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How To Write A Marketing Analytics Job Description

Analytics is a technology that over the recent years has become more of a prevalent need in marketing, media and advertising.

It’s common sense that the better you can measure your results, the better you can tune in to your performance and produce the results that you’re committed to.

Many of our agency clients have been able to bolster their client roster by demonstrating how they produce results through data and analytics.

THE IMPORTANCE OF ANALYTICS

The number one most sought after position in the country right now is for data scientists.

People who can understand and deal with data are becoming more and more sought after.

Data gives us a true insight into the facts of whatever situation we’re dealing with.

Nothing is better than the facts, so that you can find out where you are and work out a plan to get to where you want to go.

Marketing analytics positions are becoming more and more prevalent both at agencies and in-house in marketing departments.

Having strong marketing analytics people to help with strategy and to digest results after campaigns goes a very long way.

This can go far in moving your marketing, advertising, or media strategy and your results to the next level.

ADDING AN ANALYST TO YOUR TEAM

If you’re looking to add a marketing analytics team member to your team, one key place to start is going to be with a solid job description.

You want a job description that clearly spells out what you need so that you are able to attract the right kind of talent.

Often times companies don’t put enough effort into a job description.

This can lead to having qualified candidates pass up applying for your role thinking that they aren’t a right fit for the position.

A good job description will also lead people to share with others they know might be a good fit.

So bottom line is that the job description is critical to attract and hire the right talent for your team, regardless of what the position is.

Particularly with a marketing analytics role, it’s very important to be specific about certain things.

There are a variety of technologies and skills that you may need and some that you may not need.

You want to make sure that you’re very clear about these things so that you bring on the right person.

HAVING A GOOD JOB TITLE

Starting off with the job title is going to be critical.

You want to make sure that the title of the position represents the role so that it fits into your company hierarchy.

The title that you use to advertise the position should be similar to whatever it’s going to be inside your internal hierarchy.

You can sometimes get creative with positions so that it attracts the right people.

Marketing analytics can run across a lot of different types of folks.

For this reason, you want to make sure you hone in on the actual skills you need.

We always recommend that our clients write the job description first and get very clear about what the role and what the requirements are.

You can then decide what the title is going to be based off of what the job description is.

THE FRAMEWORK OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION

You want the description to start off with an intro about your company and your company culture.

The description should end with information about your benefits and compensation structure, or anything along those lines.

The meat of the job description is going to be the actual position description as well as the requirements.

The requirements for the position or the description can go in either order.

I tend to have the requirements first and then the description of the position, but you can’t go wrong either way.

The important thing is that your description of the position is actually spelled out with what the role is going to be doing on a day-to-day basis.

Again, we recommend not having these be too long, as you don’t want any job description to be too long.

WRITING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ROLE

10 to 15 bullet points maximum should describe what the position will be doing on a day-to-day basis.

Bullet points should include:

  • the kinds of teams this person will be interacting with
  • how they will be managing people
  • the types of technology they will be interacting with
  • whether they will be presenting to clients or not
  • the types of projects or campaigns they’ll be working on
  • the types of clients they will be working with.

The more detailed you can get about the description, the more it will give potential candidates good insight into what the role will look like.

DEFINING TECHNOLOGY QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE ROLE

When you get into the qualifications section, this is were things certainly need to be detailed.

As mentioned earlier, with analytics roles, there are lot of different levels and depths of technology that you may or may not need.

The last thing you want is to have your position seem like it’s more technical than it actually is.

This could have you lose people that may be good for your role because they think that they’re not technical enough – or vice a versa.

It’s important that you sit down with your team and get very clear about what types of technologies and what depth of technology is required.

Be sure to make a distinction between your must-haves and what would just be nice for you to have.

Make sure this is all spelled out clearly in the job description so that there’s no confusion.

You want to get clear about any particular kinds of technologies that your clients might be interested in or that you may even want to grow into.

Keep in mind when budgeting for a marketing analytics position that the more technical the position is, the higher the salary expectation in the market is going to be.

Make sure that you are budgeting appropriately for the level of technical expertise you’re looking for.

Marketing analytics positions are a mix of technical expertise as well as marketing understanding and strategic expertise.

The blend of these two disciplines is more challenging to find than one or the other on their own.

ATTRACTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE

As with all job descriptions, make sure that after you’ve talked about salary, benefits, culture, etc., you also tell why it’s great to work with you.

You want to really have the job description be your chance to sell the opportunity of the job and your company.

This doesn’t have to be a lot as you don’t want your description to be too long.

You want to make sure that you’re taking time to spell out the reasons that someone would want to work for you.

There might be something to say about your culture or the types of clients you work with.

This could be something about the ability to grow in the role and the potential to move up in the ranks.

You could also include any other perks that your company has that are unique in the marketplace.

There might be something unique about the products or services that you offer that differentiate you from your competition.

CONCLUSION

Marketing analytics is becoming a massively sought after type of position in a variety of companies across the country and the world.

You have to make sure that you have a description that will give you a fighting chance in attracting the right talent and fast.

You must be thoughtful and thorough about writing this job description as well as any others that you’ll be adding to your team.

Taking these measures will save time and effort in hiring the right person.

We all know that hiring the right people as soon as you can makes the biggest difference in having your organization be successful.

Good luck!


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How To Write A VP Of Sales Job Description

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Writing a job description for a VP of Sales can often be a daunting task.

It’s something that many hiring managers don’t like doing and don’t even really have the time to do.

A good VP of Sales job description though can go along way in attracting the right kind of talent for your team or organization.

A poorly written job description will often result in unqualified resumes and wasted time sifting through the wrong people for your team.

A good job description can be a powerful tool that will give you an edge in hiring the best talent in the market.

Often times we work with clients that have job descriptions that don’t truly match what the job is that they’re looking to hire. 

And they wonder why they’re not getting the right kind of candidates with the right kind of skills.

Usually, candidates apply for a job that is a match for their skill set or they apply for random jobs, it’s usually not somewhere in the middle.

So a well-written job description does give you a chance at finding people that are right for your needs.

POORLY WRITTEN VP OF SALES JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Candidates often think they’re not the right fit for a job because they read a job description that doesn’t seem to match their skills.

In fact, many times, we already know that they’re a fit for the job because we’ve spoken with the client.

Poorly written job descriptions can also result in candidates who are actually a fit for what you need not applying for your job.

This is another way that you can lose out on good talent!

At the end of the day, it’s worth the time and energy to write a good job description and it doesn’t have to be as challenging as you may think.

VP OF SALES JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Writing a sales job description is particularly important because there are a lot of different ways salespeople work across different industries.

A sales job description needs to articulate certain critical aspects in order to communicate effectively what is needed for the job.

Job titles can be very deceiving and even leave more questions, particularly when it comes to sales roles.

It’s important that the job description communicates what the role is so that people are not solely relying on the title.

For example, a VP of sales could be a department head who’s leading a team of sales people.

VP of sales could also be an individual contributor who does not manage any team members and is selling on their own.

And they could also be anything in between these two extremes.

It’s critical that if you’re hiring for VP sales you want to start off by being clear about what this position is in your company.

WRITING THE JOB DESCRIPTION

This rule of thumb really goes for any type of job you may be writing a job description for.

The first step is to start jotting down and brainstorming about the key functions this role is going to need.

You want to make sure you narrow it down to 10 or less key functions within a role.

I would even say that a sweet spot really is five key functions.

Whether that be managing a team of sales executives or selling on their own or a combination of both.

They could be building a team or focusing on channel relationships and partnerships or managing and/or doing inside or outside sales.

VP OF SALES ROLES ARE EXTREMELY DIVERSE

You want to hone in on exactly the type of sales and the type of management this person is going to be doing.

There’s a big difference between inside sales, outside sales, lead generation, channel sales, partner sales, and the list goes on.

There are also different parts of the sales cycle that many roles will or won’t be responsible for.

For example, will this part of the role be responsible for cold calling in generating leads?

Will they be responsible for managing relationships, closing sales and closing warm leads?

Will this person be reselling to existing customers?

Often times it’s a combination of all these things.

FOUR SECTIONS OF A VP OF SALES JOB DESCRIPTION

It’s critical to flush out exactly what the key functions of the role are going to be so that this all gets spelled out in a job description.

We recommend a VP of Sales job description always has four sections.

The first section should be a company overview which gives an overview of your company and some insight into your culture.

You want to make sure that this section mentions some key points.

This should include anything about you being fast growing, anything about your industry, and some of your successes.

Also, include some of the things that are great and unique about working with you.

VP OF SALES SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

The next two sections are the meat of the job description.

This will include the required skills or qualifications.

These are hard skills and qualifications that this person is going to already need to have to bring to the table.

So this is where you may need something like a track record in building sales teams or selling a certain amount of sales per year or working with certain types of budgets.

You may need a track record of working in certain industries or with a certain type of company or client.

You may need a track record of selling into a particular vertical, or of selling to a particular decision maker.

Next, you’re going to have the key must have’s for the role.

We recommend this section not be too long and that you distinguish between what is a must-have and what is a nice-to-have.

This is also where we recommend having years of experience.

Years of experience truly is just a number, but it is a good gauge and we do recommend putting it on a section of your job descriptions.

VP OF SALES ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The third section is the actual job description.

This tells what the role is, what it’s going entail, what it’s going to accomplish and what it’s going to be responsible and accountable for.

This is where you want to spell out what the roles and responsibilities are going to be so that is very clear what this role is.

This can come before the required skills or after – it’s up to you.

The point is these sections can be flip-flopped.

ABOUT YOUR COMPANY

The final section is always good to give an overview of your company benefits and anything else about company culture.

Anything that you didn’t cover in the first section can be added here and is a nice way to round out a job description.

You can also mention compensation or salary here if you’d like.

However, we recommend not putting in salary or compensation on a job description and leaving that open for discussion in your first interview.

Lastly, you don’t want a job description to be too long.

All of this should onto two to three pages maximum.

CONCLUSION

Writing a VP of Sales job description does not have to be complicated.

It’s four simple parts and typically the first and fourth parts can be recycled from job description to job description, regardless of the role.

Sections two and three are going to require the most work.

You’re going to want to make sure to hone in on these sections and that they’re complete, clear and concise.

In conclusion, writing a job description particularly for a role like a VP of sales is critical.

You will be able to attract and not turn away the right talent for your team.

Best of luck!


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Top 5 Digital Marketing Interview Questions

Hiring for marketing in today’s landscape can be challenging.

There are a lot of different types of marketing out there. 

A lot of professionals are specialized working in one or sometimes many marketing channels.

It’s important to make sure that you’re able to hire somebody who is going to be able to do the job you need them to do.

Marketing is especially a critical aspect of any business, as marketing and sales are the lifeblood of an organization.

So making a good or bad hire in marketing can make or break your organization.

At the end of the day it all comes down to talent, so hiring the right talent is your job.

Hiring in general is tricky and interviewing truly is an art.

GETTING CLEAR ABOUT YOUR NEEDS

First and foremost, before you even get to the interview stage it’s critical that you have a clear picture of what you need.

Often times, hiring managers will start to interview candidates without having a clear picture of what they need.

