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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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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Want Monday to Feel Like Friday? Tips to Do Just That

April 13th, 2017

The common phrase is “Thank goodness it’s Friday,” but very few people say the same about Mondays. In fact, Mondays have become something of an office joke. “Someone has a case of the Mondays!” But you don’t have to live your life dreading the first day of the workweek. In fact, with just a few lifestyle changes you can make every workday feel full of hope and energy, just like Friday does. Here are some tips to help you start your week off on a positive note.

Get a good night’s sleep

One of the greatest enemies to productivity is poor sleep. While you may feel like the weekend is a good time to get out of your regular routine, but inconsistency can also have a negative effect on your workweek. On Sunday night, treat bedtime like you would on any weeknight. Go to bed at a normal time so you can wake up refreshed. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid technology after you get in bed. Keep the temperature cooler than you would during the day.

Stay hydrated

Another challenge many people have is staying hydrated. Far too many people operate in a state of constant dehydration because we aren’t as aware of our body’s need for water. Once you feel thirsty, you are already experiencing dehydration. Stay on top of your need for liquids. Focus on water rather than sugary or caffeinated beverages, which might give you a quick boost of energy but the experience will be temporary.

Plan ahead on Fridays

Many people feel like they’re scrambling on Monday to catch up on things they’ve missed over the weekend. But what if you could have a little peace of mind on Monday morning without having to work all weekend long? For the last hour of work on Friday afternoon, take some time to organize your work and make a plan so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning.

Have a positive attitude

Finally, sometimes the difference between a bad day and a good day is all in how you approach it. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you stay focused, not get down about things you can’t control, and approach your work with interest rather than frustration. In some ways, this is similar to the mindset of “fake it until you make it.” You can use your power of positivity to approach even the most boring or difficult of tasks with a fresh mind.

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3 Networking Tips for Introverted Personalities

August 28th, 2015

For introverts, the idea of networking can be overwhelming. Not only does face-to-face contact cause anxiety but even being on the phone can cause the blood pressure to rise and the palms to sweat. Being introverted is not a flaw in your personality, it just means you have to determine different ways to approach the same situations as your extroverted colleagues. Before you allow panic to drive you away from networking events, here are three tips that can help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

Give yourself a job

If you’re shy then you may do better if you give yourself a task to complete. Before attending a networking event, create a goal. It should be quantifiable, such as getting 10 business cards or making an effort to talk to three different people. Another good option is to volunteer at the event. Local trade organizations are usually volunteer-based, so they might need someone to help set up or give out name tags at the door. This can help you feel a little more comfortable in the networking environment since you are in control of the situation.

Create a killer online brand

The Internet was practically designed for introverted professionals. Facebook can’t replace face-to-face interaction but it can enhance the interaction and even make it easier to meet new people. LinkedIn is the best place to start on a professional level. Create and complete a profile that includes all the most important information about you as a professional. From that point, you can design your own portfolio website or start a blog. Don’t forget to join local professional groups online so you can interact and even work up the courage to attend a meeting. If you already know some of the members online then it will be easier to strike up a conversation in person.

Always follow up

A common trait for introverted job seekers, and shy people in general, is to second guess everything that you say. After a conversation you may start to overthink what you said, how you said it, and what you could have said different. Following up can give you a chance to restate yourself or even make corrections along the way. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to get their contact information. After the event, send a follow-up email. You can recap your conversation and even make additional points that you wish you had said in person.

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Create a Productive Phone Interview Outline

August 21st, 2015

Phone interviews can be one of the most critical tools to help you narrow down a wide field of candidates for one open position. You may receive hundreds of resumes for the job, and you can screen them down to a few contenders. Before you schedule in-person interviews, conduct a phone interview to answer some basic questions and see who might be the best fit before committing to a meeting. Here is an outline you can follow for productive, effective phone interviews with potential employees.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You should never start a phone call with a candidate without knowing who you’re speaking with. Before the call, review the resume and make notes on specific things you want to talk more about. Make sure you know their name, even if you’re not quite sure how to pronounce it. The job candidate will have a negative impression of your company if you don’t sound prepared for the interview.

Be Present

A big problem with phone interviews is that too many interviewers tend to zone out during the call. They might be multi-tasking by answering emails or reading reports at the same time. This can be a huge problem not only for you but for the perception the potential employee will have of you and your organization. It’s another way to give a potential talented candidate a reason for not continuing their pursuit of the position. Block off this time and be fully present during this call.

Lay off on Sales

It is also common for recruiters and hiring managers to spend too much time selling the company over the phone. They want to make sure that the employee has everything they need to know about the job and the organization. Instead, you should expect the candidate to have conducted their own research. Ask them what they already know and if they have any questions about it. This will also tell you how prepared they are for this process.

Expect the Unexpected

Candidates are coached to expect curve ball questions. But you should be prepared for them too. Humans are unpredictable so you may find yourself faced with a question you never thought about before. It could even be the one thing that will change your opinion about the candidate. In any case, keep your cool and take your time to think of an appropriate answer.

Next Steps

The call should always conclude with your expectations for the next steps. Let the candidate know that you’ll be evaluating all of the calls and contacting everyone. Make it a policy to contact people even to let them know you won’t be moving forward with their application. This gives them a sense of closure and the ability to continue on their own job search.

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Get Yourself Ready for Your First Post-College Job

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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The Proper Way To Ask Your Employer For A Raise

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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Getting An Interview Requires More Than Just A Resume And Cover Letter

February 27th, 2015

Have you been in the job market for a while? You may look at your resume and  cover letter and wonder why you haven’t had any of your calls returned. Everything appears to be in order. You’ve listed your accomplishments and included data to support your role in the past. You’ve personalized your cover letter each time for the specific job. So what are you missing? Getting an interview requires a little more than just a resume and a cover letter. Here are some of the things you can be doing to increase your chances.

Create a list of target companies.

The worst thing a job seeker can do is blindly send resumes into the recruiting black hole. To avoid getting your resume lost in a lot of shuffles, spend some time researching the companies that you really want to work for. Learn what they do, how they do it, their company values, and how you may fit in with their work culture. Then create a strategy to apply with them.

Develop personal marketing material.

Think about the brands you love. They have logos and marketing campaigns that help demonstrate their quality and worth to potential customers. These visual cues are what make people remember Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike (to name a few). There are many online resources that can help you create logos and produce business cards to represent yourself to potential employers.

Take your brand online.

But don’t just keep your brand in your back pocket. Share it with the world. The internet makes it very easy to share information, and the best and brightest are creating online profiles and portfolios to attract employers to them. Buy a website domain name, create a blog, and join the major social media networks. Use these platforms to promote yourself as a thought leader.

Network in your community.

While it is important to use online tools to successfully conduct a job search, it is also essential that you get out in your community and meet other professionals. You never know who can help you with a new job or who they might know. Attend industry events or mixers to get your brand out there.

Call the hiring manager.

Lastly, before you apply for a job and after you’ve submitted your resume, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager. Unless the job posting indicates they do not accept phone calls, call the company and ask to speak with the manager before sending your resume. Be polite and not aggressive. Ask them what they’re looking for so you can customize your application. Then, after you’ve submitted your resume, you can follow up after about a week if you haven’t heard back.

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