Set Yourself Up for Success with these 5 Monday Morning Tips!

   How to Start Your Week Off on a Positive Note

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-by Haley Garrison

It can be tough to be motivated to do anything on a Monday morning, especially after we all just spent 2 days sleeping in, binge-watching movies, laying out on the beach and eating at our go-to restaurants. Mondays tend to be a reminder of weekly alarm clocks, Tupperware lunches and commuting with strangers. For many, Mondays can be the most difficult day of the week to get through, which is why it's important to ask yourself if you're in the right role. When you work for a company with a mission you believe in and you feel like you contribute meaningful work, Mondays have a whole new meaning. All the while, we could all use a few tips to cure the occasional Monday blues.  

1st: CHOOSE AN AFFIRMATION FOR THE WEEK

At the beginning of each week, the Mavens gather in the conference room with their warm cups of coffee for a Monday Morning Team Meeting. During this time, we are given the space to collect our thoughts, set our goals and get motivated to tackle the upcoming days. Before we disperse to tackle our workdays, our CEO Jessica asks each one of us to intentionally affirm something for the week, giving us the opportunity to set a positive tone for the rest of the week. These affirmations are a guiding light and give us all something tangible to work towards since we know that Jessica will hold us accountable the following Monday. We recommend incorporating a similar tactic into your Monday Morning routine to get energized and get inspired by your teammates!  

2nd: PLAN, PLAN, PLAN

Whether it's jotting down your weekly to-do list, color-coding your calendar, or placing sticky notes all over your desk, planning is a vital step to a successful week. It's important to plan for the things that you WANT to get accomplished by the end of the week, but it's imperative to remember not to DWELL on your planning...after all, the entire purpose of planning is to actually get stuff done! Your plans should be specific, reachable and rewarding! Be sure to schedule downtime during your week as well – creating buffer time to process information or to simply take a breather will significantly help your productivity and energy levels throughout the week.  

3rd: PRIORITIZE YOUR WORKLOAD

One of the primary stressors in the workplace is accurately prioritizing your workload. You should ask yourself, "Is this task urgent or important?" – there's a difference! Be sure you're asking which tasks need immediate attention by identifying and assessing your workload based on what carries the highest value to your organization and to your team. Life isn't perfect, so it's essential to be willing to adapt and change your plans when things come up or when things don't go exactly as planned.  

4th: TACKLE THE TOUGH TASKS FIRST

Let's be honest, we all know that procrastination is real in the workplace. Start your Monday by spending your mental energy wisely, as opposed to dreading challenging tasks later on in the week when you have less energy. By tackling the tough tasks first, you will feel more productive, accomplished and relieved...and the best part is, it's only Monday! Checking the hardest box off of your list first will set the tone for the rest of your week.  

5th: TREAT YOURSELF

Buy the fancy latte at your corner coffee shop! Start your morning off with your favorite Pilates class! Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood with your pup! Rather than treating yourself to something fun on Friday, switch your routine up with an exciting Monday activity. Having something fun or out of the ordinary to look forward to on a Monday morning can make all the difference!

 

 

Real-Talk Recruiting

You Asked & We Answered!

-by Haley Garrison

As a boutique recruiting firm, we are no strangers to the question: What is it like to work with a recruiter? In our latest video series: Real-Talk Recruiting, we invited our followers to ask us questions regarding recruiting. Here's a deeper dive into the real recruiting secrets we addressed in our latest video: 

Q: Objective Statements – Do recruiters even look at them or are they a waste of space on a resume? 

A: It depends! If the experience on your resume speaks for itself, then writing an Objective Statement is probably a space-waster on your resume, but if you need to explain your experience (or lack thereof), a solid objective statement can pack the punch you need to catch a recruiter's attention.  

For example, if you are a recent grad entering the workforce with limited work experience, writing a short and sweet objective statement that captures your interpersonal skills and what you are looking for within a role can give recruiters a great sense of what you can bring to the table as a potential new team member.  

