THE RIGHT TIME TO MOVE ON?

Posted on: August 11th, 2020 by
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Ever get up in the morning and dread going to work?  Ask yourself the question, “Is it the job, the situation, or is it me?”  The cause may be temporary like a speed bump.  You should see a potential solution just over the horizon.  If not, the issue needs to be objectively reviewed.  Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is it me, or is it something or someone else that’s the issue?
  • Are the solutions within or outside of my control? Can I influence the solution?

 

If you’re thinking of moving on, here are the usual reasons why people leave their jobs:

  • You’re stagnating or bored, with no professional or personal growth
  • You’re not being paid for performance or your overworked and underpaid
  • You lack the resources, support, training or time to do the best job possible
  • The “fit” is incompatible: Organization, management style or attitude/relationships
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic has knocked a hole in your career plan.

If it’s just one of the above, try to work it out.  If it’s two or more, get your plan together.

 

Before you think about taking action:

  • Define your ultimate career goal and the next step toward that objective
  • Research the skills and competencies you need, then make a plan to get them
  • Research the trends, market opportunities and industries needing someone like you
  • Put a job search strategy together to “test the market” before committing
  • Assess your plans and strategy with a mentor, friend or coach who can help you

 

Some of the ways to increase your internal/external opportunities:

  • Get an additional degree, certification, training, or responsibilities
  • Ask your boss what you need to do to move to the next level
  • Ask for special projects, be a mentor, or volunteer in the community
  • Join an association, alumni group, or society in your function
  • Talk to H.R. about developmental programs, conferences or on-line courses

 

If all else fails and you have to move to a new organization, once you have obtained an offer after an extensive search, leave the current organization in a positive way:

  • Tell your boss first – You don’t want your boss to find out through others.  You may need your boss as a positive reference in the future
  • Write a positive resignation letter – Give as much notice as possible, as your boss will appreciate it.  Provide a “roadmap” for your replacement with a  project plan, or status report
  • Offer to train your replacement or be available to answer questions later on
  • Prepare for a short stay after resigning – The organization (not your boss) may want you gone early
  • Don’t burn any bridges nor slack off your performance.  Be a team player right to the end.

 

When you leave an organization, you’re leaving your reputation and achievements behind.  Make sure you do it the professional way.

 

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WHAT HAPPENS AFTER COVID-19?

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by
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How long will it take before we have a vaccine for Corvid-19?  What’s your guess about the “new normal” and work from home?  My guess?  It will take a year or more before a vaccine is found, manufactured, distributed and applied to millions of Americans.  Even then, there will be a wait and see period.  The pattern of working from home has been set and will continue.  Why?  Because businesses are:

  • Selling off or shrinking the cost of large office space
  • Finding that remote teams are forming effective links for getting results
  • Reducing their costs while keeping high performance to gain back revenue
  • Experiencing flexibility/alternatives in work-force planning and execution of strategies
  • and finally, they are finding larger pools of talent nationally, when before the talent pool was local, around an office, and not having to transfer a new hire to the central office.

Since the talent pool is now expanded, companies can hire a remote worker a hundred if not a thousand miles away.  Those individuals who can work remotely have the flexibility to establish their own work patterns to meet both their organization’s needs along with their own personal requirements.

 

Glassdoor research indicates that remote job openings are over 28% in the past 12 months while location-only postings are down 23%.  Manpower also estimates that one in four jobs in the U.S. specify no location, from one in 10 at the beginning of the year.  A Project Manager can be located almost anywhere and use special software to keep track of progress, connect with team members, document results and maintain liaison between customers and management.  Job functions considered impractical for remote work historically are now performed without a hitch.  The answer is technology.  Systems and capabilities have advanced to support remote work.  Those individuals who received a certificate as a PMP (Project Management Professional) are reaping the benefits as the supply/demand equation is tilted their way.

