The other day I heard someone say that college was a waste of time in this economy and job market. I couldn't disagree more. While more and more people are obtaining jobs meant for those with a college degree, there is something to be said for the levels of networking and character building brought on through the college experience. No one, and I mean no one, should let their future be dictated by the current challenges of society. Society's needs change, the value of a good education does not.
Here's… Read more
Everyone hates cold calls. The people make the calls grimace each time they have to dial a number. The people on the receiving end usually aren't much happier. So, what happens when you want to call a company about potential employment? Some companies don't list their jobs online because they're in search of a different type of employee, the risk taker!
If you have to make a cold call, don't panic. Here are three ways to overcome the discomfort that goes along with cold calling employers.
1. Be upfront right… Read more
I recently read an article on being creepy in general. I'll admit the headline grabbed me. As I started out to read a funny piece of web chatter, I really started to think about how many CEOs out there shared the same "creepy" qualities in an unintentional way.
I decided to jot down three things I see CEOs do on a daily basis that could be construed as creepy.
1. Talk about appearances. Don't be known as the boss who is always commenting on how people look. While you might… Read more
I recently read this great article on perfection. Yes, I suffer from trying to achieve perfection 100% of the time. Here's the article: http://staffingtalk.com/how-to-succeed-in-recruiting-by-letting-go-of-perfectionism/comment-page-1/#comment-58588.
In response, you will see my comment below the article linked above. I wrote "Great article. Very timely. Could not agree more, that a compulsion for perfection can be not only exasperating (for you and those who work with you), but crippling.. and to others who have to work with you or for you, it will make you seem more like the “black plague”, than a… Read more
It is never too late to find a job you love. In fact, if you love your work- you will love your life!
I find many people get stuck in this "I have to work" routine. And yes, you are going to have to work in life. But you don't have to be at a job you hate forever. Set goals. Treat your career goals like recipes, performing one step at a time and don't expect everything to happen all at once.
You also need to understand what goes in… Read more
If you're in a position to hire then be prepared for follow up phone calls and/or emails. I tell CEOs and other business decision makers to not be annoyed when a candidate is calling seeking an answer. Empathy for the interviewee is crucial. While you're not going to love all the final candidates, you're going to have to treat them with the same respect you would want. Don't get annoyed if you receive a phone call following up on your hiring decision the day you said you're going to be… Read more
Texting has presented a unique problem to employers. Technically, these quick messages to check on kids or tell a spouse one is going to be late isn't that big of a deal- and they're a better option than long conversations that are personal and distract everyone in the office. But, speaking of distractions, texting can pull your employee's focus away from a project.
I suggest crafting a strict policy on texting while at work. There should be reasonable allowances and expectations within the policy. Texting interferes with productivity. This fact… Read more
Here's the thing - I run Building Team Solutions. I do get asked HR questions day in and day out. But I get a lot of general business questions. I can understand the reasoning as I work with many business leaders in dramatically different industries.
So, is there a secret to success? This is another question I am asked a lot. While the secret recipe has yet to be debated, there are a few 'Smart' habits many great leaders have.
For example; being an avid reader seems to be a… Read more
Business owners have to deal with a lot. There is the economy. There is the internal financial factor (are you making a profit?), and then there is the employee factor. A recent poll stated 23% of business owners lose sleep over employment issues at least once a week.
Business owners have reported losing sleep over not being able to find the right employee, being worried about firing an employee who isn't progressing, and/or not being able to afford the right employees.
I'm here to tell you to stop worrying. I… Read more
I've been posting a bit on temporary work. Well, most people seeking temp work really are after a permanent job. While the word "temp" might seem unattractive, let me give you the reasons behind its almost perfect setting:
1) Opportunity to work for companies that rarely advertise (because they found working with placement agencies and staffing firms saves them time and money).
2) You're able to test out The company. Do you really like your manager? How about your co-workers? You can discover if a company really is a great… Read more