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Read and Feed: Greene Gives Back Philanthropy Spotlight

The Greene Gives Back program supports two different non-profit organizations every year. Each organization makes a local impact on our community and is nominated and chosen by our internal team.  Throughout the year, Greene Resources works with these organizations to give back and learn more about the needs of our community.

One of the nonprofits Greene Resources chose to sponsor in 2017 is Read and Feed.  Read and Feed’s mission is “to give low-income elementary school children an appetite for reading.” This is done “by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing, neighborhood environment.  Using mobile classrooms, they provide meals to eliminate hunger, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries.”

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Read and Feed’s Impact

Read and Feed serves more than 650 students per year with over 400 active volunteers. These volunteers tutor the students, drive mobile classrooms, deliver food and supplies, sort and distribute the 33,000+ books given to children annually, and provide crucial administrative services.

Wake County teachers who have students participating in Read and Feed’s program have shared overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding Read and Feed’s impact. These teachers stated that most or all of the students in the program have improved their reading attitude, confidence, and reading level during the school year due to Read and Feed’s influence.  For students who may not have the support or means at home to excel in reading, Read and Feed helps kids get excited about reading while receiving a hot meal and mentoring.

read and feed - greene resources team The Greene Team helping Read and Feed sort through donated books for children in the program to receive in order to build their personal libraries.

How You Can Help Read and Feed

Read and Feed offers many ways to get involved.  Over the past year, Greene Resources has volunteered at their warehouse by sorting and organizing books for children’s personal libraries.  Our team will also be volunteering at their annual fundraiser, the Read and Feed Rock ‘n’ Roast, taking place this Friday, November 3.  Our employees have volunteered as board members, tutors in mobile classrooms, and meal-preparers for tutoring sessions.  Whatever your skill set, there are lots of ways you can get involved!

For more information about Read and Feed’s upcoming fundraiser, click here.

Networking Series: How to Follow Up

Whether you’re a job seeker, business professional, or simply open to something new, this is a three-part series that provides best practices for beginners learning how to network. 

If you’re new to networking, the thought of walking into a room full of strangers and starting conversations with people you do not know can be overwhelming.  Networking, however, does not have to be a chore.  If you go in with an open mind, it can lead to meeting new friends, learning about new industries or ideas, and even finding new business or career opportunities.  While networking is a cornerstone for sales and building business, networking for job seekers is equally critical.

In our previous conversations, we discussed optimal ways to prepare to attend a networking event and how to navigate a networking event once you’re there.  While preparing for and successfully navigating the networking event are two very important pieces to networking, your responsibilities as a networker do not end once you leave the event.  Following up appropriately, quickly, and purposefully is the linchpin of the entire networking experience. 

The following recommendations ensure you are following up in the best way possible:

1.    Take Notes During and Immediately After the Event

While at the networking event, everything happens in a blur.  As you move from conversation to conversation, learning new things about those you meet, it can be easy to forget the names of the people you met or what you discussed.  After finishing a conversation, take a moment to notate the name of the person, their business, and a word or two about the topics or interests that came up during the conversation.  If you obtained their business card during or after the conversation, jotting down a word or two on their business card (or on index cards or a Notes app on your phone), is an easy way to distinguish between people. 

After you have left the event, take the time to write down highlights of conversations in greater detail (while sitting in the parking lot or on the drive home if taking public transit).  If you wait until the next business day to determine with whom you would like to follow up, it is far more likely that you will have forgotten key pieces of information that could help you establish and build that relationship.

2.    Don’t Wait to Follow Up

Depending on the level of connection you made with an individual, you should follow up appropriately and in a timely fashion.  If you truly connected with someone and want to meet with them again, you could send a thoughtful, personalized email to set a date to continue your conversation. If the person went above and beyond to help introduce you to others, or mentioned a critical lead, sending a handwritten thank-you note would be a nice gesture. Make a point to follow up with them shortly after the event, within 24-48 hours.

Even if you do not see a future relationship with an individual, sending a quick email thanking them for their conversation and saying how nice it was to meet them will help you leave a positive impression with them.  While there may not be an immediate or apparent opportunity to work together now, you never know what the future may hold or who else they may have in their network.

