywords so you can find former applicants who fit current job openings and reach out to them.

Use video interviewing

Another popular technology trend in hiring today is the video interview. Using programs like Skype or Google Hangouts, you can take the phone interview to the next level. This gives you a chance to talk to individuals who are willing to relocate for your job. Or, it allows you to be face-to-face with a candidate before bringing them in for your in-person interview process. It gives you access to their communications skills and body language and allows them to see yours as well.

Use mobile application processes

Online applications are also key in today’s connected economy. Successful companies are using mobile apps to help job seekers apply to their open positions faster and easier. Current research shows that if a job seeker needs to jump through multiple hoops to apply for a job, they aren’t likely to finish the process. This is true for people of all skill levels, so you may be missing out in very talented performers who would be an asset to your company. Make the application process easier for candidates rather than harder.

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3 Questions Your Competition Isn’t Asking in the Job Interview

February 9th, 2017

Do you want to stand out from the competition in your next interview? The best way to do that is to ask the questions that no one else is asking. Experts always suggest that, as a job seeker, you always ask questions in the interview to demonstrate your interest and show what you want to learn about the business. Here are three questions to add to your list to impress a potential employer.

1. How will you view me as a success in 6 months?

What this question says to an interviewer is that you’re dedicated to making the onboarding process work. That you have as much buy-in for making your hire as successful as the company does. But you also want to know what the company expects out of your in the first 6 months. Is it a trial by fire or do they have a dedicated training and onboarding program in place? By what metrics do they measure performance for new employees? How much will they expect you to know and retain? How do they train you in the important aspects of their business?

2. What would you improve about the company?

You’re not looking for dirt. Instead, you’re looking to get deeper into the mind of your interviewer. Everyone has ideas that will make a company a better place. So what makes this person tick? As their potential employee, you could be solving a problem and by getting some insight on what the interviewer thinks is a problem, you could put yourself in a better position to be the solution.

3. Why wouldn’t you hire me?

This is another way of asking for the job directly, but it also gives them a chance to suggest improvements. If you are willing to make these improvements, would this be the job for you? If any of their reasons are deal breakers, then maybe you should consider a different opportunity. But to get this feedback early in the interview process will help both of you narrow down what is necessary for you to get this job.

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When Does Onboarding Stop?

January 5th, 2017

If you’re an employer, you have probably heard, and read, about the need for a good onboarding program. This opportunity to provide a company orientation to your new staff members is imperative for informing their experience overall. And to maintain good retention, it is the best investment you can make into your organization. But what is the time frame for onboarding? How do you know when their orientation ends? If you want to make the right impact for your new team members, consider everything you can offer within the first 90 days and beyond.

Be ready

Your new employee will make their impression of your company on the very first day of work. If you’re not ready for them, they’ll notice that and act accordingly. You need to ensure that the desk space is prepared. Have the computer already set up for them with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. Give them a tour of your entire facility and introduce them to key people around the office. Letting a new employee stumble through the first day is a recipe for disaster, so don’t let that happen.

Assign a mentor

A great way to provide added value to a new hire is to allow them to shadow a veteran employee. Create a mentorship program within your office where seasoned workers will help train new employees. This also keeps your current staff engaged so they don’t feel like the addition of a new employee is a threat to their position.

Assess weekly

Far too many companies wait until the first 90 days are up to do a formal review. And while this review can be helpful, much of the feedback you provide can be too little too late. If you’re not communicating with your new employee on a daily basis, at least recap with them each week. Let them know how they can improve, but also provide information about ways they’ve already contributed. Positive feedback is essential.

Ask for input

It is also important that feedback goes both ways. Ask the new employee for their input on their onboarding process, what they need or want in order to be more successful, and allow them to come to you when they have questions, concerns, or problems. Establishing positive communication patterns right from the start will be necessary or a healthy working relationship.

Focus on results

Lastly, you want to focus on the results of the onboarding process rather than the process itself. Why? Because each new employee will have a different learning curve and style and that needs to be respected. If they are shoehorned into a situation that won’t work for them, they will become disgruntled rather than engaged. Don’t focus on how they go somewhere, but whether or not the end result is what you wanted. Details can be tweaked over time.

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