Archive for May, 2014
Whether you’ve been with your position six years or six months, you know whether you are happy with your HR or payroll position. You may have settled in and convinced yourself that you are happy – or content – because of a tough job market. But for the HR or payroll position in 2014, you have options. The job market is much better than it was even just a few short years ago. But first, let’s look at some signs that it may be time to move on.
You hate your job
There’s a difference between paying your dues and working your way up and finding yourself in a position that you are constantly doing things you loathe. Ask yourself… do you want your boss’ job? If not, you are probably in the wrong company and maybe even in the wrong field.
The in-person interview. In today’s search for a new HR or payroll position, it is harder than ever to land. Remarkably, as an HR and payroll recruiting firm, we notice some pretty egregious examples of candidates “blowing themselves up” in an interview. Here are just a few:
Dazed and Disorganized
The interview is a proving point. It is where you should be your best: sharp, prepared, and attentive. Eager to learn more about this great opportunity you are meeting about. Too often we see candidates show up to an interview unprepared, failing to do any research on the organization or the opportunity. As an HR and payroll staffing firm, we help prepare our candidates but we can only do so much. It is your job to be on time, know whether you have mutual friends/colleagues with the interviewer (LinkedIn makes this easy), and have your answers in mind before you step into the interview. If you are not willing to prepare for the interview and just “wing it,” what does that say about what kind of employee you will be?
With the advent of the DVR, the prevailing wisdom was that it would bring an end to television advertising as we knew it. After all, making it easy to fast forward through commercials would diminish if not destroy their value. Then a funny thing happened on the way to the death of the TV commercial, study after study showed that consumers stopped the fast-forwarding and rewound commercials that caught their eye. Why? Sometimes the commercials were creative and stood out; often they were for products the consumer was in the market for. Either way, it is a funny paradox that commercials have become more powerful at the same time it is easier to avoid them as consumers are engaged in the decision on whether to view.
It is the same with your resume. It is, in essence, your advertisement. And it is competing with other “advertisements” from dozens of other candidates. It is your job to get the resume screener to stop, rewind, and take a good look at your resume.