Applying for jobs can be a very daunting and frustrating experience. The application process usually takes time and when it is finally time for a face-to-face interview you want to really impress your interviewer. More than likely, the first impression is going to be what the interviewer remembers and it could also be a large part of a hiring decision.
When does the first impression actually start? It isn’t when you meet your interviewer; it happens as soon as you walk into the office/facility for your interview. When you are greeted, that individual is forming their opinion of you. If you are rude or disrespectful to this individual your interviewer WILL know about it before you meet them. While you are waiting that same individual is still watching and evaluating everything you do. That means if you are talking on the phone, they can hear everything you say! With these things in consideration, as soon as you walk into that office you should be in interview mode, greeting and treating every individual as if it is your interviewer.
The first impression isn’t just based on how you act. A big portion of the first impression is made by how you present yourself. That includes your hygiene and the clothes you are wearing. While preparing for your interview you should think about the position you are applying for and dress appropriately. You never want to walk in an interview in sweatpants, dirty jeans or a nasty t-shirt. Dressing nice demonstrates that you care about details and you will be detail-oriented in your work as well. To get more tips on what not to wear see what Business Insider says about the subject.
Once you know what you are going to wear it is then important to clean yourself up. Personal hygiene is very important when you present for an interview. Not only do you need to be put together but you need to be clean as well. For example, take the time to brush your hair. Also, make sure your nails are presentable. For females, be sure they are either freshly painted with a neutral color or clean with no polish on them. For the males, simply cut your nails and clean under them. The small things show your interviewer that you are taking this interview seriously and you want to work for their company.
Once you have completed the interview, your opportunity for lasting “first impressions” is not over. Each time you call into the office you are making an impression on the individual you are talking to. Be respectful and considerate whenever trying to get in touch with your interviewer. If you call and they do not answer or you are put in their voicemail box, you should leave a message that clearly states: your name, the reason for your call and a return number. There is no need to call more than one time in a day if you have left a message. The interviewer will return your call when they have an adequate answer to give you.
First impressions can make or break your chance at getting a job. Take the time before every interview and prepare yourself to better your chances at getting the job. By looking and feeling your personal best, you will represent yourself to your fullest potential. So throw on your nicest outfit, relax, and knock their socks off!
Have you ever taken a temporary job in hopes that you would be brought on with the company as their full time employee? Have you ever wondered what you need to do to make sure you secure that position?
There are many things that come into play when trying to take a temporary position to a full time position with our client. What is most important to remember is it is a: “try before you buy” situation. Try to think of it as a working interview. Our clients are “trying YOU out” to see if you are the right person for the job before they hire you. The first thing you want to do is to be sure it is a position you would want long-term. As Tom Wharton says, “If something is too far out in left field you won’t do it well and you won’t last long in that assignment.” Any temporary position you take should be in line with your career goals. If it is something you aren’t interested in, there is a good chance you won’t be successful in the position. You want to know what your career goals are and you should try to stay on track with those goals.
Once you have secured a temporary position that is on the right career path and has the ability to transition from temporary to full-time, you have to really sell yourself to the client. Here are a few things you can do to help make full-time hire happen:
Be on time and ready to work every day.
Remember you are in a “working interview” at the start of a temporary assignment, so you need to be on time every day and be ready to work. This means being at your desk or work station and ready to start working at your start time.
Make sure you dress appropriately and are well groomed.
Before you start your temporary position you want to be sure you know what the expectations are for how to dress. You do not want to over dress and you also don’t want to under dress. It is important to fit into the work atmosphere and look like you belong. If you are a female, be sure your hair is fixed and nails properly groomed. For the males be sure your facial hair is nicely trimmed and your hair is combed. Personal hygiene for both males and females is noticed right away. You could have the perfect work performance and attendance but if your hygiene is offensive in any way, you could run into trouble.
Take notes during training.
Once you are done with training you will more than likely start working on your own. It is very important to have notes to reference if you have any questions about your work. You should not continuously ask questions about things that have already been explained to you. Just remember to try and answer your own question before asking someone else for help. Don’t make assumptions if you don’t know, but attempt to problem solve on your own. If you aren’t confident of what to do, try to come up with a few possible solutions and then approach your trainer/manager.
