14 November 2013
It’s widely accepted amongst leaders that company culture is important. We’ve written at length about this in the past—having a unique and attractive company identity is important to many potential employees, and in many cases, can be the make or break point for a lot of candidates. It’s important not only for hiring great employees, but for keeping employee satisfaction and morale up. But how do you develop, and portray, that culture? If you feel that there is a challenge getting in the way of your efforts toward a more appealing and unifying company culture, or that your current company culture is doing you a disservice, these next steps can help steer you in the right direction: Step One: Determine your goals and allow for enough flexibility to let them happen. The way your business is structured may prevent the changes you have in mind, so try to be open-minded enough to make some changes. Step Two: Lead by example. Let’s say you want to build better communication in your office, starting with face-to-face contact in place of impersonal emails. The first step would be to approach everyone in this manner and follow that guideline, rather than shoot out an email informing them of the change. If you want your employees to participate in more firm-wide events, attend them yourself to encourage others to do the same. Likewise, hire leaders who embody your company culture and will strive to follow it; culture trickles down from the top. Step Three: Consider giving back. Studies show that employees, especially millennials, value workplaces that give them opportunities to get involved in the community. If possible, have the company match employee donations or encourage the company to participate in community events as a whole. Step Four: Recognize hard work and reward it. This is a proactive step that will help shape and nurture not only your company, but your employees. Something as simple as hosing a celebratory happy hour after a firm-wide achievement or celebrating a star employee’s anniversary can go a long way in boosting office morale and casting your company in a positive light. Step Five: Give your employees a voice. As we’ve suggested before in our post on Attracting and Retaining Top Talent, one of the best ways to do this is to provide a comment box or an anonymous online submission form. That way, you can be aware of everyone’s wants and needs, and they can feel secure and comfortable voicing their opinions. Step Six: Start, and carry out, traditions. Something as simple as a small in-office happy hour after quarterly meetings or an annual holiday celebration can give employees something to look forward to. In addition, keeping these traditions strong even during tough times helps show what’s important to your firm: employee satisfaction and engagement. Creating an attractive identity for your business takes more than determining that things will change going forward: it takes creativity, initiative, drive, and a little flexibility. If you allow for changes and follow these steps, you should find yourself with not only improved employee satisfaction, but an identifiable company culture that candidates will want to work for.
14 November 2013
Everyone gets nervous, but some show their nerves more than others. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes easy to discount nervous candidates for a position, when in reality, you could be missing out on some high quality talent.
14 November 2013
The Affordable Care Act is starting to take effect and, as a result, many hospitals are restructuring their programs to ensure better quality care and reduced readmission rates. Those with excessive cases of readmission are now considering what that means for their patients’ health, and to achieve the goals of longer-lasting health and fewer recurring issues, are adjusting their plans accordingly. What does that mean for healthcare professionals? In order to implement these changes, many healthcare facilities are now developing and implementing new care management plans and programs. In some cases, this means hiring more Care Managers and Coordinators to help patient transition from pre-visit to hospitalization to post-discharge run more smoothly. Such programs ensure that patients are not only cared for during their stay, but prepared prior to their visit and briefed on the best ways to maintain their health and properly take their medication post-discharge, thus preventing long-term health issues that can result in rehospitalization and poor quality of life. Care Coordinators can prepare patients before their visits, assess their risk of rehospitalization, plan their discharge, and follow up with them on all aspects of their health. Then, Care Managers can provide services within the hospital to make the patient’s stay comfortable and informative. If you’re looking for the next step in your healthcare career, this can be a fantastic opportunity for you. “We are seeing an uptick in demand with our clients for Care Management professionals, especially after the implementation of healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act,” says Amanda Bleakney, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Healthcare division. “Strong clinicians with knowledge of insurance, reimbursements, and care planning are being sought by both healthcare organizations and patients to help navigate their healthcare. Taking the step into Care Management gives you the rewarding opportunity to help patients through these processes at the times when they need the most guidance.” There are a number of ways to better qualify yourself for such positions if you plan to take this route. Care Managers and Coordinators are healthcare professionals who generally have knowledge of insurance, reimbursements, and care planning, so familiarizing yourself with such things could be helpful. Likewise, fully understanding how the Affordable Care Act affects hospital admissions and readmissions is vital, as the primary roles of the Care Managers and Coordinators are to increase overall patient health and prevent rehospitalization fees by keeping patients monitored, better informed, and on track. There are also Care Management certifications available that prove your skills and competencies in the care management field. If you’re bi- or multilingual, you already have a head start, as many professionals in care management are often preferred to have such language skills. However, even without these qualifications, a dedicated RN with the right experience and knowledge base can become a wonderful care professional.
