WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN SEEKING A NEW JOB?

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION WHEN SEEKING A NEW JOB?

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, and you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined” – Roger Caras

What do you consider when looking for a job, other than the obvious paycheck and security? While there is no standard answer, some of the more important factors that job seekers consider are company culture and values that align with their own personalities and principles.

Let’s examine a few significant factors.

COMPANY HISTORY

While the future is unpredictable—and the repercussions of the pandemic continue to affect us—examining a company’s history affords a glance into the value system and culture that exist within an organization. By researching a company—through press releases, websites, and social media accounts—you can make an educated guess as to what the future may hold for you when you join a company.

Things you can look for are:

– How long has the organization been in business?
– Is the company expanding or downsizing?
– Are they seeking to acquire another company or are they being bought by another entity?
– How do they compare to their competitors in their industry?
– Are there any signs of financial or legal troubles?

If you are looking for job security, moving to a company that is expanding is ideal. On the other hand, if you seek a change in environment or cutting-edge technology, a startup may be better suited to your needs.

WORKING HOURS

It is important and a good starting point to find out about a company’s working hours. (I’ve heard Amazon engineers complain about 14-hour days!) As a job seeker, you should find out the expected or “normal” working hours and their policy for overtime. Also, it is helpful to investigate PTO and holidays as well as if you’d be required to be “on-call” outside of regular work hours.

The hours you work link directly to your work-life balance and your physical and mental health, so exploring these questions helps bridge the expectation-reality gap.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

Growth opportunities are significant factors that often sit in the back of the minds of job seekers. So, in-depth questions about growth opportunities will help you assess the kind of future awaiting you with a prospective employer.

Still, growth goes beyond the traditional trajectory of promotions to more senior roles. An intelligent move is to ask about horizontal opportunities or lateral growth prospects. Determine whether you can shift to a different area within the company, and with time and training, develop the necessary skills and abilities required for those jobs.

Another approach is to find out from current employees about the growth graph. Studying their social media profiles, you will see how long they have worked at the company, which will clarify growth opportunities and instil a sense of positivity. It is this optimistic viewpoint that pushes almost 38 percent of candidates to accept job offers.

You can also look for suggestions and feedback on online portals such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and other social media platforms. About 51 percent of candidates share their experiences on these platforms. So, keep an eye out!

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary remains a driving force when making career decisions. However, remember that a compensation package includes benefits such as health insurance, vacation and sick-day policies, as well as a retirement savings plan. Some companies offer bonus plans, too. So, it is vital to ask about benefits and incentives when seeking a new job to put you in a better position when planning for your future.

TECHNOLOGY

The ongoing pandemic has forced employers to shift from physical working spaces to virtual ones. With remote work becoming an integral part of our lives, it is crucial to keep up with technology and the latest tools. When seeking a new job, find out if the company provides any devices for home use. Understanding software, hardware, and operating systems allow you to assess how the company deals with and values technology.

WRAPPING IT UP

Knowing what to look for in a prospective employer enables you to make a change with a fresh pair of eyes.

At ALIGN, we are here to help you make that shift as smooth as possible. So, reach out to one of our experienced consultants, and help us help you land that dream job.

EXPECTATIONS OF CANDIDATES DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS

EXPECTATIONS OF CANDIDATES DURING THE RECRUITING PROCESS

Companies often hire third-party recruiters to assist them are searching for suitable candidates. They will clearly define their expectations in terms of candidates’ qualifications, experience, and skills. But, what about the expectations of candidates when it comes to working with a recruiter?

LinkedIn surveyed more than 20,000 professionals from different parts of the world to find what candidates expect and how they search for a job.

Here are some expectations candidates have when working with a recruiter:

Candidates expect to hear from the recruiter.

Candidates need an open line of communication with their recruiter. Not hearing back from their recruiter will create negative feelings and the possibility of losing a good opportunity. Therefore, it is essential for them to feel appreciated.

According to the LinkedIn survey, 90 percent of those candidates were open to new job opportunities. In addition, nearly 63 percent of the candidates felt great when recruiters reached out to them.

Candidates need feedback on the status of their applications, even if they get rejected.

Candidates expect detailed information on jobs the first time a recruiter reaches out to them.