Complete every project in a timely and sufficient manner.
Every project or assignment that you are given while you are a temporary employee will more than likely be evaluated as to whether or not you would be a good client employee. For this reason every task you are given needs to be done in a timely manner and correctly. If you want to progress with the company you need to prove that you can handle any project given to you.
By taking these tips and combining them with your current skill set and a great work ethic, your chances for full-time hire should be great. One thing to remember when working any job is every day at work is a career opportunity. If one temporary position doesn’t work out don’t worry about it! You have built on your skill set and are ready to take on the next temporary position.
We would like to introduce you to our new way of bringing open job positions to you! We are making it very simple to get all the details on our open positions. All you have to do is visit our website and WATCH what our Staffing Managers have to say about open positions. They will give details about the job as well as tell you how to apply. This feature is what we are referring to as Video Job Postings!
These videos will be posted in our Hot Jobs section on our website and on all of our social media platforms. If you have not done so already, please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Here is our first Video Job Posting:
**Videos will not be posted for all job openings. Some job openings will only be posted on the TLG Job Board**
In The Lee Group offices we have employees from many different age groups. We have a few Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y employees, and geographically, we all sit in different locations – Newport News, Chesapeake and Richmond. On a daily basis there is a lot of communication between our three offices as well as with our external customers/employees. Naturally, within our diverse age group we all have different backgrounds with technology. This ultimately leaves each of us with different communication skills. The debate that stands in most offices like ours is: what is the best way to communicate? Is a phone call or email the best way to get a question or message to a client or co-worker?
At The Lee Group we prefer to pick up the phone rather than send an email. This applies to both talking with our co-workers and communicating with our clients/employees.
The reasons we pick up the phone are very simple:
The answer we get tends to be immediate.
The person on the other end of the call will understand that your needs are significant.
We are building a better relationship over the phone because of the personal nature of the interaction.
There is less chance for miscommunication when it happens instantly and can’t be “misread”.
As Debbie Yedlin says, “Although emails offer almost instant communication, misunderstandings are frequent and getting the answer needed from the receiving party may take a string of emails.” If you choose to send an email instead of picking up the phone you are then waiting on a response from someone who might not know the urgency behind the email.
By picking up the phone rather than typing an email it allows your co-workers and/or clients to know that your needs are significant. It shows them that their input matters and you need their response to move forward in your daily tasks.
When choosing to communicate through email the recipient will only see the email address of the person who has sent the email. They will not get to experience your personality, how you speak, and there is no way you can have a personal exchange to find out how their day is going. These are things that help individuals build relationships. By building these relationships it ultimately will let us serve our clients/employees better and work as a team with our co-workers.
Some might still argue that email is the best practice to communicate. In some cases email might be better. Some people might be better at getting their point across in an email. Some might be better at picking up the phone and having a personal conversation with their co-worker or client.
The questions you have to ask yourself are: Do I communicate better over the phone or through an email? Will I accomplish my task more efficiently or faster if I pick up the phone? Once you have answered those questions you are one step closer to knowing if you need to pick the phone up or send an email!
With every New Year we all have new resolutions. Yours may be of the usual variety like eating healthy, exercising more, or keeping the house clean. It may even be one of The Lee Group favorites: finding a job you love. No matter what it might be, many people never make it to the end of January before giving up and forgetting all about that resolution. So, how do you keep those resolutions?
The first thing you want to do when it comes to planning your New Year’s resolution is to make sure you are realistic when setting your goals. You don’t want to make a resolution that is really far out of your reach. Also, you want to keep it specific and have one thing you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Don’t leave your resolution vague. Give yourself some guidance and you are sure to be successful in 2015!
To outline how you could conquer the resolution of finding a job you love, we have outlined a couple of things you should ask yourself before you start the job hunt:
What hours do I want to work?
You SHOULD NOT enter into a job search with out knowing what hours you want to work. The first step in finding a job you love is working hours that you love, and not settling for hours just because it is a job.
What type of work am I looking for?
Do you want to be in an office, warehouse, call center or on a production line? If you don’t know then you aren’t ready to start applying. One thing that we WILL ask you is what you want to do! You may have experience in more than one thing, but which would you prefer to do? What do you enjoy doing?
