10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company

10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company

10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company

10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company

by Karin Singh 27/02/2018

The firms with the best company culture are those that recognise the signs of the times. They know about the importance of developing a millennial-friendly strategy when it comes to hiring the best employees. How can a person spot a millennial-friendly company? Job seekers should look out for these 10 signs when looking for the best company culture.

 

  # 1 – The company’s competitiveness.

Does the company make any efforts to leave an impression of competitiveness? Are modern methods used to feature job ads? Can the company be found on LinkedIn? Is it listed on Glassdoor and does it have a great reputation? Are great additional perks offered, are salaries updated regularly and what do other people say about the company?

 

 # 2 –  The company’s culture.

Does the company have a corporate culture in which productivity, innovation and good will are at the forefront? Can you spot any signs in job ads or on social media platforms that give some hints about it?

 

 # 3 – The company’s hierarchy.

Does the company have a flat hierarchy? As a millennial, you know that you don’t like to be treated like a subordinate. 

 

 # 4 – Appreciation is credited.

Does the management team give any indication on whether employees are respected, appreciated and acknowledged? Look out for hints and confirmations that this is the case, e.g. in job ads, corporate videos, comments on Glassdoor etc.

 

 # 5 – The work environment.

Are the offices laid out in such a way that they lead to higher productivity and engagement? Are there any offices in which collaboration is encouraged or is every employee locked up in their own office? Let’s bear in mind that 88 % of millennials prefer to work in an environment in which social exchange is easily possible.

 

 # 6 – The career and growth opportunities.

Does the company offer an attractive salary, but does not provide any other learning, growth and career opportunities? Earning a good salary is important, but not the most important thing! The companies with the best company culture are those that are prepared to invest in their employees and support their development. They allow their staff to develop themselves further on a personal as well as professional level. Let’s not forget that for millennials the main reason to change job is a lack of career opportunities.

 

 # 7 – Regular feedback.

Do supervisors provide regular feedback regarding their employees’ performances? Recently a study revealed that 80 % of millennials expect to receive regular feedback from their managers.

 

# 8 – The casual corporate dress code.

Millennials don’t appreciate having to turn up for work every day in formal business attire. Not all employers have adapted to this scenario yet, but this often depends on the type of industry. It would be a good idea to look for pictures on the internet and in job ads which might give a hint on what dress code might be considered as appropriate.

 

# 9 – IT equipment.

Are software and hardware fully up to date? Millennials are very IT and internet savvy, it is therefore of paramount importance for a company to be at the technical cutting edge.

 

# 10 – Meaningful work.

A study conducted by Deloitte revealed that for 60 % of millennials salary is not their first priority. They want instead to carry out meaningful work which meets a specific purpose. The signs of firms with the best company culture are those that offer opportunities for volunteering, support of others in community projects, etc.

 

The more information you are able to find out from the best employers with a millennial-friendly approach, the easier it will be for you to land your dream job at the right company.

 

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.com

Karin Schroeck-Singh

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The 6 Networking Techniques That You Should Be Using to Reach New Career Opportunities

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The 6 Networking Techniques That You Should Be Using to Reach New Career Opportunities

The 6 Networking Techniques That You Should Be Using to Reach New Career Opportunities

by Karin Singh 23/02/2018

Did you know that according to some estimates 80% of jobs are being found via business networking (the often so-called ‘hidden job market’) and not necessarily via official job ads? This shows one more time that it’s worthwhile to invest time in networking with others. The question is: which business networking techniques are the most effective and useful ones in order to reach new career opportunities? Let’s have a closer look on how you can tackle this challenge the smart way.

 

# 1 – Attend industry-specific fairs and conferences.

With all the technology that we have at our disposal nowadays there is still room for face-to-face interaction, and that’s good so! Personal conversations do still matter and can never replace conversations via phone or email. When attending fairs, set yourself a goal to meet a certain amount of people/companies during the event. Exchange business cards, engage in enriching conversations by talking and listening attentively to others. Last, but not least, DO FOLLOW UP! That’s were most networking opportunities fail!

 

# 2 – Networking via social media platforms.

Make sure you have a good online presence and you are active on various social media networks. There is nothing more frustrating than noticing a person’s complete online invisibility. When people google you, they most probably see your LinkedIn profile at the top of their Google search. Aim for a 100% completeness of your profile. Twitter is another great tool. Build up your network, set up groups, discuss with other like-minded people, ask questions, exchange ideas, comment/share and like other people’s content.

 

# 3 – Show your genuine interest in people.

Theodore Roosevelt’s quote says it all  ‘Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care’. Thus, be genuinely interested in other people. But be careful that you don’t cross the line, there is a difference between being genuinely interested and being highly nosy. Knowing about other people’s interests, their background, their fears and dreams can always help you to connect with others. Finding a common ground is always a great idea to get started in business networking. Often people with completely different backgrounds might turn out to be very useful for you in the future. Thus, never disregard any of your contacts. In life, you never know where it might lead.