13 November 2013
For those looking to transition to a separate field or industry, it can be a challenge to convince potential employers that your background and experience are invaluable. However, by thinking creatively, you can find relevance in most of your prior experiences and highlight your professional worth to skeptical employers. See the following situations for tips on how to market your skills and experience when making the transition to another industry or career… To respond to hesitations about your career change… Find similarities between the industry you’re leaving and the industry you’re hoping to enter, and show the interviewer the relevance between the two. For example, a candidate coming from a public relations background in politics, hoping to transition to an in-house PR position at a sporting company has to respond confidently to the hiring manager’s concerns by explaining his background and life-long interest in sports, which he has been active in for the past seven years. In spinning his background to show relevance between his experience and the position he is interviewing for, he should give examples of the results he spearheaded in his former position. For example, when a senior publicist left the company, he was able to successfully step in and increase placements by 20 percent in just six months. Finally, he can round his answer out by showing how the job is a good fit for his interests, which have been present throughout his career – working with others to achieve an extraordinary outcome, the satisfaction of being technically competent in the workplace, and a passion for sports. To respond to concerns about your irrelevant work experience… Think in terms of the tasks you carried out day-to-day, and the skills you developed in order to perform such objectives well. Skills can be easily adapted for many positions, especially skills that demonstrate a particular affinity you have or a gift for dealing with certain situations. For example, one woman was looking for a way to transition into sales during her time spent as a buyer’s agent in the real estate industry. She had always been interested in a position that demanded her specific traits and temperament, and gave her the potential to increase her earning power through commissions. Nearly every job description she came across asked for at least two years of sales experience, and though she didn’t have the work experience that was required for most positions, she felt her years as a buyer’s agent counted as relevant experience regardless. She put herself in an employer’s shoes, and asked herself, “How does my role prepare me for a job in sales?” She explained that by being a buyer’s agent, she was constantly on the other side of closing deals, and knew how to interact with salespeople to achieve her goals. Her time in that role had honed her interpersonal skills, shaped her flexibility in dealing with different personalities, and developed her ability to work as a team member with a constantly-changing group of people. To respond to uncertainty about whether your change in direction has been well-thought out: Articulate the reasons that are spurring you to leave your current position and field in a way that shows growth as opposed to negativity about your current role. For example, say a marketing researcher wants to cross over into a more creative role. In discussing her background, she comments that as she matured and got to know herself better, she came to realize that her skills and interests would be better suited for a more creative-based marketing role. To respond to a concern that you will experience changer’s remorse, or the cause of dissatisfaction in your last career will persist in any job you take on: You can’t convince an interviewer that you’re confident in your decision to change careers without being confident in the move yourself. Think about what professional identity will make you the happiest, and whether all the dimensions of that position fit your personality, skill set, and desired paycheck. When you are absolutely sure of your decision to change careers, address the interviewer by assuring him or her that you’ve researched their company either online or through contacts, and that from what you gather, this company can offer you the opportunity you are looking for to build your new career path. Give a couple bullets on the company, and ask if this is how the interviewer sees the company as well! In the end, the likelihood of you getting the job of your dreams is based on how well you sell your experience. Think creatively about the skills you’ve gained from all your professional experiences, and how they have enhanced you as a professional in any work setting. The path to getting hired isn’t through embellishing your experience, rather, it is about showing the value in any role you have performed, and the unique qualifications that make you a great candidate.
