The convenience of modern technology and the ability to procure information ‘on-demand’ has become a welcomed luxury in the workplace. Applications like Trello, designed to boost efficiency and collaboration among workers, and communication software like Skype, are shaping the way corporations conduct business. Between innovation in technology and the cultural shift in what constitutes as desirable in the workplace, employers are striving to update internal practices, reworking processes to align with the needs of the evolving workplace. This paradigm shift will continue to have a transformational impact on employers over the next few years, altering the way we connect, earning a living, and navigate the business world. Here's what's trending.
They may have lived in a post-apocalyptic reality, but in AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead, the characters learn that evading the gruesome Walkers requires a cohesive strategy. Through coordination and collaboration, Rick and his survivors taught us the importance of forming valuable business relationships. When the putrid, corpse-like Walkers are salivating for a taste of you or your loved one for dinner, you'll need a reliable companion by your side. No company is successful without forging critical internal and external partnerships. These relationships will help propel the business towards their overaching goals.
As an employer, navigating the turbulent waters of the recruiting process presents new learning opportunities every day. After hopeful candidates submit their resumes for review, their level of experience is typically the determining factor behind whether or not they qualify for an interview. Employers quickly scan a resume to ascertain the type of degree or certification they possess, as well as if their work history aligns with the position they applied for. While evaluating professional qualities are essential to the hiring process, most hiring managers overlook the importance of soft skills.
From a narcissistic genius with specialized armory to a former special agent with a propensity for a bow and arrow, a slew of career-related guidance can be derived from the Avengers universe. Recruiting and building a team of gifted individuals is not only an arduous task, but it requires the same level of persistence that Nick Fury displayed throughout each movie. From the candidate perspective, you may not be a shield-wielding super soldier like Captain America, but mimicking his behaviors can easily propel you to the next level of your career. Here are some occupational pointers courtesy of Marvel's The Avengers.
From friendly cubicle banter and sharing weekend plans beside the Keurig machine to exchanging thoughts on the upcoming season of Stranger Things, indulging in conversation with coworkers is an important component of company culture.
Whether your company is undergoing a growth spurt, replacing employees who have elected to pursue other opportunities, or simply looking for some short-term expertise on a new business endeavor, recruiting quality talent is an ever-present need. In today’s tight labor market, however, employers must adapt their recruitment strategy to fit the needs of job seekers and attract this in-demand talent pool.
As our digital ecosystem continues to progress, more and more employers are beginning to integrate new technology into their everyday workflow. Videoconferencing and interviews via channels like Skype or FaceTime are becoming increasingly popular because they can provide more insight for an employer regarding whether or not a candidate is a good fit for the role.
Using Skype for an interview is also a great resource for employers who are looking to hire remote or international workers that would otherwise require costly airline, train, or lodging fees.
The fictional world of dragons and white walkers in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones provides nail-biting, binge-watching entertainment value. But aside from the allure of warring families, the show offers useful real world advice, drawing significant parallels to the business world. Much that goes awry is due to the breach of contracts, and the successful bonds that are forged between the characters can be chalked up to good career tactics. Here are some notable lessons the key players of Westeros have taught us over the years.
In today’s competitive job market, being proactive and using effective follow-up tactics during the interview process will help boost your candidacy. Sitting back and twiddling your thumbs as you wait patiently for a response from your potential employer is not a valuable use of your time.