Technology has made it easier than ever to contact someone. From online directories to LinkedIn messages, it’s never been easier to get a hold of someone. With that in mind, people aren’t always as receptive to being contacted and can be less than eager to start a conversation with an unknown recruiter. Even if you’ve got the perfect job, at the perfect company, with the perfect compensation, there’s nothing wrong with having a quick discussion to keep your options open.
Recruiters aren’t just for people looking to make a career shift, so being receptive to a conversation can be a big asset right now, or later down the road. Accepting that invitation to connect or hopping on a phone call can help you survey the land and see what’s out there. It allows you to find out more about hiring trends in your industry, and perhaps what is happening with your competitors. More importantly it can help you get a sense of what your worth, and what others in your line of work are getting paid. Finding out what someone with your experience and qualifications is getting for compensation is a great asset when it comes time to negotiate bonuses, pay increases or new job offers.
Similarly, career shifts aren’t always well planned and can be hard to predict. Making your next move can be a stressful process, which is why having someone in your corner can be such a great help. Taking that conversation, and building a relationship, with a recruiter now can go a long way down the road when you’re looking for your next job.
At the end of the day you never know where you’re going to be in a few years and who may be of help. Relationship building and creating connections is always an asset. The bigger your network, the more opportunities that are available to you. So next time you get approached by a recruiter, even if you’re not interested in making a career change, take the call and see where it goes.
On the other hand, if you ARE looking for your next career change, or just want to see what’s out there, take a look at our available jobs, or drop us a resume.
Earlier this month I began working with Rostie & Associates as a new recruiter on their team. As someone who has very recently been caught up in the rat race that is looking for a job, it’s been a nice change of pace being on the other side. Having experienced both sides of the job search market, I thought I would share some things I’ve learned along the way.
Whether you’re looking for a job or are looking for a candidate, communication is key. The way we prepare for, approach, and conduct conversations has a great impact on the type of relationships we build. I’ve found that authenticity and transparency go a long way and have helped me to really connect with the people I’ve contacted. I approach my calls in an open and honest way, looking to make a connection and build a relationship, rather than make a sale. Taking this approach, I’ve found people to be much more receptive and welcoming to my calls. Similarly, it’s important to be confident in who you are what you’re offering in a way that doesn’t come across as arrogant or irritating.
You want to feel comfortable with yourself and what you have to offer while also respecting the person on the other end of the phone, and their current situation.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that in an increasingly digital and connected world it’s never been more important to pick up the phone and actually build a relationship. With social media platforms, like LinkedIn, it’s easy to connect with someone and chat online without ever meeting face to face, or even speaking over the phone. I think we sometimes find ourselves perceiving these online relationships to be stronger than they truly are and have a false sense of security if you may. Taking the time or initiative to pick up the phone, even for just a brief conversation, really goes a long way in fostering your business relationships.
At the end of the day, when it comes to recruiting you’re not just selling a job, you’re selling the candidate on yourself and how you can provide for them. If you want a candidate to take a chance and take a job, then you have to make them comfortable and find a way for them to trust you. That is why I find being honest, transparent and open to be the best approach.
Thank you to everyone who joined on Friday, December 14th for our Holiday Trivia event! A great time and a lot of laughs were had.
Take a look at the gallery of photos below for the event.
Our next Holiday event is our Annual Holiday Breakfast on Tuesday, December 18th starting at 8 am. Don’t miss it!
We’d like to thank everyone so much for coming down and joining us to paint some Eggs.
We’ve discovered that it’s actually a very nice way to de-stress. Very relaxing and creative. And no, you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy painting an egg.
Here is a Gallery of all of the eggs! All of them are great!
But of course, there can only be one Winner! (At least this time)
Back in September 2017, Oxford Properties conducted a customer satisfaction and loyalty survey. Many clients took the time to let Oxford know whether they were meeting or exceeding service expectations. To celebrate the fantastic results Oxford have created a visual representation of this commitment via “The Oxford Way” video:
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Here’s some events they’ve held in the building over the past year:
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