3.    Make “Industry Friends,” Not Business Connections

It can be too easy to view networking as simply opportunities to build professional relationships to help you accomplish your professional goals – whether it’s landing a new job, getting more sales leads, or getting more recognition in your industry or community. Throughout the process, but particularly when following up, do not think of networking and following up with people as a way to convert prospects into clients, or strangers into business connections.  Networking mentor Marsha Shandur recommends viewing networking as “making industry friends,” not “business connections.”  By viewing the people you meet as potential friends first, you will be more likely to enjoy the experience and learn more about who you meet than if you immediately try to make a pitch to them or aggressively follow up about a job lead. This will also allow your follow up to become more personalized and memorable.

Networking for your first time can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.  If you take the time to be prepared, arrive at the event willing to get out of your comfort zone, and follow up with purpose, you will not only gain confidence in your ability to network, but you will also gain friends, advocates, and strong connections to the businesses in your community.

Networking Series: How to Navigate Networking Events

Whether you’re a job seeker, business professional, or simply open to something new, this is a three-part series that provides best practices for beginners learning how to navigate networking events. 

If you’re new to networking, the thought of walking into a room full of strangers and starting conversations with people you do not know can be overwhelming.  Networking, however, does not have to be a chore.  If you go in with an open mind, it can lead to meeting new friends, learning about new industries or ideas, and even finding new business or career opportunities.  While networking is a cornerstone for sales and building business, networking for job seekers is equally critical.

In our last conversation, we discussed optimal ways to prepare to attend a networking event.  Feeling confident and prepared is half the battle, but what do you do when you arrive at the event? Here are some recommendations:

1. Arrive Early

When you walk into the event after it has started, it can feel incredibly overwhelming. Depending on the size of the event, it can feel crowded, claustrophobic, and alienating.  To prevent feeling burned out before you even begin, warm up your conversational skills by arriving at the start of the event and speaking to the individuals managing their company’s sponsorship tables.  If this is a smaller event without sponsors, speak with the individuals who are part of the hosting organization. 

Sponsors and hosts are vested in ensuring the event goes well and attendees feel welcome.  Arriving at the start of the networking time also creates a less intimidating atmosphere with a smaller crowd size.  There is also time to look over the attendee name badges and make a mental list of individuals with whom you want to engage.  All of this can help reduce anxiety and help you feel more comfortable at the event.

2. The Importance of Body Language

As the event continues, you will notice certain groups of people forming as conversations progress.  Read other people’s body language to determine when to insert yourself into a conversation.  With any large group of people, different cliques are going to emerge.  This does not mean that a certain group is uninterested in speaking with you; it may mean they all work together, are already acquainted, or had a specific topic to discuss. 

If you notice that a group of people are in a “V” formation, they have subconsciously provided an open spot in their group for someone else to join their conversation.  Similarly, if three or more people are in an open circle, that is often an invitation to join the group.

While in conversation, ensure your own body language is open as well – do not cross your arms or keep your hands in your pockets.  Engage the person in conversation, but remain open to adding others, introducing them to your new acquaintance.

3. Overcome the Feeling of Being Ignored

One pitfall of which to be aware is getting ignored while trying to join a conversation.  The best way to avoid this is to monitor body language as described previously.  In addition, avoid situations in which two people are already engaged in a discussion and coming across as if they are not open to others joining.  You can always come back around after the conversation has ended.  If you do approach a person or group and are ignored, do not let this affect the rest of your night.  Find another group more welcoming, or someone you already know, and engage in a conversation.

4. Avoid Conversational Quicksand

Try not to spend the entire evening talking to the same person.  Sometimes, however, you may feel trapped in a conversation.  To make a smooth exit without offending the other person, there are a few different strategies you could use. You can make an excuse (“I need to use the restroom/grab some food/chat with a colleague quickly/make sure I meet so-and-so”) or bring someone else into the conversation.  As you exit the conversation, mention something you discussed that meant something to you.  This demonstrates that you aren’t running off because you are bored or uninterested.  Close the conversation with, “I’ve enjoyed talking to you about your [interests, work experience, neighborhood]. I hope to see you at another event!”

Another trap that is easy to fall into is only talking to people you know. Try setting a goal of meeting three new people, and avoiding long conversations with friends until you have met your goal.

5. Facilitate Conversation: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?

Even the most skilled conversationalists will have occasional moments of awkward silence in conversation.  To keep the conversation flowing, try to learn as much as you can about those with whom you are speaking.  Focus on getting to know the other person more than getting known. People love to talk about themselves, so be a great listener. Keep the focus on the other person with open-ended questions and do not interrupt when they are responding. 

When it comes to questions, you can practice “the 5 W’s and How.”   For example, “With whom do you work?  What type of work do you do there?  Where is your office located?  When did you start working there?  Why did you choose that career/industry?  How did you hear about this event?”

