What is Your “Promotability Quotient”?

What is Your “Promotability Quotient”?

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Whether your company’s talent development program is formal or informal, and somewhat regardless of culture, there is a commonality among those who are viewed by management as “promotable” to the next level of the organization. If you have the desire to be considered for a promotion, read on:

Of all of the attributes that top management will consider in your career potential with their firm, one of the most important is trustworthiness. Consider the owner, partners or top management’s point of view: the company is their livelihood, their identity, their baby. To make their company successful and lives easier, their goal is to put the right people in charge. From the trenches, where there are often politics and internal competition among coworkers, this can be hard to see, but the answer may be as simple as that. Trustworthiness includes fiscal responsibility, but also so much more. Are you as cautious and conservative regarding company resources as you would be with your own? Do you care about your company as if it belongs to you? Do you follow through on all of your assigned tasks without needing constant prodding from your management or your peers? The answer to all of these questions should be “yes” if you want to be viewed as
a trustworthy member of the business team.

Secondly, are you truly committed and capable of doing your current job well and moving to the next level? Do you read industry publications as well as those of your client base so that you are better able to perform your job than anyone else? Dedicate yourself to being the best that you can be! Are you cross-training for other positions within your company? A breadth of knowledge is one of the most valuable assets that you can provide your company. Develop and share your knowledge for the better good of your team!

So many articles have been written about the lack of loyalty between employers and employees. Given corporate scandal and downsizing, the media would have you believe that you cannot trust your employer and that loyalty in dealing with them is unnecessary. Given that the majority of firms are smaller, privately held ones, with direct owner involvement, loyalty is everything. Most business owners make decisions with their heart as well as with their brain. When a firm knows that an employee is loyal to them and their company, that individual will reap rewards in the form of dedication and “promotability”. Saying this, employers are also well aware of those that “poison the water”, are negative influences, are there to “collect a paycheck,” and regardless of their capability, will normally not reward them with promotional opportunities. After all, why should authority be given to anyone who does not represent the corporate values?

Fourthly, if you desire to be rewarded financially and with additional responsibility, you must prove to management that you are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful. When the clock turns 5:00 pm, the dedicated employee will not leave unless the day’s work is finished. An employer expects professional employees to “get the job done” regardless of the time on the clock. Do you take responsibility for your own professional development, or do you wait for your firm to offer certification courses or suggest training. Everyone has “underdeveloped strengths” (my friend Greg Blake, an outstanding speaker and team building coach, uses this as a synonym for weaknesses) that need to be improved. Wouldn’t it be preferable to take it upon yourself to develop your talents than wait to be asked? After all, regardless of your company’s training offerings, ownership of your professional development belongs to you.

Lastly, let top management or your business owner know that you are ready to take on additional responsibility. You may feel that they already know this, but if you have not had a specific conversation with your manager regarding your career goals, you cannot assume that they know that you desire to be promoted. If you are concerned about having a direct conversation about your goals, consider taking on projects or participating in a task force that provides you with visibility to top management. Offer to write articles in industry publications. Often when others in your profession recognize you as an expert, your reputation will come full circle to those within your firm. It is critical, however, to be open and honest regarding your career goals. Your career is your own to manage. The only risk that you take in making your management aware of your goals, is to find out that there is not an opportunity to move to the next level within your firm. If you truly desire to go to the next level in your career, and are committed to your profession, finding this out gives you the answer—it is time to begin your search for a new position outside of your firm.

Julie Godshall Brown

Written by: Julie Godshall Brown

Julie is the President and Owner of Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing. She has been with her family business full-time since 1995 and remained as President and Owner when her parents retired in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University and a Master of Personnel and Employee Relations from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining her family’s business in 1995, she was a Technical Recruiter and HR Generalist with NCR (AT&T)  in Columbia and Liberty, SC. In addition to leading her firm and several industry related organizations, she is a very active community volunteer who has made an impact on the future of the Upstate.

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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.

