3 job-hunting hacks

3 job-hunting hacks

3 job-hunting hacks

If you are looking to change your job there’s never been a better time to start!

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The Great Resignation has left companies in desperate need of skilled workers, and many employers are willing to offer considerable incentives to attract new talent.

A recent survey by CNBC found that 55 percent of Americans are looking to change jobs over the next year. If you’re in that number, there’s never been a better time to start. But you owe it to yourself to make the most of your chances, read these hacks.

1. Sizing up the market

With so many people looking for better opportunities, the chances of landing that ideal position have never been higher. But to seal the deal, you need a solid plan:

Good preparation starts by examining those jobs and looking for the kinds of skills required. That sets a baseline for what you can expect. From there, you can assess your own experience, and how it measures up in comparison. This should be as objective, and fact centered as possible.

2. Cast a wide net

Cast a wider net by exploring opportunities through other channels, like joining a professional network or reconnecting with friends and colleagues. For example, make a point of meeting a different old coworker or friend every weekend for lunch. At some point, you can mention that you’re on the hunt for a new job and find out if they know who’s hiring.

Tip: For every interview or networking event you attend, create a note with background info such as job details and attendees, and link it to the calendar event. That way, it’ll pop up at just the right time so you can walk into your next meeting prepared for anything.

3. The more intel, the better

When job hunting, it’s important to do your research. Learning everything you can about the company of interest ensures that your prospective employer has the qualities you want, and you have a better understanding of what they might expect of you. That begins with checking out the company in question on sites like LinkedIn.

Good job-hunting goes deeper. Make sure your intel-gathering process extends beyond the usual suspects and takes in other channels so you can crush your interview. You may need to do a bit of sleuthing or “undercover” work to ensure you’re well-prepared.

Try scanning the news —especially local news— and trade magazines for stories and snippets about the company, looking at things like aggregate salaries and employee retention. If anyone in your network has experience with the company or knows someone who does, talk with them about their experiences. The more objective information you have about the company, the more your confidence will grow, and the better you’ll be positioned to determine how well your skills mesh with the job specs.

Whatever stage you’re at in your career, take a step back and consider how you want your career to evolve. Ask yourself: Where do I want to be? What’s important to me professionally? Do I want to continue the same career path or pivot to something new? With these questions in mind, it will be easier to come up with a career advancement plan.

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Once you have that plan, make sure you’re taking the right steps along the way. And remember today we have the benefit of being able to work for a company that is not physically in the same place where we live. Luckily, there are companies like Roots EOR that allow hiring in a safe and fast legal way.

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So… what are those other questions you need to consider to help you make an informed decision? Consider the following when comparing job offers or whether to stay in your current role:

  • Where will you contribute the most value? Will this new job provide more opportunities for you to make a difference?
  • Where will you be most valued? Will others be more appreciative of your talents and contributions?
  • How does the opportunity line up with your career aspirations? Does it provide opportunities to advance to the next level?
  • How does this job fit with your personal life? What about the commute? Will you have flexibility to attend the kids’ special events?
  • Work/life balance – is this job going to be a grind where you’re going to burn out fast? Or does it provide a sense of overall balance, even though you may have to put in extra hours from time to time?
  • Socially responsibility – if social consciousness means a lot to you then this may be part of your consideration. Perhaps the company sells a product that you feel is harmful or doesn’t line up with your personal values.

And the decision becomes more difficult when the job offer involves changing the place where you reside. But… did you know that today you can work for companies that are abroad without having to physically move? and be legally contracted with the laws of your country?

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Communication skills

Employers understand the value of effective communication and actively look for this skill in potential employees. It’s important to show your competence in this area verbally, physically and through written communication. When responding via email, double-check the message before sending it to ensure that you are being clear and concise. Another key component to good communication is the ability to actively listen and provide thoughtful feedback, so be sure to stay engaged.

Honesty

Is key quality that employers want in their staff. Some applicants are tempted to exaggerate their qualifications to secure a job, but this is inadvisable. Though it may help you progress through the hiring process, if your potential employer discovers your dishonesty you will never recover their trust.

This quality is also an important characteristic to have beyond the interviewing process. An employee that admits mistakes and learns from them is an asset to any company. 

Loyalty

Honesty and loyalty are two traits that can’t be taught, which is why they are key attributes that employers look for. Prove yourself trustworthy and committed to the success of the company, and you will be invaluable. 

Dependability

The ability to consistently follow-through is an important work trait that employers seek, and one that you can prove you have throughout the interviewing process. Show a commitment to following deadlines by completing tasks as they’re assigned. 

Teamwork

Though not every job requires collaboration, the ability to work effectively and harmoniously in a group is a strength that employers want their employees to have. In fact, they will likely ask you how you function in a team during the interview process, so come prepared with an anecdote that highlights your ability to compromise and collaborate.

Flexibility

The ability to adapt is an important quality that employers want. Prove to them you can tackle tasks and changes as they come. You can also show this skill by addressing improvements that need to be made and developing systems or solutions to the issues.

Confidence

Being self-assured is a key characteristic that employers look for. They seek people to join their team that are confident in their abilities and that know what they want. Confident employees are friendly, engaging and have a clear (and honest) idea of what makes them a valuable asset.

A key component of confidence is having clear goals. Communicating your dreams to potential employers will prove that you are striving for something bigger, and not just looking for a job to pay your bills.

Work ethic

Another top quality that employers look for is a good work ethic. Employees that work hard are always on time and on target. Take pride in your work and others will take notice.