You’ll want to sit down and get clear about what the different channels are that are critical for your business.

If this is already spelled out and clear for you then you can skip this step.

If not, we recommend truly examining this and deciding which channels are important to you.

Sometimes candidates have expertise and other channels that will crossover.

For example, search engine optimization and search engine marketing have a lot of crossover, but they’re not the same.

If you need someone who is heavily focused in SEO or SEM you’ll need to tailor your interview process to flesh out that person’s strengths.

Most people who do SEO also know how to do SEM, but they may be stronger or weaker in one or the other.

BEYOND SEO AND SEM

There are also many other digital channels that you could need for your business.

Some things to consider aside from SEO and SEM are email marketing, social media, paid social or other types of paid or display ads.

You might need someone strong in writing content for different ads, and/or someone stronger from a strategy perspective.

You need to take all of these things into account when you’re writing a job description.

Nowadays digital marketing people need to be much more involved from an analytics and campaign perspective.

You’ll need to figure out a way to screen for this if it’s important to your business.

WHAT ABOUT TECHNOLOGY?

The other thing that you’ll need to be clear about is how technical you need this person to be.

Are they going to be making website updates?

Do they need to have a design background?

Should they have some development skills?

Marketing is tied so much with technology nowadays that these are things you’ll need to consider.

Your position may be more or less specialized and you may need somebody with only one or two channels of expertise.

On the other hand, you may need someone who is extremely multi channeled who knows how to market in a wide variety of channels.

Getting very clear about all of this will help you tailor your interview questions.

DO NOT LEAD THE WITNESS

Many interviewers make the common mistake of what we call “leading the witness” when interviewing a candidate.

What we mean by that is asking questions that are too easy to answer.

Asking a question like, “are you good at search engine marketing?” makes it very easy for a candidate to just answer “yes.”

So they have told you exactly what you want to hear.

This is particularly important when hiring marketing folks, and especially when you need to hone in on someone with digital expertise.

ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

Asking the right questions when interviewing digital marketing candidates is everything!

QUESTION #1

The number one thing to ask a digital marketing person is to tell you about recent campaigns and projects they’ve been responsible for.

Ask them to walk you through the day-to-day of running those campaigns and projects and what they have their hands on.

You want to ask open ended questions like, “walk me through your day to day” and “what are your most recent projects and campaigns?”

Asking this question in this way is going to give you insight into what the person’s day looks like and doesn’t lead to witness.

It doesn’t give them something to launch off from to tell you what they think you want to hear.

You want questions that actually have them walk through their day to day.

Then you can get a sense of what this person has been doing and see if that matches up with what you need.

MEASURING PERFORMANCE

QUESTION #2

The next critical question for marketing candidates is having them explain what their KPI’s are, and how they’re measured and managed for their performance.

Find out what they think important KPI’s are, how they measure KPI’s and how they adjust and optimize different projects in the campaigns they’re running.

It’s critical that a marketing person is connected to their performance and outcomes of their activities.

You want to get some insight into how this person knows they’re effective or not effective.

QUESTION #3

Another critical question is what they think the most important aspects of marketing are when it comes to acquiring customers.

You want to understand their philosophy, where they come from and how they think as a marketer.

It is critical for you to evaluate them as a marketer as well as to see if their philosophy on marketing lines up with your company values and strategy.

HANDLING CHALLENGES

QUESTION #4

A fourth great question to ask candidates is to have them tell you about a challenging campaign or project that they have come across.

You want to hear of a major hurdle or article that they needed to overcome.

Have them walk you through what the problem was, what happened and how they dealt with it.

This will give you insight into their thinking and how they solve problems from a marketing perspective.

The more specific you get them to answer, the better, as you’ll get a sense of how they deal with problems as a marketer and how they overcome them.

HIRING FOR CULTURE FIT

QUESTION #5

Last, but not least you want to ask them to tell you what their idea work environment and company culture looks like.

When asking candidates this, ask them to be honest because people tend to want to tell the interviewer what they think they want to hear.

Candidates want to get the job and so they’ll likely tell you that they’re going to fit in with your company.

You want to really know if working together would really be a good fit.

There are lot of different people and a lot of personalities out there in the world and not everybody works well together.

It’s important to keep in mind that is not a problem at all, you just have to keep looking.

There is a lid for every pot and so you want to make it safe for the candidate to tell you about their ideal culture.

You want to be able to truly gauge if they would be a good fit for you and for them.

In the same breath you can also ask about some of the things that they don’t like in a work environment and culture.

You can gauge dislikes against your company culture as well.

CONCLUSION

These are some simple steps that you can apply when it comes to hiring digital marketing people. 

If you’re smart you’ll be able to take these questions and apply them to any type of professional.

Your interview questions should all be tailored and used to hire the best marketing talent out there to grow and scale your business.

Good luck!


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How To Recruit Employees Effectively

A major question that many hiring managers, human resource professionals, and business owners have is how to recruit employees effectively.

This is a multi-faceted question that requires a deep dive into best practices and best strategies.

For the purpose of this blog we will take a surface level view of many of the key aspects to give you a competitive advantage on recruiting employees.

What we will cover here will be applicable to anybody looking to hire any type of position for any type of company.

That means you could be a business owner, a human resources professional, a team leader, or anybody else looking to hire for your team.

We recommend that this question of how to recruit employees effectively is a question that you constantly ask.

This is an area that you can always get better at and always have your team building a next level of efficiency.

The better you are at effectively recruiting employees the better you will be at attracting and hiring the top talent in the market.

The more top talent you have on your team, the better your company is going to perform.

The company is nothing more than its people.

HAVING AN EFFECTIVE RECRUITING STRATEGY

First and foremost, if you’re going to be an effective recruiter for your company you must have a solid and proactive outbound recruiting strategy.

Your recruiting strategy cannot rely solely on job boards or passive submissions on your website or LinkedIn, etc.

Job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, etc. will get your job out there and will bring in candidates.

However, the quality of candidates with these types of submissions tend to be low and you will also spend a lot of time sifting through resumes.

Generally, the best talent on the market is not actively looking for a new position.

The best talent on the market is likely doing an awesome job in a position somewhere with one of your competitors.

It’s going to be up to you to recruit them away and onto your team.

Therefore you must have a proactive outbound recruiting strategy and a recruiter or recruiters that are dedicated to this.

You can have an internal recruiting team that resides in house in your company or you can work with outside vendors like us.

Either way, it’s critical you have the strategy in place.

You need to have recruiters who know how to tap into the passive talent market to find you the best talent out there.

HAVING A CLEAR EMPLOYER BRAND AND CULTURE

Along with a strong outbound proactive recruiting strategy you also need to have a strong employer brand.

An employer brand is what your company represents to your employees and prospect of employees.

You want a well-built career page on your website that explains your culture, what you do, who you are, what you value and what’s important to you.

We recommend also showcasing your benefits on your website and any other perks that may be involved with working with your company.

A strong employer brand goes along way in making your company seem attractive to prospective employees.

The more questions you can answer about your culture, benefits, perks, values, etc., the easier it will be to talk with prospective employees.

A strong employer brand is critical in representing yourself to the perspective employee marketplace.

LEVERAGING CURRENT EMPLOYEES

The second key point is that you want to leverage your employees.

Your employers are one of your biggest assets when it comes to recruiting effectively for your company.

Your current employees should have a solid understanding of your employer branding.

A good experience of your company is a critical aspect of your employer brand.

Your employer brand should go beyond just a nice website.

Your brand needs to seep into your company culture so that all of your employees are billboards for your company.

You want all of your employees to be fully bought into the vision of your company.

When this is the case, you can then leverage them as advocates of your company.

They likely know a lot of people in the market who would be perfect to join your company and they have large networks and many connections.

You want to be able to tap into those networks and tap into those connections.

Employees are able to sell your company and the opportunity of your company a lot better than a recruiter.

Having a strong employer brand will also help with employee retention – another key point that you want to keep your eye on.

HAVING A SMOOTH INTERVIEW PROCESS

Another thing to keep an eye on is your actual interview process itself.

You need to have a streamlined and effective interview process that leaves candidates with an excellent experience of your company and who you are.

Whether they get the job or not, you want everybody to have a good experience of your company.

In a fast-moving market like we’re seeing here in 2018 you also need to have an interview process that is efficient and moves quickly.

Many hot candidates are being courted by multiple companies at one time.

You want to make sure you move candidates through your process quickly so you don’t lose them to another offer.

Some clients might say that if a candidate doesn’t want to wait through the process then they’re not the right person.

This is a bad strategy that we do not recommend.

You want to move quickly and efficiently no matter what as it’s good for your company and for candidates.

DEFINING YOUR ROLE AND JOB DESCRIPTION

Another important aspect to keep in mind is that for any particular position you want to have a very clear picture of what you’re looking for.

If you have a job description that is not clearly defined, you’re going to have a hard time truly evaluating if somebody is the right fit for the role.

You could end up mistakenly hiring someone that isn’t the right fit because you didn’t interview them against an appropriate measuring stick.

The more clarity you have the more you will be able to customize your interview process and weed out the right people.

TESTING CANDIDATES FOR SKILLS

Along these same lines you want to find a way to test the skills of people you’re interviewing.

It’s not enough to just ask someone if they can do a particular job because most of the time they will just say yes.

You need to find a way to test the candidates in your interview process.

This could be a sample presentation, a case study, some sort of technical test, or something of this nature.

You want to find a way to test candidates in a real life scenario so that you get an actual picture of them doing the potential job.

This is easier said than done for many types of roles, but will go along way after you develop it in your process.

PRESENTING AND NEGOTIATING THE OFFER

Lastly you want to constantly be doing homework about what is the best way to present and negotiate an offer to potential employees.

One of the biggest mistakes clients make is to have their first initial offer to a candidate be a lowball offer.

They may think that’s a good idea because it gives them room negotiate.

While you should not come to the table with your best offer, that also does not mean lowballing a candidate.

Lowballing a candidate at the start will often turn them off very quickly.

This is an easy way to kill the deal after you’ve spent a long time putting someone through the interview process.

Again, don’t make an offer that is your best offer right off the bat.

You want to leave some wiggle room for negotiation as everybody wants to feel like they can get a better deal for them self.

DEFINING BENEFITS IN YOUR COMPENSATION PLAN

Be sure to that your offers come with detailed information about your benefits and perks.

It’s a good idea to put a monetary value on the benefits and perks so that you can calculate that into your total compensation package.

For example, if you’ll be contributing for health insurance, life insurance, paid days off etc. that could add up to another $15-20,000.

So essentially the person would be making $120,000 total compensation rather than just the $100,000 base.

The more you’re able to spell out someone’s total compensation, the better picture you’re able to paint about what they’re actually signing up for.

Candidates tend to be very bad at looking at the big picture and just focus on the base salary number.

CONCLUSION

There are a lot of steps you can take to becoming a more effective recruiter for your company.

The steps to recruiting employees effectively are not linear and it’s really a practice that has many facets to pay attention to.

If you pay attention to all these facets, you can turn your organization into a highly effective machine that will go after the best talent in the market.

We wish you the best!


