Self-analysis can help define your career
First developed over fifty years ago, SWOT analysis is still a useful tool to chart a career path that capitalizes on what you have to offer and where you want to be. It stands for Strengths and Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats—two dichotomies that can direct your future along a course that you’ll both enjoy and prosper at. Self-analysis isn’t easy, and requires owning up to your less than optimal traits and patterns. Still, it gives you a valuable look at your true potential at work.
From the inside
Strengths and weaknesses are internal factors, built into you by predisposition, education, interests, and other shaping forces. Your strengths, where they align with your passions, will determine your dreams, goals, and objectives, both in life and your career. Analyzing your strengths and weaknesses is a challenge, and requires uncomfortable honesty; ask yourself, what do I avoid doing? What are the areas where I’ve received less than positive feedback?
At the same time, ensure you acknowledge and celebrate your strengths: Which tasks do I enjoy doing? In what work environments do I thrive? Knowing both the positives and negatives about your internal talents will give you a clear base from which to examine the outside factors surrounding your career.
From the outside
Opportunities and threats are factors that affect your career externally. You have minimal control over them, if any, but you can use opportunities to your advantage, and minimize the risk of threats. This section of your SWOT analysis is less personal, but equally important: it’s where you integrate reality into your self-investigation.
Not all advantageous openings or unexpected concerns can be predicted, but a thorough look at where your career might go and what events or people might hinder it can help prepare you for your best future. Ask yourself what could potentially be coming your way, and whether it’s something you want to pursue or avoid. Having that direction will allow you to more effectively utilize your strengths and weaknesses.
Feedback from one or more individuals outside your job, preferably who’ve known you for years, can really tighten your SWOT analysis. They can point out areas you excel or typically avoid, and bring an outside perspective on your workplace and desired career path. By connecting with someone who isn’t invested in your career, you can trust that they will ask hard questions and bring a more unbiased opinion to the table.
A person who knows you as an individual, not just an employee, will have a broader spectrum from which to draw their queries and conclusions. At the same time, it’s important for you to convey how critical honesty is—this person should be tactful, but not try to spare your feelings too much when it comes to weaknesses and concerns.
On the right path
Conducting a self-analysis will help you chart a vision for your future or at a minimum, have more information at your disposal when a new position opens up, you receive a negative review, or you find yourself contemplating a career move. SWOT is an excellent place to start to get a handle on whom you are and where you can go. If you are looking for IT jobs in California, contact the experts at The Armada Group today. We have the network and resources to help you advance your career.
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- 10 years industry experience with 8 years of Project Management skills at companies such as eBay, McAfee and Dell.
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Making sure your interviews happen
To a hiring manager, few occurrences are as frustrating as a potential candidate skipping an interview. It means wasted prep time, lost work time during the interview period, as well as the headache of seeing a viable lead fizzle out at the last moment.
Although it’s impossible to completely eradicate no-shows, there are ways to minimize the chances of them happening. By following a few best practices, you’re much more likely to gain that face-to-face meeting with your ideal candidate.
Keep things moving swiftly
The resume review and interview process can easily become a drawn-out affair, as you weigh the benefits of each candidate, discuss their credentials with various members of the team, and communicate back and forth with those you’re interested in meeting. On the candidate’s end, this can make them lose interest, thinking they’ll never find resolution one way or another. In the meantime, another opportunity may present itself. When you keep them in the loop and aware of the process, they’ll be less likely to drop off the map.
Make the candidate feel wanted
Taking time to gauge a candidate’s genuine level of interest in your open position can help you determine early on if they’re prone to skip the interview. If they seem very enthusiastic, particularly if they present a resume and cover letter carefully tailored to your company, do your best to show them that you want them. By only interviewing a small handful of people, and letting them know they are part of a select few, you’ll assure them that you value their potential, making them more apt to follow through.
Promote your company
It should go without saying, but it’s important to consistently reinforce the excellence of your brand, and the merits of the opportunity you’re offering. A good candidate will be sought after by many companies, so the onus is on you to let them know all the positive aspects of your workplace, and to give them reasons to stick out the hiring process—including showing up to the interview.
As tedious as the hiring process may seem from the employer’s end, remember that potential employees have their own challenges to navigate, particularly if they’re currently working full-time. If you have the flexibility to offer weekend or evening interviews, let your candidates know. And do what you can to make the interview convenient: offer a few different times, email them a reminder, and provide multiple ways to get in touch if they need to reschedule.
Showing up is worth it
Essentially, reducing no-shows boils down to the simple concept of giving candidates what you would want if you were in their shoes: moving with a sense of urgency, keeping them in the loop, making them feel desired and informed, offering flexible arrangements, and being decisive. With those ideas in mind, you’ll ensure a positive interviewing experience for yourself and your potential hire.
If your are looking for IT staffing services in California, contact the experts at The Armada Group today. We have the experience and network to find you top IT talent.
Careerbuilder released the results of a survey that found
40% of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013.
Temporary workers have allowed businesses
to meet their labor demands and budget plans.
It remains critical for companies to strategize ways
to control costs and be more agile!
The largest cost for most organizations is their staff.
Utilizing contingent workers can help
employers with their hiring and staffing challenges.
Consider these questions to understand how utilizing a
contingent workforce can help you solve your hiring challenges.
1) What role can temporary workers play at my company?
2) What critical projects are in my annual plan that
require burst capacity?
3) How will temporary workers help me
meet my strategic and tactical goals?
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Jeff, CEO of The Armada Group, lists and discusses,"The Top 4 Skills to Get You Hired in 2013," in his video blog of the week. With over a decade of experience in the IT staffing industry, Jeff see's a rising trend of the most critical soft skills that employers are looking for. Amongst his list, includes the need for critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. To find out more, watch the blog and comment to discuss.
IT’s a small world after all, and no I’m not talking about my kid’s favorite ride at Disneyland.
It's no news flash that the Silicon Valley IT job market is hot right now. When Time Magazine and the Wall Street Journal are talking about the IT Talent Wars being back “on” in the Silicon Valley, you know we’re currently in a candidate driven market. Armada’s been seeing a lot of multiple offer situations for higher caliber talent over the last three quarters, and some mild, but not dramatic wage inflation.
We all work for money. You do and I do. Just as they sing in Cabaret, “Money makes the world go around.” This is not to say that is all we work for, but when it comes down to basics, we all need a little cash to make life easier.
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