Coworkers. We’ve got them and we are one ourselves. We spend so much of our day with our coworkers, and we’d all agree it’s much more pleasant to have good ones than bad ones. There are lots of ways to be a bad coworker. Here’s one thing you can do to make you one of the good ones.Read More
There’s a lot of attention paid to the beginning of a contract assignment and most of us are aware that there are things that must be done to get off to a good start. Once you’re on the job though, your attention is rightfully on getting the work done and it can be easy for the end of your assignment to catch you off guard.Read More
Last week I wrote an article about the minority of staffing firms that engage in illegal and unethical behavior giving the industry as a whole a bad reputation. This week I’m going to offer some thoughts to counter the negative view.
One of my colleagues, Bryan Harter, brought to my attention an article on RecruitingBlog by Debbie Fledderjohann entitled “The Secret to Hiring for Attitude.” The post references a Forbes online interview by Dan Schawbel with Mark Murphy, the author of Hiring for Attitude. The interview covers a number of topics including why so many new hires don’t work out, and so quickly (46% of them fail within 18 months), the differences between technical, soft skills and attitude, and the ways that screening for these attributes are driving changes in the interview process. Ms. Fledderjohann points out that testing out a worker’s suitability on the job is a great way to ensure that they are a good fit as it reveals things the traditional interview does not. I couldn’t agree more: contract-to-direct, temp-to-perm, “try before you buy,” whatever name it goes by, can be a great way for both the prospective employee and the company to test things out and make sure both are happy before making a longer term commitment.
Back in January we wrote a post titled 5 Keys to Looking for Work in 2012. In that post, we reported that the US economy had hit an inflection point. There were numerous signs that hiring was picking up and that hiring activity was only going to accelerate. As it turns out, those indicators were correct.
Hiring Logjam Breaks as CEOs Plan Fastest U.S. growth since 2006
Role Reversal: Employers Say They Can’t Find Workers
U.S. Consumer Sentiment Strongest Since May
The economy has hit an inflection point. So what does it mean for your job search? It means you need to dust off that resume, proof it, update it, and get it back out there. Here are 5 keys to your 2012 job search.
1. The past is the past. Yes, times were tough, but companies are once again looking for people that can add value to their workforce.
2. The sooner you get out there the better. There are many people that stopped looking for work. Get your resume out there before they, too, realize things have started to turn around.
3. Double check your online presence. Is your Linkedin profile current? Do you have the proper Facebook settings to ensure anything that is private is, well, private? And don’t forget to check out Google+. Google now includes Google+ profiles in their search results.
4. Don’t forget about temporary staffing firms. They are a great way to get into a company you are targeting. Plus they’ll help with your resume for free.
5. Let everyone know you are looking. That network you built up in 2009 and 2010, its still there. And more of them are probably working now. Leverage it the best you can.
Over the past few weeks, while I wrote about job creation and career development, others were writing as well. I am at the 2011 TechServe Alliance Conference and Tradeshow in Phoenix this week, which leaves me with less time than usual to share my own views. Instead, I thought I’d share a few articles that cover some of the same issues in new and thought provoking ways. Enjoy!
Last week I attended the American Staffing Association’s Staffing World 2011 conference in New Orleans and heard a particularly interesting speaker, Zachary Karabell, an author, money manager and economist. He talked about media coverage and the effect it has on confidence - consumer, business, market, etc. One of his main points was that hearing that something bad has or might happen, or that everyone is not doing something, like hiring, becomes self-fulfilling. Our 24 hour news cycle, with its endless need to create crisis and drive ratings, may be contributing to our inability to get back on track His blog post in June, The Optimism Deficit, covers some similar territory. He writes:
There is an old saying in marketing, "If you're doing the same thing as your competitors, you're screwed." Well...maybe that's not exactly how the saying goes, but you get the picture. In any competitive situation you simply do not want to be lumped in with your competitors. It's not easy to do, but when done right, it can be very powerful. Just ask Apple.
Last week’s post was about the business community and the government working together to create a climate conducive to job growth. That was the Business community with a big B. This week I want to address the lower case b, the men and women like me who run companies or are in management and in a position to hire. It is up to us too. We cannot just wait on the sidelines and expect our government or someone else to take action. The private sector must act too. In recent columns I have told workers they must take risks and I have urged the government to do so as well. Now it’s our turn.