Are You Sticking with Your Career and Personal Resolutions for 2019?

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Can you believe how far we are from New Year’s already? Are you still sticking to the career and personal resolutions you made when 2019 was still new and shiny?

You may not be. For 80 percent of people reading this post, you’ve fallen off track from your resolutions already. New resolutions are hard, because they require you to modify your behavior. They may require you to get out of your comfort zone. New traditions and practices might involve unfamiliar or uncomfortable behavior, and those habits take a long time to stick.

But resolutions have the power to change your life for the better as well. If you made a personal resolution, not sticking with it means you’re still in the same place a year from now. If you made a career resolution to find a better-paying job and break that resolution, you’ll be stuck in the same spot too.

So how do you make sure you keep resolutions? Here’s how.

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Do You Know What You’re Worth in the Job Market? Here’s How to Find Out

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Knowing what competitive salaries look like in your region and industry can help you negotiate during the interview and hiring process. Do you ever wonder if you’re being paid what you’re worth? Or do you sometimes think that you may not be, but don’t know how to find out?

Usually, employers have a range in mind, depending on your skills, experience and length of time in similar positions. Knowing what you’re worth can help you negotiate to the upper end of the range.

So how do you find out salary information for positions like yours – or the one you’re working towards? Here are three tips.

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What Options Can Federal Employees Consider in a Furlough?

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The United States Government was recently locked in the longest shutdown in our country’s history, with wide-ranging consequences. While this development had negative effects on government agencies, services and the economy as a whole, hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the country are feeling the pain personally.

If you were living paycheck to paycheck during the shutdown, you may now be struggling to make ends meet or even put food on the table. In the event of another government shutdown, what can furloughed federal employees do to avoid financial issues?

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What Do You Need to Know Before Working with an Executive Recruiter?

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If you’re an executive at midlevel or above, you might be interested in working with an executive recruiter to seek new opportunities or advance a search. Since executive recruiters work on positions that are not broadly advertised, it’s a method of accessing a job market.

But working with executive recruiters in Nevada can be quite different from other types of recruiters or past job searches. Here’s some tips you need to know about executive recruiters.

Executive Recruiters Have Very Specific Requirements

Executive recruiters are either working for a specific organization that needs a high-level position filled or for an executive search firm or contingency firm that specializes in recruiting for higher levels positions for specific companies.

Executive recruiters are looking for at least mid-level executives through vice president and C-suite positions. Therefore, they approach executives who are already employed and visible in similar positions. They spend time researching the available pool of candidates to ensure success and a good fit.

You Can Maximize Your Ability to Be Found by Executive Recruiters

If you are interested in being approached, there are methods that can make that more likely.

First, know the business model. It’s the job of executive recruiters to research and screen candidates who might be a good fit with the hiring organization. To do that, they review company results and returns driven as well as industry publications and conference presentations. They also actively network to obtain information on company leadership. Make sure you have an active presence in your area so executive recruiters can get an idea of your expertise and initiative.

Second, tailor your methods to fit the business model. It’s important to be visible. Publishing an article or giving a conference presentation are two ways to do that. Being active in professional associations is a method. Leading a company to excellent results is a method. Innovative or successful leadership is a method. Networking within your industry is a method.

Build a Relationship That Grows Over Time

If a recruiter does reach out to you, build the relationship. They may reach out to ask if you are interested in a position, for example, or to ask if you know of anyone who is qualified for a position. If you are interested and qualified, great! If you are not interested or don’t feel you are qualified, be candid.

If you are contacted by a recruiter who wants to know your opinion of what candidates might be a good fit, or who wants to know who might be in the applicant pool for a given position, be pleasant and helpful. They will appreciate it, and it’s a good way to be remembered for a position later on.

Find Your Next Executive Opportunity in Northern Nevada

The Applied Companies’ executive search team is ready to help you find the opportunity to advance your career goals to the next level. Contact our team today to learn more.

It’s a Great Time to Find a Job in Reno!

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Throughout the United States, unemployment is at record lows. The unemployment rate nationally stands at 3.7 percent, the lowest it has been in decades – and in Reno, unemployment is even lower than the national average at 3.5 percent.

With record-low unemployment in Reno, businesses are hard-pressed to find qualified candidates. If you’re thinking about finding a better job in Nevada, now is a great time to do so! Employers are eager to find high quality candidates.

If you’re looking for a job in Reno or throughout northern Nevada in the new year, here are four tips on how to get ready for the job search.

1. Think About What You Are Looking For

Looking for a new position in a time of robust employment has many advantages, but one of the best is that it’s a good time to transition, whether you’re seeking a higher position with a new company or looking to shift your career path. When job markets are hot, employers are more willing to take a chance.

With this in mind, take the time to think through what you really want. Do you want the perks and challenges of a higher-level opportunity? Or do you have a goal that’s a bit different than the path you’re currently on, and want to take a shot? The better you clarify your career goals for 2019, the more likely you’ll be able to articulate your goals to interviewers.

2. Communicate Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Interviewers frequently ask job applicants about what their biggest strengths and weaknesses are as a professional. It’s a very good idea to develop answers to these questions when you’re in the job market.