13 November 2013
If you are an IT professional interested in looking for a new job for the upcoming year, good news for you! IT job growth is on the rise, with recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ October 2013 Employment Situation Summary reporting that professional and technical employment rose in October and has grown by 213,000 jobs over the past year. So, now that we’ve established that there are a variety of opportunities available across the technology sector, how can one put their best foot forward to be recognized by employers as a leading candidate? “The most important first step is getting yourself noticed, and the key to doing this lays in how well your resume has been written,” explains Jed Pillion, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s IT staffing division. “Yes, there are many great opportunities available for the taking, but the reason why many of them have remained open for an extended period of time is because many employers have had a difficult time identifying, from resumes, whether or not applicants have the skills necessary for the position. As a result, to make sure you are even considered by employers, it’s vital that you have a well-organized resume that clearly demonstrates your qualifications.” If you need guidance on how to do this, here are some tips from Jed, who regularly advises his IT candidates on best resume-writing practices: Put emphasis on your skills: Many jobseekers make the mistake of thinking it is enough to simply list all the technologies they are skilled in or have certifications in, in a “skills section” at the top or bottom of their resume. While it may be helpful to have a section that summarizes your skills, employers want to see what you can professionally bring to the table and in what ways. Jed believes that the “employment history” section is the most appropriate place to do this. “Employers want to see where and in what specific capacity you worked with a technology/software/program and what results you achieved with it, so at least one of your bullet points under each job in your employment history should encompass this concept.” Presenting your skills in this manner will not only save the hiring manager time reviewing your resume, but will also help clearly position yourself as a candidate who can drive the business forward. Tailor your resume: When applying for jobs, some jobseekers fall into the trap of applying to any and all jobs they see, and submitting one resume for every single one of them. The same sentiment applies for posting resumes to job boards such as Dice. “Though it may be easy to have one go-to resume that includes a list of all your skills, all your experiences, and every acronym for every technology you have knowledge of, it actually makes your resume much more difficult to read and your job search less efficient,” explains Jed. Rather than applying to every opportunity out there, Jed recommends reflecting on all your past experiences, evaluating your strengths, and researching employment opportunities to figure out what type of job would be the best fit for you. Once you establish fit and start applying, make sure you take a good look at the job description and really tailor your resume to show how you are an excellent candidate for that specific job. Removing any irrelevant information from your resume and emphasizing how your skillset would make you successful in the position will not only make you look more attractive to prospective employers but will also increase your chances of having your resume appear in search results when hiring managers and recruiters search for specific keywords from the job description when looking for prospective candidates. Remember, the ball is in your court. There are plenty of great opportunities for skilled IT professionals with leading employers, but in order to get in front of these employers, you first have to take some time to review and make some edits to your resume. Once your resume aptly reflects your qualifications and what direction you want to take your career in, you may see your interviewing opportunities and job prospects prosper!
13 November 2013
13 November 2013
In the 100 years since the start of the Great War, the ongoing role of the U.S. military veteran in society has gathered pace. November is traditionally the time when we remember the sacrifices made, with the penultimate month of the year dedicated to making sure that all veterans are thanked for their service
12 November 2013
On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, The Execu|Search Group’s Lisa Carver, Lisa Morano, and Amanda Roubal participated in the Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair in Morristown, NJ. The event, which was hosted by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and organized by The Morris County Chamber of Commerce, the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the American Legion, and other local NJ organizations, brought together employers and veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. At the career fair, jobseekers had the opportunity to meet with over 40 prospective employers from the Morris County, NJ area, apply for jobs, and in some cases, even interview on the spot. “We feel privileged to have participated in this event,” says Lisa Carver, Managing Director of Temporary Staffing at The Execu|Search Group as well as a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. “There’s so much hidden talent within the military community and unfortunately many have a difficult time finding jobs. Career fairs such as ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ support those who have served our country by giving them a shot and getting them back to work.” This group of Americans possesses extraordinary skills that are transferable across any industry and the value they put into commitment and teamwork can benefit an organization in many ways. Pictured from left to right in picture: Lisa Carver, Amanda Roubal, and Lisa Morano
11 November 2013
Mondays can be tough! After a long day of catching up on all your emails that piled up over the weekend, prioritizing tasks, and planning your weekly to-do list, the last thing you want to do when you get home is think about your next job. However, for jobseekers, here’s what you need to know about Monday – data has found that it is the best day of the week to apply for a job. This data collected from a study developed by Bright.com, a job search site, concluded that applicants are more likely to move forward in the next round of the hiring process – for example, being invited in to interview – on Monday over any other day of the week. The study, which assessed over a half-million job submissions and excluded jobs that don’t require resumes, found that 30% of people who applied for a job on a Monday were successful in making it to the next step of the interview process, while on Tuesdays – the most popular day of the week to apply for jobs – only 20% of jobseekers found success in moving forward. Conversely, the study also found that Saturday has the lowest number of applicants and is also the worst day to apply, with only 14% of applicants advancing to the next level. Therefore, as tired as you may be after a manic Monday, try to make it your goal to apply to at least one job before the other applicants’ resumes start piling up on a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s desk. The earlier in the work week you apply, the higher the chances will be that your application makes it into someone’s hands. Next time you think about putting your job search off for Tuesday or Wednesday, remember the phrase ‘early bird gets the worm.’ Make sure you also check out some of our resume writing tips to ensure that when someone reviews your resume, they’ll be impressed by what they see.