Is There a Hidden Job Market? How Can You Find It?

March 15th, 2018

Every job seeker has felt frustrated by their search at some point. You go through the same motions every day. You find a job posting online, fill out the online application or send a resume, and simply hope for the best. But what if there was an entire stream of jobs deep under the surface that you’re not finding right away? There is a hidden job market, and job seekers can tap into it with just a few tips and tricks. Here is how to find it and the steps you can take to apply to these hidden jobs.

Connect with company recruiters.

Not all job postings are advertised, so be sure to connect with the recruiters at your target companies so you become part of their search algorithms when they begin to look for top candidates. These internal recruiters are often the gateway to open positions with the company, so it’s important you connect with them first and build a positive online relationship.

Determine decision makers.

If a company doesn’t have an internal recruiting department or you don’t feel you’re getting any traction with the internal recruiters, connect with their decision makers as well. This might be the HR department, but it might also be the department managers. Follow them and connect with them online, but don’t pester them. A subtle approach will take you further to search for hidden jobs.

Partner with agency recruiters.

Of course, many companies will reach out to staffing firms long before they advertise online or to the general public. Their staffing partner will be the first line to cross to hear about these hidden opportunities. To become part of that network, apply with your local staffing agency and maintain a good working relationship with them.

Network at industry events.

Whatever your industry, there is certainly a local professional group in your area. Take advantage of this as a place to network and meet decision makers in the industry. Attend networking events as well as educational programs put on by these organizations. Even if you consider yourself shy, challenge yourself to meet and connect with at least one new person each time.

Review current connections.

Of course, your current connections may also be a gateway to new possible opportunities. If someone you worked with in the past is looking for a new employee to add to their team, they may not think of you if you don’t maintain a connection with them. Be sure to stay connected online, but occasionally reach out with handwritten notes or invitations to meet for coffee.

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5 Tips to Make Office Safety a Priority This Year

December 21st, 2017

Many people don’t equate safety programs with a standard office job. They think of it is solely an issue for warehouses or fabrication jobs. But the truth is, every employer is responsible for ensuring a safe environment for their team and every employee deserves this care. So maybe you want to make office safety a priority in 2018. Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Listen to your employees.

If there are any concerns in the office, make sure you listen to your employees about them. Things can be rectified easily as long as you have knowledge of what’s happening, so keep an ear open. If you hear anything about a situation that may be unsafe for your team, do something about it immediately. That could mean anything from a physically unsafe situation to a mentally unsafe situation involving bullying or harassment.

Provide updated training.

Throughout the year, make sure you’re providing regular safety training to your team. Include situations such as fire prevention and escape, slip and fall prevention, and harassment or violence in the workplace prevention. Take everything seriously and allow for your team to learn what they need to know to remain safe in the workplace.

Invest in good office equipment.

Ergonomics is the science of how our bodies interact with our environment. It became very popular in offices a few decades ago, but with good reason. A good desk chair or keyboard set up is essential to keep your employees safe from unnecessary injury on the job. Don’t buy cheap equipment that will break down or be uncomfortable to use after only a short period of time. If you invest in good equipment, everyone can stay safe and comfortable.

Encourage proactive solutions.

One of the keys to office safety is empowerment. Empowering your team to make the right decision when necessary could make all the difference. With this in mind, encourage your team to think proactively about every solution so when a problem does come up, they can think quickly and take the appropriate action which can prevent further unsafe conditions in the workplace.

Continue throughout the year.

One challenge many companies have is that they resolve at the first of the year to implement these safety provisions, but after a few months, the interest wanes. But safety doesn’t work like that, so it’s imperative that you keep these initiatives going throughout the year. Provide continual training, incentives for safe behavior, and make safety a priority in your workplace.

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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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Standout Tactics to Help You Talk About Your Strengths in a Job Interview

August 24th, 2017

Some of the most common interview questions are also some of the most terrifying. You’re likely to be asked about your weaknesses and, of course, your strengths. And while it might seem obvious how to discuss your strengths, there are some things you can do to really sell yourself in an interview. What are some of the tactics that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Brainstorm about your strengths.

Before you go to your next interview, spend some time on this exercise. Get out a blank sheet of paper and start writing down all the things you feel are your biggest strengths. Don’t leave anything out. The goal of this is to have a huge list to choose from. Write down everything you can think of such as how you manage your time, how reliable you are, what you love to do most. Don’t leave any stone unturned.

Narrow your focus.

Now, narrow your focus. Look through your list and see how many of your strengths are just a variety of ways to say the same thing. For example, if you list time management skills, ability to hit deadlines and reliability, they all point to the same personality trait. Choose just one or two of these overarching strengths and work from those.

Prepare your examples.

Next, you need to have concrete examples to help sell your skills to an employer. Let’s stick with the example of time management. How have your time management skills positively affected your career in the past. Be specific. For instance, if you had a very time sensitive project for a demanding client who had bad experiences in the past, did you work out your plan of attack to give yourself plenty of time to complete the project with days to spare? How did this impress the customer?

Be accurate.

Of course, when describing your strengths to a potential employer you also need to accurate about the details of your account, especially when it comes to something verifiable through a reference check. But you also want to be authentic and accurate to give yourself the best shot at the job. For example, if you say your biggest strength is time management but you’re not actually that great with it, it won’t take long for the new employer to realize they’ve made a mistake in hiring you.

Don’t be too humble.

When you do settle on a specific strength to focus on as your answer to this inevitable question, don’t be too shy about sharing it. We are programmed to avoid bragging, but that is exactly what you need to do to sell your strengths in an interview. You need to find that fine line between confidence and arrogance and step right up to it without falling over. Confidence will win you points in an interview every time, so don’t be afraid to tell them about your accomplishments.

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