As you’re listening, be sure to find common ground in what they’re saying and bring these points up. People like doing business with other people who have similar interests or passions.

By being on time, paying attention to body language, focusing more on the other person, and feeling confident, engaged and motivated, you will find success with networking.  Stay tuned for our next blog that will provide even more tips to becoming a master networker.

 

Networking Series: Getting Started

Whether you’re a job seeker, business professional, or simply open to something new, this is a three-part series that provides best practices for beginners learning how to network. 

If you’re new to networking, the thought of walking into a room full of strangers and starting conversations with people you do not know can be overwhelming.  Networking, however, does not have to be a chore.  If you go in with an open mind, it can lead to meeting new friends, learning about new industries or ideas, and even finding new business or career opportunities.  While networking is a cornerstone for sales and building business, networking for job seekers is equally critical.

1.    How to Network: Determine Your Goals

Why do you want to start networking?  Maybe you are looking to make a career change and want to build relationships with other businesses in the area.  Perhaps your business is releasing a new product or looking to grow its client base and you would like to open some new conversations. It could be you are simply new to the area and are looking to expand your professional network (or make some new friends). Whatever the reason behind your decision to begin networking, knowing what it is that you are hoping to learn and take away from the event will help your preparation for the event and will help you remain focused during the event.

2.    How to Network: Preparing for the Event

Once you have found an event that interests you, the next step is to take some time to prepare for the event.  Have a good understanding of what the event is. (Is it an after-hours meet-and-greet or a luncheon? Will there be a speaker or a topic of discussion?)  If the event is around a certain topic or featuring a certain speaker, make sure you know a little bit about the speaker or topic beforehand and write down two to three things you hope to learn.  If the event is industry-specific, see if you recognize or know anyone from any of the companies sponsoring the event.

The day of the event, ensure you have enough business cards on hand to distribute during the event.  If you’re not currently working, having a personal business card with your information on it will make it much easier for potential new connections to remember you after the event.

Taking an extra few minutes to learn about the people attending, the event itself, and any other relevant organizations will help you feel more confident and at ease when the moment comes.

3.    How to Network: Developing the Perfect Pitch

The easiest way to fight nerves before attending a networking event is to have a clear idea of what you plan to share about yourself before you go.  When a business is trying to sell a product, it creates an “elevator pitch” about the product that succinctly and clearly describes the product in a short period of time. 

When you’re meeting new people, you should have a similar pitch developed that succinctly and clearly describes a) who you are, b) what you do, c) what that means for the average person, and d) how you can help them. Taking the time to determine what your goals are for attending the event will also help you feel more prepared to network. Is there a certain company, person, or industry with whom you would like to become more familiar?  Keep those goals in mind, but also be open to meeting all kinds of different people – you never know how a seemingly random connection or conversation may develop in the long run.

When faced with something new, feeling prepared and confident is half the battle.  Whether it is a networking event, job interview, or business presentation, taking the time to determine your goals, do your research, and practice your pitch will help you feel more prepared, confident, and ready to go.  We’ll be providing more tips on effective networking in our next blog!

Recruiting Advice for Startups

For startup companies, the recruiting process is an essential and important step toward a successful business. Startups can fall prey to the idea that recruiting is a process that doesn’t require much energy, especially with the number of ways businesses can post openings online and easily collect resumes. On the other hand, new businesses can be daunted by the idea of finding an employee who will be able to contribute and become an asset to the company.

We asked our recruiting and human resource specialists at Greene Resources if they had advice for startup companies. Here is a list of benefits that startup companies reap from hiring a recruiting firm to find the right employees.

1.    Increase your team’s productivity

Without the burden of finding new talent, your employees can concentrate on their own tasks and contributions to your company. Hiring a new employee takes time and dedication. Sifting through resumes, making phone calls, interviewing and screening candidates all add a heavy workload on employees.  The more time your team or managers are spending reviewing applications and candidates, the less time they have to focus on their core goals. Recruiting firms allow current employees to concentrate on what they do best for you.

2.    Professional recruiters lead to professional results

When startups rely on internal efforts for hiring, there is often trouble waiting in the wings. Why? Most startups do not have the luxury of a fully formed human resources or talent acquisition department.  Many times, the employees looking for candidates and screening applicants do not have professional experience in the recruiting process. The right recruiting firm will be trained and skilled in the hiring industry. With this training, they will be able to create recruiting solutions tailored to your workforce needs.

