Increasingly, HR professionals are considering contract work, which many within the workforce are migrating to. But contract work isn’t for everyone as success relies on a tolerance for risk as well as a personality that may have to be “on” more than you are comfortable with. Contract jobs can be a foot-in-the-door for a long-term job, but they can also become temporary lucrative and exciting career opportunities. They present the chance to try new things for a limited time or hone in on set skills and projects, allowing you to excel and change your day-to-day.
On “Joe Thomas Day” the Cleveland area celebrates a Browns legend. Thomas is certain to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame (HOF) in Canton, OH in five short years when he is eligible for pro football’s highest individual honor.
Too often when we’re interviewing for a payroll or HR position we’re focused on landing the job instead of finding out if the HR position is right for us or if the company’s culture is what we want. An interview is not meant to be a one-way exercise where you solely prove yourself to a company – make sure the company engages with you a little as well. I always share with my candidates that you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. As difficult and time-consuming as finding an HR or payroll job can be, the last thing you want to find yourself doing is searching for another job six-months out because it wasn’t the right long-term fit for all of the parties involved. Trust me, I’ve worked for Willory for almost 7 years now and I know personally know how valuable working in a culture can be to your professional AND personal life – we want to help you find the best possible fit for you.
I was interviewing people the past few weeks and the most uncomfortable part – for me and them – was the dreaded opening question. Oh, I tried to vary it up, but it was basically the same question most ask… “Tell me about yourself.” As a side note, my colleague does a better job with this and positions it as “Tell me something about you I wouldn’t learn on your resume.
When was the last time you put context behind your words in your resume or interview? Of course, the words you say or write have meaning, but the measurable results and/or change increase in importance when you add context. And too often it’s left for the interviewer to interpret the context. If you want to land that HR or payroll position the single biggest mistake people, make sure when it comes to sharing their accomplishments is providing results without context. Saying that you found a savings 15 percent by improving HR and payroll processes without noting the market conditions or goals doesn’t say much.
Name dropping gets a bad rap as it’s often used to cash in on a person’s associations to advance one’s own position. The worst “offenders” drop names of people they barely know as a close ally when in reality the relationship may be best characterized as “casual acquaintances.”
Interviews are stressful. They are nerve-wracking experiences that can knock us off our equilibrium and prevent us from showing ourselves in the best light possible. It’s a stressful situation, combining your nervous feelings and with an environment designed to judge can – simply put – cripple interviewees to the point that they’re unable to present themselves as who they really are.
It doesn’t happen regularly and surely not as often as it should, but once in a blue moon the interviewer will provide critical feedback after the interview. Accepting feedback is not always comfortable or easy to hear, but strive to take it as it’s intended – as a sincere offer to help you better yourself. The interviewer isn’t trying to be malicious. They are trying to share crucial information with you that can impact (and help) you in the future.
With 500 million users, chances are you have a professional profile on LinkedIn. But are you utilizing the site to its full potential? Whether you’re looking for work or wanting to build your network, ignoring LinkedIn could mean missed opportunities. According to LinkedIn’s latest report2, over 75% of people who recently changed jobs used LinkedIn to inform their career decision. From a recruiting standpoint, people who follow your company on LinkedIn are 81 % more likely to respond to your InMail than those who do not. So, how can HR & payroll professionals the most out of the social platform?
Like it or not, the interview process for your next HR/payroll opportunity can be eerily similar to dating. You may find a match right away (love at first sight) or it could take numerous interviews to find your connection (longer courtship).
Every year we like to take the time to look into our imaginary crystal ball and try to predict what is going to be big in HR and payroll in 2018. Like many others, we have expert knowledge in HR and payroll, but we are absolutely not clairvoyant. As a team we’ve come together to present these five predictions for HR & payroll in 2018.