How to Land a Great Position in The Technical and Engineering Field

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As you may already know, this is an engineering and technology driven society, more so than any time before. With that said, it is still a highly competitive market for engineers and technical professionals. As a job seeker in this economy, how do you differentiate yourself from other possible candidates when searching for a job?

  1. You must put in the effort and time to research and know the hottest markets and trends (in your geographical area(s) of preference) with regards to your area of expertise. Know which companies are hiring candidates with your similar education, technical skill set and credentials.
  2. Make sure to add the keywords to your resume and cover letter that will accentuate, detail and add the appropriate experience that you have relative the targeted ‘hot markets’. Needless to say, do not embellish these details and make sure to document what, when and where you had this experience/training. Also, be certain to detail your specific professional accomplishments.
  3. Maximize your networking efforts, utilizing personal and professional contacts, professional societies/groups and social media such as LinkedIn. Never stop seeking out new contacts and connections. Often, you are one click away from discovering the perfect career option or meeting the right person to introduce you to your ideal career position and employer.
  4. Once you have zeroed in on your targeted potential employers, make certain you have researched everything that you can about the company including their products, culture, history and trends. This will help you target your cover letter, introduction and resume. It will also help prepare and increase your comfort level for the next important step, the interview process.

Written by: Richard Heard Richard_Heard

Richard Heard has been a technical recruiter with Godshall since 1991. He specializes in manufacturing management, engineering and technical placements. Richard is ASA certified as a Technical Services Professional and a Certified Staffing Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the University of South Carolina. In his free time, Richard loves spending his time with his wonderful children, new granddaughter and family. He is an avid fisherman with an emphasis on freshwater trout and redfish.

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An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

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An employee’s health has a tremendous impact in their productivity at work. That is why educating employees on staying healthy and taking care of themselves is necessary in the workplace. Making healthy decisions such as smart eating choices, incorporating exercise in their life style and maintaining a good mental health through stress management programs are critical for employees and organizations. Healthy employees promote success and provide a return on investment for the company. In order for companies to promote health and wellness within the organizations they should keep in mind the following initiatives:
Create innovative programs that are fun for the employees. Exercise challenges are very attractive and fun to develop. A very popular practice is providing a pedometer so employees can measure the number of steps or their walking distance per day.
Promote healthy meals for company events and meetings. Whether it is a company meeting or a fun event, companies should encourage employees to eat right by offering healthy and tasty options.
Create a healthy environment. Designate areas that are smoke-free in and around the company’s premises. This will protect all employees from being exposed to secondhand smoke and will protect those who are allergic to smoke.
Provide incentives. Let employees know that good healthy choices are rewarded by giving them gifts such as gift cards to sports stores or  healthy grocery stores, healthy food baskets, gym memberships, etc.
Communication. Provide different sources of information with wellness initiatives. Use social media posts and websites about fitness and nutrition to educate employees on the latest information on wellness.
Commitment. Most importantly, the development of a comprehensive wellness program is only possible if there is a commitment from top management and willingness from employees to get involved.

Written by: Ana DavisAna Davis

Ana was born and raised in Colombia, South America.  Ana has been in the United States for eighteen years and is now an American citizen.  She has an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Masters in Human Resources and Management.  Ana’s wealth of knowledge comes from a background in international business, human resources and finance.  Her community involvement spans from serving on the Board of Directors of Loaves and Fishes, Greer Relief Agency, The Greer Chamber of Commerce and the Spartanburg Human Resources Association (SHRA). Ana has been with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2004 as a Recruiter and was promoted in 2010 to the Human Resources/Business Manager. She is a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Greer, SC and is married to Jerry Davis.  Together they have one son Chase (23) and twin daughters Kayla and Jessica (16).

Rookie to All-Star in 5 Steps

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Starting a new job is an exciting yet nerve-wracking process. There’s an enormous amount of information to absorb, standard policies and procedures to digest, and office dynamics to navigate. As a new employee, you’re eager to impress and also energized about the new opportunity. But, who orders coffee when the kitchen is out? How do you look up a client’s contact information in the system? What do you do when a client asks a question you simply don’t know the answer to yet? Transitioning from the new guy to the stellar employee is a daunting task. As a recruiter, I see this daily in the candidates I place at offices across industries. As a newer recruiter myself, I’ve also grappled with this same dilemma. Here are some strategies that will help you navigate the first few months gracefully.

1. Figure it out. It’s your third week on the job, you’re trucking along, and then you hit a speed bump. You have no idea what to do next. Instead of leaning over to the person next to you, try your best to figure it out. This is where critical thinking skills and good judgment come into play. Is it a game changing decision? Don’t make the call. Does it involve some extra steps and potentially insignificant mistakes? Try your best to work it out. Then clarify what you did at a later time.