Similarly, if you are looking to change industries and your work experience doesn't quite align with your career ambitions, we advise a powerful sentence or two explaining how your experience is transferable to the job you want.  

The key here is making sure to personalize your objective statement so that it adds to your resume rather than cluttering it. A great rule of thumb to follow: If you're going to use the space, be sure that it's adding something valuable. In other words, cut the fluff and steer clear of using generic language that doesn't help to capture what sets you apart from others. 

 

Q: How do you find the right recruiter? 

A: Well, how do you find the right husband, wife or life partner? It might seem like overkill, but the Recruiter/Candidate relationship is one that's built on trust, so you want to be sure that it's the right fit. As a candidate, you want someone who is going to be your champion and advocate for you with their clients, so you want to be sure you're more than a resume to your recruiter.  

Is your recruiter asking you good questions? Is he or she interested in not just what you're doing, but how you got there? If your recruiter isn't going the extra mile to ask what your needs are or what qualities you look for in your co-workers or future boss, most likely they won't go the extra mile to advocate for what matters most to you (they might not even know what that is!). Whether it's finding out your non-negotiables or understanding how your love for travel factors into your job search, a good recruiter will be intentional about getting to know you, and not just your resume. 

As industry leaders, we encourage our followers to ask us anything and everything that relates to the world of recruiting. Whether you're curious to hear the best interviewing tactics and job search tips or you're eager to discover the right work culture or you'd simply like to know what to wear your first day on the job... our Maven Recruiters are excited to give you the real-talk on recruiting. Be sure to comment or email us your questions to be featured in our next video! 

 

Admins on the Rise: Creating Leverage

-by Jessica Vann

In our most recent installment of Maven’s event series, Admins on the Rise, we posed these questions to our fabulous panelists: “What is leverage, and what does it mean to give leverage?”

This goes beyond the Dictionary.com definition that reads, “to use (something) to maximum advantage” – in this case, that “something” being the Executive Assistant role. We really wanted to understand how EAs are able to leverage their role within companies to their absolute maximum potential.

 

So, why did we ask this question? It’s something that keeps coming up in our conversations with clients. We are consistently asked, “How do we best maximize our EAs?” “How do we fully embed this role into our workflow to be impactful?” (Spoiler alert, EAs, this is something you should be prepared to speak to in interviews!)

To get to the heart of the question of leverage within the EA and Executive relationship, we sat down with a panel of incredible, accomplished professionals on a balmy evening in downtown Palo Alto (thank you, @Coupa Café, for the awesome spread and venue).

Our panelists that evening included:

·         Solmaz VanDaie, Head of Operations/EA to CEO at OpenGov

·         Erin Boeckman, Operations Manager of Amplify Partners

·         Christie Idehara, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine

 

We started with the basics: “What does leverage mean to you?”

Erin defines leverage as when you can “find ways to activate your team by figuring out the ways different people work and what helps them be most effective and productive, while also doing the same for yourself. I have a toolbox I use…to help get the results I’m looking for and help the company, ultimately.”

Christie considers leverage to be when you take a “circumstance, whether it be an action, event, or challenge, and manipulate it to where you become the manager of that particular effort,” as opposed to being managed BY it!

 

Some key themes emerged from our panelists’ advice:

1.       Take chances and trust your gut:

Says Erin: “Trust yourself to make good decisions. Sometimes you have to go to bat and advocate, but ultimately, have the confidence to propel yourself and the company forward.” Erin followed up that comment with more sage words. “Do the research and make yourself the expert on that topic. Show your executives you’re the person who has the answer. When you become the person with the knowledge and the expertise, then they can learn to trust you and trust your decision making.”

2.       Personal touches

Says Christie: “So much can be done with a personal touch, and relationships are where you can really get a huge gain!”

3.       The importance of your network

Solmaz reminds us of the importance of maintaining relationships and staying connected to your network for the advice or insight you will need from them at times. Part of achieving leverage also means knowing who can get you an answer or solution the fastest!

Watch what creating leverage means to these exceptional EAs - & how they do it!

