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Keep Your Employees from Fleeing to Competitors

Each of your employees is an investment. You invest your time, knowledge, and money to assure your organization maintains top-rate expertise. Knowing that replacing them will be costly, the last thing you need is to lose them to a competitor.

Valuable Suggestions for Keeping Your Employees from Fleeing:

 

Work Flexibility

This includes break times, working from home, and everything in between. Consider options that boost employee satisfaction and increase a competitive edge.

  1. Flexible schedules.
     Employees who want to pursue further studies, have more work/life balance, or attend a child’s field trip. Flexible options add value, enhancing employee satisfaction.
  2. Working from home. 
    Telecommuting can lead to decreased overhead and the ability to hire the best candidates, regardless of where they live.

Competitive Benefits

Scan job postings to learn about your competitions’ benefit packages. Offering incentives beyond typical wage/benefit packages increases your business profile.

  1. Align employee benefits with business values.
    If a healthy workforce is important, consider steps that encourage workplace wellness, such as dedicated quiet space, healthy snack options, gym membership discounts.
  2. Talent Investment.
    Supporting employees’ professional development benefits employers, too. Upgrading technology skills, attending a seminar, or supporting graduate studies.

Atmosphere and Amenities

A positive, productive workplace is uplifting and takes planning.

  1. Recognition. 
    Employees appreciate having their abilities acknowledged. Descriptive words such as “attention to detail,” “passion for what you do,” or “consistent delivery” boost morale.
  2. Encouraging Leaders.
    You’ve seen it time and again. Natural leaders are an asset. Learning what motivates them and supporting their actions are positive business practices.
  3. Special Touches Matter.
    There are offices that welcome dogs, have lounge-style meeting areas, hold dress down days.  Engaging employees in what matters to their work community supports retention

Beyond Transparency

Transparency based on integrity begins at the top.

  1. Be Open.
    Employees value being part of a business that is boldly open about its practices and plans. Keep them informed through regular updates and by sharing ideas at open forums. Also, asking for their feedback is a fantastic morale booster.

When you are ready to fill your open finance position with a top-notch employee, contact one of our highly rated Beacon Resources recruiters today.  Visit our site for more information.

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Four Words to Help You Ace That Job Interview

There are many things to prepare for when heading to a job interview; the right questions to ask, how to present your accomplishments professionally, talk enough but not too much.

Recent research shows that job candidates underestimate the importance of sharing the value of what motivates them.  Being able to honestly state the four words,  “I love my work,” shows the recruiter that you won’t be showing up just for a paycheck.

Why is This Statement Valuable in an Interview?

o Job satisfaction, productivity, and retention are linked to motivation.
o External or extrinsic motivation is prompted by outside forces. It can be another’s praise, promise of a promotion, or vacation benefits.
o Internal or intrinsic motivation comes from within. Your inner drive is related to your values, beliefs, or creative abilities on a special project.
o Loving something for what it is, beyond any form of reward, means that your internal motivation is at work.
o A person who states a love for their work, is functioning from inner personal drive and desire.

What Do Recruiters Really Want to Learn about Candidates?

Recruiters want to hear, see, and feel a candidate’s enthusiasm and love for their work. This is expressed through words, actions, facial expression, and tone of voice. Think of people you know who become animated when talking about something they love. Witnessing that excitement is uplifting and infectious. This is what recruiters want candidates to express in a professional setting.

4 Steps to Take to Prepare for Showing Your Inner Drive

  1. Identify two or three work factors that you love and why you care about each.
  2. Find words that express your genuine feelings.
  3. Ask friends to conduct a mock interview with you. Listen to their feedback.
  4. Notice what made you feel awkward and what felt authentic.
    Now you’re ready…go for it!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  –Steve Jobs, Former CEO & Co-Founder of Apple Inc.

Now that you know more about what words will separate you from your competition, you’ll be armed with an additional weapon for that interview. To start your journey, contact one of the leading financial headhunters in the industry at Beacon Resources today.