The same LinkedIn survey data showed that candidates expect to have detailed information about a job and the company. Again, job and salary details top the list of candidates’ expectations.

Candidates want a brief and efficient interview.

Generally, it takes 2-3 months for candidates to transition from the application process to the hiring stage. During that period, they can face up to three interviews on average, and they are okay with that number.

Long application processes can be discouraging to candidates, so if a recruiter can speed up the process by setting up a panel interview or conducting multiple interviews in a day, the candidate will be appreciative. Scheduling video interviews is also an effective way to evaluate candidates during the initial screening.

Candidates expect a positive experience during the recruitment process.

A poor candidate experience due to a recruiter not responding to applicants or having a lengthy recruitment process causes many candidates to shun a recruitment agency and sour to recruiters overall.

On the other hand, having a positive experience makes nearly 38 percent of candidates accept a job offer. Not only that, 51 percent of candidates share their positive experiences online on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and social media platforms.

Candidates want to know immediately about salary and compensation.

There is no doubt that money talks. Often, salary drives candidates’ career decisions. Most people think they will be in a better financial and social position with more income.

Candidates expect to know about their compensation package and bonuses, allowances, and any other benefits when they begin to move through the recruitment process. So, setting a clear expectation early in the process is good for both candidates and recruiters.

Candidates expect fair treatment.

Nobody wants to be treated unfairly or be taken for granted, and job applicants are no exception. Unfortunately, unfair treatment may also mean making candidates wait for long periods of time even when they arrived at the interview venue on time. Wasting candidates’ time can be a significant turn-off for them, as they lose interest in the job even before participating in the interview.

An interview should ideally be a two-way communication that will promote the exchange of information and ideas. Also, recruiters should stick to their interview schedules. If there are any changes, they should immediately update the candidates.

Candidates want to witness an employer’s work culture.

Initial candidate screening typically happens at the recruiter’s office, where candidates have no clue about the employer’s work environment. A tour of the prospective employer’s office can give candidates a glimpse into the employer’s culture during the recruitment process. Unfortunately, the pandemic compelled many employers to forgo onsite final interviews in favor of virtual, video interviews like Zoom and Teams. On a positive note, this practice seems to be waning.

Our team at ALIGN is committed to fulfilling all our candidates’ expectations and assisting them in finding their dream job. Call us to chat about finding your dream job.

KEEPING YOUR RESUME RELEVANT TO THE POSITION

KEEPING YOUR RESUME RELEVANT TO THE POSITION

In a world where the human attention span is infamously compared to a goldfish, how much should you expect from HR professionals who scan hundreds of resumes every day?

According to a 2018 Eye Tracking study, recruiters spend just 7.4 seconds scanning a resume.

7.4 Seconds! That is all the time you have for your resume to make it into the ‘selected’ pile!

So, the question becomes, how do you make the most of those 7.4 seconds? The simple answer is by tailoring your resume to the Position.

Let’s break that down.

Resume Must-Haves & Optionals:

For the Bots: Keywords
It is not surprising that automated software does a lot of the initial sifting through resumes in an HR department. However, to make it past these first gatekeepers, a resume must reflect the exact criteria the employer needs. So, look for critical keywords around educational qualifications, desired work skills, etc., in the job profile, and make sure to include these in your resume.

For the Job: Tailor Your Experience
As you gain more experience, prune your resume, and remove internships or jobs not relevant to your current profile. Follow the ‘one-page rule’ and try to keep your resume short, sweet, and specific. 

An effective tactic here is to highlight skills, certifications, and other capabilities that directly relate to the job you are applying for. Then, make sure you personalize this information for each job profile – weed out the irrelevant items and accentuate your skills that match the profile.

For the Final Human Decision Makers: Other Accomplishments and Hobbies
To stand out amongst hundreds of resumes, extra-curricular activities, accomplishments, and special projects can be helpful. However, you must use them sparingly and smartly. Consider the job profile and only add things that can be perceived as useful in that particular job. For example, Mike, who participates in online bug bounties, should certainly include this information when applying for an IT position. For Jenny, applying for a newspaper editor’s job, mentioning her successful blog and YouTube channel is a definite plus as it shows an interest in content creation. 