Think through your job-related strengths. Are you great at teamwork and internal communication? Do you work well in a challenging, fast-paced environment? Decide on two or three strengths to highlight above any others and prepare to discuss specific examples highlighting each one. Then, plan a way to tie your strengths and how you utilize them to the job you’re interviewing for.

Discussing weaknesses is a bit different. Part of what the interviewer may be assessing is how you handle the question! Interviewers want to see your self-awareness to identify what you need to work on, but you can also use this question in the interview to show how you’ve overcome and corrected past weaknesses.

It’s also wise to choose a weakness you can paint in a more positive light, either because it reveals good things about your work habits or because you have solved a previous weakness. In the first instance, you might say, “I was so dedicated to helping others on my team that I ended up stretching my limits to help team members who were underperforming. I ultimately realized, though, that underperforming members need to be actively brought up to speed, not have someone do their work.” For an issue you have worked to overcome in the past, you might say “I used to be very shy about speaking up in meetings, but by growing in my previous role and taking on leadership responsibilities over time, I realized how valuable everyone’s input is to the team, including my own. I now realize the value of my own insights, and no longer feel shy in meetings.”

3. Review Your Experiences and How You Can Highlight Accomplishments

Before any interview, review your experiences and qualifications with an eye on discussing them with an interviewer. Choose three or four that highlight your best accomplishments. It’s a very good idea to either emphasize any contribution to the bottom line, either by a job that increased revenues or cut costs, with specific numbers if you have them.

An example might be “At ABC Company, I was part of a team that was responsible for increasing production in the last six months of the year. We had to learn new management techniques and incorporate them into our workflow methods. Our rollout of these new processes was successful, boosting production 15 percent last year.”

4. Practice Your Interview Techniques

It’s common to feel some anxiety before and during interviews. Practicing your answers to the strengths and weaknesses questions and to discussing your experiences is a good idea. Ask family or friends to play the part of the interviewer, or use your smartphone to record yourself and watch for tendencies you may want to correct when asking questions.

This also gives you a chance to work on body language. Many people look down during an interview, or use negative body language, like crossing their arms in front of them. Practice looking at the interviewer in a friendly way and sitting in a relaxed but professional manner.

Get Out on the Job Hunt in Reno and Northern Nevada This Year!

Using these four strategies, you can conduct an effective job search and find the new opportunity that will help you reach your 2019 career goals! The Applied Companies’ staffing team is ready to help you find the jobs you’re looking for. Contact us today, or head right to our job board and apply for new opportunities in your area.

What Can You Do When You “Don’t Have Time” for a Job Search?

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It can be tough to look for a job when you’re very busy. If you’re already working long days, you might not have time at the end of the day to find the new job you need. The very idea of tailoring resumes and spending hours searching job postings can get pushed down the list of priorities.

Working with recruiters in northern Nevada can help you find the right jobs that fit your goals and needs. Check out these four tips for maximizing your time and finding your next opportunity as easily as possible.

1. Streamline your search

It’s easy to spend hours searching for jobs online. In fact, you can spend days on end searching, finding one, and then developing the application materials and filling out online forms. But there are ways to be more productive.

First, decide the type of jobs you want. Make sure your resume is tailored so hiring managers in a certain industry see your background information which is most pertinent to this specific job. Then you can use your time to solely focus on jobs that fit your past experience and what you would like to do.

Use keywords in your search to narrow down opportunities on various job boards. For example, If you’re looking for an administrative assistant position, use “administrative assistant.” Bookmark or save every application you don’t finish while you’re focused on searching so you can come back to it the next day.

2. Focus on jobs that meet your goals and needs

Spend your time focusing on what meets your professional goals and needs rather than applying for any and all jobs available. If you want to move into clerical work, for example, you need to start in an office, not packing in a warehouse. If you need a full-time job for the salary, a part-time job may not be helpful.

When you look at job postings, try to focus only on the jobs and areas you’ve identified as meeting your goals and needs. Sometimes, job searching takes a long time because you’re letting the jobs that are currently available determine whether you respond. Instead, set a game plan and let it determine what you respond to out of the total jobs out there.

3. Tap into your professional network

As many as 70 percent of jobs in some industries are filled through networking and having connections help you through the hiring process. Let others assist you in your job search. Tell all your friends, past coworkers, and relatives you’re looking. You never know who will hear of an available job. Ask the people in your network if they know of anyone who is looking.

4. Work with a recruiter

It’s very smart to contact a recruiter when you begin your job search. Recruiters have large networks of contacts and companies who are looking for jobs to be filled. Many recruiters specialize in a certain industry, so choose one that has extensive experience in the area you are interested in. Recruiters will prioritize your interests and increase your reach in a job search.

While the job search can seem like a hassle, it doesn’t have to be. By using a focused approach and utilizing the resources available to you, you can maximize the time you have and find the new job you need.

The Applied Companies is here to help job seekers across northern Nevada find the new jobs they need in the new year. Apply today or contact our team to start your search. You can also text our staffing team at 775-303-2623 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn more about our open positions.

