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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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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!






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Stop the Daily Grind and Recline this Labor Day Weekend


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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Wellness in the Workplace : 3 Ways To Find Your “Ohm”

No matter how relaxed you felt after yoga class last night, its benefits may have worn off by the time you walked into work this morning.

It’s important that we take time for ourselves during the day to decompress, relax, and hit the reset button. Not only is it good for your health and well being, you’ll actually become more productive!

Here are three ways to find your “Ohm” during the workday!

1. Take a Walk Through A Public Park


Washington Square Park, New York City | Photo : Michelle Kinney


Incorporating a 10-15 minute walk into you workday may be just what you need! Why not take a stroll through a nearby public park? The fresh air, green grass, fountains, and calming energy is a perfect way to recharge your batteries and prepare you for the rest of your workday.

2. Kick Back at a Nearby Hotel Lobby


The Roosevelt Hotel : New York City | Photo : http://www.theroosevelthotel.com


Hotel lobbies are a great place to kick back and take a breather. They are usually full of comfy couches and chairs, and lots of folks who are on vacation. So take a deep breath, let go of your worries, and sink into a big comfy arm chair! Make that hotel lobby into your own mini-staycation right in the middle of your workday.

3. Meditate with Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband

Muse is a great gadget we learned about at Internet Week New York — and we love it!


The best part is that you take Muse with you and find your “Ohm” anywhere you go! Muse: the brain sensing headband is a brain fitness tool that measures brain signals much like a heart rate monitor senses your heartbeat. Muse is the mental equivalent of a treadmill, which helps you exercise your brain with focused attention training.

It improves your attention by training you to become aware of your distractions quicker and react faster to regain focus on what you’re doing.  All you have to do is download the app and connect the Muse headband, take the tutorial, calibrate, perform a guided exercise, and see your results.  (VIA Choosemuse.com)

To learn more about Muse : The Brain Sensing Headband for your workplace, visit www.choosemuse.com !

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