Dear Recruiter, I am a sales representative who is currently employed. I have been with my organization for a few years and, for the most part successfully hit my goals and quotas. I love the company culture and all of the people that I work with. I enjoy going to work each day and the competitive environment my colleagues and I have created amongst each other. However, I've recently become curious about other possible job opportunities and I feel an urge to selectively seek for a new sales position. What is the best way to approach a selective job search?
Our client has been in business since 1887 and is growing in Boston. This company has incredible brand recognition and has a macro managed environment. They have invested 1.5 million dollars in their local infrastructure and now are looking to grow their team. The Area Sales Manager will be responsible for the New England market including managing its 4 current sales reps. Other responsibilities include the implementation of the marketing plan and making necessary recommendations to the General Manager.
The unemployment rate in America is hovering around 9%. But if you are a competent engineer, sales executive, online marketer or general manager in Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, or other startup hotspots, the unemployment rate is 0%. The talent market has gotten as competitive and aggressive as I have ever seen in the last 20 years. CNN recently reported that 40% of the 130,000 job openings in Silicon Valley are for software engineers. Senior executives have never been harder to secure. That's why, even though it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, I'm advocating that all my portfolio companies hire recruiters when they are trying to fill senior or key positions. Immediately.
This organization is a rapidly growing SAAS company that has a casual working environment and has experienced double digit growth every year. They have won numerous awards for their innovative product and just received additional significant funding. This is a cutting edge, privately held organization with internal growth within their creative culture. This highly visible role is calling for a successful leader to partner with internal department managers to drive sales strategy, define key metrics as well as hire, train and manage a small inside sales team. Must be an expert with SaleForce.com to drive enhancements for business growth.
If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and trapped in a blender, how would you get out? That might sound like a ridiculous question, but to a job candidate-at least one reportedly applying for a job at Goldman Sachs-it might actually be an important one. Glassdoor, a job-posting and community site for job-seekers, has compiled a list of the oddest interview questions of 2010, and that zinger-reportedly from Goldman-wins the number one slot. "Interviews can be an extremely nerve wracking experience, and by shedding light on the process we hope to give job seekers a leg up in their next interview," says Robert Hohman, co-founder and CEO of Glassdoor.
In part 1 of this series we identified and discussed the impact of major trends and 21st behaviors (related to social media) on the hiring process. Part 2 will take a more specific look at the ten clues....Are you heavily relying on job posts on monstrous job boards or paid advertising? Many companies today still garner most of their interested (not necessarily qualified) candidates by advertising (i.e. paid job posts, online ads, and online sponsorships). This is mostly a passive waiting game in which companies toggle between relevance and speed as contemplated below.
In the week ended May 14, 409,000 Americans filed for their first week of unemployment benefits, the Labor Department said Thursday. That marked a decline of 29,000 from the 438,000 initial claims filed the week before, and was an even lower level than the 420,000 claims economists had expected for the week. The number of initial claims has fallen sharply for two straight weeks, after one-time adjustments related to schools on spring break severely distorted the number. Since then, initial claims have retraced those steep gains, falling back to levels they were at about a month ago.