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5 Reasons We Should Be Taking Culture Fit Seriously

culture imageAt 24 Seven we ensure our clients and candidates will have lasting partnerships. We’ve outlined the five key characteristics to look for in a company. Finding the right culture fit takes time, but it’s the greatest investment you’ll make.

  1. Low Turnover:

When it comes to your interview, don’t be afraid to ask how long the previous person worked in that role. Ideally, you want to learn and grow in a position for at least two years. Joining a company with happy co-workers who are passionate about what they do will make you want to work harder.

  1. Great Training:

It’s also important to ask what kind of training programs the company offers. Learning a new skill not only raises your worth in the eyes of corporate America, but can give you a personal boost of self-confidence. If your company doesn’t offer the training that you are interested in don’t be discouraged, a quick Google search will lead you to online classes that you can take on your own.

  1. No Egos:

Remember, you’re interviewing a company as much as they’re interviewing you. Come to that meeting with a plan of action on how you could grow the position by working with others. You want to be in a culture where employees get praised and rewarded on a job well done. Steer clear of environments where workers are pitted against each other. You’ll find the best work you do will come from the help of others.

  1. Feedback’s a must! 

Ask: does this company stage reviews regularly? Or, possibly even more importantly, do these reviews allow the employee to give their advice on the pros and cons of the process? Always make sure when you’re giving feedback to your boss, to start with what’s working first. As for what’s not working, come with a thoughtful solution for making things better. Never finger point or cast blame on co-workers.

  1. Work-Life Balance:

One of the key components to work-life balance is management. Great managers know how to delegate, train and hire the best talent. Work-life balance means 8-9 hour days with a lunch break, two weeks plus paid vacation and PTO days. The occasional late night or weekend work is okay, and should be expected. Come to work focused and stay on task. If you find yourself in the office late every night, never be afraid to ask for help, especially if it’s known you’re taking on a lot!

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Culture Hunting: What’s right for me?

CompanyCulture_BlogImage_24SevenMaking a cultural match has become one of the most important factors for millennials when it comes to the job hunt. That being said, how do you know what corporate culture is right for you? To take it one step further, how do you even begin to understand the culture of a company before you’ve started to work there?

First let’s start with some basic questions to ask yourself. Before you can decide on what culture you want, you need to understand what work environments you thrive in. Our friends at The Muse suggest asking yourself “What Motivates Me?” This may seem like an obvious question, but have you ever really thought about the answer before? Think about a time when you were extremely productive, was there anything special about the situation? Were you working as part of a group or solo? Did you have a quick deadline or a generous amount of time? All ofthese questions will help you find an optimal work environment.

Being productive is just one half of the equation. There’s no point in churning out work if you are miserable. The next question to ask yourself is, “What makes me happy?” Again, this is a general question that you will need to break down in order to fully understand which work environment best suits you. The Muserecommends doing some backward thinking with this question. For example, are you a morning person? Do you want a lax workplace? Maybe you are happier in a more structured environment. All of these things will be central to finding out where your sweet spot is.

Now that you have the answers to these questions you may be thinking “Ok I know what I want but how do I figure out if a company is the right fit for me?”

A really quick and painless way to get an idea of a company’s culture is to check out their website. This will usually be able to tell you the company size and their business style. Be sure to read the “About” section on the webpage to get an idea of the company history and their goals for the future-you may also find a mission statement that explains company ideals.

Another indicator is location. When you go for your interview take time to walk around and note the surrounding areas. Also pay attention to the office inside. Is it light and airy? Are the desks in a group or are they individually placed?  Also note the mood and atmosphere when you are interviewing. Are people happy and chatting? Is it silent with only the sound of keyboards clicking? This is obviously only a brief glimpse into what the day to day is like, and of course there are exceptions, but it will give you some idea.

Finally, when you go in for the interview, remember that first impressions are important not only for the interviewer but also for you as the interviewee. If the person interviewing you is going to be your direct manager, pay close attention, you may be able to glean some insight into their management style.  Note how you are greeted, the style of your interview, is it formal or more relaxed and friendly? Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer questions about the culture in the office, what your typical day will be or if you will be part of a team.

Use these tips to find the ideal environment for your happiness and your productivity. Think about your goals and your personality and make sure you think about whether you will align with the company. Remember, you need to make sure that you’re in the right environment for you to grow both personally and professionally. Happy culture hunting!

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Skillsets & Cultural Fit

Michael, a marketer in the Beauty world, discusses why he felt more comfortable making his next career move after partnering with 24 Seven.

There are certain skillsets specific to the Beauty industry. Michael was able to work closely with 24 Seven to match those skillsets to companies with talent needs.

For more information on making the RIGHT career move, check out this video – or one of our others!

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What Impacts Job Satisfaction?

What are the key aspects that you look for in a job ?

According to the 24 Seven 2013 Salary + Job Market Report, many factors impact job satisfaction, with Salary coming in at #1!

Here are the top 5 factors that impact Job Satisfaction:

1. Salary / Hourly Rate

2. Great Work / Life Balance

3. Opportunity for Advancement

4. Company Culture

5. Opportunity to Develop Skills on The Job


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Higher Salaries With Lower Satisfaction


Employee Satisfaction Continues to Erode

Things are looking up for those in the marketing sector according to our 4th Annual Salary and Job Market Report , which found hiring rates at or above pre-Recession levels and compensation trending up for 74% of those in marketing jobs.

Despite the rise in compensation, job satisfaction and loyalty is at a four-year low. Only one out of two of those in the marketing sector are satisfied with their current positions and 77% report they are open to making a career move in the next year. Those interested in new positions held relatively steady 67% in 2013 vs. 68% in 2012.

Career growth is a pain point for those in marketing jobs,” explained Celeste Gudas, CEO and Founder of 24 Seven Inc. “Many are troubled by a lack of a clear career direction as well as unfilled promises and expectations for advancement in their current jobs. If however, you are seen as a game changer and next generation leader, the opportunities are plentiful and compensation at an all-time high.”

Significantly, 80% of executives polled say they feel under continued pressure to attract and retain talent, an issue that has the greatest impact on their ability to manage and lead. They blame a skills gap for their challenges in filling long-vacant positions, yet many companies lack professional development programs. They also realize that they need to provide more career pathing for in-demand employees, yet 68% say their company has no formalized strategy for identifying high potential employees.

What matters to employees?

  • Benefits Matter –Especially Health Care
  • Company Leadership is Important
  • In Demand Jobs
  • Freelance Nation on the Rise
  • Finding Nirvana in Marketing

For more from 24 Seven, Click Here. To request your copy of our 2013 Salary + Job Market Report, please fill out this form!

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