Q. We are a small company and have been searching for the past year for a specialized engineer to round out our development team with no success. We are considering using an independent contractor to fill the gap until we find the perfect candidate. What are the pros and cons of going this route? A. I have a big red flag that you’ve had a position unfilled for over a year. Is this really a critical position to your organization? Do you have realistic requirements for this hire? Do you have a compelling opportunity to offer the specialized Engineer? Do
Q: What is the best approach to transitioning from your current position with a long-term employer to a new company with the least amount of drama? ••• A: 1. Do not give notice to your current employer until you have received an authorized formal offer from the new company, cleared a background check and drug screening (if applicable). Both parties must agree to all terms. Have you received all applicable documentation pertaining to the offer? Mutually agreed upon job description which outlines the expected job duties and responsibilities, terms of the sign on bonus and relocation package (if applicable), detailed
Want that promotion? Seek a mentor. Ask yourself some questions about how and why you want to advance.
No matter how much we grow or change, one aspect of our being remains the same. We all still look to those who have come before us to serve as good examples. As young professionals, we seek out mentors. But, as with everything in life, we need to make good decisions and choices in selecting the people we want to emulate. A good mentor can make a world of difference in how we succeed and progress in our careers.
Most businesses have no talent plans at all, and will be impacted greatly by retirements, downsizing and other external and internal factors. One of the most difficult aspects of workforce planning is predicting future skills needed, which is the art of strategic workforce planning. There is a great opportunity for organizations to do workforce planning right and for it to make a vital difference in the present and future success of the organization.
The most important thing to understand is that recruiting is a detailed process with many layers. Successful recruiters are professional networkers who are able to locate people who might not otherwise be looking for new opportunities. To be truly effective requires selling your company’s mission, vision and values, articulate the position responsibilities and a compelling reason why someone should consider your opportunity vs. their current role or other positions.
Companies are the people, not just their products and services. People hire people. It is your responsibility to tend to the garden and nurture your relationships, not only when you’re in job search mode but on a consistent basis.
Too many companies post and pray and then complain about the lack of viable candidates. Recruiting is a process not a transaction.
No matter how much we grow or change, one aspect of our being remains the same. We all still look to those who have come before us to serve as good examples. As young professionals, we seek out mentors. But, as with everything in life, we need to make good decisions and choices in selecting the people we want to emulate.
Getting prepared for that first interview in 10 years. There’s no excuse for going to any interview cold.
Remember: This is your opportunity to sell yourself. You are the product and the service. The employer has a problem, and you as the candidate could be the solution.
Advertising a job and not getting the response you want? The people you want likely aren’t looking; but you can find them
Advertising a job and not getting the response you want? The people you want likely aren’t looking; but you can find them.
Adopt a flexible attitude, and think of yourself as a consultant. Take off your dedicated full-time hat and put on your consultant’s hat. Start thinking like a consultant who has been hired because of your knowledge, skills and abilities for a specific project, and always do your best. Experienced consultants know that when the project is complete they will be asked to work on additional projects because they’ve proven themselves.
Developing a network takes time and does not transpire overnight. Network development is a lot like planting a garden. What is the goal, to plant flowers, grow vegetable or both? Every great gardener knows that gardens are seasonal; one must take the time to prepare and enrich the soil, plant the appropriate seeds, provide the right amount of sunshine and water and insecticide to keep out the pests in order to have a thriving garden.