The Priority Blog

After "Finding the Right Fit" for over 20 years, we have decided to share some of our network's experience with our valued clients. The Priority Blog is a place for employers, employees, Human Resources professionals, job seekers and other professionals to collaborate and share information on a host of HR related topics.

Why There Are No Rules to the Job Search

We’ve been writing this blog for quite some time now and we have a lot of heuristics for what a lot of managers like to see that we share with people. One of the things I always tell people before I give them any advice is there “There is no right or wrong way to apply for a job. The right way is the way that gets you hired.”

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Your Recruitment Strategy and Why it’s Not Working

I’ve been asked to consult with a few companies on a recruitment strategy that they can implement on an ongoing basis. Once they realize that they have to spend some time, effort and money, they usually stop communicating with me. What most of them are looking for is a specific spot to post jobs where more applicants will apply. Generally, if you know your industry well, you’ve already discovered the job board or website where you’ll find the most success. There’s no magic pill you can take to make good candidates come to your door, but there are a couple of things you should be taking a look at.

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Are Your Employees Lazy or Gifted?

A friend of mine recently directed me to an article about existential depression in gifted individuals, and the symptoms of gifted children reminded me of the symptoms managers notice and try to correct in what they perceive as lazy employees.

“Because gifted children are able to consider the possibilities of how things might be, they tend to be idealists. However, they are simultaneously able to see that the world is falling short of how it might be. Because they are intense, gifted children feel keenly the disappointment and frustration which occurs when ideals are not reached.” (Full Article Here: http://bit.ly/1sspJki ) 

Have you ever had an employee who wasn’t performing? Have you ever talked to them about what was causing them to under-perform? They could just be disappointed in you. I talk to many managers who just wish their employees would shut up and do what they’re told, because that’s what they’re getting paid for. By all counts, the manager is right. The employee is getting paid to do a job, and should probably just do it. The problem lies in the employee not feeling like what they’re doing is really all that important.

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Your Emergency Plan

In light Hurricane Arthur, I thought it was timely to discuss the importance of a communication/emergency plan. How did your organization function on Monday in light of power outages? Did your employees know who to contact to find out what their responsibilities were in making sure that you were still providing adequate service to your clients? Did some of your employees assume they were going to get the day off? Did some people come to work unnecessarily?

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Job Hunting? Stay Clear of These Common Mistakes

Job searching is a full time job, and more often than not it ends up eating up a lot of your time, frustrating you no end. Spending days, weeks and sometimes months to find the job that’s just the right fit can actually leave anyone with a bad taste in their mouth.  While recruiters blame skill shortages for not being able to find the right talent for open positions, sometimes it’s the candidate’s own silly mistakes that cost them a phone screen, interview or worse, the job. They leave hard-to-fill gaps in their job search strategy, which ultimately prove fatal in their job hunting:

Dream Job

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Corporate Culture and How it Works

When companies try and force employees to do something, they generally create a policy around it, and create a process to make sure they do it. Thus, they end up with employees doing the bare minimum to follow protocol. What if you wanted your employees to go above and beyond their objectives?

Employees Staring

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Organize Your Day as a Job Seeker

One of the things I tell people who are struggling to find work is that job hunting is an emotional roller coaster. You have days where you are confident, efficient and look at every day as an opportunity for change. You also have days where you think “why bother” and you stay in bed until noon. This is normal. Looking for a new opportunity is stressful and frustrating because you don’t achieve success until it’s over.

Once you’ve acknowledged that it’s normal to feel like you went a little nuts, I like to stress the importance of organizing yourself. Organization is essential to your mental health, and with all the stressors of being unemployed, you don’t need any other reason to feel overwhelmed.

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Rocking an Interview

The most effective way to get to know if someone will be a good fit for an organization is to work with them. This isn’t the method we use to determine whether we’d like to work with you… we put you through an interview. There are recruiters and managers at different skill levels with varying knowledge of the actual position. When you’re sitting with someone who doesn’t know the position well, or who may not be skilled at interviewing, you still need them to like you. Here are some ways you can prepare for anything.

Interview People

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The Hidden Job Market

People keep telling you about the hidden job market, but you rarely get a concrete answer as to where you should be looking for it or exactly what it is. It’s not really a place as much as it is a time.

The hidden job market is found at any company (big or small) that has a need. They don't even have to realize they have a need. The time between a company having a need and the time they actively start looking for someone. Tapping into the hidden job market allows you to fill the company’s need before anyone else knows about it. When you wait until they post a job ad, you automatically put yourself in competition with every other person who is qualified or even over-qualified for that job. Some of those people are also willing to do that job for much less than you will.

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Employees Are People

Working in recruitment gives you a little insight into the inner workings of companies of all different sizes. Sometimes you sit across the table from a hiring manager who is having retention issues and within 15 minutes of hearing him describe his employees, you can kind of tell why they’re having these issues. Just because someone offers you perks like gym memberships or extra vacation days, doesn’t mean they’re a great employer. Good leaders have a “tell” when they talk about their employees. They have a different mindset when it comes to employee benefits. They don’t implement things to increase retention or help with recruitment, they do it because they realize you’re a person and they have a genuine interest in making your life better.

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