 3.    Thinking outside the box

The employee you need may already be employed elsewhere and not actively looking for their next opportunity. Locating and attracting this “passive” job seeker can be challenging. This challenge will require much more time than simply reviewing resumes of those who have applied.  Finding this type of talent is a full-time job in and of itself.  The right recruiting firm will have the strategies and know-how to locate passive job seekers.  This know-how allows them to locate job seekers much more quickly than your employees on their own.

4.    Looking beyond the resumé

One of the most important outcomes is to find an employee that fits well within the company’s culture. To do this, the recruiters and screeners need to dig deeper in order to truly match the vision and goals of candidates with the company’s culture, goals, and mission.  This takes both time and experience, and outsourcing the process to a recruiting firm can provide both.

5.    Flexibility in the hiring process

Because of the nature of the startup environment, flexibility is key. Employers must be able to account for the ups and downs of the company’s needs. Recruiting services providers like Greene Resources offer this flexibility. Employers may add employees to their team on a contract or contract-to-hire basis until the long-term needs are better known. By working through a recruiting service, businesses can match their hiring with both the short and long-term needs of the organization.

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If you’re a new business or a startup preparing to ramp up your hiring needs and you are looking for a solution to the time-consuming recruiting process, we’d love to help.  Our team provides salary reports, workforce data analysis, and in-depth information surrounding the employment market to businesses for their unique positions.  We can help chart the best course for your hiring needs and locate the talent critical to the success of your organization.  Our team is certified, knowledgeable, and eager to help your business find individuals who will make a difference for you.

 

Before the Interview: 4 Things Hiring Managers Should Consider

The best way to achieve success within your organization is to hire great people.  Finding people who will be engaged in the work they do for your company will enable your company to grow.  To find talent that will enable your team to succeed, it’s important to first assess the new opening on your team and make smart, organized, and educated decisions before beginning the recruiting process.

When a position opens on your team, here are some things to consider before beginning the recruiting process:

lightbulbDetermine What Business Challenge Your New Hire Should Solve

Instead of asking yourself, “What do I want this new hire to do?” ask yourself, “What problem am I hoping this person can solve?” This line of questioning will help you determine what type of candidate you will need for this role and the type of personality, experience, or skills they should have to be most effective.

Review and Prioritize Technical and Soft Skills for the Role

Which is more important: having an employee who is outgoing and an effective communicator, or having an employee with the technical skills to get the job done?  Determining which technical or soft skills are a priority and which skills would be nice to have will help ensure your recruiting team is not wasting time locating the wrong type of candidate.

Discuss Timeline, Follow-Up Process, and Other Deadlines with Your Recruiting Team

If others are involved in the recruiting and hiring process, communicating expectations before the process begins is critical. If there is a major event or extra busy time of year when you must have a new hire fully trained and on-boarded, ensure the team is aware of that so they can prepare.  Ensure the recruiting team knows how often you expect to hear updates and who will be touching base with whom.  By acknowledging milestones and having a clear-cut schedule, it will be much easier to course correct or adjust the recruiting process during those recurring check-ins.

Get Informed on the Employment Market to Ensure Recruiting Goals are Realistic

If it’s been a while since you’ve had to fill this position or if you’ve never had to fill this type of role before, it can be challenging to know what the employment market looks like for the role.  Additionally, depending on how specialized the position is, you may need to broaden the parameters and perimeters of your search.  It is important to understand the types of candidates that are looking for jobs, but it is equally important to ensure that your job description, salary, and candidate pool are aligned and optimized to locate the talent you need. By using workforce data reports and salary reports, you can be sure that your hiring goals are realistic before beginning your search.

Greene Resources understands the frustration behind locating and landing the talent you need to help your business or department grow. If you’re beginning the recruiting process, we provide data intelligence on labor markets and the competition for talent as a free service to help your team on your hiring journey. This intelligence includes detailed information on the availability of talent in the current employment market, the level of difficulty to recruit for your open position(s), competitive wage rates, and a list of local companies looking to fill similar positions.  If you’d like to discuss your open positions or get ideas on how to fill them, we’d love to hear from you!

During the Interview: 3 Things Hiring Managers Should Consider

Recruiting and hiring is just as much about selling your company to a candidate as it is candidates selling themselves.  The time you have during your interview with a job candidate is precious. These conversations will be a huge component in whether or not you choose to hire this individual.

