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5 Tips for Measuring a Company’s Engagement…Before You Take the Job

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Fifty-one percent of employees in the U.S. are actively looking for a new job. That’s more than half, according to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report. And that’s huge.

The biggest cause: employee engagement, or lack thereof. Seventy percent of U.S. employees are not engaged at work.

Disengagement can be an individual employee’s problem, for a number of reasons, such as personal challenges outside of work that serve as distractions, lack of interest in the work performed, ability to perform job functions, etc., but more often than not, employee engagement is a companywide issue related to culture, a mission employees can embrace, communication, management style, workplace recognition, opportunities for growth and simply having the right tools and resources to perform tasks optimally.

As a job seeker, a hiring company’s track record on engagement is an important element to consider in choosing to team up. You are more apt to work to your full potential at a company with a high level of engagement. But how do you measure employee engagement before you accept the offer?

Pose the Question

Ask the recruiter, the hiring manager and anyone who interviews you specifically about engagement and what the company does to promote it. Gallup has twelve questions companies can ask employees to help measure engagement:

  • I know what is expected of me at work.
  • At work, my opinions seem to count.
  • I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.
  • The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
  • At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
  • My associates or fellow employees are committed to doing quality work.
  • In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work.
  • I have a best friend at work.
  • My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
  • In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.
  • There is someone at work who encourages my development.
  • This last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.

You won’t ask these questions, but they give you a good idea of what you want in an engaged workplace. You can ask related questions, such as how the employees are recognized, how performance and progress are measured, how employees feel about and embrace the company’s mission, what the company does to create a shared vision, and how employees are mentored or developed.

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Turnover Rate

It’s an old, but not outdated, question to ask. It can be an indicator of troubled waters within. Don’t stop at asking for the rate alone. Ask about underlying causes.

What’s a good turnover rate? It’s not one-size-fits-all and depends on the industry. The hospitality and restaurant industries have higher turnover rates in general as a result of the transient nature of the workforce. For example, high school and college students may fill hourly, unskilled labor positions. Turnover rates may be 16-17 percent for all industries as an average, but hospitality may have as much as 37 percent. If you are considering a professional role in such an industry, you can drill down and ask about turnover rates for their management workforce instead.

Employee Reviews

People talk, and in the age of social media, they have a platform to be heard. Glassdoor gives employees the opportunity to rate an organization. Keep in mind, however, that a disgruntled employee or even a job candidate may give a skewed review. Look for a repeated theme of negativity. Additionally, a small number of reviews won’t give you an accurate picture. Five reviews won’t tell you as much as 150 will. Look for other clues too on other social media platforms. A search on Twitter with a hash tag in front of a company name may reveal some surprising insights.

Ask Insiders

Ask existing contacts at the hiring company about their personal experiences, and more specifically ask about their sense of engagement. Do your networking homework and find other contacts working for the organization who may be willing to have a conversation with you.

The Golden Cup

Check a company’s awards and accolades for being a best pace to work and awards for engagement. Some awards and winners include:

Achievers Engaged Workplace Awards

Gallup Most Engaged Workplaces

Fortune Great Place to Work

Glassdoor Employee Choice Awards

Additionally, most local and regional business journals and newspapers host awards for best workplaces as do industry associations. Bear in mind that such awards are achieved through employee surveys and feedback. An award may measure many aspects of workplace, though, such as benefits, and may not measure true engagement, so use multiple channels to gather information on engagement to get an accurate account.

Moreover, just because a company is not on an award list, doesn’t mean it is not a great place to work or that it doesn’t have an engaged workforce. Companies apply to awards; they are not nominated by the award-granting entity.

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Yep, You Should Still Complete a Job Application

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Over half a decade ago, it was predicted that résumés were dead and applying for jobs would be a waste of time. Instead, networking would win you a new job and social media profiles were the new résumés.

Today, résumés are still requested by most companies and the majority of those companies still require that job seekers complete an application, primarily online. Where was the forecasting miss?

Many hiring companies do enable applicants to apply and populate online application fields by applying with a LinkedIn profile. That has made the process easier in some respects, but it also means that applicants have to have a glowing LinkedIn profile that is complete and details work history and accomplishments. The assumption was that every professional would have a LinkedIn profile leading to the death of résumés. As it turns out, five years later, that is not the case.

According to LinkedIn at the time of this writing, a high number of professionals have a LinkedIn profile, but many profiles are still incomplete and lack summaries. That in itself makes it challenging to rely on LinkedIn solely as a résumé replacement.

Additionally, employers need to collect more information than what a LinkedIn profile provides for EEOC compliance and non-discriminatory hiring practices, permissions for background and credit checks, and data for their human capital management systems once an employee is hired. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are necessary to streamline and ensure consistency in recruitment and data capture. Having candidates complete application also means that every applicant is fairly asked the same questions.