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Recruiters Pick-up Where Job Boards Fall Short

If you’re on the hunt for your next career move in accounting and finance, you may be tempted to spend hours scrolling through job boards for job openings.  Unfortunately, these often end up as hours lost in space. However, recruiters are hired by employers to seek out the top talent in the accounting and finance industry to fill positions. Recruiters have connections to a network of companies and the ability to get your resume into the hands of hiring managers. Let’s take a closer look at how recruiters take the job hunt a step beyond search engines and how they not only find opportunities but match a suitable candidate to a position.

Stop Scrolling Job Boards and Start Applying

Job boards appear to be wonderful tools for those starting out on the job hunt. There are hundreds of websites which host boards and listings that can be an excellent resource for gauging the labor market and dominant industries in a region. However, listings found on these sites are typically wide-reaching and generate thousands of responses. As a result, the likelihood that your resume will even be seen by a hiring manager is extremely slim.

According to Forbes.com, many job coaches advise that one should not spend any more than 10 percent of the job hunt on a search engine. Any more than that and you’re likely wasting time pursuing a lost cause.

Recruiters to the Rescue

Working with a recruiter can offer a variety of benefits to job seekers. First of all, they are commissioned directly by companies looking to fill a vacancy quickly and effectively. Secondly, they hand-pick candidate resumes based on qualification, suitability and specialty. This means that candidates working with a recruiter already have an advantage in the application process. Both of these benefits increase the chances of meeting with employers and finding jobs that align with the candidates’ career goals.

For more information on how to connect with our team of recruiters at Beacon Resources, email us today.

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3 Things Recruiters Look for on Your LinkedIn Profile

Being active on social media can help out greatly as you look for a new job. A LinkedIn profile is one of the most advantageous career based profiles. However, you want more than to just set up a basic page. You want to ensure these three essential things are present on your profile, so hiring managers know you have what it takes to excel at their company.

  1. Accomplishments

When writing about your previous work history, it can be easy to get in the habit of simply talking about the basic duties you had at each place of work. The things you really need to talk about are things you accomplished. Exceeding a sales goal or earning an award would fall under this category. Include two or three tangible achievements so that hiring managers know you have made a difference in your employment history.

  1. No Red Flags

You do not want a LinkedIn profile that works against you in your job search. A single red flag might be enough to make a hiring manager take you out of consideration. Some common red flags include:

  • Inappropriate language
  • Frequent job hopping
  • Clearly inflated job titles
  • “Liking” an inappropriate status or article
  1. Overall Qualifications

Whether you are applying for one job at a time or several, you want your LinkedIn profile to contain all skills and qualifications you possess that would be an asset in the role. This involves more than simply saying you are a “team leader.” Instead, you would want to point to specific examples of times you led a team to success. This usually entails updating your LinkedIn fairly frequently, but it is worth it in the long run.

Dedicating a lot of time to writing your resume is important, but you want to also give enough attention to other resources. LinkedIn has become a popular way for hiring managers to locate new hires.  Visit our LinkedIn profile to learn more about our opportunities.

Resume Trends for 2017

Top 3 Resume Trends for 2017

In its March employment report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced professional and business services saw a monthly gain consistent with its growth over the last 12 months, with 56,000 new jobs being added. If you’re looking to switch jobs or enter a new field, this upward employment trend means it’s time to pull out your resume and give it a face-lift. While your work experience may not have changed, there are emerging resume trends that are quickly becoming the standard.

1.    Skills are Key in 2017 Resume Trends

Recruiters spend just over six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether to move a candidate forward in the hiring process or not, Forbes reports. Hiring managers want to know your hard skills and the value you will bring to their team. . List the relevant systems, programs and apps that you’ve worked with, and help potential employers understand how you will use those skills to their benefit.

2.    What Have You Done? Not, What Can You Do?

You have limited time to catch hiring managers’ attention, so it’s important to emphasize your performance. When describing your previous work history, you probably included your day-to-day activities and your responsibilities. Today’s managers want to know about their candidates’ accomplishments. Did you lead a successful project or save your company money? Explain how. Where you promoted or did you receive any special accommodations? Why?

3.    Branding Matters

In today’s digital age, everyone has a brand, a trend that’s expected to continue. As you prepare for a job hunt, you’ll want to update your LinkedIn profile and include a link on your resume. While you don’t necessarily want your profile to be word-for-word what is on your resume, it is a good idea to have the same job history and duties on both.

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