Monthly Archives: December 2016

3 Ways to Be Heard in the Workplace

be heard in the workplace

Not everyone who is outgoing has great ideas and not everyone who has great ideas is outgoing. So what happens if you’re the latter of the two? It’s time to find creative ways to be heard at work because no matter what industry you’re in, communication is key!

If you want to thrive in the workplace you need to be able to communicate your ideas, skills, and talent in a way that is easily understood. If you’re not the best communicator this can pose a challenge. Here are three ways to earn respect and be heard in the workplace without causing a scene:

Speak up

Weekly meetings, brainstorming sessions, and in-house trainings are just a few of the opportunities you have to be heard in the workplace. There really is no better time to appropriately express yourself, than in those situations.

There are times management will depend on your ideas and feedback. They rely on you for direction just as much as you rely on them. How else are they supposed to know where you stand in your career and what you want out of the organization?

Speaking up may be uncomfortable at first but don’t give up. You may be timid and unsure of yourself but once you start you’ll be unstoppable!

Show you’re happy to help

Whether at work or in your personal life, respect needs to be mutual. If you’re not willing to support your coworkers they’ll be less likely to listen to your ideas or feedback. When you take the initiative to help around the office, even in areas that are outside of your department, your coworkers will take notice. People value those who are happy to step in and lend a helping hand when they can. The next time you have an initiative you want to bring to the table you’ll be much more likely to feel support from others.

Take a survey

If your company offers an anonymous survey or has a “suggestions box”, take advantage of those opportunities to voice your opinion. 24 Seven conducts an annual job market survey that takes the pulse of the workforce. The feedback we gain from this survey is used to advise employers on what their employees are looking for and vice versa.

The more awareness that is drawn to issues in the workplace, the more likely they are to be resolved so don’t hesitate to speak up on a survey.

How do you make yourself heard in the workplace? Tell us in the comments!

And don’t forget to be heard and take our job market survey and enter for a chance to win $500!

Written by: Brittany Johnston

How to Find a Job Around the Holidays

get a job for the holidays

Anyone who has searched for a job around the holidays has undoubtedly heard things like “Companies never hire at the end of the year,” or “You have to find a job before November.” And there are some convincing reasons that these phrases are circulating around the rumor mill. Executives are taking vacations, hiring managers are conducting annual reviews, and accounting is reevaluating the budget.

So what do you do if you find yourself jobless around the holidays?

Don’t give up yet

24 Seven’s Executive Vice President of Recruitment, Tammy Chatkin, says the notion of companies not hiring during the holidays is a silly, old-fashioned way to think. Although in some industries hiring does slow down towards the end of the year, all hope is not lost.

A lot of people hold the same belief that hiring halts during the holidays so they put their own job search on pause and wait for the shiny New Year to bring them shiny new job opportunities. This means less applications rolling into hiring managers mailboxes, so there is a greater chance that yours will actually be seen!

Even at 24 Seven, our recruiters don’t see an influx of resumes during the holidays so they are able to spend more time going over the ones they do receive. Again, this increases your chances of being paired with that dream job you’ve been waiting for.

Use holiday events as networking opportunities

Remember the Executive that was nice enough to have an informational interview with you but no job offer came about? Or the CEO who reposted your image of her book on Instagram? The holidays are the perfect time to rekindle these relationships. Remind these people that you’re still there by sending a happy holidays note.

Does your friend or significant other have a company holiday party coming up? See if you can tag along and use it to leverage your job search and exchange information with attendees. Even if you don’t meet Mr. I’m Hiring, that person might know someone who knows someone who is hiring. It’s safe to say that the more people you know the better your chances of finding that dream job for the New Year. Some industries actually have the highest demand over the holidays like eCommerce, retail, event planning, etc.

If you’re still looking for ways to network, you can attend holiday meet-ups at meetup.com and eventbrite.com. People tend to be happier and in the giving spirit around the holidays so you’re likely to get authentic help during this time.

Use temporary positions to get your foot in the door

As previously mentioned, there are a few industries that amp up hiring efforts towards the end of the year for seasonal help. 24 Seven was looking for experienced retail candidates for Black Friday and we’re still on the hunt for Brand Ambassadors who can bring that holiday cheer to events nationwide, (click HERE for seasonal job openings). We’ve had countless candidates who have turned their temporary jobs into full-time careers. There’s no reason it can’t happen to you!

It might not be your dream job, but there’s a good chance that a long-term professional relationship will be formed when you say yes to opportunities that come your way. This opportunity might be the big break you need so you can hit the ground running come the New Year.

 

Do you have a job for the holidays? What is it? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

P.s. Don’t forget to take our annual job market survey! You could win $500!

 

Written by: Chanel Devetter

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