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A Bad Time to Search?

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A Bad Time to Search?

We are in the holiday season and there is a significant concern on the parts of many as to whether a search for qualified candidates is worthwhile or not during this season.  We believe that this can be one of the very best times for searching out the ideal candidate.

We humans tend to become more focused on ourselves and our families during this time of year.  We are reflective; we think about the good and the not-so-good things that have been part of our lives in the year that is coming to a close.

That thought process coupled with an aggressive search mounted by WFA Staffing can hit at precisely the right time in the lives of the candidate and his or her family.  It is not unusual for the remaining vacation time to be used during this period and that makes out-of-town searches all the more possible.  Bonuses that might have served to tie people down even if they were unsatisfied in their positions will have been paid out thus eliminating another barrier to interviewing.

On top of that, we tend to think of things we’d like to change for the coming year as we move closer to year-end.  If we have no children in the home, this time is as good as any time for a ‘new beginning’.  Even with kids in school, this is a good time to have interviews and begin to make plans for later in the spring.  In some cases, employers may be willing to extend themselves to get the right person recognizing that he or she might need more time off given a family left behind until school is over.

All in all, we find this as good a time for interviews as any time in the course of a typical year.  We even find that the holiday spirit can have a solid effect on the results of interviews.  We are a bit more laid back and might be willing to spend more quality time in meaningful interviews as the year winds down.  We are more in tune with others and that can be nothing but good for the prospective employee and for the prospective employer.

Give WFA Staffing an order and let us find that perfect candidate no matter what time of year is upon us.  We’ll even put a bow around the whole experience!

Tom Krist

President – WFA Staffing

Tom Krist

 

Toughest Job? Finding your next job!

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What’s the Toughest Job? Finding your next job!

If you’ve had a long career working at one or two firms, finding a job 20 years ago was remarkably straight forward.  You heard company XYZ was hiring, went over to XYZ company and completed an application and then you were hired.

Job hunting is very different today.  It involves searching for a job on-line, completing an on-line application or forwarding your resume and crossing your fingers.  Only rarely do you receive an indication that your application has been reviewed.

This new hiring practice can be very frustrating to the candidate.  There are several steps a “mature” candidate can take to generate job interviews and find that next job.

*Don’t begin your resume with “over 20+ years of experience in…”  In some cases, to the hiring manager, five (5) or Ten (10) years of experience can be as valuable as 20+, depending on the position. (Read the job description) Plus, the person reviewing your resume or interviewing you may only be 32 years old and may view you as a fossil.

*Include specific duties and accomplishments during your last 10 years.  Don’t go back to your first job out of high school or out of the military.

*Don’t put down the year you graduated from high school or list your grammar school.  It’s important that you have a high school diploma, but the hiring manager doesn’t need to know what year you earned it.

*During the interview, don’t launch into a laundry list of your frustrating experiences looking for your next job.  The hiring manager doesn’t have time to listen to that.

*Discuss your skills, solid work history and how important it is for you to go to work every day and perform to the best of your ability.

*If appropriate, in the interview mention that at this point in your life, you don’t have major family demands—day care, school functions, sporting events, etc.—that requires you leaving work randomly.

*If the interviewer leads up to it, explain that you have no reason or desire to text people during the day or surf on Facebook.

 

Experienced employees deliver great benefits to companies.

To find that “next job”, focus on your positives instead of your longevity and frustrations.

 

Tom Deffke – Senior Account Executive

WFA Staffing Group

Tom Deffke