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Hiring For Culture In Marketing And Sales

Hiring for culture and/or personality is often times even more important than hiring for hard skills.

This can be more challenging than hiring for hard skills as hard skills are often easier to test and screen for.

Culture and personality can be multifaceted and more difficult to screen individuals for.

But there are certain strategies and steps that can be taken to give you a competitive edge.

You want to hire the right types of people and personalities to blend in well with the culture of your company and employees.

It’s critical that you hire people correctly from a cultural perspective for many reasons such as employee longevity.

Employees will not stay long with a company that they don’t feel is a match for their personality.

They will regularly feel out of place or will be unhappy and you’ll soon notice a high level of turnover in your organization.

Happy employees are productive employees!

One of the ways to make sure both new and existing employees are happy is to make sure that you hire along certain cultural lines.

WHY DEFINE YOUR CULTURE?

If you’re interested in hiring for culture you must have a defined culture for your company.

The first big mistake that many companies make is not having their culture clear and defined.

They attempt to hire for culture without actually having a well defined culture!

This seems obvious, but it’s not.

If you try to hire for culture without a well-defined culture, good luck!

Without a well defined culture you will have no guiding principles to use in order to steer you in screening people.

You should have something concrete to show potential candidates to give them the insight to know if they’re a fit for the role.

If your company occurs like it doesn’t really have a culture, this can be just as detrimental as having a negative culture.

Typically, a negative culture is the fallout of not having a well-defined culture.

This in turn can end up with a mix of different personalities which tends to go in a default negative direction.

DEFINING YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

You can involve other key executives, and even your current employees, depending on the size of your company.

It will be important that you create not only the external brand for your company, but also an employer brand.

This should be outlined in a document and there should be structures in place to engender, grow, reward and nurture this culture.

It’s a good idea to have certain employees be brand ambassadors to engender and nurture the brand across the company.

You can create different contests and all kinds of interesting things to ensure you have a robust culture.

This is a topic that we will cover in future blogs in further detail.

But this is the first step – if you are interested in hiring for culture you’ve got to have a culture!

DOCUMENTING YOUR CULTURE

Again, it’s important that this be written down somewhere and explicated in a very clear and concise manner.

You will want to use this document as part of your hiring process.

Prospective employees should be able to read and see the document which outlines the expectations around culture.

Prospective employees should be clear about what your company culture is, what it stands for, and what the expectations are.

They should be able to meet with as many team members as possible to get an in person feel for the culture.

It is critical for prospective employees to be able to do their own due diligence.

You want them to be able to determine if your company and the position are going to be a good fit for them.

Many times prospective employees won’t do enough due diligence in determining if a company is a good fit for them.

This is something that often leads to making a bad hire.

It’s not the employer’s fault if the employee has not done enough research to see if the company is a good fit.

You want to hedge this for yourself and expose a potential employee to your company culture as much as possible.

Then there will be no surprises for them when they show up on day one.

TOOLS FOR ENSURING CULTURAL FIT

This is something you want to check on multiple times throughout your interview process.

This will truly ensure that you have a good match both for yourself and for the candidate.

Another major tool that employers use are personality assessment tests.

Things like the disk assessment test and many other companies who offer similar products and services.

Some personality tests are extremely in-depth, some are just surface level and there is everything in between.

Personality tests can be a good tool to get a general gage if someone will fit into your company culture.

Ultimately you have to take these tests with a grain of salt as they aren’t perfect and can be more or less accurate depending on many factors.

We’ve had some clients in the past that rely heavily on these tests and use the results extremely heavily.

It’s important not to go overboard with using these tests as a determining factor for hiring somebody or not.

At the end of the day it will be important to see how these tests fit in with your company culture as a whole.

STAYING DIVERSE

Another important factor in hiring for culture is not getting pigeonholed into hiring only the same kinds of personalities.

You want to have dissenting voices and people who are going to interrupt the status quo.

To continue to stay relevant in a fast growing, fast moving industry, you want to be diverse with your hires.

When everybody’s always on the same page and agrees with each other all the time, things can become stale.

Without new ideas you’ll fall to the wayside with some of the more fast thinking companies out in the market.

We recommend that part of a company’s culture be about open communication, new ideas and transparency.

As long as that is part of your culture then you can always hire and look for those types of traits.

IN CONCLUSION

In conclusion hiring for culture is extremely important!

Bad culture and personality hires are one of the number one contributors to high turnover rates.

It’s worth it to do the work to define your company culture and then use it as a guideline to hire the right people.

You will give yourself a major advantage to retaining solid employees and producing great services and products in the marketplace.


Here are some great ways to get started in building your company culture: https://bit.ly/2slTkkZ

Hiring Digital Marketing Professionals

This is a blog with tips for hiring marketing and digital marketing professionals for your team.

Marketing is an essential function in any organization.

In today’s digital landscape having a strength for digital and your marketing strategy is more important than ever.

The landscape for hiring digital folks can become daunting or even potentially overwhelming.

There are a lot of types of marketing people out there and it can be difficult to hone in on the right person for your team.

FINDING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT MARKETING SEATS

Having the right marketing people in your organization can make or break your opportunity of increasing your marketshare for your service or product.

It’s important to have a solid strategy for hiring marketing people.

This is true whether you have a backfill, a replacement that you need to fill or are hiring a new marketing role within your organization.

PAINTING A CLEAR PICTURE OF YOUR NEED

The first critical step is to make sure that you have a clear picture of the organizational structure of your marketing team.

You want to have a solid organizational structure built out for your entire company.

This way it’s very clear how your marketing team will interact with all the other teams.

If you’ve got someone who has hired marketing people before on your team, this gives you an advantage to lean on this person’s experience a bit.

QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU GET CLEAR ON THE ROLE

It’s important when you’re looking at filling this role to get very clear on what the position will be.

Is it going to focus on a particular market segment?

Or is it more of a general list type role?

Will it be focusing on a specific marketing channel?

Or will it be more of a multi channel marketing role?

You want to have a target market, demographic and geographic region flushed out for your company.

This will help to inform you what you need from a marketing perspective.

DRIVE FOR CONTENT OR DESIGN AND CREATIVE 

Marketing can also go in other directions which are more creative or brand oriented.

Do you need somebody who is content driven or has a strength for design and creative?

If so, this can take you in a different direction as well.

The important part is to get really clear on what the important functions are that you need this person to have.

Are you requiring someone to check multiple boxes and is finding someone like that is realistic?

DETERMINING WHETHER THE NEED IS FOR ONE OR TWO ROLES

You may find that you need two marketing people, depending on the different functions they need to have.

If you have other marketing people on your team then it’s important to see how this person will fit in with those different functions.

Having a well rounded marketing team and strategy is critical and you likely will need more than just one person.

CONSIDERING THE AUDIENCE

Once you get clear about what type of a marketing person you need something else to keep in mind is audience.

Will their experience in this area be important to the audience this role is marketing to?

Do you need somebody with consumer experience?

Or somebody with more B2B experience?

Or maybe doesn’t matter?

WHAT ABOUT YOUR INDUSTRY OR VERTICAL?

The other thing to look at is the industry or vertical you’re in.

Is your industry very niche, which requires someone who understands your product, service and industry to market it effectively?

Often times this is the case, but not always.

Many times industry and vertical experience is translatable. 

Sometimes this is even better than having somebody from the same industry as you get some fresh thinking and perspective.

CREATING A CLEAR JOB DESCRIPTION

It will be important for you to put together a clear job description of the position and a description of the right candidate.

For any job description it’s important that you are addressing both areas.

These include what the required skills are and what the actual job will look like on a day-to-day basis.

Having a solid job description is going to go a long way in attracting the right kind of candidates.

A job description that does not accurately describe what you want can be extremely detrimental.

A poor job description can cause potential candidates to pass right over it because they think it isn’t a fit for them.

It’s important to list your ‘must have’ requirements and your ‘nice to have’ requirements.

Too many must have requirements is going to narrow your pool down too much.

It’s important right off the bat to be clear about what you must have and what would be nice to have.

SPECIFYING THE NEEDED SKILLS FOR THE ROLE

Next, it’s very important to flush out what you need from a soft skills perspective.

We recommend putting the types of soft skills needed on your job description as well what kind of personality traits, cultural traits, etc. you need.

This is good for people to see and will help in the interview process.

This will allow you to structure your interviews in a way that screens people for hard skills as well as for soft skills.

TESTING CANDIDATES’ HARD AND SOFT SKILLS

Lastly, if your position requires some type of technical proficiency, it’s good to find a way to test potential candidates ability to do the job.

This can include things like working with an email automation platform, with some type of CRM system, or even a creative/design/content aspect.

That might mean seeing sample work or having them write up some simple copy or content as an example.

You might need presentation skills, so perhaps having them do a simple presentation.

It might be a technical test with specific questions about using an automation software or CRM software or some other sort of software.

The bottom line is you want to test a candidates skills so you get an idea of what the person will be like when they’re in the seat.

TIME TO GET RECRUITING

Once you have a clear description and a picture of both the hard and soft skills, you can then get to recruiting.

Posting on job boards and on LinkedIn is going to be useful to some degree.

You’ll need to find a way to have a proactive headhunting strategy to go out and find the really solid people who aren’t looking for a job.

You need to find a way to find the people who are never going to find you on their own.

Nine out of ten candidates we place for our clients are coming from what’s known as the passive talent pool.

Again, the people that are not necessarily looking for a job.

This is where you will find the best talent.

You can’t trust nowadays that the right talent will just come to you – you have to go out and find them.

IN CONCLUSION

If you take all of this into account it will make a big difference in your being able to hire the right marketing people for your team.

Often a bad hire is not that the candidate wasn’t right for the job, but because the employer did not adequately flush out their need.

Take the time to get clear on your need, create a clear description and find that passive talent to recruit for your team.


Here are just some skills you can consider for your next digital marketing role:

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Negotiating Salary For Employers And Jobseekers

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TIPS FOR NEGOTIATING SALARY 

Today we’re sharing tips for both employers and jobseekers who are considering accepting or negotiating a salary offer.

You should know there are different strategies to take depending on your situation for both employers and jobseekers.

Your strategy depends on if you are negotiating with each other directly or if there is a recruiter who is negotiating on your behalf.

WORKING WITH A RECRUITER

If there is a recruiter in the mix, you need to be clear about how much you trust them to represent and negotiate for both parties.

There are a lot of different recruiters out there and many of them are good at negotiating and many aren’t.

If you’re working with someone, you want to be sure you can trust that they are going to be able to handle both parties interests.

FOR THE JOBSEEKER

If you’re a job seeker and working with a recruiter, you definitely want to take whatever advice that recruiter is giving you.

The recruiter is likely going to have your best interest in mind and do everything they can to negotiate the highest salary possible.

Recruiters’ commissions are going to be based off of your final salary, so it really is in their best interest to negotiate the best possible salary.

The thing to keep in mind is that often by the time you get an offer, the recruiter will have already done some significant negotiating on your end.

Although it may be the first time you’re seeing an offer, it’s likely not the first time that potential employer has been in the negotiation process.

So you want to keep the above in mind as you don’t want to be in a position to over negotiate.

