Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Job Search Networking, Social Networking | Tags: adriana llames, adriana llames career coach, career coach, hiring, interview, job listings, jobs | Comments Off on Get Hired Now! 10+ Exclusive New Job Listings
We all hear that 85% of jobs go unadvertised and 73% of companies prefer to hire candidates that are directly referred because they fit better with the culture. That’s precisely what this privately funded Chicago-based mobile application company is doing for their entire team. When I met with the founder and leader of the company, Paul, last week to find out about their openings he opened up about the fact that their efforts to find anyone online were short lived and fruitless.
As I sipped on my coffee at 9a.m. and he opted out, hoping to return home for a nap before starting his real day (he programmed until the wee hours of the morning), he shared with me that the current programming talent was top notch – think Google and Facebook- they’d all gone to school together and when called, they answered. Now they need fresh talent and are looking for it through the WOM (a.k.a friends and family) network; that’s how I got the call. I know Paul from years back when we would BBQ and relax together at a mutual friend’s house. We’ve kept up over the years on none other than Facebook.
If you’re looking for an energetic company, appreciate and embrace a fast-paced culture and thrive in an an entrepreneurial environment focused on growth and client-driven development, check out the list of positions below from C.O.O. to Customer Service Representative. Salary, benefits and, for the right candidate, even relocation is offered.
Chief Operating Officer | Develop CRM processes, establish back office functions including logistics development, play a key role in the forecasting and modeling with sales plans, strategic plans and budgets. Lead HR/Finance/Benefits/Operations/Operations functions and serve as a member of the Executive team. Strong background in establishing new policy/procedures. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PCOO to email@example.com
Controller/Finance Director | Establish compensation plans for sales team and executive team in collaboration with C.O.O.; Manage A/P and A/R in addition to accounting and taxes for the company. Direct all purchase order processing. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PFIN to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical Project Manager | Establish deadlines and adhere to set deadlines; fix bugs; organize and prioritize feature set development and deadlines. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PTPM to email@example.com.
Graphic Designer (2) | Visual design of user interface including customer specific icon development; template design(s). Create marketing slicks and presentations. Expert skills in Photoshop/Illustrator/PowerPoint. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PGD to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior Level Programmer (2) | Work with Customer Service Reps on product management, collaborate with senior programmers on product bug fixes, etc. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PJLP to email@example.com.
Customer Service Representatives (2) | Manage post-sale relationship with customers, maintain continuous quality assurance of product and handling inbound customer calls with B2B clients. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PFCSR to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile User Experience Engineer | Develop mobile, tablet and desktop product flow, Establish customer requirements through gathering customer needs and analysis. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PMUEE to email@example.com.
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Posted: August 24th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking, job growth rate | Tags: budget deficit, career coach, jobless rate, unemployment | Comments Off on Slow Growth and High Unemployment for Years to Come
I woke up this morning, went for a walk and grabbed my coffee only to nearly choke when I read the news feeds on my iPad. According to USA Today, the budget deficit this year will remain at about $1.3 trillion, the report says, marking the third straight year of $1 trillion-plus deficits. That’s 8.5% of the nation’s economy. What are our lawmakers doing? This was included in a story that caught my eye because the headline was “Budget agency: Jobless rate above 8% for years”
Budget deficit+Jobless Rate = Slow Growth
Does anyone notice a connection here? The ‘experts’ predict the jobless rate to fall to 8.9% by the end of 2011 yet hover above 8% until 2014. How is that they can predict there will be less than 0.9% job growth in the next 3 years and 4 months yet they can’t predict how the hell to fix it? I’d like them to zone into what the growth factors are that contribute to the 0.9% and invest in those sectors of the economy so rather than simply falling back on an 8% jobless rate, we change it. The U.S. economy is growing at an anemic pace as it is, can it possibly get slower?
Do Something Different
When I coach clients about their job search strategy what I focus on first is to start with a coachable goal, this is the #1 reason my success rate is above 90% vs. an industry average of 38%. If you start with a coachable goal and each week we coach towards achieving that goal, together we will have success. Is this the case with America’s budget and job growth rate today? Are the lawmakers starting with an achievable goal or a goal that’s unrealistic?
Say the goal was to reach a job growth rate of 1.3%, that seems achievable; certainly far more achievable than 5%, right? Once we hit 1.3% let’s go for 2% followed by 3% and so on. America moved into The Great Recession over time and we have to come out of it that way as well. The approach lawmakers seem to be taking, in my opinion, is to simply state a fact that we’re in this and while “we’re doing our best” this is just what it is until 2014. I say “Do Something Different”.
8.5% Budget Deficit?
Time to cut costs and locate new sources of revenue ladies and gentleman. If you want to know what this is like, forget the trillions of dollars politicians and media throw around. Plain and simple, the government is spending more than it’s bringing in – the clear definition of a deficit and has little plan for how to clean it up. If your family spent 8.5% more than it brought it, consistently, what do you think would happen? Would your credit card raise your limit to allow you to continue spending and go further into debt? Unlikely. That’s precisely what the Congress and President Obama have done by raising the debt ceiling – the equivalent of a U.S. national credit card limit – in order for America to cover its bills.
Jobless rates and budget deficits above 8%. Do Something Different.
Posted: August 15th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking | Tags: Economists, Job Growth, Job Hunters, New Recession, Recession | Comments Off on What 30% Chance of Recession Means for Job Hunters
This morning’s reports that the economy may slip into another recession brought about mixed emotions. Do you laugh at the so-called experts who are so out of touch with real Americans as to think we’ve ever come out of the recession in the first place? What do they mean “another” recession? Do you simply buckle down again when you’ve barely loosened a belt that was so tight most Americans could hardly breathe under the pressure?