Most people also like to flesh out their paper personalities with a carefully curated list of volunteer activities or hobbies. This is usually a good idea and is a great way to demonstrate your passions and stance on important social issues.

So, What are Some of the Absolute Resume No-Nos?

1. Political associations and opinions should be avoided (unless, of course, you are seeking a job in a political organization).

2. Avoid attaching photographs and giving out too many personal or family detailsDO NOT put your home address on your resume. 

3. Jargon rich text is also a big no-no. But, again, remember the 7.4 seconds, which will reduce time quickly when faced with a wall of text.

4. Avoid divulging too much from your past. You don’t need to give details of your high school or first internship unless you are fresh in the job market. Then, as you progress further into your career, pare down your past.

It is now time to look at your old resume with a fresh new perspective. Get an attractive and simple template and rebuild it from scratch with all the tips mentioned above. 

Contact us at ALIGN, and one of our experienced consultants will help you polish your resume and get you one step closer to your dream job!

HOW TO STAY RESILIENT AFTER REPEATED INTERVIEWS AND STILL NO OFFERS FORTHCOMING

HOW TO STAY RESILIENT AFTER REPEATED INTERVIEWS AND STILL NO OFFERS FORTHCOMING

Rejections can be disappointing and demoralizing. It can happen when trying to get your first job or looking for a new one after losing your job.

Despite repeated efforts and doing the best you can in the preliminary rounds, the call for a final interview sometimes never comes.

It is even worse when, after getting that final interview, you’re told, “We’ll get back to you. We still have a few more candidates to interview.”

It can feel like the final nail on the proverbial coffin.

Regardless of which stage of your career you are in, rejections may take the steam out of you and can push you to the brink by putting a dent in your confidence. However, you must stay resilient to get you through these challenging times.

HOW TO DEAL WITH REJECTION
Have a Resilient Mindset

What does it mean to be resilient?

People with a resilient mindset take on life’s challenges and setbacks in stride, focusing on creating opportunities when things don’t work out as planned. Make no mistake, resilient people also get frustrated and even depressed. Still, they shake off negative thoughts and persevere with a plan in mind.

To be resilient, you need to realize that success and rejection are two sides of a coin; they go together. Nobody can claim to have success without having experienced rejection at some point in their careers.

Here are some ways you can remain resilient by being proactive:

Gather Your Thoughts

Repeated rejections in interviews and getting no job offers can easily fill your mind with negative thoughts. Rejections happen for many reasons, like you simply may not have the qualities they are looking for, or it just may not be your time. Whatever the case, never beat yourself up, instead take some time and try to find out where the problem lies.

Reassess Yourself

In assessing your interviews, ask yourself, “Was my preparation good?” “Did I have enough confidence?” “Did I answer the questions fluently?” “Did I sound desperate?”

After this self-evaluation, you may find at least one or two areas that you can improve upon to perform better the next time. However, don’t let too many thoughts cloud your mind during this self-reflection process.

Match Your Skills with the Job Description

Before arriving at an interview, check the job description carefully to see if your skills match the requirements. Now, if you get a question like, “Why do you think you are fit for this position?” you will be able to talk about relevant skills, along with sharing real-life experiences.

Ask for Feedback

Always send Thank You emails to all involved after each step in the interviewing process. Even if you feel down after being rejected, ask for written feedback from the interviewer(s). If you’re working with a recruiter, ask him/her to get specific feedback from the hiring manager(s). Asking for feedback is a constructive approach that will help you work on the areas you need to improve. It will then become a lot easier for you to face subsequent interviews with more confidence.

Closing Words

Keep in mind that a job rejection might feel like the end of the road, but it most certainly is not. By working on yourself, you will likely experience a positive outcome in the future.

Also, remember that dry spells will pass. One breakthrough can change everything, and ultimately, your resilience will pay off.

Lastly, please call ALIGN to request a complimentary Interview Prep by one of our Executive Recruiters.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BOLSTER YOUR SKILLSET WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR NEXT ROLE?

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BOLSTER YOUR SKILLSET WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR NEXT ROLE?

This past year has been a rollercoaster ride for countless people. According to ILO Monitor, 114 million people lost their jobs during the pandemic. Despite starting job searches with the best of intentions—sending out multiple resumes and zeroing in on perfect company matches—many applicants have found it difficult to find a job with an employer who genuinely values their skills and experience.