 

# 4 – Join industry-specific online forums.

This is where you will find your target group. Use this networking technique to show your expertise, to answer people’s questions, to get noticed by companies that you would love to work for.

 

# 5 – Write a great blog and spread the word about it.

A blog can be a crucial tool to accelerate your career success. Follow the companies in your industry and engage with them online as often as possible. You will get noticed and when  it’s ‘hiring time’, you might be the first person to come to their mind. Bingo!  

 

# 6 – First always give (without any expectations).

Many smart networkers follow this concept (paying it forward) by providing advice, recommendations, support and help to others first, without asking for anything in return. Once they also need some help later on, they know exactly who they can ask in order to get support that matters.

Regardless of what networking techniques you choose, try to make the best use of any situation by: connecting, learning, sharing, observing, answering, questioning, discussing and engaging with others. No matter what day or what time it is, in what place you are, or in what situation you are in, keep networking! Extend your network because this will truly enrich your life and improve your career in the long term. Don’t wait any longer and get started today, go out there, build relationships with people and companies that you would love to have in your network!

 

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.com

Karin Schroeck-Singh

www.hirekarin.com

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3 Indicators to Know If You Are Stressed

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3 Indicators to Know If You Are Stressed

by Guadalupe Gómez Baides 20/02/2018

Am I under stress?

Although there is a type of stress which is positive and beneficial, when we talk about feeling stressed, we mean the feeling when our active behaviour is too high, and we begin to notice symptoms of exhaustion.

It is important to know if we have reached the point of exhaustion or we are close to reach it, as it is very harmful to our body, our mental health (or emotional health) and our relationships with others.

We like to think that we know when we are stressed; we have a false sense of control over our body. It is true that we can know it, but not without being aware of it, understanding a little bit what stress is and self-reflecting. Certainly the body warns us, but not as clearly as we would like… So, how do you answer yourself “Am I under stress or not?”?

Let’s take a look of some “warnings” that our body and mind give us:

 

Emotional Indicators

When stress becomes chronic and begins to be damaging to health, it is often accompanied by feelings of “not coming”, from overwhelm to distress, a restlessness, an over-demanded feeling and that horrible feeling that you need that your days have more hours to cover more things.

Also when we are under stress we become more irritable. Studies show that when you suffer from stress, you can easier resist to those “really important things” like divorce, death, illness of a child; but it is harder to endure in everything else, that means: any nonsense affects us a lot! This explains why many people react so aggressively to minor car accidents or to a sports result.

 

Cognitive-behavioral indicators

All the cognitive clarity that gives a small dose of stress is lost when the stress is more intense and expands over time. The first thing you notice is that you are not so “awake”, it is hard to concentrate, it is difficult to make decisions, the right word that we are looking for does not appear, we do not withhold information easily, etc.

From the point of view of behaviour, we “reward” us more often with those things that we know they are bad (cigarettes, alcohol, chocolate, ice cream, etc.). Each person has his/her own and some have several 😉

 

Physical indicators

When our stress reaches a too high a level, the digestive tract warns us, but to notice it before it is too late, we must pay close attention and keep calm. If not, we will have developed some type of gastritis (when not ulcer) and/or we will have some irritable bowel syndrome (if not Crohn’s disease).

The breathing is more superficial, and we breathe only with the upper part of the lungs. This may be evident but we are not used to observe it… 

The third and the one who suffers the most is always the quality of sleep. In quality, quantity or both at once. I don’t know if we all understand the absolute importance of sleeping good in our lives (when I look around, I would say: we don’t). From the physiological point of view it is totally vital but we often forget that, from the emotional point of view, the lack of sleep is devastating. What’s worse, when sleeping badly we have more stress, and the more stress we get, the worse we sleep and so we enter a vicious circle that can end our physical and psychological health, our quality of life, and our life itself. 

So, what would you answer to the question “Am I under stress?”?

 

 

Guadalupe is the founder and Academic Director of the Cegos School of Executive Coaching www.cegos.es. She’s certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) since 2005 and has more than 4000 hours of coaching experience (individual and team coaching). Follow Guadalupe on Twitter @GGomezBaides. Guadalupe Gómez Baides

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3 Myths About the Perfect Career Path

3 Myths About the Perfect Career Path

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3 Myths About the Perfect Career Path

by Erin Moody

When you think about your ideal career you likely have a plan on how to get there. Maybe you read about it or were taught this perfect path in school. The truth is there are so many different career strategies that will help you get to where you want to be.

 

There is only one path

One myth of the path is that there is only one. While the one you are familiar with may be the most followed, it’s one of many. One way to find other ways to get to the same end point is to talk to people who are where you want to be. Most people who are successful enjoy giving back. Identify a few people and ask if they would be interested in mentoring you.

Another possibility is that your path may change because you become interested in something else. The only way to know if you like something is to experience it. You may find that as you are on your path you don’t like what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to alter that path to match your desires. If you aren’t sure which path to take, consider career counseling for experienced professionals to help you with your decision. Forbes has a great article on several career myths, check it out here.

 

Every step has to be vertical.

