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Returning To The Office: What To Think About

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People getting vaccinated and the more things open up, employers are faced with a new dilemma: getting employees returning to the office. Unless you were an essential work place, it’s likely that most companies had their employees working from home. This leaves many wondering how the transition back to the office will work.

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Society for Human Resource Management, said:

“Many employers have found telework during COVID to be successful for their organizations [but] people managers have seen a decline in the productivity gains experienced at the outset of the pandemic, citing employees’ need for the psychosocial elements of work. Savvy employers have found safe means for engaging in return-to-worksite with a focus on building better people manager mechanisms and resources for employee wellness.”

This isn’t to say that there won’t be any remote work being done. Working from home is likely to remain for many companies.  This is especially so for departments like customer service and IT.  For the rest, there needs to be a clear and organized strategy for transitioning back to the office. Ashley Cuttino, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in Greenville, South Carolina, said the number one thing that employers should communicate is the safety of their employees and how the workplace will address this as people come back into the office. There are a few things to keep in mind when addressing the return-to-work strategy.

 

Key Issues to Consider for Return to Work Strategies:

 

Business Productivity

Companies can argue that having employees return to work increases productivity and allows managers to check in and assess employee well-being and project progress. As Taylor had mentioned before, some companies have seen a decrease in productivity. Some believe that being in the office actually increases one’s productivity thanks to relationships with co-workers and collaborating in-person.

 

Employees’ Well-Being

While there are definitely employees that like working from home, others have been feeling isolated and miss the camaraderie that can be found in the office. Even with all the technology that helps people connect, being around people in real life can not be substituted. According to a survey of more than 500 people, the company Seyfarth at Work found that a majority of people miss in-person workplace conversations, followed by the daily structure of reporting to a worksite. Also noted were lunches and happy hours with co-workers and reduced interruptions by kids.

In addition, Diane Welch, an attorney with McDonald Carano in Las Vegas, said:

“[Employees like] the convenience of [being at the worksite] with easy access to technology, equipment and supplies, which facilitates working faster and results in a better work product.” 

Scheduling Challenges

If your employees have school-age children, then scheduling can get sticky. One benefit of working from home is that parents can work around their kid’s schedules; when they have to juggle their own work schedule and a school schedule, then it gets hard.

CDC Recommendations

Lastly, all companies should be following CDC recommendations for bringing back in-person businesses and interactions. They constantly update their guidelines and they can easily answer questions regarding seating arrangements, or how to help employees keep six feet of distance, or what to do about masks indoors.

Thinking of these four different points will be vital to making the return-to-the-office strategy that much easier and smoother. Ask yourself how your company is going to address these issues. What can you do to address some of these issues? Signature Source is your resource for recruiting the most highly desirable talent and work as your consultant for organizational development solutions. We can help with some of these return-to-the-office issues. Check out our website for more information.

Signature Source is of course always here to assist with any consultation you may need!  Feel free to learn more about our consulting services here: Signature Source Consulting Services

Top Interview Questions Asked Over Video

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As the job market revs up again, companies are looking to fill positions with top talent. Whether are looking for new opportunities or you’re thinking of quitting and starting anew, Signature Source can help!

We recognize that the interview processes have changed. Here are the Top Interview Questions being asked below.

Thanks in large part to a constantly changing pandemic, many employers are still looking for people that understand the nuances of remote work, which often pop up in their interview questions and the fact that video interviews continue to be popular with companies.

Top Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Great news! You’ve heard back from the hiring manager and they want to schedule an interview! But what will they ask you? How can you prepare for the questions they’ll ask you? While no one can know exactly what the interviewer will ask, more hiring managers are asking about the remote experience and will expect you to have thought about how you’ll approach it. See below for some of the most popular interview questions of 2021:

How have you approached building professional relationships while working remotely?

A version of this question has been making the rounds during interviews and it can be tricky to answer. With a recent study showing that 80% of employees expect some kind of hybrid remote model, it makes sense that your new employer will want to know how you work remotely.

This question is already half answered as soon as you started your video. The way you engage and connect with the hiring manager is being noted from the start.  If you want some thoughtful answers, try to think about how’d you connect with people in real life. For example, you could mention how much you enjoy meeting people over virtual coffee hours or the time you called someone to connect because video conferencing felt too impersonal.

Tell me about your biggest strengths?

This interview question continues to be one of the most popular, yet it always tends to trip people up. One of the best pieces of advice? Use the words of someone else. That way you don’t have to feel pressure to come up with something that doesn’t come off as conceited. It also helps to brainstorm your “golden skill,” meaning the one thing that sets you apart from other candidates and but is the perfect fit for the specific role.

What are your salary expectations?

This is another popular interview question that seems to trip people up, mainly because you don’t want to aim too high, but you also don’t want to be underpaid. Especially now, employees are unsure whether remote work requires less pay or even if the company is struggling and can’t afford to pay as much. Basically, this question requires two questions:

  1. Know your worth
  2. Do your research

Glassdoor is a good place to start to get an idea of how much your position makes. You can also tell the employer that you’re flexible and open to discussion of salary amount.