BEING CLEAR, CONCISE AND PREPARED

The last thing that you want to do is go back-and-forth with your prospective employer too many times.

This can make you seem nit-picky and could just annoy and or upset at the situation.

One way to avoid this is when you do an initial review of your offer be sure that you collect any and all questions that you have.

Many jobseekers make the mistake of going back and forth finding concerns and asking questions.

This can get annoying and makes you seem unorganized.

COMMUNICATING SALARY EXPECTATIONS

When working with a recruiter, it’s also in your best interest to be upfront about your current salary.

Many states are now employing laws which make it illegal for recruiters or companies to ask candidates what your current salary is.

The purpose of these laws is to avoid gender discrimination, not so that people can hide their salary and try to get more money.

It will be obvious to the recruiter if you do this.

The truth of the matter is that nine time out of ten, being upfront about your current salary is your best ammunition.

If you’re being underpaid, you can use that as an argument for why you want an increase.

If you aren’t being underpaid you can use your current salary as a basis for a certain percentage of increase.

In other words, it’s better to have a stand off point in your argument for certain salary expectations.

You don’t want to have a certain salary expectation based off of nothing.

Most of the time this is going to help, especially if you are working with a recruiter.

A recruiter will be able to take that information and really frame it with their client to really sell you with your requested salary.

WHAT JOBSEEKERS CAN EXPECT

Also, be sure that you don’t get offended if your first number on the offer is a bit off.

Many companies tend to come in with a lowball offer at first.

This is fairly normal and you want to make sure that you don’t take something like this personally.

This can be a red flag in some situations, but normally it’s just a starting off point knowing that there’s going to be some back-and-forth.

Be professional about it and remind them what your expectations are and what your current salary is.

You can also remind them of your justifications and your logical case for the salary that you are expecting.

The more evidence and logic you’re able to bring to the situation about your salary expectation, the better.

SALARY IS NOT EVERYTHING

You want to make sure you get a clear picture of all the benefits that come with the role you’re negotiating for.

Things like bonuses, health insurance, life insurance, 401(k) and disability should all be considered.

There are many other perks that companies are now instituting like food perks, dry cleaning, vacation, paid days off, remote days, short days in the summer, and the list goes on.

Many of these bonuses, benefits and perks are difficult to monetize, but add up to a lot of money within any given year.

It’s very important that you keep all of this in mind as these things can have a major impact on your overall compensation.

These things also greatly impact the quality of your work and life balance.

So it’s very important that you take it all in a consideration and don’t get too stuck on a salary number.

We’ve seen many candidates get stuck on a salary number and miss out on a great opportunity.

You want to be sure you’re taking the whole picture into account.

FOR THE EMPLOYERS

It’s important that you avoid the aforementioned initial lowball offer.

Be up front with people and let them know what your ranges are early on in the process.

Get expectations from people early on in the process.

You can ask questions as to why they are expecting a certain salary.

Be sure yon’t break the law in your state if you’re not allowed to ask about their current salary.

HAVING A SALARY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE

Have a really well thought-out and put-together benefits document showing as much as possible.

This will show the details of the monetary amount of your benefits package.

A well put together benefits package is really going to help supplement any salary offer that you make.

You’ll be able to justify a lower salary or market salary with candidates if you are also offering a competitive benefits package.

It’s important that you are clear with people throughout the process and you make sure they are clear with you about expectations.

You don’t want to waste your time getting all the way through your interview process with someone that you like, only to have a deal fall apart.

This can happen if you don’t communicate clearly and aren’t in the same ballpark when it comes to compensation.

It’s also not a good idea to come in with your first number as your maximum, unless of course this has been discussed with the candidate beforehand.

Most candidates are expecting to be able to negotiate or pushback on the salary at least once and get a little bit higher than the initial offer.

There is a very important emotional and psychological aspect of people accepting offers.

No one likes to just lay down and accept the first offer.

People want to feel like they pushed back and then someone gave in because they really like them.

The last thing you want is for someone to feel OK about accepting the offer and then to show up on day one feeling just OK having accepted the job.

You want people excited about the role and to feel wanted.

CONCLUSION

These are just a few tips you can take into consideration.

The tips in this blog can go a long way to getting the best offer for yourself and also for the company.


How do you do it ALL? Here is a great list on managing your work-life balance! https://muse.cm/SyV3yC

Interview Tips For Employers

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Many of our clients come to us seeking advice on how to improve their interview process.

They are seeking the right candidates to find the right employees that will get the job done and last for a long time with their company.

Interviewing is tricky because prospective candidates are often better at interviewing than they are at doing the job that they’re interviewing for.

This is one of the most challenging things to overcome as an employer as you assess how to hire the right person for the role.

THE COSTLY MISTAKE OF BAD HIRING

It can be extremely detrimental to your company to make bad hires.

In fact, this is potentially one of the most costly expenses for any company.

Bad hires can cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars over a very short period of time.

There are a lot of expenses that go into hiring, firing and having to rehire somebody.

GET VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED

The first and most important step in making the right hire is being crystal clear about what it is that you actually need.

Having a clear picture of what you need is absolutely critical because you can not interview precisely without knowing what you need.

Without having a clear place to start, you will waste a lot of time and spin your wheels when it comes to interviewing and hiring the right person.

BACKFILLING POSITIONS

If the position is a backfill position, it may be easier to fill because you’re likely clear about what that person is or isn’t doing.

You may need to adjust the job description slightly if you’re planning to alter the role.

However, in most cases the role won’t change much and you should have a clear picture of what you need.

HAVING A GOOD INTERVIEW SCREENING PROCESS

It is in every employer’s best interest to have an interview process that truly cuts the fat to determine if the person is the right fit.

Once you do have the description clear it’s critical to make a list of at least 10 initial pre-screening questions. 

You want questions that are very specific to the the role you’re hiring for.

Be sure to include some technical questions that have to do with the specific day-to-day requirements and abilities of the role.

Don’t lead the witness with these questions, for example, don’t say are you good at X?

You want to ask for specific examples or ask for how they would react in certain situations.

You also want to review these questions with your team to make sure you’re on the right track.

These initial screening questions will be critical in the early stages of the interview process.

CONSIDERING YOUR COMPANY CULTURE

It’s very important that you flush out what you need from a cultural and personality perspective.

Again, don’t ask candidates if they consider themselves a hard worker – the answer will always be yes.

Instead ask them to tell you about their work ethic or their definition of responsibility.

You can also give a specific scenario and ask how they would react or deal with certain situations.

Hypothetical questions are very good for flushing out how someone would deal with a certain situation.

Next, in the second or third round of your process, there should be a test or a presentation that goes beyond asking questions.

Some clients do a case studies, sample projects or put together proposals.

Think of something that has to do with the duties that the job entails and ask them to give you a sample of what that might be.

The point is to get them to sample the work that the job will entail so you get an actual sense of having them in that role.

This can be extremely useful as you will also be able to compare their work to the work of other candidates in the mix.

If you get really clear about what you need and integrate clear questions as well as some sort of “test,” you will go along way.

INCLUDING YOUR TEAM IN THE HIRING PROCESS

The last important piece is to make sure that you involve the right people from your team in your interview process.

If you have other people at the company doing this or similar jobs, you can have them interview the person as well.

They are the ones in the trenches doing what you already need and will be able to truly tell you if this person can do the job or not.

This can make a big difference and you should lean on your staff and your team to help with hiring as much as possible.

This is also important when hiring for a personality or culture fit, as you want people that will be a match and will work well with the current staff that you have.

CONCLUSION

There are simple steps you can take to make sure you’re making a good hire for any open position you’re looking to add to your team.

Avoiding common mistakes will go along way in avoiding making a bad hire and will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Get clear about the job and position that you need, follow the steps in this blog and you will have success!


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What Questions To Ask During My Interview

4 Business people communicating - What Questions To Ask During My Interview

So you are going to interview for that great job you found – but what are the best questions to ask to determine if it’s a fit for you? You may only get to ask a couple, so make them count! This is a major opportunity to interview the interviewer. You want to take advantage of whatever chance you can to determine early on if this is the right company for you.

Interviewing is a way to not only have employers ask questions to see if you are the right fit for their company, but also vice versa. It is always important to ask yourself if you can see yourself working for the company you are interviewing for. Asking a variety of questions that really gives you good insight on if the job opportunity is going to be a good match is vital. This is easier said than done, so we have some tips for you.

Culture is critical

Your skill set may be a match but what about culture? Ask questions that really give you a good sense about what people at that company are like. Ask about company outings, dress code, benefits and wellness. These types of details are extremely important to see if you would be a good match to the company. 

You want to also already be clear about what YOU are looking for in culture. Do you value work life balance? Maybe a close knit culture is important to you. Work hard play hard may be up your alley. Perhaps a lot of structure, or a little structure is important. The point is that you have a good picture of what you value so you can compare what you hear.

Really honing in on what a person in the position you are interviewing for needs to address or do in the role in order to be successful are good questions to ask as well. Assuming you are talking to the direct hiring manager, find out what they expect a successful person in the role to accomplish. You will want to get in their head. Could you really do the job? Are their expectations realistic?

Below are three very good and important questions to ask during a interview that we read in an article called, “Three Interview Questions To Test If An Employer Is Right For You”. 

1.) What character traits do people demonstrate that succeed in this role and company?

A question like this really will give you insight on if this role is a good personality fit for you and if you will be capable of being successful by how your traits and habits are. You will know right away of those traits are describing you or not.

2.) What are your favorite things about working at this company? 

Learning about why your interviewers like to work at the company you are interviewing for is a question that really determines the culture of the business. If you can gauge if they truly enjoy their job and work culture it will give you an idea of how everyone feels about the company. It is important to work somewhere that your co workers enjoy working at because it creates good relationships amongst each other.  You can even ask what are some of the things they dislike about the company. It’s natural and healthy for there to be likes and dislikes. No company is perfect and you should never expect that. What they dislike will still be very insightful.

3.) What challenges has your team faced in the last year? What are your team’s goals for the next year? 

Asking a question in regards to what challenges the department or company you will work for gives you realistic goals that soon will be on your plate. Seeing what goals they are trying to accomplish will give you an overview of what your job will entail.

Conclusion

Asking the right questions at a job interview really will give you a good idea if it will be the right fit. Don’t take a job just because it looks good on your resume or because of money. We see way too many people get caught up in money and wanting to make a move try to get ahead. Chose a job that you will be a good fit for you both skill wise and personality. 

You have to be smart about making a move, your resume needs to show stability. Our clients are constantly turning down resumes because people look like job hoppers. Often times those people left their jobs because they ended up not being a good cultural fit. This is understandable. But if they had done a better job of looking at this before accepting an offer, they wouldn’t be stuck in this sticky situation. 

The last thing you want is to be stuck at a company because you didn’t do your due diligence. Or you have to jump from a couple jobs and now you look unstable. There is a lot of risk in not asking the right questions during your interview.

Make the most of your career and your life! Aldebaran Recruiting is here to coach our candidates throughout the entire recruitment process making sure our candidates and clients have the right fit. 

