Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leverage Your Competencies And Attract Employer

At the midst of the economic recession the number of unemployed individuals across the US is still climbing and this is true in many parts of the world. There are some signals of employment initiatives but many people are in pain because of the absence of real employment opportunity.

            US-DOL Chart of  Unemployment: Jan 1999 - Nov 2009 at 10.2%

Reality Check:
a. Unemployment statistics are still rising, companies continue to close their doors
b. Very few employers are hiring on selective positions
c. At job boards, many job openings are being advertised but candidates who applied do not get any response, call back from recruiters or messages from the hiring organization
d. Advertised job descriptions bear a ridiculous functional requirements e. Position titles demonstrate a mid management role but its actual function is administrative function
f. There are so many senior level and experienced professionals who are out of job(managers, executives alike, notwithstanding with the junior individuals)
g. There are organizations that are still laying-off employees
h. Very few firms hire experienced professionals based on their experience because many do not like to pay a reasonable compensation to their experience and qualification but instead hire a junior individual but cannot execute the right function of the job

Where to find the right employment is the key question?

Current Paradigm Challenges:
The paradigm of current employment landscape has changed significantly and is absolutely different these days. Current hiring practices and procedures are influenced by the information technology driven applicant tracking system. You cannot speak live with a person who will hire a qualified person. Every candidate is required to complete their web-based application form. Unfortunately, there are web portals of these employers that are not user-friendly.

The ethics of the hiring process have changed. Corporate Recruiters do not have the basic etiquette and professionalism of communicating to their candidate. Many firms use the phrase 'customized service in doing business with them'. But when comes to hiring practices majority of these companies do not train their corporate recruiters to be pro-active and demonstrate the 'customised service'. Acknowledging an application with a personal email is not that difficult to do. It enables a certain degree of professional appeal and respect from the candidate and that action when provided it will reinforce and align to the branding of the firm.

What Are the Ten Pointers of the Job Seeker:
For individuals who are seeking employment, it may be necessary to look at your personal value and professional competencies. To gain better opportunities, consider the following options.

Make a simple personal exercise:

1. Reflect about your personal interest and vocation
2. Identify and explore your personal and professional values and competencies 3. Highlight these as valuable pieces when you are searching for employment
4. Demonstrate these values when you write your resume, gain additional development for your career 5. Demonstrate these values as not an option by the prospective employer
6. Seek for employers who value your abilities and competencies, research the background, business culture and organizational behavior of your prospective employer. Locate people that worked there and employ your investigative approach in learning about them.
7. Communicate affectively only to employers who acknowledge the value on your abilities and ignore anyone who do not. Be confident to say "NO"
8. Put an extra effort in searching that quality employer for long term gains not for short term convenience, use critical thinking in making sure you are applying to the right organization
9. Learn to interview interactively and strategically, get an interviewing Coach to experience important scenarios and learn the art of interviewing
10. Negotiate and offer what can you do in adding value to the hiring organization and not emphasizing your traditional skills

The identified ten pointers are not easy to tackle when someone has been out of job for over many months. But take it as a compromise to yourself. Performing an elimination process and selection is a valuable activity. You are giving yourself a credit and in many ways, you are building your confidence. At the end, it will give you a better optimism, greater fulfilment and energy when you will begin working with an employer that embraces you.

Useful Behaviors within the American Workforce are Missing:
The American workforce are missing social and communication competencies that are relevant and healthy to the organizational environment.
a. Majority of the workforce cannot demonstrate productive engagement of Critical Thinking. Workforce in Other countries are highly well-versed on this type of competency. US workforce are trained within the 'assembly line workforce approach' where every worker will follow what is being identified by the supervisor as his/her role.
b. Feedbacking as a means of healthty communication processes among workforce is not encouraged within the work environment. Many individuals within orgnaizations viewed this form of communication as a form of agression to another person. When professionals are trained in providing a feedback, they will behave ethically because they act as human beings and as an intelligent being.
c. Working styles that demonstrate greater possibilities of non-divisional workforce is not understood. This is an area where organizations do not like to invest because they do not understand what values these can add to their organization when they have human capital that knows how to work together as a team, collaboratively and strategically.

To become a healthier organization in the Twenty-first Century, invest on human capital and understand the behaviors of man that will utilize their level of intellect and professional abilities. Hire an experienced human capital consultant to guide you in achieving your business goals.

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