Video Interview Tips

Now that you’ve gotten your interview question answers down, you’re ready for the actual video interview! Keep these tips in mind and you’re likely to impress the hiring manager:

Setting and location are important.

Be sure that you’re interviewing in a clean and quiet area. If you have pets or roommates, make sure they can’t bother you. Try to avoid rooms with a lot of glass (this can cause backlighting) and don’t sit facing a window as this can cause echoing.

Be aware of your camera’s positioning.

Make sure your camera lens is at eye level for the most flattering angle. Try to have the camera four to six feet away to show your head and shoulders. Choose a plain background or if you don’t have one, make sure your background is organized looking.

Dress professionally.

Even if you’ve been living in sweatpants and baggy t-shirts, dress professionally for your video interview. It’s true they can’t see your whole outfit, but even seeing that you’re wearing something nice on top will show the hiring manager that you respect them and the company.

Be engaged and focused.

Make sure you’re making eye contact and smiling. Just because you’re on video doesn’t mean you should act distracted and hop on and off your camera. That tells the interviewer that you’re not interested in what they have to say and that you have more important things to do.

Check out Signature Source’s post on how to ace the video interview and let us know in the comments what’s worked for you. Signature Source is your resource for recruiting the most highly desirable talent and work as your consultant for organizational development solutions. We can help with some of these return-to-the-office issues. Check out our website for more information.

Pros And Cons Of Remote Work Arrangements

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When the pandemic hit, companies had to scramble to come up with a remote way of working for their employees. Each company had to weigh the pros and cons of remote work. Nearly a year and a half later, many places have implemented a permanent work from home strategy (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). Other employers are trying to work out a more hybrid model.

According to a Gartner survey, about 70% of employees want to have some form of remote work. It’s likely that there will continue to be less office time all things considered. Whether you want to continue to stay at home or you’re itching to go back to a physical office, remote work is here to stay.

Pros Of Remote Work

Saves Time And Money

Without the time and costs of commuting, employees can lessen their stress. It also allows them to save money that would otherwise go to gas or public transportation. In addition, companies save money because they aren’t paying rent or energy costs for an office space.

 

Increased Work Productivity

Many people have found that they are more productive at home because there are no office distractions. A home is a place where you feel comfortable and it’s set up the way you want, so you feel less stressed about things.

 

Flexible Schedules

At home, remote workers have been able to add more flexibility to their schedules. There’s been an increase in meeting attendance because employees don’t have to think about travel or commute schedules, plus there’s the added benefit of taking some time for yourself without a colleague popping in.

 

Work/Family Life Balance

While some people complain that working with children at home is hard, studies have found that it’s actually easier to balance family needs when you’re at home. You’re there to care for your child rather than scrambling to get back home.

 

Decreased Hierarchical Work Models

With remote work, more equality in work is also encouraged. There’s no specific seating order at a meeting table and nobody feels like someone has more power since everyone is communicating through video. 

 

Cons Of Remote Work

Lack Of Communication Trust

It can be hard to build trust between colleagues when you’re constantly communicating virtually. Tsedal Neeley, the author of Remote Work Revolution, said:

“Unlike in person, where the ideal time you spend with your coworkers inevitably leads to serendipitous discoveries about one another, in the remote format you have to make a point of sharing your personal side.”

Harder To Collaborate

Many people who have been working remotely for a while now know how easy it is for things to get lost in translation through email, Slack, etc. Of course, there are tools that can be utilized, but these have a learning curve and will take some time to get used to. It’s important for the team or organization to make sure that these tools work for employees.

 

Missed Office Interactions

One of the obvious downsides to remote work is in-person interaction. Many leaders have said they “manage by wandering around,” and interacting with colleagues can boost employee happiness and overall well-being.

 

Decreased Customer Service

While not all jobs require meeting customers in person, some do see an increase in better customer relationships. For example, retail settings pretty much depend on interacting with customers, and without that, customers may be left feeling unsatisfied.

The pros and cons of remote work are all something that companies should be considering. As more people ask for work-from-home options or companies consider hybrid options, it’s important to make sure that the transition and communication with your employees are clear. Signature Source is your resource for recruiting the most highly desirable talent and work as your consultant for organizational development solutions. We can help with some of these remote work questions and concerns. Check out our website for more information. Besides helping with remote work arrangements we also have experience with resume creation, analysis of job descriptions, compensation evaluation, and more!

Tips For Refreshing Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

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As the economy opens up again, companies are starting to hire, but what if you haven’t worked in awhile? You might be feeling unsure of how to dip your toes back into the hiring field, we’re here to help!

One of the most important steps you need to do is update your resume and LinkedIn account. Signature Source defines an effective resume as one that can “show the potential employer that you understand the needs of their business and are qualified for the position desired.” So where do you start?