According to USA Today, the 39 economists polled Aug. 3-11 put the chance of “another” downturn at 30%. What I wonder is if these were the same economists that said we came out of the recession in 2009? Newsflash: Main Street has been in The Great Recession for nearly 4 years (starting in ’07 and we’re still in it). Looming in their predictions is the fact that Wall Street, more than Main Street, and the rest of the world, listens to these predictions and reacts accordingly. The 30% prediction is twice as high as 90 days ago – another shock to our already fragile economy.
On the heels of this “30% chance of recession” prediction came their expert prediction that jobless rates will fall at an agonizingly slow pace to only 8.8% in the next 12 months. We’re at 9.1% now which shows gloom forecasts for the year ahead if the job growth rate is a mere 0.3%. Piggyback this on the previous prediction that by April 2012 they saw us at 8.2%, or nearly 1.0% job growth rate, and we’re in for job growth slower than the rise of unleavened bread.
On The Job Market?
Just 13 months ago my first book, Career Sudoku hit the shelves at Barnes and Noble and Amazon alike. In Chapter 8, Job Offer Negotiation, I included a figure from EDGE that 61% of employers surveyed are willing to negotiate a higher salary for qualified candidates. Given the shift in today’s economy and the predictions, this statistic may or may not have changed, but my recommendation to clients and job seekers alike has definitely changed. As the saying goes “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”.
Negotiating an Offer = Dangerous
If you land a job offer in today’s volatile economy and uber competitive job market, you have three choices.
1. Be grateful. Say thank you, that you’re excited to join the organization and you’d like to spend a night to review the offer and respond (then accept with gratitude).
2. Hire an expert. Avoid taking on the task of these highly sensitive negotiations alone. Hire a professional career coach that’s well versed in job offer negotiations to define what to negotiate for, conduct a mock negotiation and provide a script (if you’d like one) for your actual negotiation.
3. Go it alone. If you’re okay losing the offer and you want to do this, go for it. Know that in today’s market there’s always candidate #2 ready, willing – and waiting – to take the offer you negotiate too hard or too aggressively against.
Preparation = Success
The best way to guarantee your career is safe is to be prepared. Have your resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter ready to present to potential employers and hiring managers. If you’re already on the market, understand the competition. 9 out of 10 resumes end up in the trash. The one that lands on the hiring manager’s desk is only read for less than 60 seconds and 85% of hiring managers read just the top 50% of page one. Think of that top 50% of page one as the curb appeal on your resume; make it captivating, compelling and interesting for the reader. Visit us here for more resume tips and a free resume analysis.
Posted: August 5th, 2011 | Author: Adriana Llames | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: adriana llames, birthday gifts, career coach, gifts for her, life coach | Comments Off on What Do You Want For Your Birthday?
Of all the questions we’re ask each day of the year, this is the one that stumps me. Tomorrow, Saturday 8/6 is my birthday which has me reflect on what birthdays meant in my younger years and how I answer “What do you want for your birthday?” now. How is it that in a world full of such abundance someone should give me a gift on my birthday? It seems counter intuitive to me.
The Younger Years: Stuck In The Middle
Ever since I was a little girl I remember my birthday something like this: stuck in the middle between my sister and my mom. My sister’s birthday is August 3rd and my mother’s birthday is August 12th, which leaves mine (6th) literally stuck in the middle. A small part of me hoped everyone would merely forget and let me enjoy my day alone, in pure happiness and birthday solitude. (don’t go analyzing what that means you psychology majors. it just is what it is.) Being young, there was another part of me that wanted to wake up to pink and purple crepe paper streamers decorating the living room in honor of my birthday but that was a tiny part of me. I reveled being stuck in the middle, knowing my birthday would be swept up in the chaos of celebrating my drama-infused sister’s birthday before me and my mother’s right after.
Last week I got “THE CALL”. On the other end of the line was my amazing, loving sister-in-law (who remembers everything from Halloween cards to Grandparent’s day – there should be an app named after her). A few minutes into our usual banter she launched the question, “What do you want for your birthday?”. This time I was ready with my answer, it’s been the same for a few years now, “Hugs and kisses from my boys.” (my boys are actually her boys, they’re my nephews). She wasn’t having it, she wanted something material in nature.
My Kind of Gifts
The way I see birthday gifts is that I should be giving others gifts for allowing me to be a part of their life for the past year. Why do I get a gift for simply being born? My gift is life (and it’s one hell of a great gift every year)! So, here are my birthday gifts:
- To my clients my gift is gratitude. Thank you for a year filled with your support, referrals and business. You allow me to do the work I am passionate about every day.
- To my family my gift is love. There is only one family in life and I love you all dearly. This year has taught me how important family is, both big and small.
- To my friends my gift is laughter. The best medicine in the world cannot heal what laughter can in a fraction of the time. Good times are better when we laugh.
- To my prospective clients my gift is commitment. If you chose to work with me, you get my commitment that it will be a wonderful experience and service.
- To my colleagues my gift is inspiration. I will continue to work hard to inspire greatness within our community of professionals each day of the next year.
- To my significant other my gift is appreciation. Your friendship and love has added great joy to my life and for that I will continue to show you my appreciation.
In a beautiful world filled with abundance, I have been blessed with a this great life – that is my gift, this year and every year to come. (and a little bit of cake for my sweet tooth).