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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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The Perfect Match

 

conversationheartsWith Valentine’s Day fast approaching it seems everywhere you look there are ads for dating sites geared towards finding the perfect relationship. It’s the season of love and over at 24 Seven, we recommend taking a closer look at another very important relationship, the relationship you have with your career. I saw an ad for a popular dating website that talks about finding the right match with compatibility testing. This led me to the question, is finding a corporate match like finding a romantic match? When we spend on average 50 or so hours a week in the office, should we apply the practices we use to finding a partner, to finding a job?

A quick Google search can let us know almost everything about a person without actually meeting them. Details about someone’s personal and professional life are both readily available. Researching someone before a first date is a way of determining right off the bat what you have in common and if the possibility for a meaningful connection (the ultimate goal) is there.

The cultural fit or compatibility that we are looking for in our partners, we need to look for from our jobs too. The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health recently stated that, “In the current research, we test the idea that emotional fit with culture (EFC) is linked to psychological well-being – i.e., being satisfied with oneself, having positive feelings, accepting one’s body and having no symptoms of depression.” Emotions impact how well people perform tasks, how engaged, creative, and how committed they are to the project at hand. The job hunt falls along these lines, both for candidates and managers alike. When you get your first interview, do as much research as possible, as you would before a first date.

It’s important to determine whether or not this new company is going to make you feel at home. Go to the company’s website and read their “About Us” section. Learn about their core values, how they were founded and what cultural ideals they uphold. After a scan of the company page, check out reviews on websites like Glassdoor. Of course these reviews should be taken with a grain of salt, but keep an eye out for any common themes that run throughout.

Another important outlet to check out is the company’s social media presence. Much like vetting a potential date, vet the company. Check out their LinkedIn and the types of employees that work there. Also look at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. This should give you a sense of the types of communities and trends that are important to organization.

When you get to the interview remember it’s a two-way street, while the interviewer is trying to determine if you’re the right person for the role, it’s also an opportunity for you to figure out if the company’s culture is right for you. To determine if you’ve made a match ask questions such as:

  • What will my average day look like?
  • What is your favorite part about working here?
  • What is your least favorite part about working here?
  • How long have you been working here?
  • What is the attire?
  • Will I be part of a team or working primarily on my own?
  • Do I report to you consistently or will I have scheduled meetings to check in?
  • Are there training and/orprofessional development programs or incentives.

Also, while you are in the office make sure you take note of the environment around you. How are the desks laid out, is it an open office plan or will you be sitting alone? Is it silent and everyone has headphones on or is it noisy and everyone is working and chatting?

At the end of the interview go home and think about everything you’ve learned about the job and company. Is this a place where you could be happy and productive? Will you grow with this company, much like you would grow and mature in a relationship? These are all important facts to consider before you accept their offer of “going steady”.

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First Job Out of College? 4 Tips for Nailing It from Day 1

Your first job can be a great learning experience and building block, but it’s all about what you put into it. Here are some tips that I’ve learned from my own experience in the office.

  1. Be on time: This is a simple tip, but it’s really important. Get to work on time or even 5 minutes early, every day. If your boss says be there by 9 AM, be there by 8:55. That’s it. Do it and don’t complain.
  2. Be Polite: Making a good impression is half the battle, especially because in a new job your work can’t speak for itself yet. No matter who you meet you should give off an air of friendliness and openness. So those manners your mom always bugged you about? It’s time to put them to use. Say hello, say please and thank you, and say excuse me not “What.” Make eye contact when someone is talking to you. This will show people that you are actually listening to what they are saying. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know anyone, take the initiative, hold out your hand and introduce yourself. Yes these may seem like small details that have little to nothing to do with your career but trust me, they do.
  3. Work Hard: Make it your personal goal to dispel all of the beliefs people have about Millennials. When someone asks you to do something extra that may not fall under your job description, it should be seen as an opportunity not a nuisance. Stepping up and accepting a challenge is the ideal way to get noticed in a new job. Yes, this may mean that you’re working late, or getting in early, but you have to work hard to get where you want to be.
  4. Believe in yourself: If you know you have a great attitude and work hard you’re allowed to ask for it to be acknowledged. However there is a time and a place for this. Most companies have a yearly review with your manager. During this time you can voice your thoughts, and you should. The point of the review is to get feedback on your work and to give feedback. Again, and I cannot stress this enough, say how you feel but in a polite, mature manner.

