August 26th, 2014
While we can honestly say that there is no golden time to start your job search, there are some key times that you should avoid while seeking new employment. Everyone’s schedules are a bit different, and hiring windows can differ based on the industry. Here at JPS, we are always available to help you land that dream job you’ve been looking for, but we want to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
BEST TIMES TO JOB SEARCH
Beginning of the Year
Many companies will have a clear budget outline right before or shortly after the New Year. This budget will tell them if they have spaces to fill and can look into hiring new talent. It’s best to wait until about the second or third week of the month to allow time for executives and hiring managers to return from holiday vacation, but make sure that your resume is at the top of their inbox when they return.
Applying around the New Year also will give you a psychological boost thanks to the “starting over” mentality of a brand new beginning. Read the rest of this entry »
July 15th, 2014
Nothing is more discouraging in a job interview than to be judged and deemed “unfit” for the job minutes into the discussion. When it comes to interviewing strangers, the “incompetent until proven worthy” system leaves little wiggle room for top talent that isn’t getting the chance to show their skills. Instead, mediocre employees with namedrop-worthy networks land the job simply because they know people.
So how do you level the playing field?
Instead of a, “Tell me what your weaknesses are,” approach, try your next job interview using performance as a base and a detailed job description as your guide to hire true talent.
5 Steps to Hire Top Talent
1. Make a proper introduction.
The purpose of this introduction is to take control of the job interview and find out what the candidate’s true motivation is for finding a different job. The “why” is more important than the “what” here because you have to be able to see the potential as well as the demonstrated ability to live up to that concept. Give a quick overview of the job, and then ask the candidate to respond with a quick overview of their skills that are relevant to specific requirements of the job. Read the rest of this entry »