• “You Guys”

    I admit to being a grammar grouch. You can turn me off pretty quickly If I have advertised a position with a six-figure remuneration and you call saying “I seen your ad”. Or another favorite “are you guys hiring?”

    No excuse for either but let’s start with “you guys”. I hear it all the time in so many situations and it is never appropriate and is always unnecessary. If you have done your due diligence before calling a business then you already have a script ready to get to a decision maker and opening with “you guys” will torpedo your call. I know some people won’t find it offensive but it is sloppy and lazy and, in this climate, you need to step up your game to be competitive.

    Anytime you are about to use the phrase stop for a second and recognise that simply dropping the “guys” will sound a hundred times more professional. “Can you tell me if you are hiring?” How are you today?”. Or “Can I get you something to eat/drink etc.?” Last one is personal and something I wish restaurants would adopt as policy!

    As for ‘I seen.”  it is incorrect and ungrammatical and simply wrong, wrong, wrong.

    There are other examples of grammatical errors but I also review resumes every day and I cannot tell you how many “mangers” I see. Not a grammatical error but something that slips by when people don’t properly proof read their documents.

    I also have a difficulty when a candidate starts every sentence with “so” before completing their answer. You can overcome these things with preparation and practise. Essential if you want to set yourself apart from other candidates.

    The whole point is to present yourself in the best possible light whether it is an interview or a sales call.

  • Dressing for a Zoom Interview

    You have probably seen those ads where people on a zoom meeting are business dress on top but PJ’s on the bottom. Amusing however while that might work in a meeting it won’t for a job interview.

    Prepping for a job interview is key to success. Definitely do your research and be prepared with some good questions that show you have indeed done your research. Then take a look at how you will present to the perspective employer. There are lots of great tips online on how to best setup your device, suggest lighting and background images. Avoid the obvious mistakes and take down distracting posters and art but also it is so important that you are setup in an environment where you won’t be distracted or interrupted. Children crashing a zoom call or a dog’s incessant barking loses its charm quickly in a job interview.

    Groom and dress for an interview as if you were walking in the employers’ door, including shoes! It gives the process the gravitas it deserves. There may be several people involved on the employers’ side and you don’t want them distracted by the fact you haven’t shaved or done your hair. If you haven’t been wearing work clothes for a bit, try things on and make sure they still fit. Nothing is more distracting then a candidate pulling at their clothes during the interview. And anyone who tells you that appearance doesn’t matter is lying.

    Back before the “great pause” I would prep candidates for a telephone and or Skype interview by encouraging them to practice in front of a mirror so they could see how a smile and or distraction affected their delivery. The same thing goes for the zoom interview. If you can have a friend do a practice call with you to make sure you have the basics down.

    To sum up, treat the zoom interview just as you would a face to face interview and you may get the chance to move onto the face to face interview stage!

  • Should I stay or should I go?

    This is a question I am frequently asked and more so during what I like to call “The Great Pause”. Candidates who are not satisfied in their current position are reluctant to initiate a job search in this climate. One of the concerns often expressed is, if they were to receive a job offer is it wise to jump into a new position. The old “devil you know” conundrum.

    No easy answer to either question although as I have mentioned before it is wise to always keep an eye on the job market and to have an up to date resume just in case you spot something interesting.

    However don’t do that to the detriment of your current position. If you are unhappy and unfulfilled maybe spend a little time drilling down on why that is. Be honest with yourself and make sure you are actually putting in the effort. Your job is like any relationship it always needs work. This is a good time to do a deep personal and honest inventory. Not everyone wants to be CEO and that is ok and if your position is rewarding and provides you with the right balance in your life then time to dig in.

    Should you stay or go is a different question especially right now. My best advise is that you talk this out with your nearest and dearest to insure everyone is on side, you will need their support. Do your research, deep dive to find out a much as possible about the company and then make your decision. Nothing is totally without risk but if you have done your due diligence you should be comfortable with your decision.

  • What do you do?

    My answer to that question, “I’m a recruiter” is generally greeted with a blank stare and so I follow up by saying, “a head hunter, I find people for jobs and jobs for people”. Then I get the obligatory “oh then you can find me a job”, followed by chuckles.

    The reality is most people don’t have any idea the value a recruiter can bring to their job search. Candidates who work with a recruitment company can rely on confidential handling of their information. KMA pledges to not discuss a candidate with a client without clearing it with the candidate first. There is no cost to registering your resume with a recruiter and it will only broaden your job search results. Plus, this is what we do so we have a level of expertise you can’t get from your sister’s best friends’ brother who knows someone at ABC Company!

    Client companies have evolved and generally recognize the expertise an outside recruiter can bring to their search. Companies accustomed to hiring specialized contractors to handle certain aspects of their business recognize a recruiter is no different. The cost of a recruitment handled internally could double the cost of finding the right candidate and yield half of the qualified candidates available for a position. A recruiter on the other hand has a data base of candidates and the ability to directly approach potential candidates in complete confidence. As for cost KMA is a contingency fee-based company, you only pay for results.

    Low risk relationship with the potential for significant benefit.

  • Are there jobs out there?

    The current health crisis has had an enormous impact on the job market and it isn’t surprising that some people might be discouraged and put off looking for opportunities until they perceive a change in the market.

    Not surprisingly I disagree with that approach. Now is the time to prepare and get in shape for a robust job search. This will take some time, research and exercise. I’m not kidding being in good physical shape will go along way to improving your chances of success.

    Start with making sure your resume is up to date and professional, mixing your chronological history with the functional accomplishments you achieved. Have a cover letter that says clearly why you are applying to said job and what you can bring to the position.

    Research the industries you are interested in and the companies doing business in your preferred area. Start making calls and try to speak to people who can give you a sense of the go forward plans of the organization.

    Keep track of your activity and take the wins, a returned call or email may not be a job offer but it is an accomplishment. I will have more on this in future posts. In the meantime get up and go for a walk!