Do you think that every new job or opportunity you take needs to be a step up? If your goal is to one day lead an organization, the more experience you have the better leader you will be. When considering if you want to take an opportunity think about the skills you will gain. Will those skills benefit you in the long term?

Over the course of your career, those lateral moves to strengthen your profile will lead to larger increases. Not only will you learn a ton of valuable information, by going into different companies and departments you will increase your network. Think of this as one of the career strategies to improve your employee branding, more people who are familiar with your work means more opportunities in the future.

 

You Will Enjoy Every Step.

On your journey there are very likely going to be some jobs you don’t like. That doesn’t mean you should question your end goal. By going through different aspects and experiences you will be able to better relate as you take on more complex and higher level work.

If you find yourself in a step that you don’t enjoy, remind yourself what you are gaining. Also plan out your next step so you have something to look forward to. Determine how long you need to remain in this step and once you have gained the skills, move on to something else. Don’t be afraid to try different career strategies! Negative experiences can be just as important as positive ones to help you see where you want to go. Check out this article from Mergers and Acquisitions on some additional myths to consider on the typical career path.

by Erin Moody 16/02/2018

Erin Moody is the founder of Career Designs (www.careerdesigns.net), a company helping individuals design a career they love. Erin also has over six years of experience working for global companies in Recruiting and Human Resources. Erin Moody

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Top 10 Career Building Mantras

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by Peter Hayward

Building a career plan is a very individual affair and will depend on your own abilities, needs and what motivates you. A good career coach will help you choose one of the right career strategies for putting your career aspirations into an actionable plan. Coaching can help you explore and realize your possibilities however you will decide what you are going to put into action and pace yourself. This said, I often get asked what my top tips and tricks are for career building in large corporations. Here are my Top 10…

#1 – Don’t leave things up to chance!

This is all about setting time aside to plan your career. Think about how much time you set aside planning your last vacation and now compare that to how much time you are currently spending planning your career. If you don’t proactively plan and set time aside for yourself to plan… chances are you never will.  So set aside at least an hour a quarter in your calendar with yourself and a good career coach to consider different career strategies. Treat Yourself! Find the best time and place that works for you and block the time in your calendar so nobody takes it away.

#2 – Take Care of yourself!

Managers will change and move on. So make sure you don’t become dependent on anyone else when planning your career. Even the best and most sensible of managers will be thinking of their next move and most of the time they won’t be counting you in their plans.

#3 – Understand and know yourself well!

The one person who has spent the most time with yourself in your life is yourself. Nobody knows you as well as yourself!. You may not be aware of your needs, strengths and capabilities. A good coaching session and some simple psychometric tests will open up new doors and perspectives.

#4 – Think with the End in Mind – Think big and plan long term.

Define where you want to be and not where you are. Do not limit yourself to when you are today rather think how you would like it to be! The best jobs are the ones you create yourself not the ones you apply for! (most of the time jobs have been created for a specific person).

#5 – Build on your strengths.

Right from school onwards we are conditioned into trying to improve what we are not naturally good at! Don’t waste too much time trying to be good at something that you don’t believe in, rather instead focus your energy in excelling at what you are really good at. This great article from Alexander Wollboldt can really help you with this. So called flaws or weaknesses should be framed as development areas.

#6 – Nurture your professional Network.

Top performers in large companies are people who are influential beyond their immediate department. Make sure you are connected to the right people across your organisation. Use your network smartly when source knowledge and information. Including Mentors and sponsors in your career network will help create awareness of yourself and your skill set in others – this is one of the most effective career strategies to give your career a real boost.

#7 – Build Feedback loops into your Professional Development.

Once you have a plan of where you want to take your career to,  make sure you are sharing it with others and getting insights. Take time to not only share but also to take other perspectives on board. Communication is a two way process, so make sure you are spending time  listening.

#8 – Leverage the Career Development Tools & Resources at your disposal.

Use Talentese Resources! In addition, most companies have programs and resources to help employees build careers. These resources may not be transparent and immediately visible. Find out where these resources are and who own them!.

#9 – Build a master Plan!

You will need to find a way to formalize or capture your thoughts. Make sure you put it into onto paper!. Digital is good, writing it down in your own words in your own handwriting is better. The best career strategies are simple sets of concrete and actionable steps – built on the above mantras. This is not about massive laundry lists of items, I recommend 3 step plans. Set a time frame against anything you wish to realise what you set out to achieve. Make sure everything you put in the plan is measurable and achievable.

#10 – Explore your possibilities – this is the easiest part of the plan!

Once you know what you want it becomes a lot easier finding it than if you are searching for something abstract and vague.

If you are able to focus and start on only a few of these at a time, you will begin to see a difference, the combined power should have a noticeable impact. If you would like support or help working on any of them – please feel free to reach out. And Good luck building your future!.  

Peter Hayward is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and works as Training Manager for the Sales & Marketing Group of Intel in EMEA. He can be contacted at 2mepeter@gmail.com or peter.hayward@coachfedereration.de. Peter Hayward

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