So résumés haven’t gone away, nor have applications. In fact, new ATS solutions have continued to emerge on the market. Changes will occur, but those changes will primarily be enhancements to improve the user experience in completing applications and to make solutions more mobile. The ATS, however, is still the mainstay for organizing recruitment data.

The truth is that job seekers can’t abandon application completion as a part of their job search. It is true that more and more job deals are created and sealed through networking, but in reality a job search needs to be a three-pronged approach to make it really effective. That means efforts need to parsed out to searching for opportunities, completing applications and networking.

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To really increase your odds of getting the interview, still apply to a position online, but then devote a significant portion of time to discovering who the hiring manager is for a role plus other contacts who work for the company and can facilitate an introduction or serve as a referral. Then reach out. Get your application noticed so that it doesn’t fall through the cracks in the ATS’s or résumé bot’s automatic sorting and ranking. Sell yourself. Don’t depend on your application alone to get you noticed.

Don’t Give Up; Fuel Up Your Job Search with Less Effort and Stress

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Many people give up searching for a new job. Nearly half of unemployed Americans quit searching in 2016. The frustration and added work wears on both the already employed and unemployed job seeker. Passive job seekers who already have a job but are looking for a new one are especially hard hit with the time required to find a new position.

There are better options than throwing in the towel. Most don’t realize the full range of assistance available, especially outsourcing all processes to power on instead of stalling out a search.

Does that mean finding a headhunter? Not at all. In fact, headhunters are more likely to serve the hiring company. They don’t work for you, but rather the companies that will pay them if they deliver the winning candidate. Plus, it’s not easy to find a headhunter to represent you if you are not going to pull in a big commission. Actually, it’s not easy to find a headhunter, period.

There’s an easier way to get help finding a job.

Outsourcing the tedious work of finding opportunities and applying to them is actually available to any professional, making it easier to conduct a search initially and keep one going over time without missing a beat.

At Fridayd, we are dedicated to focusing 100 percent on the job seeker, searching for the most relevant positions and doing the tedious application processes. We don’t represent hiring companies. Our focus is completely on job seekers and making their lives easier. That’s our difference and our advantage.

Yes, there is a small monthly fee, but how much is finding a new job worth to you? And how valuable is it to you to be relieved of the worst pains of finding a new job? Would you pay the average cost of a tank of gas to have job search and application done for you? That’s all it takes. The return on your small investment will fuel your job search and keep you going the distance until you land your ideal job.

Fridayd Breaks the Mold of Traditional Job Search

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SuperbCrew recently interviewed Fridayd about how the company is revolutionizing job search. How is Fridayd doing it?

Q: What advantage does Fridayd have over its competitors?

A: Today’s online job search and application process is seriously flawed. Traditional methods of searching across multiple job boards and company websites to find the right opportunities, repetitively uploading resumes and completing online applications are extremely time-consuming processes, leaving little time left for more differentiating job search activities, such as networking and interview preparation.

With Fridayd, job seekers have…

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Tax-Deductible Job Search Expenses: Know What You Can Deduct and What You Can’t

 

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Income tax filing deadlines are looming. With less than a month before the regular filing cutoff date, don’t forget to check out the law for job search deductibles and to include them when you file.

What’s deductible and what’s not?

Basically, if you were searching for a job in your same field of expertise, job search expenses, such as resume preparation fees, job search-related travel, employment agency fees, phone charges and mailing costs qualify for deduction.

But there are hitches in the rules for deducting job search costs. For instance, expenses must be more than 2% of your adjusted gross income. If you’re adjusted gross income is $80,000, your job search expenses would have to be more than $1,600 to be eligible for deduction.

College graduates are often at a disadvantage because they have yet to establish employment in a specific field. As a result, they do not qualify for the tax write-off if they are looking for a job for the first time.

You must keep a record of your job search expenses with receipts to prove what was spent in case of an audit and you have to complete a Schedule A when filing if you are deducting job search expenses.

Learn more about job search tax deduction by visiting the IRS website for tax filing guidelines.

Fridayd’s job search solution qualifies for tax deductions under the current rules for employment agencies and outplacement services – if you are searching for a job in your existing occupation.

 

 

6 Ways to Feel on Top of the World During a Job Search

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Searching for a new job can be overwhelming, especially if an ideal opportunity takes time to materialize. There is a lot of great advice on how to keep your chin up and stay positive, but sometimes you have to go beyond just an optimistic outlook and take action to keep feeling hopeful.

That action can take many forms, but most people feel happier and more fulfilled when they are learning, growing and contributing to something outside of themselves.