Above all, I think everyone (myself included) left the event feeling empowered by their role and the opportunity to propel change forward in their organization. Every time we hold an Admins on the Rise event, it’s a constant reminder of how vital and effective the Executive Assistant, Operations, and support roles are in a company.

Thank you again to all who participated and attended our event! Not only does Admins on the Rise build up the admin community, we also seek to build the community immediately around us, in this instance giving back through Maven-matched donations to East Palo Alto-based Girls to Women (thanks, everyone!).

 

Stay tuned for our next Admins on the Rise event, coming soon!

10 Ways your Admin is actually a Superhero!

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-by Jenna DeFabio, on behalf of all of us at Maven!

Whether you’re a DC or Marvel fan, all of us have thought about what it would be like to have superhuman powers. . . this Admin Day, we’re celebrating all the ways that Admins make us feel like we actually DO have super powers, even if we are mere mortals.

 

1)      Shapeshifting— So your Admin might not be Mystique, but they are stealthy when it comes to protecting your independent work time by disguising it as something no one would ever dare to touch on your calendar. Surprise! You immediately have more time to get your work done.

2)      Time travel— The sold-out Justin Beiber concert that your daughter wanted to go to is tonight?? Don’t worry, your Admin will manage to turn back the hands of time and get you AND your child(ren!) premium seats before you can say “Sorry.”

3)      Telepathy— A great administrative partner will understand your needs before you ever know them yourself! Not only does he or she have a running list of your favorite items, but your Admin will find out exactly what you need for that meeting you scheduled before you have a chance to utter a word.

4)      Mind control— Need buy-in from all 10 board members to move forward with the IPO? Your Admin superhero will get everyone to the table (and each of their favorite meals from across the country in front of them) to make sure that everyone is in the right state of mind to reach the consensus you need!

5)      Weather Manipulation— Your plane has been grounded due to weather conditions and you need to be at an investor’s meeting across the country by tomorrow. Your Admin will re-route you to sunny skies so you make it there with time to spare.

6)      Clairvoyance— If only you knew what the future held. . . Oh, but wait! Your Admin does! Your Admin will make you look good on even your worst day, keeping track of everything that should happen, knowing what won’t, and running interference accordingly.

 7)      Magic, Admin Magic— Have you ever tried to troubleshoot a tech issue on your own, gotten frustrated, and as soon as your Admin stands next to you it’s magically fixed? THAT’s Admin Magic.

8)      Invisibility— Even when your Admin is not around, he or she will be there like an invisible hand guiding the way. When you board the flight and have your favorite seat and the morning newspaper waiting for you to read, or when you get to the hotel to find the advance copy of the new book you’ve been waiting to read, you know your Admin is there.

9)      Teleportation (or something close to it)— With only a day’s notice, your Admin will transport twelve incredibly busy CEOs from all over the country to a private airport so exclusive it’s not even on Google, just in time for a surprise executive retreat.

10)   They make anywhere feel like home— This might not be a superpower featured in any comic book or blockbuster movie, but it’s one that can’t be overstated! Whether it’s keeping your favorite treats stocked in the kitchen, or setting up three identical offices in three different countries, your superhero Admin knows how to make you feel your best at your home-away-from-home.

 

Administrative professionals are the connective tissue of any office, the people who keep everyone sane, organized and on track. Without these superheroes, no office would function, no executive would be on time for a meeting, and our work lives would be downright villainous.

Here’s to all of the amazing Admins that make all of our lives SUPER!!

8 Ways your Recruiting Skills will Sneak into your Personal Life

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-by Jenna DeFabio

So you decided to pursue a role in Recruiting, or maybe you just fell into it like most of us did? Whatever the case, great choice! There’s nothing quite like the feeling of joy that you get after finding a person their next “work home” or connecting a brand-new CEO with their first and soon-to-be-indispensable Executive Assistant.