Undoubtedly, it is challenging to be unemployed. There are only so many variations of your resume you can write, so many in-person interviews you can go on, and so much rejection you can deal with before thinking there must be something wrong with what you are doing.

The truth is, networking and getting advice from experts about your search efforts isn’t always enough. Instead, here are some bona fide suggestions to help bolster your skillset while waiting for your next role.

Continue Educating Yourself

Landing a new role can take time, and waiting for an opportunity can lead to impatience, frustration, and a deep-seated belief that you’re lacking essential skills and experience.

It is vital to keep yourself busy and use the time on your hands effectively. Rather than getting down on yourself about your situation, channel your energy toward learning a new skill to better increase your job prospects.

One way to do this is to take an online course, which will provide you with new competences to showcase in your resume. Knowledge is king and honing your skills will help make you a more desirable recruit in your industry.

Customize Your Resume

If your skills do not match a job’s requirements, you will be wasting time by applying. Many resumes are rejected before they even make it to the stage of being considered for an interview.

Spend some time customizing your resume and writing a good cover letter for each application. Doing this will help to separate you from other candidates and attract more attention to your submission.

Read Up On Your Industry’s Trends and News

It is a fact that the amount of time it takes to acquire managerial skills, expertise, and knowledge is less than getting a top leadership position.

Want to bolster your skillset while waiting for your next role? Read more blogs and books on your industry. Keep up with trends and discuss them in your network.

This knowledge will give you pointers to strike up conversations with other professionals in your field and help you become the ultimate expert on niche topics.

Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile

Are you thinking of ways to exhibit newly acquired knowledge of your industry? Get active on LinkedIn!

No matter the job you are looking for, it will help if you secure a strong LinkedIn profile. Even if your current employer has an internal job board, you should still work on your own online presence and activity on LinkedIn.

Because while you are looking for your next role, prospective employers may be searching online for someone like you.

Clean up all your social media and embrace a more professional persona on LinkedIn. Share as much as you know. The more content you put out, the more people will know about your expertise. Don’t shy away from showing off the results you have achieved in the span of your career.

Be Strategic

When entering a market as competitive as today’s, you need to take a strategic approach to job hunting. Take a break from the aimless job search and get goal oriented. One of the best ways to achieve this is to work with an Executive Recruitment Firm like ALIGN to get yourself in front of top executives straight away.

Please contact us about our Resume Writing Service.

ARE YOU EAGER TO RETURN TO THE OFFICE, OR DO YOU WANT TO WORK FROM HOME FOREVER?

ARE YOU EAGER TO RETURN TO THE OFFICE, OR DO YOU WANT TO WORK FROM HOME FOREVER?

If you’ve grown comfortable working from home this past year, you are not alone. According to a survey conducted by Global Workplace Analytics, many employees feel the same way: 76% globally wish to continue working from home for at least two days a week.

No one knows what the future holds. At best, it is filled with speculation.

So, let’s try to make some sense of it.

It has become quite clear that remote working is here to stay, and here is why:

  1. Flexibility to schedule your work hours and choose a comfortable work environment.
  2. More time to spend with family and friends.
  3. Ability to have more control over your work-life balance.
  4. Freedom to be able to walk the dog, exercise, and even grocery shop in the middle of the day.
  5. No stressful commuting in traffic to get to work and back.

Working from home is fast becoming one of the most sought-after benefits an employer can offer.

It has not always been this way, as in the past, employers believed that working from home meant their teams would be easily distracted and not sufficiently productive. Some felt distrustful not being able to keep an eye on their workforce, which discouraged the idea of remote working.

But are people more productive working from the office?

Do distractions in the remote work environment affect focus and productivity?

Research shows that at least 65% of remote workers are more productive working from home, and 85% of businesses confirm that productivity has increased substantially due to better flexibility in their workforces.

As companies start to acclimate to this new norm, some are beginning to see its benefits, too. A number of the biggest companies in the world, such as Shopify, Microsoft and Twitter, have announced that their staff can continue to work remotely indefinitely.