Learn everything you can, don’t engage in gossip, show up on time, and get to bed on time. Do not show up in any state other than ready to work. Take care of yourself so you can put your best foot forward. This is the beginning of the rest of your life. You get out of your career what you put into it. If you take your work seriously, you will be taken seriously. Simple as that.

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Mind the Gap

24 Seven recently released it’s annual 2015 Salary & Job Market Report, which emphasized the existence of a Skills Gap and its negative repercussions on companies. The Harvard Business Review also addressed this and reported that last year, 35% of the 38,000 employers surveyed stated that they are having difficulty filling jobs due to lack of talent. This skills gap is a trend that can be tracked across both businesses and business periodicals alike.

You may be thinking what does this mean for me?

Are the skills that I possess in demand? 

Do I need to completely rethink my career path?

shutterstock_69073516 (2)While Employees recognize the demand for skills and that having up-to-date skills improves hireability, they may find the skills employers listed as “in-demand” surprising. Employers are actually looking for range far beyond pure technical skill level. In fact, 75% of the hiring managers surveyed stated that soft skills are increasingly more important in the market. Some hiring managers went as far as to say that they would be willing to overlook functional skills (those that can be trained), favoring a candidate who possessed the right soft skills. And what is this magic combination of soft skills? According to the study, hiring managers are looking for creative, collaborative critical thinkers that are able to learn new things and develop coworker relationships.
Here are a few suggestions to increase your hireability:

  1. Huffington Post suggests thinking exponentially about your talent. The only thing you can count on in today’s workforce is that it is in a constant state of flux. You have to be able to adapt and continually learn the most you can from every stage of your career (even the less glamorous parts may be valuable down the line).
  2. Invest in your Social Media. Take the time to update your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google + and the rest. With the increasing dependence on the Internet, it’s important to make sure your media is up to date and that you have a web presence!
  3. Stay positive! It’s important to keep a positive attitude and not lose hope. The application process can be brutal but something will come! Employers want to see that you are enthusiastic and excited to get to work- not frustrated and angry. And if an interview goes poorly don’t beat yourself up, use it as a learning experience to see where you can improve for the next one. And I promise there will be a next one!
  4. Stay current. Even if you’re not working right now stay up to date with what’s happening in your field. Follow influencers on LinkedIn and your favorite companies on Twitter.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Recruitment and Staffing firms are trained to help! They will know how to ensure that you’re best qualities shine and help you through every step of the process.

Most importantly, deep breath, stay positive and have faith that you’ll end up right where you need to be!

 

 

See:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeanne-beliveaudunn/are-you-investing-in-the-_b_8142198.html

https://hbr.org/2014/08/employers-arent-just-whining-the-skills-gap-is-real/

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Stop the Daily Grind and Recline this Labor Day Weekend

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It’s no a secret that Americans don’t take advantage of their vacation days. A study by the U.S. Travel Association found that 4 out of 10 Americans aren’t going to use all of their vacation days this year. And for those who do utilize their days off, I’d hazard a guess that a vast majority are mentally in the office-checking emails and thinking about the work left behind. Studies show that this refusal to unplug can actually be harmful to your health.

The New York Times explains in a study on stress that a vacation or break is good for your physical health, as stress can take a serious toll on your heart. This study showed that human beings aren’t designed to expend energy continuously. We are meant to move between spending and recovering energy. So biologically, your brain and body need the break. Gregory Hickock from University of California Irvine said that our brains don’t have a way to preserve and pool energy. So when you refuse to unplug and recharge, you are on the path to burning yourself out. Taking a vacation is like pushing the reset button for our brain.

Besides mental and physical needs, vacations are also proven to increase productivity in the workplace. Whenworkers return to the office they are more likely to put a greater emphasis on the work they have to make up. Stepping away from the stress for a few days can also give you a new perspective when you come back to the office.  A break facilitates higher energy levels, creativity and fresh ideas when you return to the office.

So this Labor Day Weekend put down the phone, log off your email and kick those feet up. Your brain, and your boss, will thank you.

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