Although we try as we might to keep work and personal lives in their own lanes (or maybe that’s just me?), here are some of the unexpected ways that your skills as a Recruiter will inevitably impact your personal life:

1.      Everyone sounds familiar and you can't remember why you know anyone— it’s the curse of an enormous network that continues to grow each and every day (thanks, LinkedIn!)

2.      You never take off your interviewer hat—you do not mess around when it comes to questioning people you hardly know, including any date that a friend brings to a party

3.      Your sleuthing skills are on-point—if your fiancé gives you the first name and the company of a new friend he met on the train, you know what sports he played in college and what mutual friends you have in less than 5 minutes

4.      You play matchmaker for everyone and everything—your barista says he is looking for a new apartment? You immediately connect him to the Facebook group where you found your last roommate, and follow-up with him about his progress over your daily latte

5.      Words are confusing—every 2-syllable word mash-up, or alliterative animal reference sounds like a start-up you work with, want to work with, or want to source from. SiFive, Parking Panda, Rocksbox. . . what’s next?

6.      You expect prompt feedback and follow-up—when you’re working through a contract with a wedding vendor and their responses are less-than immediate, you automatically judge their abilities

7.      You’re emboldened to ask for what you want—your lease-terms aren’t what you’re looking for? Who cares that you’re in an incredibly competitive housing market. . .you ask for the dream scenario anyway so you have room to negotiate

8.      You can fake it till you make it— you walk fearlessly into a group of new people, and can confidently hold conversations on revolutionary blockchain technology and the complicated nature of copyright law in the digital age . . . and anything else you have 5-10 minutes to research

A Day in the Life

What’s it like to be a Recruiter, you ask?

Here is a day in the life of Maven Recruiter, Hayley Morrison – who loves to build long-lasting relationships with candidates and partner with them to find fulfilling jobs that make them happy!

This is a peek into how she does it. Spoiler alert: it involves Philz coffee!

-By Hayley Morrison

8 a.m. I step out of my front door to a welcomed surprise of sunshine and clear skies! I live in the Presidio (they should pay me for recruiting residents, but that’s another story), and hop on the Presidigo, the Presidio’s free-shuttle for residents to downtown.

I’ve started to get really into podcasts, so I plug in and start listening to “The Daily” by the New York Times. From there, my work day really gets going. I filter through my inbox, ensuring nothing has happened overnight that needs immediate attention, and start to plan out my day. I look through my calendar to see what’s on the docket. Today, it looks like I have quite the busy day: three interviews, team lunch, coffee with a candidate, and a team meeting.

Big Day = Big Coffee. I use the new Philz App to order a large Mint Mojito (sweet and creamy, of course) to pick up on my way in. No, Philz doesn’t pay me either, but they let me use their Palo Alto location for interviews on Fridays, so I guess we will call it even.

 

8:50 a.m. And just like that, I’m headed up Market Street to make a quick stop in at Philz and pick up my coffee. I just love the hustle and the bustle of this city, especially walking up Market St. It gets me excited for the day.

Coffee in hand, I head to 490 Post Street: where the Maven Magic happens!

 

9:05 a.m. I have to admit, I’m not the first one in the office in the mornings. My snooze button and I just have too close of a relationship.

As I walk in, I smell cake baking in the oven. What’s the occasion?! I peek into the kitchen – funfetti with rainbow chip frosting! Oh wow, that’s going to be delicious.

I sit down at my desk and start plugging away. As any recruiter knows, scheduling takes time so it’s most important to tackle first! The sooner we can get the interviews scheduled, the sooner my fabulous candidates can meet our clients, and the sooner we can get them that job!

One of my favorite candidates…. okay, yes, we have “favorites.” I’m not a teacher, people! But, it’s usually because they are extremely responsive, keep me in the loop on their search, and are on top of their Thank You note game after interviews.

Anyway, one of my favorite candidates is interviewing for a few positions. We catch up on how her interview went yesterday and get her scheduled for next rounds.

Next up: feedback calls from our company-in on Monday. Basically, that means a client interviewed candidates in our office, which is always fun because it means more facetime with my candidates.

