How to Find a Job You Will Love

Many businesses have high turnover rates due to unhappy, unsatisfied, and/or unappreciated employees. There are several ways a company can create loyalty, happiness, and more positive attitudes towards employee’s jobs. One such approach is through increased company functions and gatherings that help develop office friendships throughout the company. Also, the creation of management teams and developing a teamwork mentality will help employees gain the feeling of ownership in their company. Instead of an us versus them attitude between departments, friendships throughout the company will also help build a complete team attitude. Many prominent companies create outlets for their employees to volunteer, fundraise, and help their community. The following suggestions will also increase employee pride, happiness, and ownership of their responsibilities at work.

• Family Atmosphere – This type of environment creates a climate of fairness, equality, respect, and makes it safe to express dissent. This atmosphere is welcoming and creates a friendly environment to introduce new ideas. Employees teams may encourage a challenging but supportive environment and strengthen loyalty and teamwork throughout the organization.

• Recognition Programs – Company programs that recognize hard work, commitment, effort, and contributions breed organizational success and loyalty. The recognition program should include monthly awards and gift cards or a free lunch. Recognition from a supervisor at least two ranks above an employee makes a meaningful, engaging difference in employee morale.

• Organizational Pride and Belonging – Promote activities that development and establish pride and loyalty which is the backbone of any businesses long-term success. Employee turnover is extremely expensive and productivity and product or service development suffers. An engaged employee is a person who is enthusiastic about their work. Improving employee engagement directly impacts measurable business outcomes. Employees who are committed to success, emotionally attached, and socially involved with a company demonstrate qualities that business managers thirst to have. Engaged employees are more productive at work, take less sick days and exhibit other favorable behavior, promote the business to others and show their happiness to customers.

• Mentor Programs – Thinking long-term for future company success. A mentor is an experienced and trusted adviser that assists in developing competent employees and future leaders. Mentoring program train and encourage seasoned employees to be mentors. A mentoring program can facilitate dynamic skill growth throughout an organization. Informal learning can be as important as formal learning programs.

• Volunteering Options – Look for opportunities for your company employees to get involved in the community. Allow your employees to volunteer their time or fundraise for a good cause. It is good public relations for companies to show their communities they care about their customers. These activities will create good-will among the local community and your employees. Create a team to decide what cause your company will offer financial support for a charity or cause.

Employee engagement can be improved by aligning the goals of individual with the goals of the business. Employee motivation should be associated with traditional rewards, such as pay and compensation, but also with emotional rewards such as personal growth, working for a common cause, being part of a high-performance team, and being recognized for achievements.

Top Seven Tips for Newbies on Freelance Job Websites

It can be such a daunting experience when it is one’s first time on a freelance job website. Signing up is usually simple and one is good to start searching for job opportunities in a few minutes. However, just a look at other freelancers’ profiles can be discouraging because most of them have already won a lot of bids. There seems to be little chance for a newbie to ever get a job on these sites because he/she does not even have a review to show off.

Do not be discouraged by the number of contracts missed, but believe that you will be victorious. The secret is to stick your head out there and be the best. Based on my experience with a number of freelance job websites, I thought someone out there may find it helpful to get a few tips on how to gain leverage over the hundreds and thousands of job seekers. Below are seven of my personal tips:

1. Gain knowledge about the Job site

  • Read as much information that is available on the website to be more knowledgeable.
  • Conduct more searches outside the site to read what others are saying about it.
  • This independent search will help prove to a high percentage, whether or not the website is authentic.

2. Market yourself to your potential employer(s)

  • Your profile should have as much positive information as possible, based on your education and work experience.
  • Be truthful and confident of your skills.

3. Read the FAQs section

  • The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link on every website has very beneficial information, so make use of it.

4. Understand the Job requirements

  • Take time to read and fully understand the job specifications listed for a particular job.
  • Seek clarification from the “Help” or “Contact Us” section if in doubt of an issue.

5. Do research about the employer

  • Conduct your research about the employer e.g. whether he/she has a verified contact address, the payment method etc. Note: It is not a nice experience to complete an assignment and not get paid.
  • Read the reviews about him/her, if available on the website.

6. Write the best Proposal

  • This is your chance to make a good first and lasting impression with your prospective employer, so do your best.

7. Seek advice/consult HELP when in doubt

  • Contact the Help/Support people if you need help or elucidation on any issue about the job.
  • Some websites have online chats which are also valuable.

I do hope the above tips have been of use. Thank you for reading.

Working With a Career Coach – What Every Job Seeker Must Know

In today’s tough economy, every job seeker needs assistance in landing his next employment opportunity in the most efficient and expedient means possible. The services of a career coach are targeted for individuals who are unemployed or in a dead-end job or are attempting to move up the ladder or re-enter the work force.

History

Career coaching as we know it today, developed its roots from corporate coaching of the 1980’s. At that time, large corporations saw their top performers experience professional growth and increased performance through the assignment of a life coach. This process benefited key executives across all levels of the organization. Since this time, Career Coaching has evolved to a service that is available to job seekers everywhere.

Working With a Career Coach

Any candidate who is contemplating a business relationship with a Career Coach should first be aware of how the process works. It is important to connect with a Coach who will best meet the job seekers needs. Initially, expect to have either a face-to-face or telephone consultation, to determine both short and long term employment goals. This is a critical appointment that provides the Career Coach with the background information necessary to assist their client. The Career Coach provides information about the candidate’s chosen career path, salary expectations, current trends in the industry, and provides advice on prospective target employers who hire for the candidate’s chosen position.

Services Provided

A Career Coach’s role is to train the job seeker to out-perform their competition in the job market. They routinely provide services such as career exploration, interview success coaching, setting up a strategic career plan, salary negotiations assistance, as well as advice in the initial career planning process. When a job seeker requires assistance in revising their resume, or additional career services, the Career Coach has connections in the industry they readily recommend. The average cost to work with a coach is between $75.00-$250.00 per hour.

Benefits

While the cost of hiring a Career Coach may seem like an unnecessary expense when unemployed or re-entering the workforce, the benefits of the relationship can be the difference between landing a position, or remaining on the unemployment line. The coach spends time preparing the candidate for interviews and meetings with prospective employers, and literally guides the job seeker toward success in the hiring process. Individuals who work with a Career Coach are far more likely to get in the door of their target employer, and out-perform their peers in the job market.

What to Look For

Before shopping for a Career Coach, it is critical to know how to identify a professional who delivers results. Look at the coach’s work experience, ask about their professional affiliations, determine their reputation in the industry, and ask for references before moving forward with any one coach. Always know the Career Coach’s fees in advance, and ask about any guarantees offered. Above all, speak with the coach before making a final decision, to see if this is a person you will enjoy working with.