Problem-solving skills
Employers are looking for more than brainless drones to do their bidding. They want people on their team that can pinpoint a need and address it, so be sure to recount instances when you recognized an issue and developed an effective solution.

Ambition

Is a key trait that employers look for because of what it communicates about the worker. It means that they have something they’re working towards, and they are on a path of betterment for both themselves and their circumstances. Don’t be afraid to share your big dream with potential employers. They’ll likely find value in it, and it will positively impact your worth.

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5 tips to find the best jobs for you

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Guidance on how to find the work you will love.

Identifying how your personal ambitions, goals and needs align with a particular job opportunity is no easy task. But outlining these factors is essential when searching for a job that’s the right fit for you. Here are some tips to help you identify if a job is a good fit for you:

1. Decide what you want in a job

At the start of your job search, spend some time reflecting on what has prompted you to look. Are you interested in doing the same job for a different employer? Do you want to change career paths? Are you entering the job market for the first time? Are you returning from an employment gap?

 

2. Research job titles and descriptions

You can review different job titles to get a better understanding of what a certain role entails and what skills may be required. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides up-to-date information on a comprehensive set of occupations.

 

3. Review salary trends

Salary trends is a tool that lets you see the trends in compensation for specific jobs in different locations. Enter a job title and you’ll see the salary range in various cities and with different employers.

 

4. Identify your must-haves

Another method of finding the jobs that are right for you is to identify your non-negotiables and areas where you may be more flexible.

5. Experiment with different job searches

The best way to get a feel for the jobs that are available to you is to try out different search terms. As you search, you’ll get better at recognizing the jobs that feel right and those that don’t.

If you’re not sure where to begin, it’s a good practice to start with broad search terms and steadily narrow it down.

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Tips for making the best first impression at your new job

Tips for making the best first impression at your new job

Tips for making the best first impression at your new job

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The first impression, counts. How to prepare your first day.

1. Research, research, research

Before your first day, experts recommend doing as much research about the company as possible, including checking out social media posts to get a feel for the office culture and appropriate attire.
Depending on your role, it may also help to research your company’s competitors, test out any software you’ll be using on the job, and look up your colleagues’ LinkedIn profiles.

 

2. Make contact with your manager

Before day one, send them an email or a Slack message to check in with them.
Ask about how people in the office generally dress for work (even when working from home!), whether there is anything specific that would be helpful for to know on your first day, if you’ll need to bring or prepare anything special with you that day, and what might be expected of you in your first week. Demonstrating a desire to be proactive and prepared will make a great impression and show your employer that you want to have the best start possible and be effective from day one.

 

3. Confirm your schedule

Don’t assume you know what time to show up or when your lunch break is. Even if it’s in the job description, there might be an important detail missing.
To avoid a mishap ask about schedules and routines ahead of time. What time will you be expected to arrive? What time does everyone usually leave? When is your lunch break and for how long?

 

4. Do a test run of everything

If you’ll be working on-site, test your commute. If you’ll be working from home, test your internet connection, computer, software, and other equipment you’ll need for the job. Knowing that everything is working smoothly will help you relax for the big day.

 

5. Introduce yourself to the team virtually

Your arrival on-site (or online) should never be a surprise to the rest of the company. Usually, HR or your boss will introduce you to the team before you start, but even if they don’t, take the initiative to do so yourself. Ask your boss if you can send a company-wide email or a Slack message to the main channel to let your team know who you are and what you do.

The first impression, counts. That is why it is important that the first days you start on the right foot.

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3 things to consider before taking the decision.

It’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Take the time to be cautious and strategic, and ask yourself these questions to know when to hire.

1. Can I afford it?

First, take a hard look at the realities of your business to understand when to hire. What drives revenue? Determine the leading indicators, those predictable factors that can forecast where your business is headed. Analyze these to see if you can justify additional help.

 

2. Is it the right time?

The key to success is matching hiring to the time when new employees can begin to generate revenue. In many cases, it takes eight to 10 weeks to hire someone. How quickly can you put new people to work?

Hiring too early – If the work is not quite ready, new employees sit on their hands. The upside is that you can use the time to train them.

Hiring too late – If you hire after you’ve made promises to clients or customers, you may not have enough time to get your new employees up to speed.

Therefore, you may not be able to fulfill your promises, which can cause you to lose business. Also, if you’re desperate, you may end up hiring someone who doesn’t mesh with your company’s core values.

Examine the utilization rates of your current employees – the percentage of their time that is billable versus gross profit.

If employees are overworked, for example, working overtime or not taking vacations, they’re at risk of burning out. Examine hiring new employees or making your processes more efficient.

If employees seem to be busy, but gross profit is too low, they may be inefficient, billing incorrectly or improperly trained. You may want to invest in training or improve your processes instead.

If your employees are busy, productive and gross profit is within target, it may be a good time to hire.

 

3. Do I understand the hidden costs?

Recruiting is one of the biggest expenses a company has – and one of most overlooked. Besides the obvious costs of salary, benefits and office space, a lot of hidden ones are lurking.

Each job candidate brought into the office is usually interviewed by at least three people, often your top performers or members of the team you’re hiring for – which is already stretched to do its work. Therefore, you’re losing production time of some of your most valuable people during this process.

The new hire will likely be trained by one of the best employees you have, meaning that individual will spend valuable time away from his or her core job.

People want more money when they change jobs, so you may have to pay new employees more than existing ones.

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New workers take a while to get to full functionality. You’ll still have to pay them their full salary while they get the hang of things. Hiring people also involves time and money. In addition to knowing about the labor laws of each country. But do you know that we can help you? Want more info about hiring? Contact Our Advisors