In this market, everyone is challenged with meeting their hiring goals. Unemployment is at a low presenting multiple opportunities for candidates in the job market. However, in the architecture and design world, we believe the challenge isn’t in FINDING the talent but rather in ATTRACTING the talent to your position.
We discuss a lot about how candidates can prepare for an interview and since it is a candidate market we thought the interviewer could use some tips as well. An interview in itself should not be a test for a candidate, we suggest making every effort to make it a seamless process for both your team and the candidate. Allowing a candidate to be comfortable and asking relevant questions is key to really understanding the content of a candidate’s background and how they will fit with your team.
For the past couple of weeks, I‘ve mentioned the significance of professional follow-up. Nothing confirms to perspective employers your interest level more than a strong follow-up. After an interview, sending a “Thank You” note is not only a nice touch but it’s also super important for leaving lasting impressions and standing out from other interviewed candidates. Saying a simple, “thank you”, at the time of the interview is a basic form of gratitude and is expected. Sending an email is nice, however, an email can come across as impersonal and generic. Go the extra step and invest time and thought into a handwritten “Thank You” note.
I often read articles centered on the importance of seeking out and building healthy relationships with a mentor – whether at a new job, a different industry or simply for a fresh outlook. There’s no doubt mentorship is a valuable resource too often overlooked, but the responsibility for growth shouldn’t rest solely on the mentee. It’s a false assumption to think the only person benefiting from mentoring is the individual pursuing advice when in fact; a mentor can gain strides from a mentee through out-of-the-box means.
Congratulations on your new position. Now you have to navigate what may seem like a tricky resignation. But, it doesn’t need to be a cumbersome process. Your resignation should focus on two areas: giving your current employer the respect of a notice so they may plan and how you will help in making your exit a smooth transition for their company. It’s easy to be emotional during a career transition, but by focusing on the how and not the why you can leave your current company on a good note and start fresh.
Every good employer looks for ways to keep their team engaged and emotionally invested in the company. The conversation on how to achieve this often surrounds career growth and compensation but one area that is often overlooked is workplace philanthropy. According to several recent workplace surveys, Millennials (21-35) are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as satisfied with their job when a firm offers volunteer and philanthropic activities.
Creativity takes courage. In our industry, it’s not only an essential element to our work success, but innately speaking, a way of life for most of us. As easy as it may come to some more than others, creativity should be treated as any other talent or skill – practiced often, honed in and trusted with our natural instincts.