It is important to note that not everyone is satisfied working from home. A growing number of workers from various industries think differently and would like to get back to the office. Sectors like healthcare, education, construction, and retail are among them, while finance, insurance, the arts, and technology prefer the remote option.

Some employees would like to continue to work from home part of the time but are keen to get back into the office for notable reasons. They may not have a home that allows for a dedicated and quiet space from which to work, or they may be easily distracted and find it easier to concentrate in an office setting. Social communication in an office environment is also something to consider, as some people may rely on the office for their social interaction. With all this in mind, a hybrid option of working from home a couple of days a week may be a good alternative for those employees who prefer not to go fully remote.

The global pandemic has forced an enormous, albeit involuntary, experiment upon us by releasing the genie from the bottle. The question remains where do we go from here?

One thing we know for sure is that it is not going to be easy to shove it completely back in the bottle in the predictable future.

THE RECRUITING TRIANGLE: CLIENT, CANDIDATE, RECRUITER; WHO DRIVES THE PROCESS?

THE RECRUITING TRIANGLE: CLIENT, CANDIDATE, RECRUITER; WHO DRIVES THE PROCESS?

What do we mean when we refer to the Recruiting Triangle?

Like many businesses, successful recruitment involves more than two parties working together to reach the desired result. The recruitment process involves a three-way relationship among the recruiter, the client, and the candidate, sometimes referred to as the Triangle of Trust.

The question is, who drives the process?

To better understand the relationship among client, candidate, and recruiter, and how each party can enhance its roles during the process, let’s break it down:

THE CLIENT

Two things an employer (the client) needs to do to support a successful three-way relationship are:

  1. Hire the best Executive Search Recruitment Company to take care of their needs and best serve their interests.
  2. Make the right final decision to employ the candidate who meets all the position requirements and will be happy working in the company for the long term.
THE CANDIDATE

As the candidate, you should be prepared with the following when entering into this relationship:

  1. Choose to work with an Executive Search Recruitment Company with whom you feel comfortable building a strong relationship. Keep in mind you are not paying them; they are there to do the “heavy lifting” and to make it work best for you; as such, you should follow their expert advice.
  2. A clear understanding of your focus, as this will be your best-selling point. Your qualifications, experience, or even some speciality that you can put forward to differentiate yourself could put you in a strong position to get the job.
  3. Learn about the job requirements and plan to communicate how your skills and experience meet those requirements.
  4. Persistence! If the process becomes tedious, persevere as this will show you are enthusiastic and are interested in the job.
THE RECRUITER

An experienced recruiter will be readily accessible to both the client and the candidate as the “Middle Person” in the Triangle of Trust, keeping a constant and open communication stream.

  1. A genuine interest in both the client and the candidate’s needs provides a sense of comfort.
  2. A strong track record of placing candidates in the right positions and a record of good relationships with clients inspire confidence.
  3. A strong culture of positivity motivates candidates to remain optimistic in the face of discouragement.
  4. Practical assistance in the form of tips (resumes, cover letters, interview strategies, etc.), encourages a long-term working relationship between candidates and their recruiter.
  5. Consistently matching candidates to positions by delivering the “right fit” solidifies an excellent reputation with both clients and candidates.
Now back to the question, who drives the process?

In the end, it comes down to the Triangle of Trust, with all three parties contributing. It is up to the candidates to make sure they are honest about their skills and motivation. The clients need to make sure the recruiter has one point of contact. And it is the recruiter who is the key to ensuring that if things go awry (which is always possible), the relationships remain sound. It takes an experienced and competent recruiter to manage difficult situations that can arise while at the same time serving the best interests of each party and keeping the momentum going to make sure that everybody is satisfied in the end.

Recruitment is like walking a fine line. It takes finesse, commitment and healthy relationships to succeed.

WHAT MAKES YOU A GREAT CANDIDATE?

WHAT MAKES YOU A GREAT CANDIDATE?

“What makes you the best candidate for this job?”

“Why should we hire you?”

“Why do you think you are a good fit for this role?”

In one form or another, any one of these questions will be asked during an interview.
Do you know how to answer? Do you have an answer? Let’s face it, interviewing can be uncomfortable, even nerve-wracking for some.

When an interviewer asks you one of these questions, they are assessing how confident you are in your abilities, how well you understand the job and whether you are a good fit for the position.