 

Employees are also finding new options for work that gives them opportunity for greater flexibility in hours, along with a potential increase in income or promotion without leaving their homes (or computer).  Jobs that lend themselves to remote work easier are finance, project management, technology, administrative roles, recruiting, human resources and many others.  Even though March and April of 2020 began the meltdown, employers are now opening up opportunities in remote work at an accelerated pace, both jobs that existed and new jobs created.

 

Of course, some jobs are not possible from a remote location, when the task or services are required to be “hands on” at a distinct location:  Examples are truck drivers, fire, police, building contractors, healthcare workers and those jobs providing personal services.

 

What does it mean for you?  Get certified, trained, or experience technology where you can enhance your market attractiveness by being able to perform at a high level in either an office environment or at a remote location.

 

For a FREE critique of your resume, send it to:  wkaufmann44@gmail.com


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER COVID-19?

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by
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How long will it take before we have a vaccine for Corvid-19?  What’s your guess about the “new normal” and work from home?  My guess?  It will take a year or more before a vaccine is found, manufactured, distributed and applied to millions of Americans.  Even then, there will be a wait and see period to see how effective it is.  The pattern of working from home has been set and will continue.  Why?  Because businesses are:

  • Selling off or shrinking the cost of large office space
  • Finding that remote teams are forming effective links for getting results
  • Reducing their costs while keeping high performance to gain back revenue
  • Experiencing flexibility in work-force planning and execution of strategies
  • Are finding larger pools of talent nationally, to work remotely.  Before, the talent pool was local and companies had to relocate new hires to the office location.

Since the talent pool is now expanded, companies can hire a remote worker hundreds if not thousands of miles away.  Those individuals who can work remotely have the flexibility to establish their own work patterns to meet both the organization’s needs along with their own personal requirements.

 

Glassdoor research indicates that remote job openings increased over 28% in the past 12 months while location-only postings are down 23%.  Manpower also estimates that one in four jobs in the U.S. specify no location, from one in 10 at the beginning of the year.  A Project Manager can be located almost anywhere and use special software to keep track of progress, connect with team members, document results and maintain liaison between customers and management.  Job functions considered impractical for remote work historically are now performed remotely without a hitch.  The answer is technology.  Systems and capabilities have advanced to support remote work.  Those individuals who received a certificate as a PMP (Project Management Professional) are reaping the benefits as the supply/demand equation is tilted their way.

 

Employees are also finding new options for work that gives them opportunity for greater flexibility in hours, along with a potential increase in income or promotion without leaving their homes (or computer).  Jobs that easily lend themselves to remote work are finance, project management, technology, administrative roles, recruiting, human resources and many others.  Even though the meltdown began in March/April of 2020, employers are now opening up opportunities in remote work at an accelerated pace, both jobs that existed and new jobs created.

Of course, some jobs are not possible from a remote location when the task or services are required to be “hands on” or at a defined location:  Examples are truck drivers, fire, police, building contractors, healthcare workers and those jobs providing personal services.

 

What does it mean for you?  Get certified, trained or experience new technology where you can enhance your market attractiveness by being able to perform at a high level in either an office environment or at a remote location.

For a FREE critique of your resume, send it to:  wkaufmann44@gmail.com


THINK LIKE A HIRING MANAGER

Posted on: July 28th, 2020 by
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Picture yourself as a hiring manager having to select a key individual to help you reach your goals.  Without this key person, you may fall short of your objectives.  You had 100 applications which you narrowed down to the top 10.  You just finished a telephone screen with the top 10 applicants and will interview face-to-face with the top 3 candidates.  What will you be looking for?  How will you make your decision?  What are the key elements that the finalist candidate must have to be offered the position?  Let’s look at what a hiring manager usually looks for and how you can increase your chance of success:

 

First off, the top 10 out of 100 applicants must have a compelling resume.  Look for:

  • Experiences from their past jobs that can directly transfer to your open position
  • Measurable results that are impressive and can add value to your potential results
  • Education and skills that parallel the requirements listed on the position description

Next, the telephone screening interview.  Hiring managers look for:

  • A validation of skills, experiences and results confirming the accuracy of the resume
  • A solid assurance that they can do the immediate job and advance your performance
  • An engaging, positive and comfortable interaction between you and the candidate

Next, an in-depth face-to-face interview to narrow down the field from 3 to 1.  Look for:

  • A significant differentiator that separates one of the candidates from the other two
  • A high level of compatibility with your potential work group. Must be a team player.
  • Past results that can assure high performance in the new job
  • The ability to assume more responsibility and leadership over time
  • A stronger working relationship with the boss than the other two
  • A sense of commitment to the work, the company, and to you

 

If you, as a candidate, are trying to sell your competence to the potential boss, what are the skills and experiences that will dazzle the hiring manager?  Ask yourself the question, “Given the position description, if I were the hiring manager what would be the key background, experiences and results necessary to be a top candidate?”.

 

The answer?  Take the position description and match. line by line, your experiences and results. What have you done that parallels each line item?  Then ask the questions that the hiring manager would ask, “What did you do?  How did you do it?  What were the results?”  Practice answering these questions about each of the line items on your resume.

 

Your outcome as a candidate will depend upon four points:  Understand what the hiring manager is looking for through the position description.  Match those needs with your prior experiences.  Convey your high-performance results that you achieved against the key items on the position description.  Then establish a strong working relationship with the hiring manger as a team player

 

Hiring managers will only hire those who can do the job and easily fit into the organization.

 

For a FREE critique of your resume, send it to:  wkaufmann44@gmail.com


WORK EFFECTIVELY WHEN REMOTE

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by
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The number of people working remotely has moved from the unusual to the expected.  The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way in which work is done.  The skill sets are different and the preparation for a successful interaction is dependent upon your ability to navigate work patterns that are totally different than before.  The question is “What can I do to make the remote work group more effective?”, rather than “How can I perform more effectively at the office as an individual?”  Here are some tips to consider:

 

DEFINE EXPECTATIONS:  Two quotes are appropriate: “Adapt or Die” and “Expectations are the Great Killers”.  The first quote states that unless you keep moving forward and adapt, you’ll fall behind. The second tells us if your expectations are different from your boss, co-workers, stakeholders, customers or spouse, success will allude you.  This second quote is most important when working remotely:  Make sure your expectations for a successful job matches the expectations of your boss and co-workers.  If not, you’ll be wasting time on irrelevant matters and fall short.

 

IDENTIFY KEY GOALS:  What is it that your supposed to achieve short and long term?  Setting objectives for the day, week, month or longer is imperative so everyone is working toward the same end. Then outline responsibilities for specific outcomes for each team member, subgroup or for the total group.  When completed, the cumulation of everyone’s efforts should result in the goal being met.  Define specific benchmarks.

 

COMMUNICATIONS:  If you don’t have effective communications between interactive members and as a group, the goals will be compromised.  Effective communications from the boss is critical.  If tasks are not clear and understood, then co-workers will be focused on different things.  When a task or process is unclear, it’s imperative to surface the issue for clarification during group discussions.  Communications while working remotely is many times more difficult.  Office work is easier because of the side-bar conversations, body language and subtle messages which are absent while being remote.  More time has to be devoted to interactions while working remotely.

 

INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP INTERACTIONS:   Make sure you understand the responsibilities, background, information needs, type of support, and strengths and weaknesses of each co-worker.  Bond individually with each co-worker so you develop an effective relationship with each one.  Establish a solid connection so the enviable bump along the way becomes a task to be solved and not an interpersonal issue.

 

CLOSE THE GAPS:  Inevitably there will be Items “falling through the crack”, but the group’s task is to keep them to a minimum.  Ask each team member to jot down questions they have, issues they see, comments needing discussion, information that might be helpful or impediments that require a group consensus for solution.  If everyone is open and engaging with each other, those questions or concerns will easily be resolved.

 

Successful remote work is a skill to be mastered.  Be patient with your co-workers and seek team accomplishments for a group success.

 

For a FREE critique of your resume, send it to:  wkaufmann44@gmail.com