Novelist Alice Hoffman tells a story of how her protagonist in “Faithful” survived and thrived after a tragedy that changed the trajectory of her life. A secret admirer helped her find her way on a path to a new existence and career by sending her simple, two-word notes of encouragement, such as “Be Something” and “Do Something.” Those words of inspiration required action, and that action resulted in improved feelings and well-being.

As it turns out, two-word action steps can be good guidance for anyone facing a job search and waiting for the right position and interviews to emerge. Here are a few other action steps that can help keep you feeling great about yourself and what you are doing in the present when it seems like nothing is happening on the job front:

Read Something

Read about anything. Read to learn or read for pleasure. You always expand your view and knowledge in some way when you read.

Learn Something

Learn anything. Learn a new skill, a foreign language, how to play a musical instrument. It doesn’t matter. Learn about whatever is of interest to you. Learning requires intense focus and keeps us grounded in the here and now.

See Something

Notice more about your environment, wherever you are, or make a deliberate effort to visit some place new to see new things. Seeing, really seeing, helps us appreciate all that is.

Explore Something

Explore new ideas, new people or new places. If we are curious and always exploring, we feel more alive.

Create Something

Most people think of creating something as an artistic endeavor. It’s not. Create something right where you are. Create a more orderly home or office, create an evening with friends, create an event to help a cause. Live to create and make things happen. When you are deeply involved in the creative process, almost magically more creativity flows in your life.

Give Something

Give anything: your time, a helping hand, advice, clothes to charity, a cup of coffee to a friend, love, kindness or even a simple smile. Give.

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Focusing 100% on landing a new position can really drag you down. And you don’t have to. Concentrating so much on your search is really fixing your attention on yourself. Direct your attention to activities that can really make a difference in your life.

A job search can be time-intensive, though, so how do you find room in your schedule for the activities that can be so much more life-affirming? If you are using Fridayd to manage your job search, you’ll have the time to focus more on what matters most and all of the activities that make you feel better about yourself!

 

 

 

 

Step Away from Your Computer in Your Job Search

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You shouldn’t sit at your computer for more than a couple of hours at a time when conducting a job search, according to Liz Ryan, founder of Human Workplace, Forbes contributor and author of Reinvention Roadmap.

As Ryan advises, there are more impactful and important job search tasks you should focus on to score a new job. Networking, searching LinkedIn for hiring managers at targeted companies, composing pain letters and creating human-voiced resumes is time well spent in your search.

Still, you have to uncover the right job postings and complete applications as part of your job search. Some career experts advise that a job search is a full-time job and that you can expect to spend 35 to 40 hours a week on your search. Job search demands are a challenge for someone unemployed, but even worse for those who already have a full-time job. Something has to give to fit the full range of differentiating activities into a schedule.

That’s where Fridayd comes in. Fridayd’s technology with live backend support functions like the job seeker’s concierge.

Imagine having someone not only conduct your job search for you, but also manage the complete application process and uncover networking connections, too. That’s the tiring, frustrating administrative side of a job search that no one likes. Offloading these time-draining tasks frees job seekers, giving them the ability to focus more on what matters most.

Searching for a new job more effectively while saving hours of time and stress makes good sense for any job seeker. Why work harder than you need to? Fridayd can rev up a job search while reducing stress and saving time.

No one likes searching for a new job. Hands down, it’s a drag. With Fridayd, job seekers can search smarter, not harder; save on average 40 hours per month; and have more time for networking, interview preparation, career development, and family or personal interests.

Call The Career Experts

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Don’t go it alone in your job search. You don’t have to, and you can increase your odds of landing a new job by seeking help. Even the most skilled and seasoned professionals can benefit from guidance and support in their search.

Getting trapped in your own perspective limits you to viewing your strengths, opportunities and job search approach from a single lens. You may not sell yourself optimally or recognize the range of career options aligned with your skills and experience.

Fridayd can take the job search and application work out of finding new work. Our technology delivers highly relevant job postings, and we eliminate the tiresome task of completing online applications, enabling you to get your résumé in front of more recruiters and hiring managers faster while freeing you from the busy-work processes. We also partner with career consultants and other job search specialists to help you prepare for your employment transition with résumé writing and coaching.

In this post, we highlight our partners at The Career Experts, a one-stop shop for career advice, coaching and résumé writing. Everyone has different career support needs. At The Career Experts, you can easily search by location for experts who offer services aligned with your specific needs, such as career coaching, career assessments, career development, career transition counseling, interview coaching, and networking.

We often undersell ourselves with our personal branding and positioning for a new role. A career expert can help identify your professional assets and accomplishments, framing them on a résumé in language that will resonate with recruiters.

However, a successful job search requires even more than a glowing résumé. Today, social media profiles have to have the same appeal as a glossy CV. And you can look good on paper, but you also have to wow an interviewer by selling your own value proposition. The Career Experts offers assistance from soup to nuts and can help job seekers at any phase of their search.

 

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