Determine your resume’s focus

What career direction do you want to go in? If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want from your next job, then your resume will not resonate with employers. If you’re interested in getting into the food industry, tailor your resume to that. Sending a hiring manager a resume you used when you worked in finance isn’t going to cut it. If you have different career interests, it’s best if you create different versions of your resume.

Research the industry you’re trying to get into

This means talking to people in your interested field and looking at jobs listed in your target industry to get a sense of what employers are looking for. Are there certain keywords or phrases that seem to be cropping up in all the job descriptions? Add those in. Are there things in your old resume that are not appearing in job descriptions anymore? Take those out. Are you going to need to enroll in classes or learn new skills to be competitive in your field? Think about learning new skills!

Develop a strong career objective

The Career Objective highlights your key skills and shows how you can contribute to a company.

If you’re staying within your current career field, writing a compelling career summary is very important. It’s a great way to highlight the experience you already have and valuable skills you can bring to the table.

If you’re looking to change fields, emphasize the skills you learned in your old career and how they can be applied to a new area of interest. For example, your old career objective could say:

Seeking a challenging position with a future-oriented company offering opportunities for growth and advancement.

But your new career objective might be:

Dynamic public speaker/presenter with advanced technical knowledge, seeking to leverage these strengths as an award-winning computer instructor into an entry-level software sales position.

Examples from Monster

Highlight the results and outcomes of your achievements

It’s important to list what your projects and jobs were, but were you actually successful at them? It’s nice to know that you maintained workstations and specific systems, but listing specifics will really make you stand out. Maybe you could talk about how you improved system efficiency by 90% or that you brought 50% more workstations to your company. Use action verbs and numbers, percentages, etc., to provide solid proof.

Add some style to your resume

This doesn’t mean using bold colors and wonky fonts; rather, you should use one of the many templates that are available to you. This will format your resume in a nice way and usually includes underlining, italics, useful icons, etc.

Pro Tip: proofread, proofread, proofread

Remember that your resume should be flawless. Make sure your proofread it so you can catch any grammar, punctuation, or word errors. Ask for feedback on your resume and have several different people look it over.

LinkedIn is essentially a digital resume, so a lot of the above steps are still relevant but with a few tweaks.

Make sure your Headline and About sections are updated

These sections are the most important since they’re the first things that people will read. Be sure to utilize all the space and use relevant keywords as this is what people will be searching for.

Be sure to add media

One of the great things about having a digital resume is that you can add hard proof of projects you’ve worked on. Upload videos, presentations, PDFs that showcase the work you’ve done.

Keep your Experience section up-to-date

Make sure this section reflects your most recent career changes and work. Add start and end dates, and add descriptions.

Send requests to connect with people in your career field

Connect with other people in your company as well as people that are in the same groups as you are. If you notice that there’s a group that seems relevant to your field, join it! Follow companies or organizations that you like and see if you’re able to make connections that way. Comment on their posts and engage with the community, which shows that you’re an active member and are passionate about xyz.

If you liked this blog post, Signature Source also offers services to help you with your resume. Check out our website or email us at contactus@signature-source.com

15 Years of Innovative Global Mobility Recruiting Solutions!

15 years of global mobility recruiting

 

Signature Source is proud to celebrate 15 years of assisting companies and job seekers. We’ve been honored to work with candidate recruiting and consulting needs. We serve the global mobility and relocation industry working hard to ensure we pair the right talent with the right job and company.

OUR CLIENTS

Our clients trust us because we “walk the walk”: each member of our Signature Source Global Executive Recruiters is made up of people who have had careers in the relocation industry, adding up to over 60 years of insight and experience. We sympathize with the unique nature of the industry because we have held, managed, and/or partnered with many of the positions we fill.

Signature Source has supported the talent management and recruiting process for over 45 leading global mobility organizations and for good reason: with a proprietary talent database of more than 7,000 candidates, our expertise has created a stronger foundation for both clients and candidates for the past 15 years.

OUR CANDIDATES

Our candidates believe in us because Signature Source professionals focus on four very important values:

  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Confidentiality
  • Customer service 

We pride ourselves on taking the time to listen to candidates’ career aspirations, provide honest recommendations, and guide them through the interview and offer process.

Our Executive Recruiters at Signature Source have had long-standing relationships with people in the mobility and relocation industry, which means candidates can trust us to help them in the best way we can. We also make sure we take the utmost care and protection when it comes to clients’ resume/CV submissions. We take discretion in the hiring process seriously and in doing so, we are committed to the highest level of respect for our candidates as well as our clients.

Customer satisfaction is essential to what we do. Signature Source Global Executive Recruiters would like to thank our clients and candidates that have trusted us for the last 15 years. From accounting to human resources to marketing, we’ve learned from all of you and appreciate our relationships as we enter into 2021.

We would love to learn more about your business – let’s start a conversation by contacting us here: Contact Signature Source

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