How To Hire The Best Talent And Candidates

The best talent on the market will likely not find you on their own. You must find a way to find them and court them into joining your team and organization! Check out the video below that our Sr. Partner Lance Winsaft put together about finding talent.

The market is competitive and it’s critical you do whatever is needed to get a competitive edge. 

1) Clarity, 2) Culture, 3) Speed – The top 3 things you need to have FLAT if you are serious about hiring the best talent.

*CLARITY – You need to be clear about what you need in the role, what the person will do, what their personality will be like, and what you will expect of them.

*CULTURE – Your company and team should have a defined culture that you can speak to and get people excited about. Find out ways to interview for culture.

*SPEED – In this market, there is no time for drawn out interview processes. Don’t compromise on what you need to do to hire the right people and be sure to move fast with the people you like – they are most likely being courted by other companies! 

Are You Missing Out?

We see too many clients miss out on great talent because of missing one more of the above  items. When you miss out on that great candidate, guess what? They are going to your competition! That is usually not a good thing. Every industry and vertical is competitive, you can’t afford to lose talent to your competitors.

On this same note, the above points apply to current employees as well. Employees stay with companies that have a clear vision, companies that move fast, and companies with a well defined culture. 

If you are able to retain the talent you currently have while also attracting and retaining other top talent, you will have an undeniable edge over your competition. The slightest edge in any game is what separates the winners from the losers.

You Are Being Interviewed As Well!

Every candidate you interview is also interviewing you and your company – and remember, if they are good, they aren’t desperate, and someone else is likely after them as well!! It’s so critical you find ways to sell both the opportunity of the role and the opportunity of joining your team and company.  Putting even a little bit more effort into candidate experience can have big payoffs in terms of giving you a competitive edge.

Top talent must be hunted in this current market. If you are serious about adding the best people to your team, you can’t rely on them finding you in time. If you are unable to hire a headhunter, find a way to hunt the talent on your own. This can be tricky but must be done! The best talent is waiting for you to find them and court them. 🙂 

This holds true the most if you are hiring executives or upper management – especially if they are currently working with one of your competitors. It isn’t enough to “build it and they will come.” So you have a great product or service, a great future for the company ahead of you, that is great, but not enough to lure over the superstars.

Be Willing To Court Them

Superstars need a little coaxing. Add in a dinner as part of your interview process, make your interview process is slick with very high communication. Your internal HR teams should be on the spot with scheduling and communicating with these folks. Give them a great tour of the office, sell them on your vision the perks, etcetera. Find out what really matters to them, what are their motivations, why are they interested. More importantly, find out their concerns!

Too many employers avoid asking what the candidates concerns are and therefore they never get addressed. Only when you find out what they are concerned about can you dress it. This is a critical interview strategy that most employers miss. What happens then is the candidate has a concern, they make things up in their head about the concern, it never gets addressed, and then they make a decision based on the made up thoughts they have about the concern! Most of the time the concern was something easy to address that likely would have resulted in a positive outcome. Don’t fall in to this trap.

Never stop improving your process. The way you find talent and retain them should be ever evolving. Outside recruiters are an amazing resource because we work with many different clients and we see what works and what doesn’t work. We strive to be that sort of partner for our clients – not just a talent mill.

Recruiters also help to manage those communications and set expectations. The last thing you want is to leave a candidate “hanging” out there at any point in the process. This happens WAY too much! Especially if they are hot, you can’t leave them on hold. Recruiters are great for setting expectations and taking that load away from you.

Conclusion

There are many ways to give yourself a competitive edge to attract and retain the top talent in the market. You owe it to yourself to invest in HR and recruiters. Invest in have a great candidate experience that motivates and inspires candidates. Court the people you really like, make them feel special, make them feel wanted, and keep this up for all employees. Millennials especially want to contribute and be apart of something. Give your employees that chance! 

Feel free to reach out to us if you want to improve in any of these areas. We are a true business partner and can provide you with not only the top talent but also insight and advice into your process. To attract the best you have to be the best and work with the best. If you offer peanuts you get monkeys. or if you do the bare minimum with candidates and think they should be happy to be interviewing with you, you will get mediocre talent. You have an amazing company, an amazing product/service, now do whatever it takes to have the best people.

Happy Hunting!

 

Meet A Business Influencer: Michelle Weinstein

We hope your January is off to a good start! In this email we are launching a new video series where you’ll get to meet a variety of business influencers who will be covering some exciting topics! “Meet A Business Influencer” Video Series, E01 launches today!
 
Michelle Weinstein is our first guest to sit down with Lance Winsaft and they cover some great sales topics to empower any entrepreneur, soloprenuer, or sales rockstar. Michelle has a great story about her journey through getting into sales, starting her own business, pitching on Shark Tank, and starting her own coaching practice.
 
Learn more about Michelle at:http://www.thepitchqueen.com
 

Also, check out Michelle’s podcast, Success Unfiltered at: 

http://bitly.com/successunfiltered, she has some amazing guests on her show, it’s not to be missed!
 
Stay tuned to our Youtube channel as well as future email updates for more upcoming interviews with influencers in the business community. 
 
More about Michelle:
 

For anybody who is trying to grow or take a business to the next level luckily, there’s Michelle Weinstein.

This time-tested entrepreneur has the unique ability to help you immediately identify business strengths to create a unique plan of action. More importantly, she helps you zero in on the hidden trip wires that keep you from achieving your financial dreams.

She has knocked down the doors and impressed CEO’s at many billion-dollar companies. Her relentless pursuit towards buyers at Costco Wholesale earned her coveted shelf space that also led to national deals with The Vitamin Shoppe. Other current clients include the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays. Within her inner circle are multi-seven figure entrepreneurs, famous comedians, professional athletes and coaches from the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL.

What She Can Do For You…
As a result of these amazing relationships and opportunities, Michelle has honed a unique skill set that will help you develop the most important and valuable relationships. She will teach you how to open doors and meet people you have always dreamed of meeting, but you never knew how to get to. That’s her genius.

She has accomplished incredible feats of influence, building a business both online and brick and mortar. She has sold everything from mortgages, to wardrobes at Nordstrom, to $30k online education programs, to 7-figure homes, to Paleo meatballs. She pitched her way on Shark Tank and raised over $1M for her last company. She uses the same formula to make all these things happen and her goal is to use her 20 years of experience and help YOU overcome any obstacles to close more deals, work half the time, make double the money, and work with the clients that you love to serve.

Her mission is to utilize her superpower to help entrepreneurs close any deal that comes your way, sell more products or services, value your worth, overcome any objection thrown at you, and turn a “NO” into a “YES” so you can serve more people and make a bigger impact in the world.

 
 

Corporate Sustainability And Responsibility Matters

Corporate Sustainability And Responsibility Matters

Turnover is known to be the biggest expense to companies throughout the nation. At Aldebaran Recruiting we have one of the highest retention rates you will ever come across for when placing candidates. What’s our secret you may ask? It simple. We listen to our candidates. Money is not the only motivating factor for a lot of the workforce nowadays.

Companies have been making it a point to work on their “Corporate Sustainability”. Corporate Sustainability is a strategy that takes into account how a business operates ethically, socially, environmentally and economically. Successfully working on corporate culture and making a conscious adoption of a company mission make your company appealing to workforces world wide.

Becoming apart of a company that makes a difference and has a reputation of having Corporate Sustainability is what millenials today are looking for. By 2025, millennials will make up three-quarters of the workforce. The needs what they are looking for is important to understand. There has been skyrocketing statics that prove millenials are not motivated by money anymore, they are motivated by culture and change.

What we do here as recruiters at Aldebaran is understand the wants and needs from our candidates and clients. Then we make the match. There is a shift in what the workforce looks for in a company to work for. When shifts happen we adjust and learn new wants and needs.

Why This Matters.

This strategy is more important today than it has ever been. We are caring more about the world as a whole. Even though there is still a lot of destruction going on. Corporations place a major role in politics and world affairs and the actual responsibility is falling more and more on the shoulders of corporations, not individuals.

Gone are the days where corporations can avoid responsibility. In today’s digital age information is traveling much faster than ever before. The smallest mistake can go viral and ruin a company. No longer can things stay hidden or in the shadows, everything is transparent! 

Why Does This Matter To Recruiters?

As a recruiter, it’s important to pay attention to the types of companies you recruit for. What do you value? What matters to you? What do you care about? And what do your candidates value and care about. If there is a gap between the answers to those questions and how your clients would answer, you have a problem. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole is going to get you nowhere.

The better you are able to match candidate values with clients the better fall off ratio you will have. Replacing candidates is a pain. And paying back a fee is even worse! If you are an in-house recruiter the same still applies. Your job is to fill open roles, new roles. It’s not to replace people you recently added to the company. If you are contributing to turnover, this will be seen as a problem.

To learn more about Company Sustainability, check out this great article Why Corporate Sustainability Should Matter to Recruiters. 

Meet The Team: Jackie Kellam

As the latest installment of our “Meet The Team” Video series, today Lance Winsaft sat down with Jackie Kellam, one of our awesome Senior Associates in San Diego. They chat about where Jackie is from and also about important changes with laws around disclosing salary.

Feel free to connect with Jackie Kellam on LinkedIn at:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackiekellam/ 

Thank you from,
 
Lily, Lance & the Aldebaran Recruiting Team!!!
 

Finding Your Ideal Career: Where Do I Start?

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What is my ideal career?

Finding your ideal career is not easy, but the fact that you’re reading this article means that you’re a driven, motivated individual that’s willing to work hard for it. Good job! You’ve already gotten the first step down: To find the motivation.

So what’s next? Well, here are some essential steps to start finding your ideal career. It is recommended that you write your ideas down as you go to make it more concrete and easier to work with.

Define your passion

First, you need to do some self-assessment. What are some things that you like? What is it that drives you? It doesn’t have to be career- or industry-specific. Your motivation can be your simplest desires like “I like helping others” or “I like it when the numbers come together.” Landing a job that aligns with your passion will definitely boost your performance and leaves you feeling satisfied. Asking yourself these types of questions will help you determine what your ideal career is.

Define your strengths and weaknesses

Make a list of things that you’re good at and what you need to work on. You’ll more likely enjoy and succeed in a career that allows you to make use of your strengths. If you’re concerned that your ideal career path might not suit you because of your weakness, don’t be discouraged! In fact, good for you! Now you know what you need to work on and you’re one step closer to being in your ideal career.

“What are your weaknesses?” Everyone’s favorite interview question to answer! Honesty truly is the best policy here, so don’t try to be over strategic. Your weaknesses are an important part of the interview process on both sides.

Gain experience

You may have found it difficult to list your passion, strengths, and weaknesses. That’s ok! You’re not alone. You’ll need to give yourself some time to identify both your natural and learned skills. Take the time to understand your own potential. After gaining some experience, you’ll be better able to assess yourself and find a skill (or a combination of it) that you can capitalize on.

Define your priorities and career goals

Everyone has slightly different goals in life. Some will want to focus on their career growth, while others want to focus on learning new skills. If you’re focusing on your career growth, avoid the common mistake of prioritizing short-term improvements. What you want now may not be aligned with what you want five or ten years down the road. For example, don’t be swayed by a job promotion if it means that you’ll be stuck in a career path that you don’t want to be in.

