How to Effectively Work with Recruiters

March 23rd @ 11:00 AM PST/12:00 PM MST/1:00 PM CST/2:00 PM EST

During your job search, you may encounter third-party recruiters as well as corporate recruiters.  These individuals understand the needs of their clients and are very effective making appropriate matches.  During this session you will learn the following:

  • How to position yourself with third-party recruiters
  • What it takes to impress a corporate recruiter
  • How to proactively get a recruiter to pursue you

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Will your company keep you?

Job security is a growing concern.  Have you found yourself asking….

“Do I have it?”

“Will I lose it?”

If you have, you are not alone, most professionals have job security as a  “top of mind” concern.  Rightly so, we might add.     A better question might be…  “Is job security real?”

Positions  in corporate America are constantly open to evaluation.  The cost of labor is  typically  the  largest  expense a company can have.  Companies are designed to make a profit.  Even non-profits can’t spend more than they bring in. Every job in the company has to contribute to that result.  What does this mean to you and your job?  Simply that your job is always under review.

According to surveys, young professionals entering the workforce today expect to have eleven to twenty job changes during their careers.  Most of those changes will be voluntary and self-motivated.  Several will not.   Our hyper-competitive marketplace forces companies to make the hard decisions about jobs and the people in them.  No employee is indispensible, no job is sacred.  Companies do, however, value certain employees more than they value others.  Who stays and who goes often has little to do with the employee’s job.  Often is has everything to do with the employee.

Employers want people who bring value to the organization over and above their job.  These are the people they will try to keep even if the job is eliminated.  “Do I have job security?”  is the wrong question.   The real question to ask is “How do I increase my value to my employer?”  If you want to increase your value and be one of the people they keep, work to develop and demonstrate these four defining characteristics:

Risk Taking – Employers want their people to take risks.  Improvement comes from changing the status quo.  Employees who take risks show they have a “can do” attitude.  This is especially valuable in today’s economy.  Risk takers are results oriented people.  They aren’t afraid to try something new to get better results.

Pro-active Problem Solving – When you bring a problem to you manager, also bring a solution.  Today’s manager has too much on their plate today to solve every issue.  Good managers want your input and appreciate your willingness to be part of the answer.  People who bring problems without solutions will be a source of frustration, not value.

Competency – When was the last time you proactively took a course or seminar to improve your job knowledge?  Are you a member of your occupation’s professional associations?  Have you asked for additional training?  Competency is more than just doing your job well.  Companies want people who seek out opportunities to grow in knowledge and skill.  Don’t expect the company to pay for all it either.  Employees who take responsibility for their own development are what companies’ value today.

A Difference Maker –Difference Makers are employees who are motivated about their contribution to the company.   These employees want to make an impact.  They accept responsibility for their performance and they are accountable for their results.   Most companies will try to find a place for the Difference Makers.

Today no job is exempt from reevaluation, retooling, or elimination.  If you are worried about your job then you are worried about the wrong thing.  Instead, concentrate on the value you add to the company.   Take a risk, find solutions, grow and develop in your job and your industry, and be a Difference Maker.  Don’t let your job define your value.  You need to define it for yourself.

Do You Have a Career or a Job?

Now is the time to answer this question!

There is still a good deal of uncertainty lingering in the managed care industry.  Health care reform, expanding government, new regulations, and possible new reimbursement rates are still issues yet to be resolved.  Everyone wants more clarity, but a clear course of action remains elusive.

One thing that is clear – there will be more opportunities for career growth in 2011 than ever before.  Managed care nurses who are proactive about their careers are in a strong position to capitalize on new opportunities.  Those who are sitting on the sidelines, waiting to see what happens to their jobs, could find themselves out of the game.  Everyone must decide if they have a career or a job.  If you have a career you’ll thrive.  If all you have (or want) is a job then the next few years could be a fearful experience.

A career has a concept of personal development.  A job has a concept of needing money to do something else.

To grow in your career, you need to:

1. Set goals for development and advancement

2. Set priorities

3. Develop a plan

4. Use opportunities and changes to either advance or refine your plan

5. Review (Go back to step #1)

You should review annually what you did last year and what you plan for next year.  Keep your plans where you can easily read them any day of the year.  Look for growth in each area of your career.  If you see an area that has not improved, focus more on that area on your next plan.

Set goals for yourself.  The goals need be measurable because you must be able to tell when you’ve accomplished one of your goals.  Set goals that make you stretch.  All successful people have failed.  It’s how you deal with setbacks that count.  If you have never failed then you have never reached!

What about YOUR Career Goals?

Have you ever felt like there is NO time for yourself?  Most individuals I know are focused on everyone else.  Please take time right before the end of the year, to write down your top ten “A” non-negotiable goals, ten “B” goals and ten “C” goals.

It is just as important to not only to WANT to achieve those goals, but to EXPECT it to happen.  Under each goal write four or five smaller actions items.  Attacking a goal and one action item at a time, simplifies your ability to attain your goals.

The Law of Attraction is very fair.  Whatever energy you are putting out, is what comes back to you.  Focus on what you WANT versus what you don’t have.  Take time to think about your career and dreams.  The goals are obviously a combination of business, personal, health and spiritual goals.  Read the goals often and check them off as you accomplish each goal.  It is a proven fact that you greatly increase your chances of success when you write things down.  Take time to think of yourself.