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The Best Employees All Have This

February 22nd, 2017

Enthusiastic and dedicated employees are key to a vibrant, successful company. These employees add incredible value to the company, outside of their experience and skill set.

Look Beyond Experience

It’s true, you need qualified employees who can do the jobs you hire them to do; you can’t spend all hours of the day training or educating your employees. However, you absolutely should hire a candidate who has enthusiasm, dedication, and love for their work. These qualities aren’t easily taught but a few holes in knowledge or experience can be filled in time and simple mentoring. Because they have drive, they are more likely to pay attention to detail, ensuring their work is done well and not just done.

Through Thick & Thin

When employees love their job and are enthusiastic about their work, they are able to overcome challenging times in the company. Long hours or difficult days don’t dampen their spirits. If they feel excited about their work, they won’t just “punch a clock.” Motivated employees will also lift up other employees with their energy and enthusiasm.

How to Encourage Enthusiastic Employees

There are three things you can do to help spot the employees who love their job and maybe even help your other employees increase their enthusiasm for the job.

  1. Schedule team lunches. Regularly scheduled team lunches are a great way to bring your employees together to have laid-back brainstorming or conversation. These lunches should be mandatory but without an intense agenda. Topics to can include upcoming initiatives or related to team performance. Team lunches are great for bonding in addition to increasing employee morale and enthusiasm for the success of the company.
  2. Communicate strategic initiatives while being a team player. When employees have some understanding of where the company is headed, it can help them find excitement – even in the sometimes boring day-to-day tasks. A good leader will also be a hard worker, not just at giving out action items. Your employees will feel more motivated to help you succeed when they feel you are truly a part of the team, working hard to meet goals or deadlines.
  3. Help employees create a work-life balance. As you encourage your employees to get involved in higher-level projects, it’s also important to help them avoid burnout. Be on the lookout for ways you can help support your employees, especially if they are going through a hard time. By doing this, your employees will feel appreciated which can help improve morale and productivity and also increase their enthusiasm for the company.

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Which Jobs Provide an Option for Work-Life Balance?

December 20th, 2016

If you’re looking for a job that allows you to exercise the sought-after work-life balance, here is a list of the top 10 jobs you should consider. The jobs are categorized but are in no particular rank.

The first category is made up of jobs that are more technical, solitaire jobs. Yes, you’ll have to work with people, but most interaction will be with software systems, computers, and there’s a greater possibility to work remotely.

Research Engineer – Research engineers apply their expertise and knowledge to technical projects, finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve research, techniques, procedures, and/or products and technologies.

Devops Engineer – DevOps (a compound of development and operations) emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.

Mobile Application Developer – Mobile application developer is a person who creates, tests, and programs mobile applications for end-users.

User Interface Designer – User interface (UI) designers are responsible for how the product is laid out. They are in charge of designing each screen or page of user interaction and ensures that the UI visually communicates the path that a UX (user experience) designer has laid out.

Data Scientist – A Data scientist is someone who makes value out of data. Responsibilities typically include creating various machine learning-based tools or processes within the company, such as recommendation engines or automated lead scoring systems. People within this role should also be able to perform statistical analysis.

The second category of jobs includes positions that would require more person-to-person collaboration, working with a team, and would require more time in an office or in meetings.

Technical Account Manager – Technical account managers are the people responsible for managing all the technical aspects of a company’s relationship with its clients. Their job description involves them working closely with the business and sales account management team in order to win new business and increase sales.

Recruiting Coordinator – Recruiting coordinators are responsible for attracting candidates, evaluating resumes, scheduling and conducting interviews and managing the hiring paperwork. They have a thorough knowledge of HR best practices and have innovative ideas.

Strategy Manager – A strategic manager helps top leadership establish and prioritize business objectives that align the company with opportunities and protect it from unwarranted risks. These managers use analytical and problem-solving skills to build roadmaps to lead the company toward gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

User Experience Designer – User experience (UX) designers have a very good understanding of technology, business goals, and psychology. Their main task is to conduct user research, interviews, and surveys, and then use the gathered information to create sitemaps, wireframes, and prototypes.

Corporate Recruiter – The corporate recruiter is responsible for more than just finding great talent to fill one position; they must also write job descriptions, screen resumes, interview candidates, extend job offers, implement onboarding strategies and keep accurate records of all candidates and new hires.

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Shut Down the Negative Job Hopper Perception in Your Next Interview

November 21st, 2016

Since your first job in high school, you’ve been told that it’s best to spend some time at the same company for a while because it looks good on your resume. While we may still be hearing that advice, and even thinking it ourselves, the career path is different for everyone and so-called “job hopping” is becoming more regular.

A Negative Perception

There is a negative perception connected to job hopping. Among other reasons, three main concerns are:

  • Commitment Issues
  • Impatience
  • Doesn’t Play Well with Others

While it’s easy to see why these could be concerns of your hiring managers and interviewers, you can help them see that there can be other, respectable, reasons why job hopping occurs.

Shut Down Negative Perceptions

When you interview for a job, the hiring manager may not bring up these concerns specifically, but you can still shut down the unspoken perceptions by communicating the strengths that you’ve gained along the way as a job hopper.

  • Adaptable

Each time you start a new job, you are starting over. These transitions aren’t a piece of cake and it’s important to communicate your adaptability in the workplace. New systems, procedures, new people – you’re good at adapting to the new environment and finding your place at the company.

  • Thrives with Challenges

Job hopping really isn’t a bad thing when in fact you’re doing it to stay challenged and to meet each challenge head-on. You absolutely want to dispel thoughts that the reason you’re job hopping is because you felt challenged at previous jobs and you weren’t comfortable rolling with change at the office – whether it be new systems, new bosses, or new team members to work with. Instead, gently assure your interviewer that you want to stay challenged in the workplace, continuing to grow as a professional.

  • Passion for Fulfilling Work

Some hiring managers may see a job hopper as someone who doesn’t easily get along with others, someone who isn’t a team player. In your interview, be sure to speak to examples of your ability to work as a member of the team. If your motivation at work lies beyond your coworkers, explain that as well. Your career is about doing fulfilling work to the best of your abilities, and making friends along the way is an added bonus, but not a reason to stay in a particular position, just to log hours there.

Interviewing and Job Hunting Advice

For more interviewing insights and job hunting advice, or to find amazing job opportunities, contact Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester, NY.

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