careerPosted by VJ Niles Mon, September 11, 2017 08:31PM
Job hunting has become one of the worst experiences for job
seekers. Whether you are just getting out of school, trying to transition
careers or find your next opportunity the struggle is real. It has truly become more about who you than
what you know. The job descriptions are unrealistic in too many fields,
candidates are told they are overqualified, get no feedback or no
response. The ATS really took a lot of
the humanity out of human resources.
Good recruiters still exist but are hard to find and the head hunters
are long gone.
For those tired of creating profiles
where companies have your information and don’t call you and those who are
tired of saying why they are great in 140 characters or less you are not
alone. Too many people are feeling your
pain. When people want to work it
should not be so hard to get employed. It’s
not something only one generation is struggling with, every generation is struggling
when job hunting. There are unrealistic
job descriptions, people saying you are overqualified, under qualified, haven’t
used this skill in the last 6 months and it feels like no one is willing to let
you learn on the job and companies are going we can’t find good talent. It is
just a crazy circus going on right now. I know it is discouraging but you are not
alone and hang in there.
A few months ago I was invited to apply to a position in HR
and I did a preliminary interview with a bot.
Have we gotten so bombarded that even for human resource positions we
can’t take the time to talk to a person? With the ATS systems out there
rejecting candidates because of a lack of keywords are companies truly getting
the best talent? How can you ask someone to talk to a machine to get a job?
From recording videos to the endless profiles for jobs, companies have made it
very difficult for potential employees. The time to hire has doubled from the
past and people cannot be expected to wait 3 months to hear a rejection from 1
job when they have responsibilities. Why
have we made it so difficult for people to work? We want experts and not jack
of all trades but the expert needs to be an expert in 6 things so isn’t that a
Jack of all trade? Can there be some
clarity as to what hiring manager truly wants in a role? Can we have job descriptions that are
realistic? Don’t say you want someone with 7 years of experience in a
technology that has been around for 4 years.
The more stories I hear from job seekers the more I see how broken the
hiring process is.
Not to say there are not things some job seekers can do to
lessen the frustration or that recruiters aren’t out there trying to help
people. Sometimes people just need to
vent their frustrations. I have allowed
many people to do that just so they can get back to searching with a positive
attitude. I know qualified people who
have spent 2 to 5 years job hunting for the right fit, taking random jobs or
less pay just to make ends meet. They
are told they are overqualified, under qualified, we can’t afford you (without
being asked their salary), or you will be bored at this job and many other
things. All while seeing the same job
posted for 4 months with no hire. I feel
their pain and just allow them a space to let of their pain.
From recruiters sending you jobs from around the country
claiming they are close to you, to companies wanting you to hit the ground
running with no time to accumulate to how they do things, there isn’t one
solution. All you can do is persevere. Vent from time to time to a fellow job seeker
then brush yourself off and give it another go. Update that resume again, get a
fresh new style to it, work on your portfolio, think of the skills you do have
that you are overlooking and maybe there is a stream of income in them. Reach out to a few more people in your network
there is something for you out there. If
you think your skills are outdated learn something new or volunteer with an
organization to gain new experiences.
Going forward don’t get caught in the trap of having one
stream of income, have multiple streams so you are ok if you lose one of them. Turn a hobby into another form of income just
so you know you are covered if you ever lose your job again. When you find work again, make sure you
continue to network in case you need to find another job again. Too many people
are just comfortable in their jobs and don’t think to network until they need a
job and that makes it harder. Just
know through it all you are not alone but you can find the right opportunity
for you. Keep your head up stay positive and don’t give up.
I wish I had an easy fix for this problem but I do not. We
can spark a dialogue to make things better.
How can we make recruitment a less frustrating process from both sides?
career advicePosted by VJ Niles Tue, July 18, 2017 08:45PM
Who is the person that keeps you on track and helps you when
you are behind on your goals? Some may say it’s their best friend but honestly
how often is a conversation with your bestie only about your goals and dreams?
An accountability partner can be that person. He/she is the person that helps
you define your goals and makes sure you are going to do what you say you
will. This is important in your path to
success because not enough people actually do what they say they will. For those that do what they say, an
accountability partner can also serve as a strategic partner you bounce ideas
So you realize you need an accountability partner, so how do
you choose one? What are you looking for in your AP? There are 4
characteristics I think you should look for and what I looked for in mine.