Before your next interview with a potential new hire, ensure you’ve considered the following items.

hourglassHiring Manager Interview Tip #1: Use Your Time Wisely

One of the main reasons new hires fail is because the interviewer does not use the interview time to its fullest effect. Take this time to dig deep in order to determine if the applicant will fit into the work culture, can truly do the job, and if this job will be fulfilling enough for them to stay in the company and create lasting success.

Hiring Manager Interview Tip #2: goalsHave a Conversation, Not an Interrogation

Instead of a strict, formal Q&A interview, try a more relaxed approach. Treating an interview like a conversation will help the candidate open up about themselves. This also allows you to see beyond skills and previous work history to personality and character. Facilitate creative, peer-to-peer interaction, avoiding predictable interview questions. This allows both you and the potential new hire to better understand what it would be like to work with each other.

Hiring Manager Interview Tip #3: Discuss Short- and Long-Term Goals

Candidates attend interviews to see whether or not they have a future with your company.  Discuss their short- and long-term goals to see where potential new hires want to go in their career. With this knowledge, you can provide outlets for them to achieve those goals once they start with your company. Upon starting their new role, new hires will feel like you have their best interests at heart and will be more likely to advocate for your business.

Ensuring your interview with a prospective employee is pleasant, informative, and productive will go a long way in both leaving a positive impression and ensuring a quality hire.

Since opening our doors in 2000, Greene Resources has placed over 20,000 individuals in careers from the Triangle to the coast.  Our interview and screening process has been carefully cultivated over the years. We work to ensure our employees and clients can connect in such a way that jobs become purposeful, impactful, and long-term careers.  If you need ideas on how to improve your hiring process or ways to ensure you are having meaningful conversations during your interviews, we’d love to hear from you.

3 Ways to Create Purposeful Career Development

This week, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Professional Women’s Luncheon featured a panel of renowned female leaders from within the Raleigh community discussing purposeful career development.  The panel was moderated by Melanie Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, and included Adrienne Cole, the president and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; Kacie Fore, the Community Relations Manager for Duke Energy; and Courtney Tellefsen, the founder of The Produce Box.

As the vision of Greene Resources is to connect job seekers and employers in such a way that jobs can become purposeful, impactful and long-term careers, and as long-time advocates of personal and career development, we were very excited to sponsor this luncheon and hear the stories and advice from these women.  Our tagline, “Recruiting with Purpose,” embodies our company belief that decisions should not be made at random, but that there should be a purpose behind each decision that helps our employees, our clients, and our internal team.

Here are some of the takeaways from each of the speakers:

1.    Dedicate Time To Simply Be Present

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about being on vacation while at work?  Then while on vacation, do you think about all the things piling up for you back at the office? Now more than ever, dedicating your energy and focus on one item at a time can feel impossible. Despite the dozens of distractions around us, dedicating time to put your phone, laptop, or to-do list aside and truly be in the moment will help you find clarity and give your full focus to the task or situation at hand.

2.    Continuously Develop and Improve Yourself

You don’t (necessarily) need to go back to school to continue to learn and improve yourself as a professional.  There are many opportunities to assist in developing your skills and learning new ones. Some great examples are to attend events or workshops on specific topics related to where you would like to grow your career, shadowing people who work in roles you’d like to pursue, hiring a career coach, reading books on personal or professional development, listening to podcasts, or keeping a journal of the lessons that you learn each day. By taking advantage of these opportunities to continuously develop your skills and abilities, you will be able to take control and propel your career forward.

3.    Learn to Conquer Worries and Embrace Failure

When faced with something new and exciting, despite how incredible it may be, it is often accompanied with worry and fear of failure. When you find yourself contemplating a decision, or feeling anxious over a new opportunity, write down your worries and strike out any worry or concern that you cannot control. Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from taking a chance. However, when you embrace an opportunity and are faced with failure, try to determine why you failed.  Was it the wrong time to make a change? Was the opportunity not a good fit? Did something change within the organization that was out of your hands?  If you could not control the outcome, accept that failure and move onto your next challenge.  If there were ways you could have directly improved the outcome, use the experience as a lesson learned to help you avoid those scenarios in the future.

At Greene Resources, we help companies navigate their search for talent. While assisting in this way, we focus on connecting the right individual to each job, so those jobs can turn into fulfilling and impactful careers. We would love to hear about how we can help you!

Meg’s Smile Foundation: Greene Gives Back Philanthropy Spotlight

Greene Resources partners with two different non-profit organizations every year that have been nominated and selected by our internal team.  Throughout the year, Greene Resources works with these organizations as a way to give back and learn more about the needs of our community.

