Archive for July, 2016
Your search for your next HR or payroll opportunity – if it is to be successful – will most likely need a strategy. It’s easy to get lost in the details of just checking job listings and blasting resumes out. But that is not strategic, and your chances of landing the HR or payroll position that’s right for you is much less without a plan.
Take the time to develop a job search strategy to best meet the unique needs of your HR/payroll career to-date and desired position.
A strong job search strategy is made up of many different elements. Whether it’s nailing down the kind of cover letter and resume to set you apart from your competition, or locating the best job board for your industry, your strategy should be as unique as the qualifications you have to offer.
When you are in line for an executive HR or payroll position, it’s a little more complicated than a typical HR or payroll interview. You need to sell yourself both up and down the org chart and yes, you do need to sell yourself. You’re (hopefully) not desperate; so don’t appear so… but far too often executives are too coy in interviews, feeling like they are too valuable to have to sell themselves. Not true.
As you interview for that VP of HR position, Director of HR, etc. position, you need to impress three constituencies: your boss, your peers, and the people who will be working on your HR or payroll staff. Each will be looking for strengths and weaknesses as well as how you interact with them on a personal level. It is not these groups job to recruit you – no matter how accomplished you are, you still have convincing to do.