What do I want to make?
Everyone should be able to answer that question confidently when applying for jobs. You also do not want to apply for jobs that are advertised well outside that desired salary range (above or below). Whether you are looking for a minimum hourly rate or salary, you need to know what you want.
How far am I willing to travel for a position?
If you know how far you are willing to travel you have now narrowed your search down to a specific area and it will help when searching online for companies you might be interested in.
Anyone in our office will tell you that a job search is about finding a career that you will enjoy and working somewhere you want to go to everyday. Whether or not finding a job you love is your New Year’s resolution, break those resolutions down and chip away at them slowly. Before you know it you will have conquered 2015!
For more information on how we can help you find that job you love contact us today!
How intriguing this question has been asked for thousands of years and yet the debate continues. You know what that means, don’t you? That greatness is both born and made. Otherwise, we’d have a consensus and be able to quote specifically the scientific result. But no matter how scientists look at the question of whether greatness is born or made, the results pan out time and again that some people are born with the ability to achieve greatness due to their overwhelming genius – and some people work hard to become great due to their overwhelming desire to achieve. And then it gets complicated…
What about 10,000 hours to greatness?
As it turns out, experience (life, business, general) matters in becoming great – at anything. It’s the repetitive skill building, however, that’s been studied the Have you ever thought about tiny little things called interests and available opportunities? The skills and environment around us can actually make a difference. One blogger at Work in Bloom says it nicely, “So what’s my answer to whether greatness is born or made? Both! We are born great and then must accept the challenge to walk life’s journey as our unique selves to become that much greater.” Rather than trying to gain a talent or skill you admire in someone else, look at your personality and interests. You naturally have an interest in something and abilities in some areas. Building on your strengths will move you much closer to becoming great than trying to copy someone else’s strengths.
How to achieve greatness
Becoming great isn’t easy, but it is simple. Begin to discover your innate talents and abilities. You probably already know at least some of them. Explore your personal strengths and then grow them through consistent and deliberate practice. You’ll become great at what you practice because of an internal fascination and desire to get good at it. The Talent Code takes a deep look at talent and deep, driven practice to develop greatness. If you’d like more help, the Lee Group’s consultants can help you with specific ideas.
Good habits build success. We hear it all the time. But what happens if no one ever taught you how to create those good habits? Emotions can trigger the brain to remember and react differently. For example, in this Discover Magazine article, a doctor describes how a woman couldn’t remember anything until fear established a foothold and connected with something very primal. The doctor’s research discovered laughter, fear, or any intense emotion paired with an action helps your brain to embed the memory and create immediate recall.
Why is it so hard to build success habits?
Immediate recall sounds great, right? Not so much if it’s based in negative habits. Human beings will fight harder to avoid pain than they will to gain pleasure. But pain often becomes familiar and we fear the unknown more than the familiar. So, it takes a bit deeper intention than a scare to build a new habit. As researchers discovered in habit reversal training, routine is powerful. We must find the cue that starts the cycle first and then replace the response. The reward stays the same. If you want to build a new habit, you can do that by creating a new routine that has each of these elements: a cue, a response (your behavior), and a reward.
How to change habits
Humans utilize muscle memory to obtain expected rewards. Physical interruption replacing the old response will help us change a bad habit. In The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business, the author goes deeply into the habit loop, the craving brain, and the golden rule of habit change. The examples of Starbuck’s success, crisis management, and setting goals will be helpful to anyone wanting to change bad habits and build success habits.
If you’d like personalized assistance for your company, employees, or your self the Lee Group consultants are skilled in helping with successful business practices and habits. Contact us today.
Employee benefits are important to both employees and employers. But did you know employers that offer education as part of the benefit package have loyal employees and stronger growing companies? Because as CitizensVoice states, “Well-trained and well-educated workers help companies achieve long-term viability and profitability.” The article goes on to share that benefit programs that include education create more loyal and satisfied employees who are more productive.
What are some ways to create employee education programs?
