As 2009 draws to a close, many of us are keeping our eyes on the road and hoping to find a stronger and more productive 2010, yet we can't seem to help looking in the rear view mirror. As sales professionals, we want to be able to fully understand any downfall we had this past year and learn from our mistakes. Some of the loses we endured are unpreventable where others can teach us how to be leaner and meaner in the future. We also look back and analyze the past in order to better understand the future and any possible indicating trends we need to keep an eye on. That being said, we at Treeline have taken a look back and analyzed the hiring trends of 2009 and have identified one overwhelming behavior of all companies: risk aversion in hiring decisions. In December of 2008, dozens of economists and employment organizations started making predictions on hiring trends in 2009. At that point we had already experienced a taste of what was to come with the economic recession, however, reports indicated that we would see bigger paychecks, flexible work arrangements and bigger budgets for employee branding. All sound promising and exciting, however none of them true. Instead, we have seen companies tighten the belt on budgetary expenditures and avoid unnecessary loses. That being said, companies who were able to hire did so gingerly and continue the same behavior.
Here at Treeline, we have a best practice where we present 'book reports' to the rest of the team at our monthly meetings. The books we read can be about anything as long as they add value to our business in some way. We have read books written by leaders in their industries, motivational speakers and spiritual guides. This past month I read a book written by an educator named Hal Urban, who wrote a book for his 3 sons called Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter.
Treeline is the nation's premier sales recruiting firm and technology pioneer using an automated profile science to match clients with their ideal sales professional. Since 2001, Treeline has become the area's top sales recruiting firm and we have grown our presence nationally. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes?
Thanksgiving. Can you believe it is here already? For many of us Thanksgiving signifies the beginning of an end. When the holidays hit you know the year is about to come to a fast close. For some, a new year cannot come soon enough. Just the word "new" sparks hope that things will prosper and life may be back to the norm which we once knew. But, hold on a minute! What about Thanksgiving? Isn't this the time to reflect on all the things we should appreciate and be thankful for in the present?
Meet David DeMelo, a five year Division Manager at Treeline Incorporated. Always business minded, David started working at a very early age. His first memory of being in business was when he was 16 and looking to make extra spending money.
At Treeline, we spend all of our time speaking with Sales Professionals. Every day, whether it is helping a sales professional to hire or get hired - we are always speaking to our own kind. In this market, it is more important than ever to quickly recognize good sales talent and help them, whatever their need. Through our experiences, we have found very few organizations that are effective and consistent with their recognition of good sales talent and best practices. One of those organizations is the trade publication, Selling Power Magazine.
In response to the blog we posted yesterday, a reader asked what the legal boundaries are regarding what a company is allowed to share via professional references. We asked Attorney Kenneth J. Rossetti, of Barton & Rossetti, P.C., a contributor to our blog, to respond to that question. Here is Ken's response: That is an excellent question. As a preliminary matter, different states may have different laws (and perhaps conflicting laws) with respect to furnishing employment references on behalf of former employees. I am therefore limiting this response to Massachusetts.