So, let’s examine what makes you a great candidate and what might get in your way. Here is a little hint – it’s not what you think!

RESEARCH

Before an interview, spend some time researching the company by going through their website and reading any articles you can find about them online. This knowledge will provide you with context and the ability to ask intelligent and pertinent questions during the interview.

It is a good idea to create a list matching your work skills with the “preferred” qualifications written in the job posting, preparing you to talk about how your key skills make you the perfect person for the job. Respond to questions by describing how your skills “add value” to their business, always making it about them and not about you.

Remember that you are not the only one in this equation to use online resources for research purposes. The person interviewing you will most likely check you out on social media, so make sure that you remove anything you don’t want a potential employer to know about you.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

You get only one chance to make a first impression! Your appearance is important, and yes, the little things do count. Candidates have failed in interviews for things like dirty fingernails when applying for a front-line position. Well-groomed hair, clothing, shoes etc., matter when you sit down with someone for an interview.

Be aware that first impressions are not limited to the person who is interviewing you. From the time you enter the office door, you should treat all staff members you meet as if they are the company’s owner. Many interviewers will ask people who interacted with you for their impressions of you after the fact, and this can make or break your chances of getting the job.

Don’t underestimate the importance of being on time. Do not be late! Prepare to be at an interview with time to spare so that you arrive in an organized and calm fashion.

DIFFERENTIATE YOURSELF

After your interview, sending a well thought out thank you letter can push you to the top when it comes to them assessing the best candidate for the job. Including relevant details in the thank you note shows that you understand the opportunities and the challenges of the position, and reinforces that you are ready, willing and able to deliver the results they want.

BE HONEST

Keep it real and don’t over exaggerate anything about yourself. Being honest about your hobbies, interests, and life in general, is as important as being honest about your work experience. Nothing will devalue a person’s credibility in an interview more than getting caught in a lie. The person interviewing you will feel that if you are willing to lie about something trivial, you will probably lie about your skills, achievements, and experience as well.

TO SUM IT UP

Believe that you can do the work and deliver exceptional results.

Believe that you will fit in and be a perfect addition to the team.

Believe that your skills and experience will make you stand out.

And finally, believe that if hired, you will do everything in your power to live up to your new employer’s expectations and prove that you are the “Greatest Candidate” for the job!

HOW TO SET YOUR 2021 CAREER GOALS

HOW TO SET YOUR 2021 CAREER GOALS

WHAT ARE CAREER GOALS?

Career goals are targets you set for yourself to guide your future career. They can be long-term or short-term goals that will motivate you to move toward a promotion, a better paying job or even a complete change in direction.

To be successful in your work and life in general, developing a strategic plan to guide you through setting achievable career goals is essential.

ALIGN YOUR GOALS WITH THE FIVE ‘S. M. A. R. T’ CRITERIA

Be Specific – If you want to earn more money, write down how you plan to do it. It could be by advancing your education, learning new skills or even just becoming more productive.

Make sure your goals are Measurable. Figure out a way to measure your outcomes. Set a timeframe to accomplish a target within.

Your goals should be realistic and Attainable, making the process so much easier. Why put extra pressure on yourself to achieve the impossible?

Set goals that are Relevant to who you are and what you are good at. If you are a public accountant and set your goals to be an entertainer, this career path may not match your skills and lead to frustration and failure.

Time-Based goals will keep you on track. By breaking down your career goals into manageable parts, you will have a clear direction on how you can achieve them. Set a specific start and end date for each one.

SHORT-TERM GOALS
  • Improve your networking and presentation skills.
  • Learn to use new online communication tools and platforms.
  • Become an expert at hosting virtual conference calls – stand out from the pack.
  • Attend webinars presented by experts in your field to learn, learn, learn.
  • Sharpen your skills through any of the online platforms that offer courses.
  • How about establishing your own personal brand?
  • Improve your time management skills, which will be vital when it comes to monitoring your short-term goals
LONG-TERM GOALS
  • Career Development. Find out if your company offers career development programs to employees.
  • Secure a management position. Here are some essential qualities you will need to prove to your employer:
    • A deep understanding of your industry.
    • Being prepared to listen to others who may know more than you in a specific area.
    • Humility to acknowledge your mistakes and to share your successes with your team.
    • Being adaptable to changes.
    • Delegating well, and not micro-managing.
    • Working harder than everyone else and being an excellent communicator.
  • Change your Job. Do not settle for a life of mediocrity. If you are not making the career progress you aspire to, and you need to earn more, set your goals to move to a more challenging career in a different company.