Benefit programs can be very specialized or broad opportunity. As reported by Forbes, some employers offer tuition reimbursement with proof of grades and completion of the program. That program can be college, extended education credits, certification, or safety classes. But there are also excellent programs that include free education an employee takes on their own time. With proof of completion, these programs can earn raises, vacation days, and/or promotions because the skills are used on the job for the benefit of the company and the employee. Additionally, some employers find it helpful to provide uninterrupted learning time and so though the education may not be paid, the employee can take classes on paid shifts whether it’s an hour now and then or an entire degree.
How to build paid education days into employee benefits.
There are quite a few ways to incorporate paid education days into your company benefit program. Mashable suggests a step-by-step approach with a decision-making team if your goal is social media education and fluency. Big companies to small companies, creating a team to watch the process is very successful. But ultimately building in a set amount of paid education days into your employees work schedule will provide project management, pre-planning for coverage, and skills that come back to the job. Determine the budget with your team. Determine qualifying education opportunities. Finally create a submission/conclusion process for each employee to follow whether it’s paid time off, paid time in class, or tuition reimbursement so there are expectations and celebrations for everyone. Knowing both the opportunity available and the guidelines to meet, your bottom line will expand as your employees’ abilities do.
Do you or your employees need more knowledge, skill, or professional growth? Explore opportunities for adding value to both life and career and help planning how to implement ideas like this in your company. Contact the consultants at the Lee Group to build an excellent employee education program.
A consultant is someone who looks at what we’re doing and offers ideas and opinions to help us succeed. They’re experts in their field with a broad-based knowledge so we can ask those odd questions that pertain only to our business. Wikipedia has some interesting examples, but a main point to capture is that consultants can be hired for a short request (like a writing project or marketing campaign) or a much longer corporate guidance program. But consultants are usually contracted for a specific reason and length of time because they have the expertise we need to leap over a targeted hurdle. Once that project or contracted time is complete, it’s up to the recipient to put what they’ve learned into action in their business, unless they’ve continued the consulting to guide a complicated change.
Exactly. When we grant value to what we do and act as if we are in business as a partner with the company and the company with us, even if part time, instinctively we desire higher levels of success for both parties. Along with the recognition, our eyes open to fantastic opportunity. With those opportunities come a million new ideas that take time to develop. Time that often trips us up and derails the best of intentions. According to the MBA Career Bible, a consultant can help avoid time-consuming research creating systems that may already exist. They shorten the quest for knowledge and direction so we can get back to the business of earning income.
Consultants are a Key Value toward Reaching Goals
Consultants help us find the value in our business, point us in the right direction, and fill those little holes that steal time and drain financial, mental, and spiritual health. Those little holes can mean the difference in success and failure. Everyone has a certain level of knowledge. But if something is missing, it’s like trying to climb a ladder where every other rung is broken. As described in this article, 5 reasons Companies can Benefit from a Consultant, almost every aspect of business from management to construction to accounting, and more consultants help us discover those unknown problems, open opportunity for growth, and build confidence that we can succeed, and shorten the time to that success.
If your company is in the midst of change and need an excellent consultant to help chart that course, contact the Lee Group.
Did you know praise is addictive? But did you know praise isn’t a drug? Praise is a necessity. The everyday battle in the workplace creates stress and anxiety in the average person. Dopamine is a natural upper. According to the Business Journal, dopamine acts to “reward creative positive emotions like satisfaction and enjoyment.”
Creating praise rewards results in third party praise.
But dopamine wears off quickly. In order to continue building a sense of satisfaction and retain employees, managers and companies need to instill an ongoing atmosphere of praise. Is it hard to create an atmosphere of praise? Not at all. Gallup’s research shows a minimum of once-a-week praise establishes an office ambience of success according to Forbes. And that praise is contagious because employees will follow the example and praise one another.
How to give a compliment matters.
Setting an example means giving the compliments and not waiting for them to be given. What if that’s not something familiar? Often the problem isn’t the desire to give a compliment. Most people want to say a nice compliment, but lack the skill and comfort level because they don’t know how to give a compliment. People skills are not natural. They’re learned and earned through relationship experience. Steve Nakamoto is a relationship and communications expert teaching the skills of complimenting. His tips are easy to follow: be sincere, make other people feel appreciated, and do it immediately. Can it be that simple? Try it and build confidence, respect, and recognition within your company while building the confidence of those that will follow your leadership.
Need some more support? The Lee Group can help with excellent consulting professionals. Contact us today.