The New Normal of Job Search and How You Can Compete

By Joyce Bethoney on October 04, 2016

“There is nothing so stable as change.” --Bob Dylan

During my time working in staffing over the last 13 years, I have seen many ups and downs in our business. Largely driven by the economy. The economy is strong with the Dow over 18000.00, an unemployment rate at 5.5% and mortgage rates at 3.39%. It is undeniably a good economy. 

It’s also a candidate’s market. However, this doesn’t mean that jobseekers waltz in and secure any job their hearts desire. Landing a job has become exponentially more sophisticated than it was ten years ago. And even though there are more jobs and opportunities at the moment, the process is complex, competitive and doesn’t result in everyone getting a job just because they meet most of the requirements.

Here are a few things to do to increase your opportunities and offers in a market like this.


Why the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law Is Good for Everyone

By Mary Truslow on August 16, 2016

As a recruiter in Massachusetts, it’s been a very big news week. The passing of the equal pay law, heralded by many as the most progressive in the country, is a huge win for women and minorities. And because this legislation promotes transparency, fair pay and market equity in all instances, it’s really a win for everyone.

From my perspective, here are some of the ways the new law, which goes into effective July 2018, will benefit all...


The Truth About Growing Your Career

By mgreene on July 13, 2016

Contrary to what we might think when we enter the workforce, career growth doesn’t come from promotions or “tracks” or someone telling us when it’s time to make a move. Real career growth comes from our own initiative and ability to determine what we want, when we want it.

Here are a few ways to do it.

1) Pick an industry you feel passionate about. Even if you’re not entirely sure which role is right for you, zeroing in on an industry you love (or you think you love) is a great first step. If you’re in it for a year or two and determine it’s not what you thought it would be, change.

2) Commit to trying new things. Don’t settle for the first position you’re in, particularly if you see another role that could be a better fit for your skills, personality, etc. For instance, you’re at an agency in account management but realize brand planning is more aligned with your strengths. Think about making a move. Trying new roles will make you more well-rounded, which is always smart for growth.

3) Take criticism well. If you have things to work on, and we all do, hear them and really try to improve. If you don’t understand the critique, ask.

4) Learn from your mistakes. Don’t be defined by them, but don’t ignore them either.

5) Take initiative. The enemy of growth is complacency. If you want to grow, you need to push yourself. It’s your job to keep yourself moving forward, no one else’s.

6) Negotiate. Know your worth, and if you’re not getting what you deserve, ask for it. Be sure to know the value of your skills and experience in the market before you do.

7) Keep yourself current. Read industry articles, attend relevant trainings, pursue professional development…all of these initiatives are in your hands and some of the best ways to ensure you are growing.

8) Foster a great relationship with your manager. Meet with your supervisor regularly, ask questions, and be proactive if you don’t have enough to do. However, keep in mind the difference between good communication and pestering. If your manager isn’t open to any communication, then you’re likely in a job where your growth opportunities are limited.

9) Create a healthy balance between work and life. Today we hear about “balance” more than ever. Be sure to exercise, take breaks during the day, find the least stressful way to commute, etc. We are all very lucky to be employed during a time when work is becoming more flexible, but again, know the difference between balance and taking advantage/being unproductive in your role.

10) Trust your gut. I recently spoke up and expressed interest in moving from recruiting to account management within my own company. It was a move that wasn’t necessarily a “track” my managers would have created for me, but I’m pleased to report that I made the shift and I’m so happy I did. I love my industry and want to get experience from a number of different vantage points. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is—You are your own best advocate. Be sure to speak up if you see an opportunity for yourself.

Acknowledging that you are in charge of your career growth can be an intimidating and daunting realization, particularly if you’re the type of person who prefers to follow a path rather than lead. I’m not saying you can’t have a career unless you take charge of it. But, I am saying that if you want career growth, the only one responsible for that is you. 

Why Is My Job Req Still Open?

By Communications Collaborative on June 01, 2016

Have an open job that just won't close? Our Director of Recruiting, Joyce Bethoney, shares four hiring mistakes she's currently seeing and how to rectify them. 

Check out her blog for IHAF.

8 Lessons I Learned From Powerlifting That Will Help You In Your Job Search

By Mary Truslow on February 18, 2016

“There is no way I will ever lift enough weight to compete in a powerlifting completion.” 

That’s what I said last March, when my trainer asked if I’d be interested in trying powerlifting. I had no clue what a powerlifting competition was, how I would train for it, or quite frankly, why I would even want to do it.

Fast forward to October 2015 when I competed and won in my age and weight class at the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate’s 19th Annual Power Challenge in Boston. During the seven months of training leading up to it, I learned a lot about myself, as well as, acquired insights that actually apply to the jobseekers I work with every day.

#1 Success takes time. Looking for a new job is often a lengthy, and at times, arduous process. Manage your expectations from the outset and know that overnight results are not the measure of your success. There is a motto at my gym “better every day”; it doesn’t matter how small an increment of an activity/effort/change you do each day, you will be successful.

#2 Establish a support system. Your support system can range from your network and mentors to resume readers and professional career coaches. Having people who support you is essential to maintaining motivation during your search. Without the fabulous trainers and fellow trainees I work with, I would not have been able to succeed.

#3 Set goals. My training was predicated on attainable goals over a period of time. Hoping for a job within the next three months? Create a timeline and commit to it. And even if you have to adapt, put something down on paper to help keep you on task. If you need support, ask for it from your support system.

#4 Create a healthy routine. Looking for a job can be exhausting, especially if you’re looking for a job while you’re in a job. So, eat right, get plenty of sleep, and if you’re not working, create a daily schedule for yourself that will keep you focused. Being kind to yourself goes along way.

#5 Be strategic. Along with creating goals and timelines, you need a plan. Identify companies you’re interested in and find out if they’re hiring. Reconnect with old colleagues. And know that your next job may not be your ideal job. It’s a process. I had limited time to train in and we maximized the time I did have to maximize my ability to become as strong as I could in a short period of time.

#6 There will be good days and bad days. Growth and success are not linear. You will have bad days during a search. You might have a bad interview or make a mistake, but you’ll likely learn from both. I learned the most about what was possible on the days that gravity was the cruelest.

#7 “If not now, when?” It can be daunting to change jobs or careers. Many of us will put it off and never make the change. But we are all more capable than we think and should continue to push ourselves to grow. So if you’re feeling like there’s something better for you than the job you’re currently in, then maybe your “when” is now. As the eldest in my flight in the completion, I was asked several times why and I answered, “If not now, when?”

 #8 “Never say never.” We all have reasons/excuses as to why things are the way they are in our lives. Ask yourself, are these truths or just the story that keeps you safe? I had my story and decided to change it. You can too.

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