Archive for November, 2011
Aside from bonuses, raises, and promotions there are other motivators that encourage employees to work hard and feel good about doing so.
In a recent article on INC.com, Ilya Prozin makes some great points, listing nine ways to inspire.
Ideas like positive reinforcement, small rewards, team projects, and company parties are all on our list of great ways to bring a team of employees together.
What are some ways you are motivated and encouraged at work?
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During this busy time of year retail shops are searching for temporary associates to help with the heaps of shoppers!
The trouble is, unless you work part time and need to make some extra cash, you’re probably searching for a permanent role and don’t want to waste time in a temporary position this season.
If you’re interested in the retail Company and want to get a foot in the door, now is your chance.
- Ask if there is potential to go permanent at the end of the season if you go above and beyond
- Ask what the percentage of seasonal employees that have gone permanent in the past, either right after their assignment or in the future
- Make sure the hiring manager knows how interested you are in the role and the company
- Prove yourself every chance you get
- Be a team leader
- If someone calls out offer to fill in for them
- Volunteer for every project
- If you aren’t offered a permanent spot, make sure you leave on good terms with contact information
- Stay in touch with the hiring manager
- Make sure to touch base with the manager especially when you read current events on the company
If you’re not working and you have an opportunity to work this season, take it! You never know where it will lead.
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Happy Monday Mentionings!
In a recent post by Todd Vician at Recruiting Blogs, he describes how candidates who back out of accepted job offers affect business relationships beyond that of candidate and recruiter.
On the inside, a side that candidates don’t usually experience, recruiters interact with their clients on the candidate’s behalf. These client relationships have been built and nurtured overtime.
As you may have learned, interviewing is a long and involved process. Relationships are formed, networking is done, and maintaining a good reputation should be top priority. It’s hard to continue working with a candidate who has lied, let you down, or backed out of an opportunity that they already accepted.
Like Vician explains to his candidate who went MIA after accepting a job offer with one of his clients:
“I gently reminded him of all the concerns he had expressed about his current company, the opportunity for a fresh start, how our role was more aligned to his stated future goals…etc. But, he was unswayed and he reneged his acceptance with us. So, I wished him well but also candidly shared with him that I didn’t expect we could ever come to terms again given that we now had to try to backfill the role we had sold him into with our client and might lose the work and client as a result. I impressed upon him that it wasn’t a personal issue but that his decision resulted in a very negative experience on our business and in our client relationship. I also commented that if he had any cold feet, he should have notified us sooner as a courtesy.”
When working with a multitude of parties in your job search be sure to always follow up and keep your recruiter updated. Even if you’ve received a counter offer and dread the inevitable awkward conversation – it’s better to let your recruiter know what is going on so they can follow up on their end with the client.
- The other professionals involved in the process
- How quickly you are responding to questions, offers, etc. Take time to think long and hard about your decisions before acting irrationally or rashly
- Ask questions and follow up
If you find yourself in a bind regarding a job search, counter offer, or interview conundrum – please feel free to email sbellow(at)pyramidcg(dot)com with any questions.
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Almost everyone has heard, “I’m sorry we went with another candidate. Thank you for taking the time to explore the opportunity.”
This statement is filled with many different meanings depending on the situation, of course.
One situation that we’d like to reference in particular: You weren’t a culture fit.
What does this mean?
When a company is searching for the “perfect candidate” there is a lot to consider. Some specific qualifications include image, professional background, and personality – all of which fall under the “culture fit” category and must meet the company’s standards.
How can you ensure that both you and the company are a fit for one another?
We have found a great source of questions to help you answer this questions.
- Do your values match the company? Review the mission statement and “about us” on the company website. The best way to go about answering this question is to chat with current employees that already work with the company. Connect with them on LinkedIn and explain that you are exploring opportunities with the company and wish to learn more about their experience.
- Does management have an open door policy? Is there fluid communication throughout the office and its employees?
- Is there growth within the company? Again, use LinkedIn as a search. Scan the employee’s time spent at the company and if they’ve been promoted.
For more questions regarding company culture fits visit The Glass Door Blog @glassdoordotcom
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Yesterday Pyramid Consulting Group began their first annual SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST! The two winners will receive a gift card and a resume make over!
- Share Pyramid Consulting Group with your friends on Facebook.
- Have your friends follow PCG and comment on our page with the reason why you deserve a resume make over.
Example: Jane Smith deserves a resume make over because…
The person who has the most comments wins a gift card and a resume make over!
- Just RETWEET @pyramidcg!
- The winner will be chosen at random just before the holidays!
Good luck to all who enter!
For any questions please email sbellow(@)pyramidcg(dot)com.
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Have you ever been out with friends for dinner, drinks, shopping, etc, and you meet someone who works at the company of your dreams or knows an HR Manager looking to fill a spot that you would love to apply for?
Unfortunately you do not walk around with a resume in your back pocket. You can always exchange contact information and email later.
You can create a personal card that lists your professional title, your personal contact information, social media handles, and hobbies. This is a concrete copy of you that this contact will potentially put in their Rolodex, add to their contact list, and maybe pass off to their HR Manager.
Not only does this save time but it also shows you are creative, professional, and serious about your career.
For ideas about where to get creative personal cards made, please ask us on our Facebook page.
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Have you ever wondered if your references come with an expiration date?
For instance, let’s say you have been at the same company for about three years. You decide it’s time to move on and start the job search process. As you update your resume, write cover letters, and make the necessary connections, you begin to wonder if the references you used for your current job are still relevant and “fair game.”
The trick is:
- Some of your old colleagues may not remember confirming you could use them as a reference. This may result in a surprised reference check, which is never a good thing.
- Maybe your reference is out of town or unavailable to speak. You wouldn’t want to give an absent reference.
It’s important to remember that you are not usually at the front of everyone’s mind. People get busy and move on from jobs and change careers entirely. If you haven’t kept in touch with colleagues and past references and would like to use them in your current search, reach out!
But isn’t it awkward to reach out when so much time has passed?
- As advised in the past, it’s always beneficial to keep in touch with old references and colleagues (especially when you don’t need anything)
- It’s better to ask for permission than have them be surprised with a reference call out of nowhere
We would suggest following up after a year – with or without any job prospects. However, if you are planning on making a job move and want to use “outdated” references, place a call, send an email and follow up. It won’t hurt!
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