If you are in a job you don’t like – LEAVE! Nothing is worth your unhappiness. In fact, if you don’t LOVE it, I say leave. Value yourself enough to have your job/career be a reflection of what matters to you. Be enriched, be alive, make a contribution. 

Consider the work culture

Work culture may seem insignificant, but it actually matters more than some would think. Consider the work environment that would suit you best. What will your relationship with your coworkers look like? What style of company leadership do you look for? These things can contribute to whether you will enjoy a job or not. For example, some would enjoy working in a big corporate company while others thrive in smaller companies. Do your research. Find out if the work culture of the jobs in your career path would allow you to perform at your maximum potential.

Money is not everything

Yes, we all have to pay our bills. However, money shouldn’t be your primary goal. You’ll always want “a bit more.” You’ll never be content if your goal purely about gaining more money. Instead, think about what matters to you most. Do you want flexible work hours? What kind of lifestyle do you want to live? Revisit your values, life priorities, and career goals.

It’s always nice to be in your ideal career. But like everything nice, it will take time and effort. So put in those hours and don’t hold back on those sweat and tears! You might only land a decent job in the beginning, but rest assured, your efforts will pay off sooner or later. Best of luck!

Trust your recruiter about the best salary to represent you at. Trust me, we have your best interest in mind to negotiate you the best possible salary! We see WAY too many candidates ask for too much salary up front and price themselves out compared to similar candidates.

There is a difference between your worth and your MARKET worth. You need to set ego aside and play the market right. If there are candidates with several more years experience than you, and asking for the same, or even sometimes less, money, you will have priced yourself out even before even getting in the game.

Recruiters are able to give valuable insight into your competition. Use us wisely.

Side note, don’t make a career move if money is your only motivation. This will make falling into this trap even more likely.

Conclusion

You shouldn’t expect to simply fall into your ideal career. Be proactive and do your due diligence. Everyone should be in a career they love with a company they are passionate about. No one should settle ever! In the US alone there are amazing companies and amazing jobs out there. Complacency will be your number one enemy with fear as a close second. 

If you ever feel stuck or alone or overwhelmed as you go through this process, always remember you are not alone. Use your friends and family as a sounding board. Reach out to co-workers, coaches, consultants. There are a million resources at your fingertips, you simply need to take the action and get out there.

Action is the only thing that will ever produce a result. Start small if you have to, but one way or another, get in action. The more action you take, the more results you will start to see.

We wish all of you the best in your career searches. Believe in yourself and your skills, and most importantly, never give up!

If you already know what your ideal career is, consider looking for a new job on our job boards.

If you don’t, good lucking finding your ideal career!

2018

What to Do When a Recruiter is Being Unresponsive

 

Recruiter Not Responding?

Did a recruiter suddenly stop responding to your emails? Is your recruiter not responding to you after you went to multiple interviews? Have you sent them polite emails and multiple phone calls for a month, but they’re still not getting back to you? Then you have been ‘ghosted.’

Ghosting is a pretty common occurrence not only in recruiting, but also in life. It’s when the other party ‘slowly fades away.’ Often times this is accidental but many times it’s an easy way to not deal with cutting someone loose or providing feedback. This is more painful when you are far along in the process. 

This can be very frustrating and annoying. And if it happens a lot to you, with multiple companies, it can become very discouraging. It’s easy to take ghosting personal, especially if you were working with this person for several weeks.

If you find yourself being ghosted in the hiring process, here’s what you should do.

1. Mourn About It

Let it all out. Cry on your bed. Punch your pillows. It’s ok to feel upset. You have every right to feel that way. However, it’s important to do this privately. Share your pain and frustration with your closest friends and family, but don’t bring it to your social media. Venting through your social media is not the best option. It will demonstrate a lack of emotional control to your future employers and ruin your chances in the job hunt.

Ghosting may be unprofessional, but don’t stoop to that level. If your recruiter stops responding, move on. Keep a cool head, even if it hurts!


2a. Send a Firm Email Saying That This is Not Ok

Ghosting is an unprofessional business practice. Sending a firm email may not get you the job, but it might make you feel better. Recruiter Jane Ashen Turkewitz from .comrecruiting suggests sending an email like this:

“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to interview for the role of X. I was surprised, after my 7 rounds of interviews, to not hear anything regardless of my attempts to stay engaged.

Due to the lack of response, it’s a fair assumption that you have decided to move in another direction.  While I am disappointed, I certainly respect if someone more qualified entered the picture.

That said, isn’t it common courtesy to let a candidate know where he stands in the process, even if it’s a difficult conversation? A rejection is disappointing but ghosting shows a lack of leadership and empathy.

I hope one day, if you are in my shoes, interviewing for a new, exciting job, that you are not treated in such an unkind manner. Wishing you and yours continued success as I find success elsewhere.”

Be cautious about sending a firm email. Remember, send it only when you’re ready to move on from the job. Also, it’s best not to be too firm when you’ve only been to only one interview with them. Instead, you can them a small and polite note.

2b. You Can Also Not Do Anything

Please don’t go assuming that recruiters are evil. Not all of us are like this. Sometimes recruiters have no control over this. Sometimes being unresponsive can be a part of the recruiter’s job. Some companies have a “no feedback” policy. By not doing anything, you won’t be burning any bridges. It’s a good way to keep your options open with this company, especially if it’s a big company.

Things happen, emails fall through the cracks, priorities shift, people get hired, and fired. Recruiters have very busy emails and challenging schedules and deadlines. So remember to have some compassion. 

They likely aren’t doing this on purpose. 

3. Don’t Let It Affect Your Other Applications

Don’t start becoming impatient and keep asking questions to future recruiters. It’s best to always present your best self. Getting ghosted sucks, but it’s best to let it go. Yes, we realize that it’s much, much harder than it sounds. Every recruiting process is different. It’s best to simply learn from this experience to be prepared for when a recruiter ghosts you again.

Don’t be discouraged when your recruiter stops responding. It happens more often than you’d think, but not all recruiters are like this. It doesn’t always mean that they’re not interested in you either. Getting ghosted can be very upsetting, but worst case scenario: You won’t end up in a company that lacks proper etiquette. If they’re treating you poorly from the start, who knows what else they would do to you.

Pick yourself up and move on. The right fit is out there, you simply need to keep looking. Every company has a different culture. Some may not value communication the way that you do, but I promise you there are many that do.

Conclusion

Ghosting is not appropriate in today’s business world. If you get ghosted by a recruiter or a company, consider it a sign that this was not a good fit for you and move on! Communication is critical in today’s world. It’s a vital component of doing business and anything less than timely communication is unprofessional. 

Do your best to not get caught up in taking ghosting personally, it’s likely that person or company does it with everyone. It’s most likely something they need to fix at an organizational level, or perhaps that one recruiter or hiring manager needs to go. 

It’s critical as well to not get frustrated and carry your frustration around. This will make finding a job even more difficult as your view will be distorted and you will project negativity onto other applications. Rest assured the right company culture is out there for you!

Lastly, make sure you are ghosting other people in your personal or professional life! Be the example and not part of the problem. If e all took it upon ourselves to have impeccable communication, this world would be a very different place. So start with you and make a difference for others.

Let’s have the business world be different! We can all make a difference, be more courteous and professional. Spread the love!

Happy Hunting!

 

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What to Do About Job Hoppers

 

Some recruiters do not like candidates who job hop. They believe that job hoppers only cause an unnecessary increase in their turnover expenses. However, that is not always true.

It’s usually not a good idea to judge a book by it’s cover, so to speak. A resume is only a visual representation of someones experience and story, it isn’t the person themselves. We have seen many clients make great hires after given a “job-hopper” the benefit of the doubt and having at least an initial call. 

Often times there is a story that makes a lot of sense behind perceived instability, you can never learn this from looking at a resume alone.

There are plenty of benefits that job hoppers can bring to your company.

Why they make good hires

Job hoppers may bring benefits that can more than make up for your turnover expenses.

  • Fast learners

They are typically fast learners. Having had many jobs in a relatively short period of time, they have learned to be adaptable and adjust quickly to new environments. Since they’re easy to get onboard, they don’t require much time and effort to get up to speed. This is a huge asset in today’s fast world. if your business moves fast, you can benefit from this greatly.

  • Diverse skill sets

Job hoppers often have a wide range of both technical and soft skills. Having worked in different industries, they can tackle problems from a different perspective. They may also be familiar with different technologies that your company might benefit from. Job hoppers have developed strong interpersonal skills by working with a wide range of people and companies. If your company ins an entrepreneurial environment where people wear many hats, this will be an instrumental asset.

  • Bring new ideas

Job hoppers can bring new ideas. They can draw on their experiences from working with other companies to bring more innovative ideas and solutions to your company. This is something that loyal employees might lack. As a result, it prevents your company from being stale. Being at one company for too long can certainly have your thinking become stale. Fresh perspectives are worth  their weight in gold.

  • Wide social network

Job hoppers are more than just a deep well of knowledge and ideas. They have most likely built a wide business network. Having more business connections can only benefit your company. This can be anything from recruiting more quality candidates and finding more clients. Relationships are everything and if you can leverage your employees relationships skillfully, it can really pay off for your bottom line.

How to hire them and get them to settle at your company

Job hoppers are naturally ambitious and eager to gain new experience and/or climb the ranks. Retaining them can be difficult, just as it is difficult to attract and retain any top talent. This is truly the key – what to do to keep them around! Sometimes these folks have moved around a lot because no one can keep them. If that can be you, you will truly benefit. This tips below work across all types of employees.

  • Foster employee development

You can increase retention rates by implementing employee engagement programs. Talk and listen to your employees. Let them express their objectives. Then provide them with some strategic direction. Ambitious job hoppers are eager to learn. They seek guidance and will greatly appreciate your input. They will be more inclined to keep working with you if your company is a resourceful learning environment to them. This is especially true with Millennials who seek engagement and want to be apart of something bigger.

  • Facilitate advancement in the company

All employees want to be valued for their hard work and commitment. Job hoppers are the same. They crave continuous recognition of their contributions to the company. Create a rewarding and appealing work environment by recognizing their years of service, high performance, and continued excellence. Again, you have to listen to them closely. Take the time to understand their interests to create a recognition program that will truly resonate with them. Job hoppers will be more inclined to stay at your company if they feel valued. Again this is another critical strategy with Millennials. Contribution is key for upcoming generations and it’s easy to have your company be an environment that values people and allows them to contribute.

Conclusion

Judging a book by it’s cover is lazy and will often time lead to missing out on great opportunity. Initial exploration of a job hoppers background on a phone interview can yield a lot of information about their experience, story, and other assets that could ad vale to your organization.

There are many “diamonds in the rough” out there and a talented business owner or hiring manager know how to find them and keep them on their team. Your people are everything and you owe it your business to do everything you can to attract and retain the best people. Do this and your company will thrive.

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Negotiating An Offer – Salary Isn’t Everything

Your negotiation position depends on your alternatives. When all else fails, don’t be discouraged! Take ‘No’ as an answer and recognise that it’s part of the growth process. ‘No’ can also mean ‘Not yet’. There are still other alternatives to salary that you can negotiate.

