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Get Hired Now! 10+ Exclusive New Job Listings

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Job Search Networking, Social Networking | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Get Hired Now! 10+ Exclusive New Job Listings

Now HiringWe 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 support@adrianallames.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 support@adrianallames.com.

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 support@adrianallames.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 support@adrianallames.com.

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 support@adrianallames.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 support@adrianallames.com.

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 support@adrianallames.com.

Video Engineer/Programmer | Familiarity with Kohana, PHP, MVC frameworks, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX and J Query. Manage video infrastructure and program/engineer live streaming for all mobile, tablet and desktop platforms. To apply, email your resume and cover letter with Subject: PVEP to support@adrianallames.com.

Spread the word: Think a friend or colleague is perfect for one of these positions? Remember to share this post socially via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or through email and spread the word. 85% of jobs today, including these, go unadvertised and are only spread through word of mouth by friends like you!


Career Coaching Return On Investment: Does It Exist?

Posted: May 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Career Transition Networking | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Career Coaching Return On Investment: Does It Exist?

As a professional career coach for over a decade, I make it my business to study the trends of the “employment” business. If that sounds odd to you, you’re not alone, in fact my parents are with you. Until I became a published author last year, my parents had such a hard time explaining what I did, much less understanding it, that my mom would regularly as  how my job search was going!  (Don’t tell them but I have a job…that I love, as a career coach.)

Career Coaching: Does It Work?
Yes. Did you expect me to tell you otherwise? On a serious note, it does work and in a variety of ways. According to a study conducted by Metrix Global , the ROI of executive career coaching exceeding 500%, excluding “significant intangible benefits”.  In other words, for every $1 you pay out, you receive (or save, which is the same thing) $5 in return for that investment.  If that sounds high to you, I thought so too which is why I did an investigation of my own.

Of the clients I’ve career coached specific to resume and Linked In essentials, here is the ROI they have experienced:

  • 81% have landed interviews and moved on to the second phase of the hiring process
  • 19% landed new jobs with an average increase in base salary of 14.5%
  • 8% landed new jobs with equal base salary compensation
  • 99% used the new market-focused job search tools created for their search to achieve these results

Intangible Benefits

Career Coaching ROIIf money was everything in life, I would never have become a career coach or published author. The intangible benefits are what get keep us happy, strong, committed and smiling on days when life seems bleak or when – as a struggling entrepreneur you’re eating the same dinner three times a week.  These are the intangibles. Study after study, from the Society of Human Resources Management to the International Coaching Federation and Metrix Global, prove that intangibles benefits rank higher to individuals than increased compensation. In two of these studies, survey’s respondents cited:

  • 52% increase in self-confidence
  • 60% increase in personal and work productivity
  • 53% increase in career satisfaction

Coaching ROI Exists, Now What?

Now that you know career coaching generates a 500% ROI for your financial investment, increases your self-confidence by 52% and career satisfaction by 53%, what’s next? That question is for you to answer. Are you ready for an executive career coaching? Do you want to change careers? Is it time to get inspired and engage a professional career coach?  Wherever you find yourself, know that the best results come by creating a clearly defined coachable goal and connecting with the right career coach from day one.

 


Can Daycare Predict Job Growth?

Posted: February 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Job Search Networking, Uncategorized | Tags: , | Comments Off on Can Daycare Predict Job Growth?

Can the cutest and littlest Americans help predict the future of the biggest ones? That’s what Bernard Baumohl of Economic Outlook Group, a Princeton, N.J.-based research firm would have us believe.  Baumohl’s reasoning is based on the number of daycare center workers and those that will be hired therefore gauging the labor market based on the hiring within daycare centers.

The Science of Daycare
While this chicago day careis certainly a scientific way to go about things, and I’m usually all for the numbers, I’m going to go for a baseline logic argument on this one. This group’s research shows that daycare center hiring is up 0.3% in January and nearly 1% since August, a sure sign of job growth in that sector. While this is great news, please tell me there are better things to spend research dollars, energy, time and education on than this.

Daycare or Daddy Care?
Do we really need a research firm to tell us that job growth is up when daycare centers start to have a boom in hiring? Let me play out a scenario on why I say the answer is NO. When mom and dad are out of work, there’s really no need to put little Joey in daycare is there? As the job market turns around and mom lands a new job, dad’s now at home playing with the little man during the day.  Interview calls come in and now dad needs daycare to get back in the game. Booya! Dad lands a sweet new gig and little Joey is back at Miss Daisy’s Daycare come Monday morning.

Future Predictions
When mom and dad get back to work, the kids get back to daycare. I see this as less science and more logic. I’m grateful that the scientists at Economic Outlook Group are watching hiring trends, I’d rather see predictive modeling on hiring trends across less logical industries for the next 6, 9 and 12 mos.


What To Do When An Employer Just Isn’t Into You

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Interview Tips, job offers | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on What To Do When An Employer Just Isn’t Into You

It’s Not You, It’s Us.

Was she kidding? I’d spent $55 getting my hair freshly coiffed for my day of back-to-back interviews in their offices, $80 on a gorgeous (slightly used) DKNY velvet blazer and was more than qualified! Wait, was that it? Was I overqualified?

Your qualifications likely had nothing to do with it – and I bet your (slightly used) coat looked fabulous! The reality is that landing a new job is like landing a spouse. It’s not as easy as some people think!

Losing a Job OfferDating and Job Searching are so much alike it’s scary and sometimes an employer just isn’t into you. You can wear a beautifully tailored suit, shine your shoes, put your best foot forward and know that you truly are the “best” candidate for the job but if the fit isn’t there it doesn’t matter. We all know what it feels like.

Think back to the last time you went on a first date, an interview or on the schoolyard playground. You want so bad to be chosen, to be “the one”. Sometimes it’s just not your turn. I’ve had plenty of days when I wanted to be “the one” and it wasn’t my turn.

If you’re interviewing remember that when decision day comes, if the employer “just isn’t into you” it wasn’t the right fit. My Mother would say “When one door closes, another one opens” and I suppose that’s true although it’s hard to see the open door with a closed one in your face (sorry, mom. love you.)

I say to approach each event, be it life, dating or job searching, with a sense of gratitude. Find a way to be grateful that they weren’t into you and know you have something better in store for you ahead. Send the decision maker a “thank you” note (I wrote a blog a few months ago with a sample one) to let him/her know that you appreciate being considered and wish them the best in the future.

Another employer that cherishes your skills, energy and expertise will be totally “into you” soon and you’ll look back on this and smile.



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