For the Employers Seeking Workers

When reading a resume of a potential candidate, try to remember when you were seeking employment and you had a few jobs that you left because your boss or leadership team was less than ethical. It’s hard to come up with a plausible reason for “job hopping” other than, “I left for a better career opportunity”.

Sometimes, a candidate had to leave because their morals and ethics were higher than those above them or their boss asked them to do something illegal. You don’t want to disparage the place you worked at but you also don’t want to look like you leave your job every year or two years.

Sympathize with the fact that there may be other reasons and focus on their accomplishments and what they are bringing to the table today. I see many professionals still applying for positions and many jobs that have been open for months. What are you looking for? Perfection? It doesn’t exist. What does exist are broke, eager people out there willing to learn and work hard so they can pay their bills, feed their families, and keep a roof over their heads. Don’t hesitate so much. I realize you want a “good fit”, but that can be just as discriminating as hiring for race.

Stop trying to check off all the boxes on that job description and start looking for the transferable skills and willingness to learn. I have so many friends and colleagues out there hunting for that next best career that are being passed on due to this need to check off each and every item. It just doesn’t work this way.

Don’t ghost your candidates. Put them out of their misery if you don’t want to move them to the next round. It is better to send an email letting them know that they have not been chosen than to say nothing at all. It is down right rude too. Especially when you are the Vice President or CEO and you have met the candidate in person and then just pretended that they didn’t exist.

Let’s try to remember that candidates are interviewing you as well. Humble yourselves to the fact that candidates are savvy and looking for a certain type of company. They want a good team, kind management, room for growth, training & development, and great benefits. Yes, compensation is a key component, but those other items are also at the top of the list.

Stop wasting time. We think this job market is broken. We think this world is broken. Prove us wrong and hire us. We’ll show you how hard working we are.

Outside My Comfort Zone

Right now is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have made the choice to leave the State that I have lived in for the majority of my life, I quit a toxic job, and I drove through nine states looking for a new place to live.

I have no money. I have had to borrow money to live and don’t know how I’m going to pay the next month’s bills.  My unemployment has never come through and I’m waiting the 160 or so days that they tell me its going to take to resolve my appeal.  No extra money.  That’s scary A.F.

My closest friend calls me brave. An old friend from high school said I was a bad ass. Am I?

I really just think that I am worthy of a great life in a great job and in a place that I want to live. So why has it been so hard?

It’s hard because it’s a shift in who I am. I am reinventing myself and I am manifesting the life and job that I want. I’m not the same person I was a year ago. I’m not the same person  I was six months ago. I’ve grown emotionally.  I’m stronger than I realized. My friend reminds me that I made the decision to pack up my entire life to make it better.

My dream job is coming. It is so close I can taste it. My new boss is going to be so happy with me and I will be at the level in my career I have worked so hard to get to.

My closest friend is my daily cheerleader.  She is always there to tell me how far I have come and in such a short time and that I should be proud of my accomplishments.

So if you are looking and feeling down. Keep your chin up because,  its coming! Your dream is coming.

So yes, I am a bad ass. I’m ready for the next thing and I’m up for the challenge. I challenge  you to get uncomfortable and get out of your own comfort zone if you want to make a change in your life.

700 and counting…

Well, it’s 2 days before Thanksgiving and I am still job hunting. Today I filled out my 700th application. Yes, I said 700.

I’m not applying for jobs that I don’t qualify for and I’m updating my resume with key words so it goes through the ATS software. I’m just not sure what’s going on.

I know I’m an older worker but in my line of work, the requirements ask for the amount of years experience that I have. The salary expectations are within the range that the companies are offering, so what is it?

I’m willing to relocate, I’m able to start immediately, and I have awesome references.

I’ve even been in the interview process on several jobs and made it to the 2nd round. Then nothing.

So, I keep my head up and know that my dream job is coming. For those of you hiring and in need of a dedicated, skilled, and hungry HR Director, call me up!

Interviewing Stress

Why do you hate to interview? Some people are so terrified at the thought of going to an interview, it literally makes them freeze with fear. Others forget the answers to their questions and the rare ones are calm as cucumbers. How do we prepare for the face-to-face meeting and make it fun?