Salary really should not be the prime motivator for make a career change. Only in the instance where you are grossly underpaid and also don’t like your job should you make a move solely for money.

And although salary is important it isn’t everything. There are many other factors that make up compensation. It is CRITICAL that you not get distracted by a salary number and instead take into account the whole compensation package. This allows you to look at the full picture and make an actual informed decision.

Often times you will run across these scenarios even when asking for a raise in your current job. Use the below in any situation you see fit.

Better Work Conditions

Take this opportunity to negotiate for better work conditions. For example, if you feel like you’re unable to work at your full potential, consider requesting for a better workspace that would best suit your style. If you feel suffocated because of work, maybe you should ask for a more flexible schedule to accommodate for your life outside of work. If your job requires a long commute or would require you to relocate in the near future, consider asking for the option to work remotely. Lastly, if you feel that your title doesn’t fully encompass the scope of your role, you may also request for a better title.

– Workspace
– Work schedule
– Remote work option
– Job title

You spend a lot of time at work. Your quality of life while working is hard to measure as dollars, but makes a huge difference in your quality of life. Don’t forget how much of a difference this makes.

Many companies are open to investing in these areas, it’s fairly low cost and they understand that happy employees are productive employees. There is a general trend toward more flexible work conditions. We are seeing many more companies open to remote workers or partial remote schedules.

More Benefits or Perks

If better work conditions are not your cup-of-tea, consider requesting for more benefits. For example, think about what you need to stay physically and mentally healthy and ask for more paid time off. If you often pay a visit to the doctor, consider upgrading your health insurance. If you travel a lot for work purposes, ask for travel reimbursements to lighten your load. Lastly, if you’re looking to improve your qualifications, consider requesting for tuition reimbursement or professional development support.

– Paid time off
– Health insurance
– Travel reimbursement
– Educational opportunities

Perks are important to take into account as well. Find out if there are fun events, company outings, or request your current employer start doing these things. We see many clients doing gym reimbursements, offering massages in the office, and more.

Negotiation Tips

When presenting your counter offer, never negotiate through written communication! You should always counter offer in person or over the phone. Negotiations must always be engaging to both parties. Remember, this is an opportunity for you to think outside the box, so you’re not limited to the options mentioned above. It’s best to counter only once, so choose wisely. Figure out what’s most important to you and what your superiors are most likely willing to accept.

For more information on how and what to negotiate, visit https://americannegotiationinstitute.com/ 

Conclusion

Although money is critical and important, it isn’t everything. If you are only money motivated, you may miss out on what really makes you happy. This is all about balance. 

If you are smart, you can find creative ways to create a great compensation package that fulfills you on multiple levels. Quality of life is critical and will be the biggest factor of happiness in the long term.

Have fun thinking up ways to sweeten the deal, you may even surprise your employer or prospective employer. Be careful not too over negotiate, or ask for too much. Be reasonable and smart about what is appropriate.

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Interviewing And Hiring An “Inexperienced” or Junior Candidate

Everyone is unique. Each one of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. We’ve all lead different paths in life. In truth, no one can be said to be actually “inexperienced.” Whether an applicant is fresh out of college or looking for a career change, you shouldn’t be worried about them being inexperienced. There are many opportunities for them to shine. So what should you look for in a good candidate?

Answer: Soft Skills

According to the Oxford Dictionary, soft skills are defined as the “Personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.” While technical ability can be taught, soft skills are much harder to instill in a person. Employees that lack soft skills can undermine your company’s success. On the other hand, soft skills that complement hard skills are what makes an applicant truly valuable.

Here are some skills that you should consider looking for in candidates:

  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Dependability and reliability
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Good business ethics
  • Innovative spirit
  • Willingness to learn
Where to Look for Soft Skills

Now that we know what to look for in a candidate, there are several methods to assess whether a candidate will make a good employee.

Reviews from Contacts

What better way to assess a candidate’s personal qualities than to ask someone who knows them? Talk to their previous employers and find out about the candidate’s work ethics. Were they responsive? Were they able to communicate well with their coworkers? You can also give a call to their friends or relatives, but there’s a good chance that they have biased opinions. So communicating with a candidate’s previous work contacts is the best option.

Previous Experiences

Mark Murphy, the founder of Leadership IQ and a NY Times bestselling author, found that “high performers … are naturally wired to put others’ needs ahead of their own.” Whereas low performers will get their job done, they’re only doing it because they’re told to do so. On the other hand, high performers go above and beyond because they “find passion working toward something bigger than themselves.” They have what Mark calls the “helper” attitude. A good way for a candidate to demonstrate the “helper” attitude is if they find volunteer experiences truly rewarding.

Preparation in Recruiting Process

Lastly, a good way to judge a candidate’s personality is through how prepared they are during the application process. A candidate who’s not afraid to take the initiative to ask questions and comes well prepared to the interviews is very likely to help your company succeed.

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How To Improve Your Candidate Experience

What is candidate experience?

Candidate experience is how a job seeker reacts to a company’s recruiting process. There are hundreds of articles out there on how to improve candidate experience. It’s a topic that’s been gaining much popularity in the recruiting world, but why does it matter? There are billions of people out there looking for jobs. Surely, companies will eventually find one that qualifies for the job, right? Not so fast! Here are 3 reasons why you should treat your candidates as valuable as your customers.

The majority of candidates we speak with voice complaints about candidate experience. It seems most job seekers out there are not having a good experience when interviewing. This is a shame because many employers turn off good talent this way. Employers are missing out on the top talent. This is something easily avoidable.

Candidate experience > Employment brand 

All companies strive to improve their brand reputation. However, your reputation as employers should not be overlooked. A company cannot build a strong brand reputation if the people, including your valued customers, learns that its employees and candidates are not treated right. A poor candidate experience will set back your efforts on building that solid brand reputation. Creating a strong reputation starts from giving a delightful candidate experience.

In fact, a solid candidate experience is the foundation for an employment brand. You will instantly increase your reputation by having a stellar interview process. Word gets around fast, especially in niche markets.

Attract top talent

Improving your candidate experience builds a strong employment brand. In turn, a strong employment brand attracts talented candidates. Candidates have worked very hard to earn their degrees and gain valuable work experiences. They don’t deserve to be left in the dark or given vague responses. Talented candidates know their value and want to be treated right. Giving candidates a pleasant experience allow them to shine. They’ll be better able to show their strengths and you’ll be better able to pick the right candidates.

This is a major step to getting the best people. And your people are everything. If you want the best act like that best. This includes having a first class interview process and candidate experience. Be know for your interview process and you will attract the best. be know for a not so good experience, and the best will avoid you like the plague. Thebest are never desperate.

Attract more customers

Yes, you read it right. Candidates who’ve enjoyed their application process will share their positive experiences. This is an opportunity to build a positive image for your company to attract more customers. Kevin W. Grossman, vice president of Talent Board, has spent many years in the world of talent management. He found that having a positive candidate experience can positively impact the direct revenue for consumer-based businesses.

This is an easy way to increase your bottom line with little to no financial investment. Reputation is more important in the digital age. This can turn good or bad very quickly. Stay on top of your reputation and reap the benefits.

Conclusion

Treating your candidates right will not only build a strong employment brand, it will also help you attract more valuable candidates. Furthermore, it helps you attract more customers, thus increasing your company’s revenue. Start improving your candidate experience. What’s there to lose?

Pick one or two things you feel would increase your value in your interview process. Train your staff provide feedback on time, give detailed feedback. Don’t leave people hanging. Give great tours of your office, share your vision with interviewees, get them excited. Have the process be smooth, fun, enjoyable, and inspiring. 

Most importantly, train your staff to care.

 

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Easy Ways To Retain Employees And Decrease Turnover

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Employee Retention Should Be A Top Priority

Retaining employees can have a huge impact on your company. Dr. John Sullivan from San Francisco State University has found that employee retention can lead to huge changes to your turnover. As we all know, turnover is a huge issue and the ability to impact turnover is a key to increase stability, growth, and success. However, few employers have invested enough time and effort into retaining their employees. 

It truly does not take much to invest in employee retention and the dividends can be huge. Your company is people, period. The best product or service is nothing with a good team to market, sell, and produce. Turnover has put many a company out of business and is easily lethal if not kept in check.

Neglecting Your People Can Have Dire Consequences

Neglecting employee retention will result in numerous negative impacts. When an employee leaves a position vacant, their work is either pushed onto their coworkers or left uncompleted, which results in the loss of productivity within the company. This also costs employers a significant amount of time as there will be paperwork to finish, exit interviews to execute, and tasks to reallocate. Furthermore, if a key employee were to leave your company, others might follow. It is also difficult to replace key employees. Click on here to learn more about the effects of retaining employees on your company’s turnovers. 

In today’s digital marketplace, one can’t afford to have a less than stellar online reputation. Too much turnover can lead to bad reviews on sites like glassdoor.com where prospective employees will find potential ad reviews. This is a good example of how too much turnover can even affect future hires. We often times see candidates get very turned off from even one bad review online about company culture.

Orientations Go A Long Way

One of the most neglected activities in companies is giving new employee orientations. However, did you know that giving orientations is the first step to increasing your employee retention rate? Day one orientation is your company’s first true impression on a new employee. They may have gotten to know you a bit via interviews but it is on Day one that they get a feel for your business the first time.

New employee orientations will not only reduce their anxiety, it will also save supervisors valuable time. New employees who have been properly introduced to their new jobs will be less likely to seek help while still producing quality results. Orientations also help set proper expectations for new employees and introduce them to the values and culture of the organization. Most importantly, orientations will make employees feel more valued by their employers. Take advantage of this opportunity and it will go a long way!  Click here to learn more on how to give effective employee orientations.

Conclusion 

Orientations are a good first step toward improving your employee retention. Add in things like monthly dinners or activities, company events and outings, quarterly strategy meetings, peer reviews, regular performance reviews, company contests, projects, and anything else that has people engaged, valued, nurtured, and having fun!

It’s actually easy to create a culture that keeps people around. The return on investment of taking the time to improve your employee retention strategy is always big. This can make or break a great company. 

Pick one or two things to implement right away. Or survey your staff to see what would make a difference for them. One way or another start to improve so you can reap the benefits!

Achieve Small Business Success By Lily Winsaft

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Forrest Gump, the movie, greatly impacted me when it came out several years ago.

I still remember its many inspirational scenes and messages. Of course, there’s the very famous line, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

That expression has almost become an icon in our culture, and I’m sure it has helped those who resonate with it deal with what life has “given” them. Even so, I can’t say that I 100% agree with this message.

I like to believe that I’m gonna get from life what I put into it. To me, “Life is like a garden. You reap what you sow.” But my point is that expressions, positive or negative, go a long way in establishing patterns of thoughts and belief systems, many of which ultimately “run” our life.

What is the main belief system or thought pattern that you have about your small business? 

Is it something like, “Running a business is hard and only few succeed?” Or is it something like, “My business will prosper to the degree that I honor my vision?”