Minded Soul. This may seem obvious but sometimes people think a like-minded
soul is someone who likes the same movies and food as them. You need a person who is of the same success
mindset. You cannot go to someone who is lazy and lacks drive and expect them
to be a good accountability partner. Choose someone with drive and ambition.
2. Not in direct competition with you. It will eliminate any problems if you are not
in the same industry or in direct completion in some way with each other. You
don’t want to have your ideas stolen or have someone try to deter you from
doing something because they are jealous.
A basic understanding of your industries is helpful so you know the
ideas you generate together are accurate and can work. An English teacher and an insurance
salesperson don’t run in the same circles and the teacher may not understand
how much compliance the insurance person has to deal with but if the teacher
once sold insurance they will understand.
3. Personality Balance. Find someone who balances well with you.
Find someone whose strengths are your weaknesses so you can improve. This
should be a relationship that grows both of you. You shouldn’t have a pushover as an AP
either you need someone who will be stern when you need it but most important
you need someone you enjoy spending time with. This person will be a big part
of your goal life. When choosing someone of the opposite sex make sure there is
no sexual tension between you and if they have a significant other ensure that
person is ok with this relationship as well.
I have three accountability partners: two male and one female. One is
younger than I am and can be easily frustrated at times, but I counteract that
and get him to be calm and collected.
4. Reliable. This is the most important characteristic of
an accountability partner. The person
has to be reliable and trust worthy.
Your dreams and goals are important to you and you don’t want to entrust
them to just anyone. You want a person
who will uphold their end of the bargain.
If you plan on meeting, you need them to show up not blow you off. Choose someone who is true to their word and
will respect your time as you respect theirs.
Now that you have what you need to pick your accountability
partner it’s time to interact with them.
Figure out how to maximize your time with your AP. Set a schedule where you talk on the phone,
email and meet in person. The first time
you meet it should be in person and you should outline your goals, Set long
term and short term goals and take strategic ways to make them happen. You can
check in via a call weekly or semi-monthly depending upon your schedules. If
you need inspiration perhaps you send each other an email in-between the calls
that are just a motivational quote or words of wisdom. This you can define
based on your needs. Tailor your schedule to fit your needs and make sure you
hold each other to what you say you are going to do. Strategize with each other, write down what
you are to do, send emails as confirmation of what you said and turn your
dreams into reality.
networkingPosted by VJ Niles Tue, July 18, 2017 08:35PM
With all the talk about networking people are still confused about what it means to actually utilize that network. Some
people think networking is about the “hook up” but it’s really about
cultivating a relationship. Don’t wait until you need something to reach out to
your network; check in from time to time and see how people are and if you can
help them. It is much easier to get help when people see you are a helpful
person. Growing relationships is a key
element in your success. Your network can be very supportive of you if you are
supportive of them.
Here are some easy tips to growing
relationships within your network.
Setup a 15 minute
am sure you have connections on your LinkedIn page you have never met but would
love to talk to. Why not email 2 or 3
people to ask if they have 15 minutes to spare to talk about what they do and
how they got into that field because it is something you are interested
in. You never know what you might have
in common which opens the door for potential opportunities to volunteer or add
to your portfolio. I have done this
often and I have been able to connect with some amazing people in various
spaces and offered any assistance to help them out whether it was an
introduction to someone in my network that could be more beneficial to them
than me. People do not mind talking
about themselves and they are more eager to help then you might think.
a friendly hello how are you email. This is something that is great to do as
the seasons changes or holidays arrive.
It can be as simple as a card saying Happy Summer I hope you are well
and provide a quick update of what you are doing and ask your network for an update
on them. Of course everyone will not
answer but some will and a conversation can ensue. Don’t do this to everyone; spread this out
over a few people per season. This
way you can maintain the follow up easily and it allows you to do this without
repeating people every quarter which could be tiring for some.
Share an article with someone relevant to their industry or personal interest. It
shows that you remember more about a person then their job title and the
company they work. A simple hey thought
you might find this interesting email or social media tag is always a good way
to get back in someone’s memory.
you blog or podcast are you asking your network for tips, advice or opinions to
add into your blog? Maybe there is someone you can interview as a potential
piece you are working on. It’s a great
way to build exposure for your network as well as yourself. By offering that opportunity when there is
something favorable for you, you will be remembered.
Cultivating relationships are about growth just
as one would grow a garden it takes time and patience but the end result is a
beautiful garden. Take the time to care
for your network and watch it thrive.
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of what you need without asking
someone else what they need but please be aware of what a difference it makes
when you offer something while you are asking for something