First off, wear your most comfortable professional outfit. If you are comfortable, you won’t be fidgeting in your seat. Please make sure it is clean for goodness sake!

2nd, no extra jewelry, crazy colored nail polish, or wild eye shadows. Simple and professional. This speaks to all genders.

3rd, practice answering interviewing questions with a friend. Take it seriously. Try not to say “like” or “um”. When you get to the interview and you are answering the question, if you need more time, simply say something like, “that’s a great question, let me think of answer that will be relevant for you”.

Before you go to the interview, be sure to thoroughly check out the company’s website and social media presence. There you will be able to formulate questions when the interviewer asks you if you have any. It is always good to have one or two.

At the end, stand up and thank them. If protocol allows for a handshake, give a firm one. You can ask for a business card from them at this time if they have not provided one to you so you can send a thank you email.

Sending a thank you email. I like to remember a part of the interview that was funny or personal or meant something, and use that in my greeting such as, “I really like the way you spoke about how this role works hands on with the marketing team, I had some experience at my last position in marketing. Thank you so much for taking the time to explain that to me today. I look forward to our next meeting.” This makes the greeting more personal and shows you were engaged in the interview.

I hope these tips helped! Make it a great day!

Networking

Networking is about the other person first. Remember that. Its not about what you can get from them. Its about what you can do for them.

Why? When we network, we are creating professional relationships that teach us information about that persons job title, company, and company culture. We learn if they would be a future client or vendor of ours. We cultivate that relationship over time to make sure we have all the information we need to make informed decisions down the road.

When the time comes for help, we can then ask for help with a project, sale, or a job referral.

If you have worked with the individual before, never burn bridges. You never know when a situation will arise that this contact may help you. It could be a job interview. It could be a sale that will help you reach to your goal.

When reaching out to a new person that you don’t know. Make your you introduce yourself. Explain why you would like to connect with them. Don’t just use the canned text introduction. Make it personal. You just might be glad you did! Make it a great day!

Being the Bigger Person

It is so hard to be the bigger person when you are on the receiving end of a rant. If the information you hear is negative and hurtful, it can cause us to want to get revenge. Sometimes we receive these hurtful messages in an email or text. What this really means is the sender was hiding behind their computer or phone. These are especially hard not to respond to. I will always remind you that perception is everything! People put their own spin on the tone of your message regardless of your intentions. The best thing to do is nothing at all.

Should we respond or should we walk away? Think about what you would say and if it would really make a difference. Would it make you feel better? Probably not.

Being the bigger person and ignoring the negativity is the best approach. It is non-confrontational and the more professional way to handle the situation. Should you document what was said? Absolutely. This way you have proof of the conversation as well as the beginnings of a time-line if things escalate later on. You will put it aside in case you need it.

The person that has ranted toward you and the rant itself, has now lost all of its power. By responding you would have only added fuel to the fire. Being the bigger person, you have silently taken that power away from them.

This skill is something you must practice frequently as we tend to react quickly to people and forget to stop and think before we respond. I encourage you all to walk away from conflict when you can. It’s just not worth the trouble.

Making the Change

I haven’t written in a while due to the virus, a long, difficult job and some mental health struggles.

This has been a most challenging 15 months for me and many of you as well. I have made the decision to migrate. I’m moving closer to where I feel my life will be in alignment and my mental health will flourish.

A warm environment. A new job. A new home. As I travel down the highways of the states, I see many cars and trucks with all their belongings packed in trailers, and storage units on top of their vehicles. I am not the only one.

If this experience has taught us anything, it has shown us to be true to ourselves, be closer to family, to find companies that are worthy of our time, and not to let that work/life balance line blur just because we are working from home.

Working 14 hours a day and weekends is not healthy when you can’t do anything else. Now we are getting vaccinated. Now shops and other businesses are opening back up so we can start to resume life again. I just don’t want us to do this too soon to start another wave. I want this to go away!

Well, I am headed for a new place, just me and my bird. I’m excited to be on this journey and start blogging again. I hope you can join me.

Let me know if you are making a big “COVID” move, or know someone who has. I would love to hear their story!