2. Consolidate your questions. Don’t lose sight of the fact that other people in your office have a full desk. Although it’s tempting to buzz your teammate or your supervisor with each question, you’re interrupting their work flow. The best way to handle your inquiries is to compile a list of several questions and then email the person who can answer these questions asking for a good time to meet. This approach allows the seasoned employee to designate a specific time for you and also uses that time efficiently by addressing several issues at once.

3. Admit you made a mistake. It’s not an easy situation when you’ve done something incorrectly, especially if it has cost the company money or resulted in a major inconvenience. Instead of being insecure about your error, ‘fess up and ask how to do it correctly next time. If you can fix it yourself, do so. You may encounter some awkward conversations with clients or add more work to your plate, but it’s far more respectable than a white lie no one believes anyway. You’re not expected to be an expert at your new job, but you are expected to be learning.

4. Seek out mentoring opportunities. Did someone mention a particularly strenuous task in the staff meeting? Find an opportunity to discuss the issue with them and learn more about the problem and how they handled it. Is someone going to grab coffee for the office? Ask if you can tag along to assist and use that opportunity to pick their brain a bit. Complacency is your worst enemy. Regardless of how much experience you have in similar roles, you need to be proactive.

5. Relax. Your new company has invested in you because they’re confident in the value you bring to the table. If you’re feeling incompetent and like a burden, don’t stress – of course you are! You’re largely inefficient and bumbling at this point. Be patient with those who are training you. And just to make it complicated: be patient, but don’t be a doormat. You were chosen from a pool of applicants to fill this role successfully – not to be a punching bag. Be confident!

The hardest part of this entire process is over. You got the job! The next several months will include a lot of successes as well as a lot of blundering mishaps. The best thing to do is accept that you will make mistakes and make every effort to learn your new role inside and out. Your office will appreciate your willingness to immerse yourself in the job and appreciate your attitude along the way.

Finally, don’t forget what it’s like to be the new guy. Soon enough, you’ll surrender the title to a new bright-eyed and nervous employee who is trying desperately to find extra pens in the stock room. Take this opportunity to be a resource for this person. You’ll continue to impress your boss and elicit some good karma along the way.

What are your tips for starting a new job off right? Comment below.

Written by: Hannah BarfieldHannah

Hannah Barfield is Godshall’s newest Healthcare Recruiter. In her role, Hannah works to fulfill the open positions with Godshall’s healthcare clients. Hannah has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a therapist in a community mental health center. Hannah has been published in The Journal of Career Counseling, The Family Journal, and Counseling Theory: Guided and Reflexive Practice. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Georgia and graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Greenville.

I’m Not In Sales, Why Network?

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? This phrase can be looked at as both a positive and a negative.

My dad used to tell me this growing up and it was always used as an excuse when things would not turn out our way. Both of us being avid sports fans, my father used to tell me that is was hard to get the tickets to the big games even though we knew everything about our teams: the offenses they ran, the players, the history, etc. Years after hearing this constantly, I found myself sitting court side in Chapel Hill on fold out chairs behind Clemson’s bench watching my Tigers lose yet again to the Tar Heels in the Dean Dome. My guest at this event was my dad. Even though my dad knew a lot about the game, it was the student manager I knew from my days as the Clemson Tiger that got us the seats.

At Clemson, I was able to take my role as the mascot and build a network that has thrived for over 20 years. I have been able to take my boys on the field during Clemson football games and experience more due to the people who I have been able to help out and those that have helped me back. Because of my network, my experience of a Clemson event has vastly improved.

It takes only 5 minutes of your day to have a short conversation with someone, or respond to an e-mail. The next message you get in your inbox, may be a life-changer but you wouldn’t know this if you didn’t take the time to respond to this person.

I think back on the last two jobs that I’ve had and how I got them. I obtained the position of Director of HR through someone I had met six years prior to that. My current role at Godshall goes back to 1999 when the owner, Julie Godshall Brown, and I served on the same GSHRM committee and continued to stay in contact through the years. Eleven years later we connected and I am now in a role that I truly enjoy.  People may think that you have to be in sales to build a network, however I will tell you that your network is the most valuable resource you can have in work and in life.

I sat there on the 50 yard line in the board of trustee’s box watching Clemson play BC as Matt Ryan killed our hopes to go the ACC Championship game. We “tailgated” with people at Clemson who have buildings named after them. My dad sat there with me and I pointed to the upper deck where we sat for our first game. I reminded him of the phrase that he shared with me his whole life as we were living the ultimate Clemson experience… “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know…”

Written by: Michael BaysMichael Bays

Michael Bays has been with Godshall for 5 years as a Technical Recruiter and brings over 12 years of recruiting experience through prior employment.  Michael holds a Master of Human Resources Development Degree from Clemson along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.  One interesting fact about Michael is that he holds the career push-up record when he was the Tiger mascot at Clemson.