26 Jan 2016
in Job Seekers, Managers / Supervisors
Tags: Continuing education, Hard-to-fill position, Job training, Job turnover, Lack of experience, Professional development, Unqualified
I’m in HR and just have to vent. I get so many résumés for open positions from people who don’t qualify even remotely. Can you please tell job seekers without the required experience not to waste my time?
Dear, Not Impressed,
A recent American Staffing Association (ASA) survey found that unemployed adults looking for work say that lack of experience is the main obstacle that prevents them from finding a job. (Really, we needed a survey to figure that out?) But the workforce survey goes further: 82% of unemployed job seekers think training would increase their chances of receiving job offers. And nearly nine out of 10 aspirants would be willing to try a new field if training were offered.
So, employers, do you have a training program for those hard-to-fill positions? Or perhaps you have high turnover in a particular role. This may be an indication that the instruction provided for that job title is not up to snuff. It’s not enough for the HR department to fill chairs with warm bodies; you want those bodies to flourish in the role, both for their own personal growth and for the company’s betterment.
If your business has perpetually open positions with no qualified applicants, consider cultivating “home-grown” employees. Convince your local community college to provide classes that your company would find helpful for future applicants.
Now, let me scold job seekers a bit. If you come across as a lackluster candidate to hiring managers, it’s in your power to improve your image. Don’t wait for future employers to train you. Proactively seek out professional development opportunities, whether it’s online or at your local chamber of commerce, free or paid out of your own pocket. You’ll be able to beef up your résumé’s “Advanced Training” or “Continuing Education” section, and show that you have a drive to succeed.
Readers: Let’s dream a little. If you could change careers with full training provided, what field would you enter?
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25 Sep 2012
in Home, Managers / Supervisors
Tags: business administration, business buzz word, Coaching, cost saving, efficiency, employee appreciation, employee guidance, employee recognition, employee rewards, employment opportunities, entreprenuers, entreprenuership, equal opportunities, executive support, expansion and growth, getting employees to work, goal setting, good leadership, hard working, high productivity, How to be a good leader, HR advice, individual potential, innovative, innovative leadership, Job training, lead-by-example, leadership, leadership advice, leadership qualities, leadership skills, Leading a team, management, management advice, Management tips, managers, Mentoring, new managers, office objectives, on the job training, Performance Management, positive environment, Productivity, proper training, return on investment, ROI, skill maintenance, strategic leadership, successful strategies, team work, work environment, workplace advice
A reader writes…
I have been hearing about strategic leadership a lot lately. From what I have read, it seems like a pretty great leadership technique, but I need more information on the topic. What can you tell me about strategic leadership and what it can do for my team?
Thanks for the question. It appears that strategic leadership is one of the new buzz words in business. People are always looking for ways to become better leaders for their company and develop innovative plans to get ahead of the competition. So you want to be a strategic leader, huh? Here are few key points about this type of leadership and what you need to do to make it successful.
Strategic leaders are growth- and goal-oriented. They strive to get the best from their employees. Encouragement, equal expectations, and lead-by-example strategies are what make these leaders the most successful. A sense of equality is rarely seen in large well-established corporations. Employees are more likely to put in the extra effort and go the extra mile if they feel their contributions are being appreciated, recognized, and having an impact on the company and their peers. With this increased input comes a greater level of output in the form of higher productivity. More productive workplaces are much more efficient, cost less to operate, and have an improved rate of return. The increased productivity encourages best practices and streamlined process that are in the best interest of the company as a whole.
Future planning and awareness of the industry are key components to being successful as a strategic leader. You will develop a keen ability to foresee future issues due to growth and expansion. To prepare, additional funding should be invested in educating and providing opportunities for your staff to take responsibility of their future and execute their role in the company as changes begin to occur. The employees will learn to act, think, and work in ways that have the best interest of the company in mind. With proper training and skill maintenance, decisions that may have previously needed additional management approval or second opinions can be made in half the time without expelling and wasting additional resources.
Coaching and mentoring staff is one of the many blocks found in the foundation of strategic leadership. By presenting an inexperienced or new staff member with suggestions and guidance, an entrepreneur can mold and shape this individual into exactly the correct fit for the job. Contrary to managerial leadership, strategic leadership focuses on the potential of the individual and how to best utilize their skills and talents in the long run. The best employees are those who excel in their environment and have a sense of pride in their job.
This video from Carolyn Stevens will help you get more answers to your questions.
I hope this brief overview of strategic leadership gives you a better understanding as to what it is and how you can put it to good use in your office. For fun, take this quiz from CNN Money to see if you “Are a Good Leader?”
Readers: What do you think are your strongest leadership qualities? What types of management styles do you admire most?
Wishing you luck in leadership,