We consciously or unconsciously entertain many thoughts and beliefs, and for the most part we are not very aware that these thought patterns are impacting our reality. But they are literally giving birth to action and through these actions, our thoughts and belief systems create our reality!!

What if we related to thoughts and belief systems as the seeds with which we are planting the garden called our business? I’m sure you’ve come across this garden analogy many times.

Let’s dig into the weeds with this idea and discover how we can reap the kind of rewarding harvest from our efforts that we so desire.

Think about what allows the most accomplished gardeners to have an amazing harvest.
  • Do you think they chose fertile ground in which to plant?
  • Do you think they thought about what they wanted to grow and for what purpose before they tilled the soil?
  • Do you think they pre-designed their garden and mapped it out?
  • Do you think they selected their seeds and placed them in sections in the garden according to their need for more sun or more shade?
  • Do you think they purchased seeds of high quality from reliable sources?
  • Do you think they spent time pulling weeds and protecting their garden from pests?

I hope you answered yes to all these questions! And I hope you realize, too, that there do exist many gardens that have had no planning, no design and no purpose.

They have their own beauty and allure. What kind of garden is your small business?

If you expect your small business to succeed, you must plant within it the seeds of success. And you must maintain your garden by daily pulling the weeds (negative thoughts), watering it with fertilizing nourishment (positive thoughts) and finally, harvesting its bounty at the right time, when it is ripe for picking. 

Here are 3 tips to create a small business that thrives through actions nourished by high quality seeds that reap reward and lead to your success:

1.   Make an inventory of the virtues/qualities/attitudes that you want to bring into your small business, whether you believe you possess them or not.

On your list should appear attitudes such as “I honor and keep my word,”

  • “I am committed to seeing a project through to the end,” “When I am unable to keep my word, I communicate a new promise,”
  • “I hold myself and others accountable,”
  • “I respect my clients and my vendors,”
  • “I own my mistakes and do whatever it takes to correct them,” “I proudly stand for my principles,”
  • “I courageously meet challenges,” and “I am flexible and forgiving with others.”

 

Meet The Team: Brandi Wheeler

 
We hope you are having a great week and easing into Autumn. In this latest installment of our “Meet The Team” video updates, Lance sat down for a brief chat with our Georgia sweetheart, Brandi Wheeler. Brandi is a rockstar recruiter and is also a huge football fan… GO DAWGS!
 
Feel free to connect with Brandi on LinkedIn at: 
 
Thank you from,
 
Lily, Lance & the Aldebaran Recruiting Team!!!
 

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Aldebaran Recruiting Team in NYC For AdWeek

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Two members of our San Diego recruiting team have been spending the week in New York City for AdWeek. Brandi Wheeler and Jackie Kellam have been enjoying the networking opportunities, conferences, talks, and meeting with many of our amazing clients. 
 
Networking is critical in any industry and events like AdWeek provide not only great opportunities to mingle and meet new people, but the educational aspect is a huge factor when we are deciding when and where to send our people. A multi-day event is always a much better investment as well.
 
Networking tips:
  • Always have plenty of business cards, and make sure they are up to date and high quality. Get as many cards in return as you can, follow up with everyone either via email or on LinkedIn, or both.
  • Don’t be a wallflower! Don’t be bashful about jumping into conversations that are already happening. Make eye contact, have a solid handshake. Have something quick and catchy to say about you and your business. Some thing like, “We are the most effective marketing recruiters in the country.”
  • Dress sharp. Your appearance is critical in face to face meetings and you get one chance to make a first impression.
  • Get to know people. Don’t use your conversation to only try and sell your product or service. Focus instead on building a rapport and relationship. People like doing business with people that they like.
  • Have fun! Networking is a chance to meet people and build relationships, do it as much as you can! 

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Meet The Team: Mark Kapov

This is a continuation of our “Meet The Team” video updates. Today I sat down with Mark Kapov, one of our rockstar senior recruiters. Mark is an all around great guy!

More to come in the future with other team members.

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Introducing The San Diego Aldebaran Team

This is a quick video making some formal introductions of our team members here in San Diego. More to come on each team member individually!

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Hello From The San Diego Aldebaran Recruiting Team!

Hi everyone,

Here is a quick video introduction of our Aldebaran Recruiting San Diego office team. We started to record a series of different videos that gives you a closer look at what our team looks like. 

We want everyone to put faces to our name. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Tips For Entrepreneurs – Accessing Solutions to Your Business Problems – Part 2

Below are my top three tips to bring truth and wisdom to your life so you can succeed in your business in the way that you have always dreamed possible:
1.   Spend at least 15 minutes a day in silence, 30 minutes is even better. 

This sounds easy and almost silly. But I can assure you that it is neither. We live in a very noisy world. Inside our head there is a voice that is constantly speaking to us, and it is not always saying positive things.

Our reality is shaped by the thoughts we entertain. Therefore, make sure to entertain only those thoughts that support your goals, your dreams, and your possibilities. In moments of silence we can reconnect with these ideals and find creative ways to think and speak them into existence.

Meditation is an amazing tool now being used by corporate executives across the globe. Join the movement!

2.   Stop each day to listen with your heart instead of with your head. 

Close your eyes and center your attention in your heart. Science is discovering that the heart holds an intelligence that is far greater than that of the brain.

The HeartMath Institute is studying heart intelligence and is providing “scientifically-validated and market-validated tools and technologies that activate the intelligence and power of the heart to dramatically reduce stress while empowering health, performance and behavioral change in individuals and organizations.” 

According to “Let Your Heart Talk to Your Brain,” a Huffington Post article by HeartMath, “… the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses a heart-brain composed of about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember.

The heart brain sends messages to the head brain about how the body feels and more. Use your heart to uncover the answers to the every day problems your business is experiencing!

3.   Use the power of your dreams to find solutions to complex problems. 

Often I have gone to sleep at night not knowing how to handle a certain problem in my business, only to wake up with the perfect solution.

I’m sure you have experienced this too. Dreams carry messages from our subconscious.

These messages, when accurately interpreted can bring amazing insight and information to us. Nobel Prize laureate Otto Loewi dreamed about the experiment, which would prove his idea that nerve impulses are chemically transmitted!

Practice these techniques to eliminate worry and to bring full clarity to those situations that ultimately actually do require expertise beyond your own level of knowledge. In other words, use experts only when you have exhausted your own Inner fountain of information.

Believe in yourself. You are more powerful and more knowledgeable than you can comprehend!

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Tips For Entrepreneurs – Accessing Solutions to Your Business Problems – Part 1

Consultants are expensive. When you contract a consultant, you are paying for expertise that you do not have.

This can be very valuable. Indeed, I have benefited greatly from “selling” my knowledge to those that do not know what I know. And I have earned every bit of financial reward gained through helping others where they lacked information necessary to succeed in one area or another.

Looking to experts for knowledge is very helpful, especially when you are an entrepreneur interested in success.

One might say that it is impossible to know everything that one needs to know in order to run a successful business, whatever size it may be. And this would be true. Except when it’s not.

Sometimes we look to experts because we lack confidence in ourselves or because we do not believe that we know the answers to the questions we seek. At times we may even know what we need to know but we lack the courage to execute. In these instances we are paying a price for ignoring that we actually know more than we think we do.

Or, that we are capable of achieving great things through sheer perseverance alone, for example.

No matter how technical, no matter how complicated a problem, what if you could tap into a universal source of information that would allow you to connect with what you need in order to thrive in your business?

Maybe we can’t download information about how to fly a helicopter the way the character Trinity in the movie The Matrix does, but I believe we all have access to an infinite amount of knowledge that is stored in the universal memory banks. This information is accessible through our intention.

The human mind is an incredible machine capable of receiving and already possessing much more information than we can ever imagine.

Science is teaching us through quantum physics that all knowledge is stored within the very DNA housed in our cells. By activating our so-called “Junk DNA,” we are able to discover the unlimited potential we have within us to create and manipulate the universe.

We have only to set aside our limiting beliefs, step into our full power and trust in the capacity we have to move through every opportunity with wisdom and grace. For entrepreneurs, there is no greater challenge than to understand the seemingly complex nature of the structure of a business.

Key questions we face as small business owners:

-What makes a business succeed?

-How can technology be used to empower the very structure of our business?

-How can we wisely utilize human capital to support our profitability?

-What are the financial models that work for us? How can we establish credibility for our brand?

-What limits us in causing our business to succeed at the level of our wildest dreams?

These are all questions we face daily as business owners.

You got this!

Most of us do not believe we can answer these questions on our own. And often when we try, we fail. Fear gets in the way, belief systems we acquire in our childhood, such as “I am not good enough” or “there must be something wrong with me,” stand in the way of our success.

If we can put aside these limiting patterns in our behavior and in our mindset, we will begin to utilize the Inner Knowing that we have come here with and that we have acquired through the evolutionary process of our species. First, we must believe in ourselves and then we must trust that we CAN have this access!

Everyone has experienced what is called an “aha moment.”

These moments of enlightened truth come to us from the very source of Inner Knowing that I am referring to. Usually these aha moments occur randomly in our lives.

And when they do we are often astonished and amazed at the truth and wisdom within them. How can we cause aha moments to come to us at will?

How can we conspire with the source of Inner Knowing to bring truth and wisdom to our experience whenever we choose?

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Our CEO, Lily Winsaft On The Brink Of Getting Published – First Novel, See Link!

Wake the F*ck Up
A Young Man’s Souljourn

Synopsis

Young people are faced with all kinds of turbulent experiences. So many of our children today are battling depression, anxiety and addiction. Suicide rates among children and young adults is skyrocketing. This is alarming. We must teach our young people that suffering is not necessary. We must teach them to wake up to their true light, to their divine potential!

This story is based on the real experiences of a young man who suffered an unspeakable life from a very early age. It was an age in which what he should have been experiencing was bedtime stories, birthday parties, and Little League. Instead, Daniel was repeatedly abused and neglected, eventually becoming a ward of the state of Massachusetts . . . a state that ultimately allows him to fall through the cracks. 

His journey to enlightenment serves as an inspiration for all of humanity.

Author
Lily Winsaft spent over 25 years in corporate America and owns a recruiting company that is currently managed by her oldest son. She studied psychology in college and was raised in a home where metaphysics was the backbone of all teachings. Reincarnation, karma, the chakra system, astrology, mythology, clairvoyance, etc. were all family suppertime topics.  

She had a very interesting adolescence and young adulthood in which she practiced meditation, yoga, dreamwork, and out-of- body travel. Later, her professional career focused on Sales, Recruiting, and Coaching (Career, Executive and Life). She is an entrepreneur at heart and an aspiring writer. 

In her early 40’s she became a certified ThetaHealing practitioner and has witnessed hundreds of energy healings. Lily is also a highly skilled Akashic Records reader and regularly teaches classes at the Jamar Enlightenment Center in Palm Beach Gardens. Her soul’s purpose in this lifetime is to be of service to humanity by helping people remember who they are and why they are here. She facilitates Transformational Breath sessions, teaches the DreamWorker™ Protocol & Technique (a process she created), leads meditations and is an avid beach walker. 

Learn more and preorder at: https://publishizer.com/wake-the-fuck-up/#horizontal 

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