Five Simple Interview Tips That Will Help You Land the Job

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Everyone approaches an interview with some level of anxiety and worry about whether they will get the job or not. Making a good first impression is key, so managing the start of the interview with confidence and carrying that throughout the hiring process goes a long way.

What can you do as an interviewee to prepare for success and land your next job?

Research the Company

Don’t go into the interview without knowing some specifics about the company. Many companies carry their history and mission on their website, along with recent news. Search for news from external sources about the company as well – events that have been announced recently are good interview fodder.

What you want to do is find some way current events or company news relates to the position you’re applying for and how you could make a positive impact. It shows interest both in your position and in the company. For example, if you’re applying as a warehouse supervisor and see a news item that the company is rolling out a new product next year, ask about whether that will impact logistics at the warehouse.

Take a Practice Interview

Only part of an interview is what is said. A large part of the interviewer’s perception of you is based on observing your body language and other tendencies. If you sit too close, for example, it could be interpreted as a sign that you have boundary issues. If you cross your arm over your chest, it could be viewed as hostile.

How you respond to interview questions is also part of the feedback. If you answer very briefly, or simply with a yes or no, the interviewer might be tempted to hire someone who is more forthcoming and prepared with detailed answers about their past experiences.

It’s a good idea to set up a practice interview with friends or family. Have them ask you questions, and then answer as if you were in an interview. They can observe your body language and interview tendencies and give you pointers. Don’t have anyone around to help? Set up the camera on your cell phone to record video and sit in front of a camera describing your past experiences. You can use that footage to review both what you say and what body language you use, and observe what needs to change.

Be Punctual

If an interview is scheduled for 10 a.m., walking into the company doors at 10 isn’t on time! It’s late by interview standards. Interviewees should arrive for an interview ahead of time. Cutting it close on time is an easy way to increase your anxiety, while arriving early is an easy way to show your potential boss how seriously you take your work.

It’s a good idea to map out your route before. Drive it at the same time you will need to for the interview, so you get a sense of any road construction or traffic delays. Then, be sure to allow for them on interview day.

Develop Rapport with the Interviewer

Try to develop a connection with the interviewer over a similar interest, experience or a mutual acquaintance. You want to seem friendly and relatable. Remember their name.

If you see any personal items in the office that you can honestly relate to, mention it. Do they have a sports team’s poster and it’s the same team you like? Mention their current performance. You want the interviewer to have a way to remember you that is positive.

Prepare Great Questions to Ask

Most interviews end with a question that invites more: “Do you have any questions?” Come prepared with questions to ask, and never say “no.” The questions should relate to the company or your specific job.

You might ask, for example, what the top quality is that people in the job should have. First, the answer gives you insight into the job. Second, once you know, you can make it clear that you have the quality. So if the top quality is “resilience,” come up with an anecdote about persevering through a hard time at work.

Ready to land your next interview? The Applied Companies is here to help job seekers across northern Nevada find new opportunities in their area. Contact us today to start your search!

“Tell Me About Yourself.” Here’s How to Ace the First Interview Question

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One of the most common interview questions is “tell me about yourself.” In fact, the vast majority of interviews start with the exact same question.

Starting off the interview with a very open-ended question is popular with many interviewers. It can’t be answered with a yes or no, so it yields more information and helps the interviewee open up. More importantly, though, what a person chooses to answer with can be very revealing of their personality and how they think. It’s therefore more likely to give interviewers multiple layers of information.

How can you prepare a great answer and start your interview on a high note? Here’s are some tips to make you shine in the interview.

Share Some Personal Information – But Not Too Much

It’s fine to answer with a bit of information outside your professional experience, as the question seems to imply that it is wanted, but be careful. Don’t share too much personal information. Remember, this is a job interview.

Think through what you will share about yourself. If you choose to share your experience volunteering or detailing a passion outside of work, tie that back to how that makes you a strong professional in your industry with excellent character and work ethic. Make sure you’re completing the story of what makes you uniquely qualified for this position you’re applying for by bringing in information that might not have made your resume.

Highlight What Makes You a Great Professional

You should also include an overview of your professional accomplishments and skills learned in that first interview question. Before the interview, choose three or four factors to talk about. They could be past achievements, skills highly related to the job or certifications you’ve earned over time.

A good answer is related to your personal information. You might say, for example, “I’m passionate about everything I do in life, including providing excellent customer service. In my past position, I was part of a group that improved client satisfaction by 25 percent, and we received a company award as team of the year.”

The interviewer may respond by asking questions about that achievement. If that happens, respond in kind and detail what went into making the accomplishment happen.

Set the Stage for an Excellent Interview

In short, “tell me about yourself” is an invitation to talk about all aspects of yourself. Remember it is a job interview, but it’s okay to let employers know who you are as a total person. Your goal is always to convince interviewers that you can do the job at hand and that you’d be a wonderful employee to have around.

Looking for help finding new opportunities in northern Nevada? The Applied Companies can help you get in the door and tell employers about yourself. View our available jobs now or contact us today to start your search.