We had a great time at IBS + KBIS in Las Vegas. Congratulations to all the KBIS Award winners and we loved being involved in the Voices From the Industry Conference.
It can be difficult to remain poised and keep it together when we run into a string of disappointments. From what feels like endless rejections from job applications or not receiving the promotion you were hoping for, or simply feeling unsure about the future and that track that you’re on, it’s important to remember one thing – you are not alone!
It’s fair to say that almost all the candidates we work with are looking for a good Vacation and PTO offering in their compensation package. However, in the US, standard vacation packages haven’t changed much over the years. Professional salaried employees can expect 10 days and 15 days for more tenured, senior staff.
With just seconds to make a first impression, appearance and attitude is everything! We’ve all heard it said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, there are just a few guidelines when it comes to dressing for the part you want, not for the part you have. Internationally applauded fashion designer Tom Ford said it best when he said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
Moving to a new city for your job or for a new job is a lot of change at once. The easy thing to do would be to rely on your co-workers and happy hour to build your professional network and make new friends. This is okay but here’s a list of a few tips to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and carve your own network of like-minded professionals and friends.
You have aced your phone interview and are on to the next step of your interview process – nice work. Many employers are turning to Skype or video interviews to speed-up the interview process and reduce travel expenses and Skype may be an interview trend that is here to stay. Check out these 8 tips to make sure you or your team is Skype-ready.
It’s evident that the job market is robust with the unemployment rate at the lowest it’s been in almost a decade. Across the job market, there are almost 10% more job listings than this time last year which means it’s a candidate driven market. This year it was predicted that some of the fasted growing sectors would include Digital Marketing, Management Consulting, Hotels & Hospitality, Technology and Healthcare.
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.