Our team at ALIGN will help you develop your long-term goals and guide you to toward success. Our recruiters have established relationships with nationwide clients in numerous industries and will be happy to suggest appropriate opportunities that align with your long-term goals.

HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
  1. WRITE THEM DOWN – Putting your goals down on paper may seem old-school, but it is the best way to motivate yourself to work harder and achieve your targets each day.
  2. SHARE YOUR GOALS AND PLANS – Challenge yourself by sharing your career plans with important people in your life; perhaps even your employer.
  3. VISUALIZE – If you want the promotion, visualize yourself getting it. This is something that psychologists recommend to succeed in anything you do. See yourself crossing the finish line.
  4. SET DEADLINES – Deadlines will keep you accountable and on your toes. Every time you accomplish one of your dreams, reward yourself – you deserve it!

At ALIGN, we know how challenging career goal setting can be. We also know that following the tips we have shared in this blog will help you find your way and may even nudge you in the right direction.

“Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail” – Matt Armand

NEW YEAR, NEW CAREER?

NEW YEAR, NEW CAREER?

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is welcoming 2021 with feelings of excitement, but some may be experiencing a touch of trepidation for what the new year may bring. Desperately needing to leave 2020 and all its challenges behind, we are more than ready for new beginnings; for setting new goals and intentions.

Did you know that January is the busiest month of the year for new job postings and new hires? The new year is a time when many of us reflect on our experiences and decide what we want for our future.

Are you toying with the idea of a career or job change? If so, this is the best time to bite the bullet and do it!

But, before you do, ask yourself: Why you are contemplating this change?

ARE YOU STUCK?

Are you stuck in an unfulfilling job because you do not have a plan for your future career? Are you bored, have you lost your passion? Take some time to figure out why you are not happy in your current position. Identify the cause; perhaps a bad relationship at work, the work itself or possibly the lack of future opportunity to grow. This self-assessment will help you understand where you would like to see yourself in the future.

ARE YOU STRESSED?

Work-life balance is something that we all need. If you feel stressed and exhausted at the end of every day and find yourself waiting for the weekends to “unwind,” you probably don’t have the right work-life balance. Remember, life is short, and your health should be non-negotiable.

IS IT ABOUT THE MONEY?

Sometimes it is about the money. It may not be the most important thing in your life, but it is undeniably essential. If your current career path is not providing the income you need, it is probably time to look for a new job.

TALK TO YOUR EMPLOYER

Before throwing in the towel, express your motivations and concerns with your current employer. They may have plans for you, including a promotion and pay increase. Afterwards, if you still want to go in a different direction, then go for it!

Taking this approach will do one of two things:

  • You may realize this was a great way to protect your time invested and repair any concerns
  • You may realize and confirm that there is indeed nothing left for you there and it is time to move on

Either way, you have made an informed decision.

NAVIGATING OPPORTUNITIES

Now is the perfect time to sit down and make a list of your skills. Jot down everything including current work, academic, extracurricular, volunteer and then add anything you have done in your past that you have found enjoyable and stimulating. Place them in order of preference to determine the list of activities you would like to use in your new career.

The internet is a gold mine when it comes to researching your interests and a potential new career. The more you read, the easier it will be to set your goals and make a career decision. When you find something that piques your interest, check it out against your new list of preferred skills to see if it fits. Reach out to your friends, past colleagues, your alma mater, and other contacts for advice, introductions and even brainstorming.

There is a vast amount of opportunity in emerging markets. Now is possibly your time to be proactive and set yourself up with a career in an industry that will boom in the future.

TAKE ACTION

Call one of our recruiters at ALIGN to find out how we can help you find the perfect job to build your dream career. We will assist you in discovering the right company and opportunity as well as navigating the assessments and interviews. We are always eager and excited to speak with you and support your journey toward the future you are planning.

In the words of Henry David Thoreau:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”