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Posted on March 24
Here is the scenario: You are looking for a job, and one of your friends needs some help. Now it seems as though your prayers have been answered, or is it just the beginning of your worst nightmare?
Is it ever a good idea to work for a friend or family member? In certain circumstances, it can be great. If you plan ahead and consider potential snags, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding in this work situation.
Consider the worst-case scenario.
If things don’t work out and come to a bitter end, how will you feel if you lose the friendship? If you’re considering working for your longtime friend, you have to consider if this this worth the risk.
What’s your history?
One of the good things about working for a friend is that you are able to rely on your knowledge to predict how he/she will be as a boss. Use what you know about your friend to decide if your relationship could overcome a professional disagreement or split. Does your friend hold grudges? Are they very rigid and only sees things their way? Have you experienced any difficulties or disagreements in your friendship in the past, and were you able to get past them? If your friendship has never been stressed and tested, it may not be the best idea to start now. However, if you know you can argue like cats and dogs and still “kiss and make up,” at the end of the day, then perhaps it’s worth the risk.
Make sure you are qualified.
Usually, it’s up to the boss to decide if you’re qualified for the job. However, when you’re considering working for a friend, it’s a good idea to be responsible for figuring out if you’re a good match for the job. Your friend may give you a generous benefit of the doubt or assume you know certain things you really don’t. Be clear about the job description and how you can help accomplish the goals.
Get it in writing.
Nothing is worse than ruining a good friendship over a misunderstanding. If you don’t already have one, ask for a definition of your job in writing. It’s important for everyone to understand what you are hired to do, and having it in writing means there’s no room for questions later.
You aren’t perfect, and neither is your friend. For this reason it’s not unusual for people who know each other well to eliminate professionally appropriate filters from conversation. Expect it will be tense at times. Conflict isn’t always a bad thing, and you can always agree to disagree.
Communicating is key.
Communicating clearly will be important before you decide to take a job working for your friend, and it will be even more important once you start working for him/her.
Make an informed decision.
Without psychic powers and a crystal ball, you’ll never know if working for a friend will work out or not until you try. Just be sure you don’t go in blindly and overlook potential trouble spots and red flags.Read full post
Posted on March 20
It is becoming a more feasible option than in years’ past due to improvements in technology and companies goal of lowering overhead costs.
Tips for working virtually:
1. Understand your job function – In order to be successful at any job, you first have to understand what is truly expected of you. What is in your current job description? Do you need to write your own or fill in some gaps? Within your first thirty days, write a 90-day plan and submit it to your boss and ask for feedback. This will allow you the chance to see if you really do know your job and what is expected of you.
2. Meet Everyone You Might Possibly Work With – Make sure you introduce yourself to everyone with whom you might possibly need to work. Ask your employer who these people are and start connecting with them on LinkedIn, request a phone call, find out where they live/work, what their likes and dislikes are – find out who they are. There people will be your resources, your confidantes, and quite possibly your lifeline in the weeks to come.
3. Create Opportunities to Build Company Culture – Sometimes, it can be very lonely to work virtually or remotely. You must be disciplined enough to get the work done, but you must also be strong enough to ask for help when you need it. By building company culture for yourself, you are creating a pleasant work environment, building relationships, and developing your own loyalty to the company which has employed you.
4. Do Not Cancel Meetings – Stick to your meeting or conference call schedule. These are important times to build rapport and also know what others in your work groups are thinking, how they are feeling. It is important to feel a part of a group. Utilize this time to learn from the people that make up the team.
5. Find a Friend, Mentor, or Confidante – If you have someone who you can go to on a regular basis for questions or assistance, your confidence will grow and you will discover a new kind of loyalty. Connect with them on LinkedIn or any other social network which you and/or they frequent.
6. Participate in Your company social network – Many companies now use networks like Yammer, Salesforce Chatter, or Microsoft Lync for connecting internally. Stay connected. Download the desktop versions to receive push notifications and frequent the site(s) for industry and company news and updates. Share charitable efforts, showcase your latest work, or simply lurk and like updates and events.
7. Have Fun – If you aren’t finding fun in your work, every day, you will not only get burned out but you will start to feel lonely pretty quickly. You need to create a workplace which means something to you, with people who mean something, doing something that means something to you.
It isn’t easy to work far away from your company’s home base or far away from colleagues. But with some discipline, your own good nature, and the simple willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, there is no reason why it can’t work.Read full post
Posted on March 10
There are a lot of metrics for measuring recruiting success. Most recruiters focus on the big statistics: the number of placements made, interviews received, candidates submitted or commissions earned.
It’s easy to set goals with these metrics in mind, but what type of day-to-day adjustments will improve these numbers and allow you to reach your goals? Let’s start with one easy step.Read full post
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