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I don’t know about you, but I never knew where the quote “We have a failure to communicate” came from. With a little research, I found that it’s from “Cool Hand Luke” in 1967. Unfortunately, this quote fits our current hiring market perfectly! As a society, we have never been more connected, yet communication seems to be our biggest struggle.

College Graduates

When you sit down with your career counselor at your university, please be honest with them.  Don’t graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and then expect to get a social media marketing position for $45,000 right out of college with no experience. We have to stay realistic. Additionally, it will significantly benefit you if you also have real work experience when you graduate. An internship is great, but the employers we speak with also want to see that you understand the commitment and responsibility a job entails.

Our failure to communicate here is that as the next greatest class of college graduates hits the workforce, they are thinking about how great they are because they graduated with a degree and that alone gives them the ability to earn good money. However, the reality of the situation is that the hiring manager is trying to decide which candidate presents the best immediate value proposition to their business. They are taking the degree, work experience, internships, etc. into account.

Employers

Right now, many of the employers we are working with are risk adverse. They want people who can be successful in the role they are hired for as quickly as possible, with as little training as possible.  As a result, we are seeing employers sending an exhausting list of position requirements, job duties, tasks, potential activities, skills testing, personality testing, background checks, drugs screens, etc. I’m getting tired just typing all of this. It’s too much. Employers right now are no different than resumes that have too much information. It’s an overload!

Our failure to communicate here is this – Within that exhaustive list of job duties, there will be some that are more important than the others. Instead of focusing on those duties or skills that are most important to finding success, we are confusing everyone with an overload of information. Stop confusing the job search with information that is not critical to success.

Candidates

The job market is not what it was 3 months ago. It’s just not. Businesses do not have the flexibility, financial means, or patience they may have had earlier this year. Be realistic in what you are looking for and be flexible in your search. Don’t think your resume will get you the job. Businesses are looking for that employee who will go the extra mile, who will learn on their own and who they can trust in these trying times.

Our failure to communicate here is this. For the past 3 years the job search has been all about me, the candidate.  Those days are over for now.  Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying you should settle for the first thing that comes your way. Instead I am saying when you find the right opportunity, keep an open mind. If you think the move is smart for your long term career growth, try and find a way to make it work. Don’t let your feet get stuck in the mud of indecision. Trust your instincts.

I think it is a bit of an understatement to say we are living in uncharted waters today. Nothing is going to be easy for the rest of this year. But if we, collectively, can just step back from our situation and look at how we can better communicate our value proposition and our needs, I do believe this process can become significantly easier to live through. To learn more about us at PrideStaff St. Pete Clearwater, please go to our website at www.staffingtampabay.com

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