Saturday, December 15, 2018

References Are So Important

References are so important to the job search process.  Quite honestly, I can present numerous reasons why this is not true but many employers live and die by them.  Failure to take this part of the process seriously can dramatically hurt your quest for a new position.

There are many examples I can offer up which demonstrate how ineffective checking references can be but I will focus on one today.  Many years ago, I was recruiting for a retail company in the process of staffing a new store.  After interviewing many individuals, I narrowed the list down and started making calls.  One particular individual got exceptionally high marks from all four of the references provided.  In addition, I found a few people who he had worked with not on his list and spoke with them.  Based on the reference checks and his in-person interviews. I hired him and set up a training class for the new team.  On day one, I went deeply into the company's security policies and procedures.  On day two, this individual resigned with tears in his eyes and told me he was going to court that day for his third shoplifting charge.  In two cases, he stole from his employers!

Still, many employers lean heavily on references.  Keep in mind, it is essential to be certain that your reference list is current.  Make sure everyone on the list is well aware that you are job hunting.  Ensure that you have listed the best contact information including phone and email.  Indicate how you know each reference (personal or  professional).  Should you be unsure someone will give you a strong endorsement, select a different person for your list.  Recently, I made a call and got the distinct impression that the person on the other end of the line really was quite uncomfortable discussing the candidate in a positive fashion.  Like it or not, reference checks can strongly impact your future success.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Be Proactive

The job market typically gets quiet in late December but that is the perfect time to send resumes to companies which are of interest to you. With less going on, hiring managers might actually have time to take a good look at your resume! 
Be proactive!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dealing With Emergencies

Memo to job seekers: Emergencies happen.  Funerals happen. Illnesses occur.  Recruiters put a lot of effort into securing interviews for you with their trusted clients.  Should an emergency develop, you truly need to contact the recruiter BEFORE the scheduled interview time to cancel (postpone).  Failure to do so until after the fact makes you a high risk candidate should a new opportunity develop.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Impact of November Jobs Report

The November Jobs Report was released today.  While not as robust as anticipated, unemployment remained at 3.7% which is the third consecutive month for this historically low rate.  The number of new jobs create doubled the number of new hires made.

Hiring managers need to be realistic about the pool of candidates available in such a strong job market. Options to fill open jobs might include offering training programs, considering candidates with transferable skills, and/or engaging staffing firms to find the best talent available.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dress Code?

I have to wonder if a job seeker's profile photo should be of a woman in a wedding dress or a gentleman in swim trunks on a surf board. Somehow, neither seems appropriate to me.

Feel free to share your thoughts on this. Maybe I am just being too old fashioned or....Maybe I am right on target here!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Non-Profit Management

I spend a lot of my free time volunteering for non-profit organizations.  One thing I have always believed in is that members of a non-profit board should not also serve as employees of the same organization.  This is particularly true at the upper management level.  Conflicts of interest are sure to develop sooner or later.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Quick Job Search Advice

When responding to email from a recruiter, do not use replies such as "10-4" or "TTYL Chief." I know one recruiter who will delete you immediately!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Shipping and Receiving Manager

Hands-on opportunity, in Hillsborough NJ, to lead a team in all aspects of shipping and receiving. Must be very computer literate, team oriented, reliable, organized, and a proven team builder. 4+ years exp. in order selection, shipping processes, management of receiving schedule according to purchase orders, compliance to company and government regulations, staff training, etc. desired. Bi-lingual is a plus. Knowledge of perishable products helpful but not essential. 
Must live within reasonable commuting distance of Somerset County, NJ. Resumes to harold@smartstaff.jobs or call Harold Levin at 908-508-0300, ext. 104.