Career Connector’s CEO and founder, Jessica Pierce delivers a riveting presentation – “The Perfect Job in 2022”.
Written by Sherri Kerr
The year of 2021 has become a candidates’ job market due to the great resignation! “The term “The Great Resignation” was coined in 2019 by Anthony C. Klotz, a professor at Texas A&M University. He predicted workers would start to resign in masses following the pandemic due to burnout and working remotely would trigger a shift in people’s identities and workplace expectations. The year 2021 has caused 4 million people to leave their jobs monthly, 55% of American Workers plan to Look for a New Job, only 20% of the Global Workforce Is Engaged, and Americans want to Continue Working Remotely. Americans desire to continue to working remotely and do not see the need to go into a traditional office. Four Million people are leaving their jobs per month due to unhappiness at work. Workers want to find a company that is a good match for them and desire to work remotely so they can live anywhere and work. The remote workforce is not going to chance and the good news to this there are openings that companies need to fill.
This shift has created new jobs opportunities and it’s important to comprehend how employers can find You! Jessica outlines six keys to help job seekers to unlock employer’s hiring doors. These keys include: hiring process, marketing/networking, competence, character, chemistry, and culture match.
Looking for a job requires a new mind set. This new mindset jumps into the hiring manager brain and swims in their recruitment thought process. In past, job seekers would use job boards, see a job that fits, apply for the position, and hear nothing from the company. This new looking for a job mindset is not a linear process. In fact, this process is more circular. Jessica encourages job seekers to think like a hiring manager. The hiring process is a recruitment life cycle: identification and understanding, sourcing, screening, initial interview, final interview, feedback, short listing, verification, officer, joining formalities.
Connections! What can you do to make connections? The recruiter needs to fill a position with a person that fits the company’s culture, has the right character, chemistry, and competence. The recruiters have to go through many steps to find the right candidate. The job seekers need to connect with the company of interest and begin to NETWORK. The whole purpose of networking is to find a new friend. It is important to also think, “who do I know?” It’s important to reach out to friends and family and tell them you are looking for a job and the type of job you desire. Ask your friends and family – “who do they know?” Companies find great people by first looking internally as they are “known” people. Jessica encourages jobseekers to ask for meetings with friends or to touch base with former colleagues. The next steps recruiter and hiring managers take are to reach out to prior work relationships. They will seek internal referrals from the employees they know. The final step recruiters make are researching online job postings which are a higher risk. Unfortunately, most job seekers start at the bottom by using the online postings. Yet, the recruiter could already have multiple candidates from their known network.
Simply using LinkedIn to network with people works. Make sure your LinkedIn page is full of key words and phrases. If you are not on LinkedIn, Jessica encourages the attendees to join. This leads to the next point – Social Media. LinkedIn is the number one source companies to recruit and find solid candidates. Companies will Google your name to find information on their candidates. It is important not to post anything related to illegal drugs, alcohol, guns, or political opinions on your social media because companies possible could use that against you. Therefore, make others aware not to take certain pictures. Social media is a tool to use in looking for a job. Besides networking and social media online job boards are helpful. Indeed, crawls and scans multiple job boards. As you find jobs of interest on Indeed, go to the company’s website to find out more information on the company. These job boards give a job seeker an idea of what positions are out there. Staffing firms and niche staffing firms for example engineering are excellent resources.
Do you have what it takes? Do you have the qualifications and experience? Employers seek candidates with the right qualification, experience, education, certification, and training. Think of the job you are actively purposing, or you plan to apply. Jessica recommends printing the job description and print your resume. Then read the job description and highlight the main things what the person is looking for in a candidate. What are the main qualifications from the job description? Then make sure your resume addresses each of the main qualifications and your transferable skills. It’s important for the words from the job description to match on your resume because this is how your resume gets through an applicant tracking system (ATS). The ATS scours for the key words. Also make sure key words and accomplishments are on LinkedIn. What do you need to do to up level your game? You can volunteer for any organization you want and that will allow your skills to be developed.
Research! What is the company’s culture? It is very important to the company, what are the values, what does their social media state? Do your research through your network. Find out about their culture and find out if they won awards and these are culture indicators you can address with the company. Think about the key traits you are looking for? You want to work for a company that matches your behavior traits. Besides investigating the company’s character and values, an applicant can take the DISC assessment. The DISC assessment helps a job seeker update the resume and helps identify natural gifts and talents. The DISC assessment can be found on the Career Connector’s website and is free. The terms from the DISC assessment can be added onto your resume, used on covered letters, or during an interview. Jessica stresses the importance of picking a company that honors who you are and what you are about.
It’s important to have a STELLER first impression. In person a firm handshake or fist bump with COVID, smiling, and be kind to everyone because they are part of the interview process. Mirror the interview’s initial response. Connect with the employer on LinkedIn. After the interview write a Thank You card or email.
Qualifications – have your resume on hand to help jog your memory during an interview. An In-person interview arrive five – seven minutes early. A Zoom Interview it’s okay to be a little early too – one or two minutes. Answer questions with fact based experience, if an employer hires you, they feel like you can do the job. This I how I’ve done this type of work before.
Behavioral Interviews – “Tell me about your time you had to have a difficult conversation with someone.” Be ready to answer these types of questions as the employee is wanting to know if you can handle conflict and what do you do.
If the position is a remote position make it a point that you have a designated work space to work. Employers will want to know that information.
References – talk to a few former managers, colleagues, subordinates, and personal and ask if these individuals will be a reference for you. Let them know if you know the company will call them for a reference. You can help them be prepared.
Do you have a connection with the people that are interviewing you – connect with them on LinkedIn.
Competence, Character, and Chemistry
Today we are saying goodby to Sheila Coulam who has faithfully served as the Career Connectors Director of Operations for 7 years – she will be sorely missed!
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