Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Modern Thank You

The interview is over; it is now time for the thank you note.  A thank you note is an absolute must!  One should be sent to each person you met with in the company you interviewed at.  The rule of thumb is within 24 hours of your interview.

The conventional method of sending a thank you note was via mail.  This practice is outdated and too slow.  The current recommendation is to send a thank you note via e-mail.  The note should be around a paragraph long.  Do not write an essay. Keep it brief, professional and courteous.

Sending a thank you within one day of your interview will ensure that your name stays fresh in the decision makers mind.  Write the thank you note in the body of the email, and do not use an attachment.  Personalize your message, and thank the interviewer for his/her time.  Proofread your e-mail twice before hitting send.

The bottom line is that a thank you note shows your appreciation, is a great way to keep top of mind in a long list of candidates, as well as shows you are a prompt and thoughtful person.

Dress for Success During an Interview

You have dusted off your resume, polished your cover letter and received the call.  You have an interview.  Now you must decide how you will present yourself.  What you wear to an interview will create the perception of who you are.  It is critical to present yourself as the right candidate and your dress attire for the interview could help set you apart.

Tips on how to dress to make a positive impact:

  • Interview attire will depend on the job and industry in which you’ll be interviewing, as well as the geographic location and season.
  • Research the company, trade and competitors to determine suitable interview attire.
  • If you are still unsure, always err on the side of overdressed.  Do not show up more casual than it appropriate.
  • If you currently don’t own an outfit suitable for interviewing, you can seek help at a department store, or from a personal shopper. Only borrow an outfit if it fits you as perfectly as if you had purchased it.
  • Iron your outfit before your interview.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne.  Scents can be personal and overwhelming to some.
  • Wear makeup and jewelry that are appropriate to the job/company/industry.

Remember, in an interview their perception of who you are is their reality.  Project a clear, positive image of yourself during the interview by looking put together, as well as being well rehearsed to answer questions competently.

Creating a Safety Program

Does your company need a safety program, but you don’t know where to start?  Here are some tips to get the ball rolling.

  1. Hire the right people. Conduct background and reference checks, physical exams and drug screens. *Your hiring process should comply with local, state and federal laws.
  2. Train early. Safety training should be part of your new-employee orientation process. Do not let new employees start working until they show that they understood your instructions. And don’t forget to train current employees who take on new tasks.
  3. Keep it up. Safety should be a constant focus in your company. Provide regularly scheduled training so messages stay fresh in employees’ minds.
  4. Lead by example. Employees take their cues from management. If you demonstrate your commitment to safety, your staff is likely to do the same.
  5. Engage employees. One-way communication does not work when it comes to safety. Give your employees plenty of opportunities to create and constantly improve the safety program. Consider forming a safety committee that includes front-line employees.
  6. Investigate accidents. Uncover and correct the root causes of workplace accidents as soon as possible. Treat near-misses, which are accidents that almost happened, the same way. Remember that you are conducting a fact-finding mission, not looking to assign blame.
  7. Remember young workers. Teen workers are often inexperienced and scared to ask questions. One of the best things you can do to help teens stay safe on the job is simply be approachable. Make sure they are comfortable reporting unsafe conditions and admitting they don’t understand instructions.
  8. Prepare for emergencies. During a fire, tornado or other emergency, everyone should know exactly what to do. Your emergency preparedness plan should include plans for evacuating, sheltering in place, reporting emergencies, getting medical attention for injured workers, and returning to normal operations.

Don’t be afraid to get outside advice and seek out free resources to help you with your safety processes and training.  Having the right people, material and training in place is essential for any safety program.

*Consult an attorney before you launch a drug-testing program to ensure you comply with all laws.

Source: Texas Mutual Insurance

What Drives Job Happiness?

If you are happy in your current position, chances are it is not because you are receiving all the money you want, but that you actually enjoy your work, the job itself.  Core work motivations include:

  • A sense of purpose with your work
  • Being independent, and able to make your own decisions
  • Being challenged
  • Learning and mastering your field
  • Camaraderie and making social connections with others
  • Recognition and acclaim

Which of these drives you at work every day?  Do you find that different days have different motivators?

It is important to understand what you are working for, and what you enjoy to create a career path that is specialized for you, your goals, and your happiness.

Keep Your Profile and Job Postings Up-To-Date on CareerBum.com

At CareerBum.com, we are continuing to see growth in both of the job postings and job seeker areas.  We are very excited about the response we have received and are continually striving to make your experience with us the best in can be.

Due to some recent feedback, we have altered and improved some of our classifications for both industries and job seeker skill sets.  We ask that our registered job seekers, as well as hiring companies, look at postings and verify that the best possible classification and skill set for job seekers is selected as needed.    If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your diligence!