Tips To Help Your Resume Stand Out

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A good resume is critical in obtaining a new position. In today’s age of technology where so many resumes infiltrate the inbox of a hiring manager, a resume must be strong to be noticed in the competitive candidate pool. Hiring managers have limited time to focus on each resume, so use your resume as a selling tool to display your talents! Here are some tips on writing an effective resume:

  • Most hiring managers prefer resumes to be written in reverse chronological order with your most recent job first.  Beginning and ending dates should be included.  Duties of the job should be reflected underneath the job title and company. This will allow the hiring manager to see a time period for each task of the job.
  • Bullet point job duties and keep things succinct. If hiring managers have to muddle through a long narrative description of job responsibilities, they may lose interest.
  • Refrain from writing resumes in first person (for example, “I placed customer orders” or “I was promoted”).
  • Keep the verb tense the same throughout the resume. For instance, if one bullet point describes your action in the past tense, don’t change tenses in the next line. (For example, “placed customer orders” in line one does not need to be followed with “answering phones” in the next line.)
  • Make sure any awards or accomplishments are easily seen in the body of the resume.
  • Grammatical errors are the fastest way to damage the credibility of a resume. Proof your resume, run spell check and have several professionals review your resume before sending.
  • If there are valid reasons for numerous job changes, feel free to add reasons for job elimination on the resume. This is a way to convey to the hiring manager that you are not a “job hopper”.
  • It is perfectly acceptable to make your resume more than one page, especially if it takes that additional page to showcase your skills and talents.
  • Make sure the fonts and spacing are all consistent.
  • Include correct phone numbers and a professional email address on the resume to ensure easy communication.
  • Make education and/or degrees easily visible.
  • Ensure that all technical skills, including software proficiencies, are included.
  • Make sure your objective on the resume reflects the job description you are applying for. Often times, hiring managers will find an objective completely inconsistent with the job description posted.

 

Happy hunting!

Written by: Catherine Culler
Catherine Culler has been a recruiter with Godshall Professional Recruiting and Staffing since 2000. She specializes in recruiting and staffing for accounting, human resources, legal, administrative, financial, sales and customer service positions. Her prior background includes work in medical sales and sales training. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.

How to Land Your First Job in Healthcare and Keep It

Congratulations! You’ve landed your first healthcare job. You feel like a rock star. You’ve got the skills, personality and professionalism that your employer wanted, but any savvy employee knows that landing the job is only the beginning. Now you have to keep the job! A few tips to ensure success:

1.      Your Office Hours Are Not 8:07am-­4:59pm

 Be on time. It sounds so simple, yet everyday good employees get terminated for this very infraction. How embarrassing to lose your shiny new job because you are consistently five minutes late! It doesn’t matter that you work late to make it up. It is your responsibility to be on time, and once you’ve lost a job for tardiness, it makes you less desirable to be hired again.

2.      Gold Stars

 Show initiative! Employers love this. If you finish your work early, ask for more to do. You’ll look like the superstar you are. Pitching in where needed is in everyone’s job description.

3.       Have I Told You About the Time…

 You were smart and kept the personal information to a minimum in the interview. Now that you’ve got the job, the same rules apply and even more so. Stay away from office drama.  You are there to work and work only.

4.      Can You Help Me With My Boxes?

 Don’t move in. A photo, nice pens and a plant are fine if you have a desk or work area, but don’t bring everything from your home into your work area.

5.      Mom, Can We Have Pizza for Dinner?

 Keep your cell phone off and personal calls to a minimum. If your cell phone must be on for emergencies, have it on vibrate or silent mode and return calls only on breaks or at lunch. Train your friends and family to know that calling you during work hours is only for emergencies. Texting is also a growing concern in business settings. Texting while driving can wreck your car, and texting while working can wreck your job.

 6.      Training Day

 Many new employees complain that they get limited training when they begin a job. Unfortunately, in today’s fast paced medical offices this is quite possibly true. Take notes, ask smart questions and ask for feedback early on. If your manager doesn’t officially match you up with a seasoned employee as a mentor, take notice of who stands out as an exemplary employee and model their behavior. You can learn an enormous amount of valuable information in the first two weeks of a new job just by keeping quiet and observing.

7.       Big Brother is Watching

 No internet surfing—checking emails, Facebook, shopping sites and job boards are not for work hours, and many employers can easily track your every move on the computer. Do  you really want to tell your next employer that you were terminated in your last job because you were updating your status on Facebook?

It is a competitive market right now. Hiring officials want the best possible clinical and clerical staff for their medical offices. With these easy tips, you are well on your way to landing the healthcare job of your dreams and keeping it!

Written by: Karen Truesdale

Karen TruesdaleKaren Truesdale is celebrating her 12th year with Godshall this summer. She manages the support operations for the office as well as all the medical credentialing for Godshall’s healthcare employees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wofford College and a Master of Elementary Education from Converse College. She is an avid animal lover and movie/entertainment trivia buff.