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Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2019)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #9 (2019)


How to Use Culture to Find the Right Job

Q. How can I use corporate culture to find the right job?

A. Corporate culture affects many aspects of your life, not just your happiness and productivity in the workplace — so it’s an important factor to consider in your job search. Understanding the cultures of the companies can help you to determine whether you’re a good fit for the company (and vice versa), and whether or not you should apply.

When your ethics, goals, values, work habits, and communication style are in line with your employer’s, you’re more likely to be happy and stay for the long-term. And not only that, but culture is a major motivator to excel in your work, which benefits both you and your employer.

So how can you determine an organization’s culture before you’re actually hired? Try these steps:

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Job Search Tip of the Week #8 (2019)


What Makes a Company Stand Out from the Pack?

What makes a company unique? Many might argue that its products, logo, or branding are what makes an organization stand out. However, the true distinguishing factor — at least, for the people who spend each workday there — is the corporate culture. What makes up a company’s culture, and why should potential employees care?

What creates culture

A company’s culture comprises the tangible and intangible characteristics that make that company unique:

  • Core values — What values does the company hold dear? More important, what does it expect employees to care about? A company that believes in driven innovation isn’t likely to be a good fit for someone who wants to leave at 5 p.m. to get home to family.
  • Environment — Work environments vary greatly — for example, one company may offer a relaxed scenario with shared workspaces and “bring your dog to work” days, while another company has a much more formal atmosphere with cubicles and private offices.
  • Communication — How do company leaders convey strategies, policies, and company changes to employees? Is communication transparent, or on a need-to-know basis?
  • Dress code — Related to environment, dress codes indicate how strict or relaxed the culture is.
  • Perks — Does the company offer team-building, training, and recreational events for employees? Sponsor continuing education programs or professional development opportunities? Perks show what the company thinks (or expects) employees care about.
  • Respect — Does the company embrace diversity? Is there mutual respect between company leaders and staff?
  • Team spirit — A strong team mentality might translate into willingness to put in extra hours, or create a more family-like atmosphere.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #6 (2019)


When is Leaving a Job the Best Option?

Many people joke about “walking away from it all.” Although fantasizing about leaving your job for something better is a typical way to relieve stress, sometimes quitting is truly the best thing to do. But if you’re considering this type of change, make sure you do it in the right way. Otherwise, you might burn bridges that are vital parts of your career path.

Stay or go?

The average American spends 10.3 years at work — about 13% of a typical lifetime. That’s a significant amount of time, especially when you’re in a job you don’t enjoy.

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Can you make more money by quitting your job? Recent macroeconomic findings from the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City suggest so.

“Unlike wages of stayers, wagers of switchers are much more cyclically sensitive, as contracts signed with new employers are more likely to reflect current economic conditions,” noted economist José Mustre-del-Rio in the research report, “Following the Leaders: Wage Growth of Job Switchers.” “Historically, wage growth of switchers tracks the quits rate, suggesting that as the labor market continues to recover and the quits rate continues to rise, switchers’ wage gains should rise even further as a result of competitive pressures. Consistent with this hypothesis, we find that switchers’ wage growth has been quite strong the past several quarters as the labor market continues to tighten.”

In layman’s terms? More American workers are voluntarily quitting their jobs (in fact, the number of people quitting jobs just hit an eight-year high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), which indicates a steadily improving labor market. And those who quit their jobs to pursue new job opportunities tend to be able to negotiate pay raises above the inflation rate and cost of living increases.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #4 (2019)


How to Walk the Money Talk

Get the Salary You Want — 9 Failproof Tricks [INFOGRAPHIC]

If you’ve been following our salary negotiation and pay raise discussion tips the past two weeks and are now ready to take action, first check out the following infographic for spot-on salary negotiation advice from Kate White, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and author of I shouldn’t be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know. (And gents, although the infographic was created exclusively for Levo League to support their mission to aid in the career development of professional women, these tips are just as effective for you!)

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Job Search Tip of the Week #1 (2019)


The Do’s and Don’ts of Working with a Recruiter

The reasons to work with a recruiting firm are many. But as a job seeker, choosing the right recruiter is only the first step. Here are some things you should — and shouldn’t — do to increase the likelihood that your recruiter will match you with a great employer.

Do be honest

First and foremost, be honest with your recruiter. Too many job searchers get in the habit of telling anyone involved in the hiring process what they want to hear — whatever version of the truth will land a job. But when working with a recruiter, you should answer every question truthfully.

Some questions might seem invasive — for example, questions about your previous job’s salary and other companies you’re currently interviewing with. But recruiters don’t ask these questions to try to lowball or punish you. After all, it’s in the recruiter’s best interest to find you a job that’s a good fit (and pays well!).

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Recruiters: What Can They Really Do For You?

You might know that recruiters can increase your exposure to potential employers. So why aren’t you working with one? Many people hold outdated or incorrect views about working with a staffing firm and the value a great recruiter can bring to a job search. Here’s the real scoop on the ins and outs of working with a recruiter.

What recruiters can do for you

To get the most out of a relationship with a recruiting firm, you need to understand exactly what recruiters do and don’t do:

  • Recruiters work for their clients. Companies who need help filling a job opening hire staffing firms. Thus, those companies, not you, foot the bill for services rendered. And contrary to popular belief, the fee does not come from a candidate’s salary — it is calculated using that salary, but is paid for out of the client’s recruitment budget.
  • Not all recruiters are created equal. Recruiting companies often specialize in finding workers for a certain profession (such as the IT field) or level of expertise (such as management or executive functions). Some help clients find workers from around the country, while others work locally. Some are paid only if they submit a candidate who is hired; others are paid a retainer just to stay on the lookout for good employees.
  • Recruiters really do want to find you a perfect job. It’s in everyone’s best interest to present you to companies that are a great fit — most staffing firms are only paid when they find the perfect candidate. That’s why it’s important to be honest about your skillset and what you’re looking for in an employer. Never pad your résumé to increase your chances of finding work. After all, you don’t know what the employers are looking for — the recruiter does.
  • Job boards and recruiters are not on the same level. Instead of getting lost in a huge pool of potential candidates, you can stand out from the crowd with a recruiter. A recruiter’s role is to preselect qualified candidates and present them directly to employers.

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