Meg’s Smile Foundation is one of the nonprofits Greene Resources has chosen to sponsor in 2017 as part of the Greene Gives Back program.  Meg’s Smile is a charitable organization founded out of Holly Springs that provides gifts, fun days, and “smiles” to children affected by serious illnesses who are treated in North Carolina hospitals.meg's smile

Meg’s Story

The story behind Meg’s Smile Foundation begins with a little girl named Meg Wasley.  In 2010, her parents, Jim and Terri, noticed that Meg was exhibiting several neurological symptoms including falling and hearing loss.  Upon further examination, doctors diagnosed her with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, which is a tumor that grows among the nerves within the brainstem.  After undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiation, her prognosis gave her 9 months to a year to live. 

During this time, Meg’s parents did everything they could to provide her with the memories of a lifetime.  Packed into this short amount of time, Meg went to the beach, on a Disney Cruise, to a Taylor Swift concert, and more.  These experiences helped create lasting memories for Meg’s parents and provided incredible moments for Meg to put a smile on her face during this difficult and impossible time in her life. Despite the treatments she received, Meg passed away in 2011 at 8 years old. Jim and Terri were determined to keep Meg’s memory alive and turned their heartache into hope for other children and their families. With the creation of Meg’s Smile Foundation, Jim and Terri are making a difference in children’s lives by providing a special day, or, “smile” to children affected by serious illnesses.

How You Can Help

This grassroots effort to provide smiles to children is made possible by the donations, gifts, and grants of local businesses and individuals, along with fundraising events.  On Saturday, July 22, Meg’s Smile will be hosting their annual Silent & Live Auction event at The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs. Several members of the Greene Team will be volunteering at this event to help facilitate the auction and we would love to see you there!  For more information, please check out the event page on Meg’s Smile’s website.

Meg's Smile Auction Event

 

Making an Offer: 5 Things Hiring Managers Should Consider

When your company has an opening, it can be difficult to search for new employees while trying to focus on your core responsibilities and tasks.  It can also be painful to make an offer to a candidate that you love, only to have them reject the offer.  

When prospective employees are considering new opportunities, they are looking at more than just what their daily duties and salary will be.  To help minimize the risk of a candidate rejecting your job offer, we’ve come up with some key items you should consider before making an offer:

Created by Eucalyp from Noun ProjectDiscuss healthcare and other benefits

Providing explicit details on what benefits your company offers and when someone will be eligible for those benefits before making an offer ensures there will not be any surprises when the offer letter is presented.

scheduleConfirm the candidate’s level of comfort with the expected schedule and work hours

Communicating the level of flexibility in a particular role and the expectations the company has regarding their employees’ availability before making an offer can help ensure candidates fully understand the nature of their role and the time commitment expected of them.

Discuss short- and long-term goals and expectations

Discussing short- and long-term goals and expectations before making an offer can help candidates foresee whether or not they have a future with your company.  In the same way, knowing up front where your team members want to go in their career allows you to provide outlets for them to achieve those goals.  If your candidates feel like you have both their best interests and the company’s best interests at heart, they will be more likely to stay and grow with your company.

Continue to stay in communication with candidate post-offer

Given the current positive economic climate, the workforce market heavily favors employees and job seekers.  If you have a candidate you love, you need to stay in touch with them and ensure they are receiving prompt, accurate, and enthusiastic communication from you or your recruiting team, even after making an offer.  Assuming they will still be available when you are ready for them to start without staying in contact is a risky decision, and could result in losing your top candidates, forcing you to start the hiring process all over again.

salaryEnsure your salary expectations are realistic

In the current economic climate, many candidates are considering more than one position at any given time and may be presented with multiple job offers.  If you offer a salary that is well below market value, it will be hard to find top talent to fill those openings, and even more challenging to motivate employees to stay with your company instead of pursuing more lucrative opportunities.

To ensure your positions are competitive, Greene Resources offers accurate and real-time salary data reports as a free service to help our customers on their hiring journey.  If you would like a free salary report for one of your open positions, just let us know.

Greene Resources is committed to putting people first and exceeding expectations through purposeful talent solutions. By valuing our people above all else, we make a lasting impact in the careers, businesses, and lives of those we serve.  Whether it’s assisting your company with a salary report, conducting a review of your benefits offerings, or assisting you to locate and land top talent for a special project or urgent need, we would love to see how we can help your business.

 

 

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