Be More Confident and Focused

You could be filled with fear if you’ve been out of the job market for any length of time. It’s also discouraging when you realize your job search is taking more of your time than you had anticipated.

To conduct a successful job search, you must be brave enough to change your mindset to have more confidence and focus. Make small steps to improve and improve every day until you achieve the goals you set.

Evaluate what you are doing that is working and what is not. Improve your areas of weakness, take additional courses, revise your resume and spend a minimum of 35 hours a week in your job search. Commit to doing what it takes, and you will get your next job.

How To Build A Team That Achieves

You put heads together, listen to everybody’s ideas and arrive at a solution that reflects the members’ contribution. This is teamwork, which is quite different from group work. As a team manager, there are certain important strategies you need to focus on if you want to build a team of achievers.

A team, just like a building, needs a solid foundation to be able to weather any condition. Build your team on important values and principles such as trust, mutual respect, and loyalty. Always have in mind that these principles are not a one-way street or something you demand from others but cannot give. You must reciprocate.

Set goals and have an expectation for your team. Clearly communicate to your members what you wish to achieve in the team and define what each member should do. Collaborate with and be open to suggestion from your team members. Be clear and firm when giving instructions without sounding like a dictator.

Motivate your members through reward, which encourages healthy competition. Award high performers and encourage collaboration. A simple ‘thank you’ with a smile can boost an individual’s morale.

Practical Rules to Thriving and Succeeding In Your Career

The workplace is becoming more tricky and complex than it used to be in the last decade. As an individual, there is a need to be at your best in your career. Being the best doesn’t come easy actually, it’s not a knowledge that can be found on the pages of any textbook. It’s not even a knowledge that is taught in any classroom settings. This is why you should look forward to reading, processing and utilizing every knowledge that will come your way in the next coming months.

At a point in your career, you’ll see a need to switch jobs, or explaining a career gap to a Hiring Manager or a recruiter. Maybe you’ll be battling with hostility at work, and you’re confused how to steer the wave. It could even be that your career is experiencing a downturn or moving at a slow pace. There are even instances when you are aware of an imminent job cut, and you are at a crossroad as to the best course of action. This and lots more is what that will be addressed in upcoming articles. These articles are all about being proactive about your career development.

Employers Are Feeling The Pinch

We are feeling that pinch too in the HVAC/R & Appliance industry, as finding talent is increasingly challenging. Not impossible, just more challenging that I've seen in over the last ten years.

The Wall Street Journal ran this article on Sept 12th with some eye opening numbers and possible solutions.
I hope you find the information helpful.

Employers are feeling the pinch as an increasingly tight labor market leads companies to alter the way they look for workers

“The number of available jobs in the U.S. exceeded the number of job seekers by more than 650,000 in July—a gap that has been growing—in a sign of an increasingly tight labor market that is altering how employers find workers. The number of available jobs in the U.S. rose by about 117,000 to a seasonally adjusted 6.94 million in July, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That is the highest level on record back to 2000, exceeding the prior peak set in April. It also exceeds the 6.28 million Americans who were unemployed during the month, meaning they were without work but actively seeking a job. Such a gap never occurred before March in the records going back to 2000, but a gap has occurred in every month through the August report.

“The supply of workers is very limited and the demand for labor is expanding,” said Becky Frankiewicz, president of staffing firm ManpowerGroup North America. “Employers have to be more open to let people in they might not have before.”
The tight labor market—shown by an unemployment rate holding near a 17-year low—is shifting more power to workers. And increasingly they are willing to quit their jobs. In July, 3.58 million workers voluntarily left their jobs, the highest level on record, the Labor Department said. “The tight labor market is quickly causing workers to gain the confidence they need to quit their jobs,” said JPMorgan Chase economist Jesse Edgerton. “That movement should lead to better wage growth.” And indeed average hourly earnings for private-sector workers rose at the best rate in August since the recession ended in 2009, separate government data showed last week, though the figure remained somewhat sluggish by historical standards.
The influx of quitters is doing little to ease a pinch for employers seeking workers. Many of those who left their jobs are being quickly snapped up. The number of Americans unemployed for five weeks or less is trending near the lowest level since the early 1970s, when the total size of the labor force was much smaller. A survey of small firms released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business found the number of small-business owners who say they had unfilled job openings last month hit 38%, the highest reading in 45 years of records. A quarter of owners said finding qualified workers was their “single most important business problem.” The small businesses also reported a record-high number of openings in August.
Still, labor-market tightness doesn’t appear to be dissuading growth, according to the survey. Small-business optimism also reached the highest level on record back to 1973 last month, and 34% of small firms said now is a good time to expand—matching the highest level on record.
That is consistent with an acceleration in hiring this year, which suggests firms are having some success in either attracting Americans who weren’t actively seeking employment or convincing current workers to stay on the job, rather than retire. “For now, what’s clear is that the music is playing and everybody’s dancing,” said Josh Wright, chief economist at iCIMS Inc.
He said the economy feels similar to 2007. “Everything is firing on all cylinders,” Mr. Wright said.
By  Eric Morath
WSJ September 11, 2018
Sarah Chaney contributed to this article

Owning and Managing People Isn’t Enough, Making Impact Matters

As a manager, you combine many titles into one; you are a manager of people and resources. In reality, it appears easy to do right? Anyone can become the boss but not anyone has what it takes to be the boss that get results and at the same time is making impacts. You might think ensuring profitability in the organization is the beginning and end of your job description, it’s much more. You can be dreaming of success as a manager or business owner; it won’t happen until you know what it takes to make an impact.

In the workplace, there’s a lot at stakes for you as the superior officer. Whatever happens in the end, you are entirely responsible. This is why you need to learn how to handle unproductivity in your organization. You must be abreast of the right strategies to employ in motivating your employees. It’s even saddening that many managers do not know the weight their actions and words carry. Which is why it is essential to know what you shouldn’t utter in the workplace.

Over the coming months, I will share with you results of a National Survey highlighting what traits and/or actions by managers tend to have the highest retention levels among their subordinates.  In the series, you’ll be made conscious of what you’ve either been doing wrong, or you’ve neglected. In essence, what you need to put in place to achieve your organizational goals.