With immediate scheduling done and pressing emails replied to, it’s on to getting my candidates submitted to roles. I refresh some resumes and write bios to send to our clients for consideration.

 

10:30 a.m. First Interview of the Day

My favorite part of my role: meeting new people! A shameless plug about why I love Maven: we take the time to sit down and get to know every candidate, in-person! In a world where everything seems to be going virtual – if you recall, I even order my morning coffee through an app - it’s so nice to be able to sit down and have a real conversation with our job seekers.

I absolutely love the candidate who I meet – a huge thanks to our great RC team for scheduling! During our time together, I find out that she recently returned from a trip to Nashville so I immediately ask for all of her recommendations. It’s on my list of places to go! She’s also open to contracting until she finds a full-time permanent role—this is great since we have a lot of contract roles open right now.

I rally the troops; a temporary team member and the Account Managers are introduced to my new candidate. After giving a little bit of a run-down on her background, the temp team has somewhere they can send her right away – amazing!

 

11 a.m. Sourcing Time!!

The job market for Executive Assistants is so hot! We have some incredible EA roles open right now, so I write an InMail capturing the roles that I am most excited about. I focus in on a role supporting the first female partner of a legendary VC firm, a role supporting the Co-Founder of a posh tech company, and a catch-all admin role at a tech start-up in the AI space.

I start my searching on LI Recruiter and identify quite a few profiles that would be great fits for our clients! I send them each personalized messages with the hopes of setting up calls (fingers crossed they get back to me).

 

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12 p.m. Lunch, Lunch, Lunch

Tuesdays are my favorite day at Maven, because it means team lunches! Today we got FreshRoll and are celebrating our March Milestones – two Maven-versaries and a birthday. The cake now makes complete sense. 

Did you forget about that cake? Because I absolutely didn’t!

12:45 p.m. I jet off a little early from lunch to meet a candidate for coffee who I’ve been trying to get face time with for a while! She’s not actively looking but is open to grabbing coffee, starting the relationship, and seeing what happens.

It kind of feels like a first date; I’m having a serious internal dialogue about my caffeine intake. Do I get more coffee? Do I not? – Okay, I got more coffee. I’m a Seattle girl so coffee pretty much runs in my blood (and hey, it’ll give me that little extra boost I’ll need for writing that blog post!).

 

2 p.m. Back to the office and I come bearing great news! The candidate actually was incredibly interested in the Artificial Intelligence start-up we are working with and wants to have her resume submitted. Definitely over-caffeinated at this point, I polish up her resume and submit her over to the client.

After completing my submission, it’s time to schedule a few things that moved during lunch.  I don’t think I’m working with one candidate right now who isn’t interviewing for multiple roles, so scheduling is a jigsaw puzzle that can involve a lot of back and forth.

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3:30 p.m. Our weekly team meeting turns into a sourcing strategy meeting which we take outside because it’s a sunny day in San Francisco. My only fear is that our parrot neighbors will fly in to join the party. So I sit close to the door for an easy escape (yes, I am deathly afraid of birds).

This meeting is always a good one! It’s a team huddle to go over highs and lows of the week so far, strategize around priorities, and check-in on what’s gotten done this week. Team work makes the dream work!

 

4:30 p.m. – Whelp, my two afternoon candidate interviews cancel. Bummer. That’s okay, my inbox is flooded and I have that caffeine boost I need to power through some more administrative tasks that I’ve been avoiding. 

 

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5:30 p.m. – It’s Boot Camp time! Yes, we are THAT office. A few of us do Boot Camp together down on the Embarcadero with a trainer who happens to be the brother-in-law of one of our teammates. It’s been raining the last three weeks, so it’s our first time back, and oh boy is this going to be hard.   

As we approach the park, I see our trainer across the way with way too many stations set up and so so SO many weights. I almost make a run for it, charcuterie and wine sounds WAY better than this, but he spots me before I can get away. While it wasn’t an easy work-out, I sweated out some of that caffeine, had some great laughs, and hopefully made some progress towards my “President’s Club Body.”

 

7:00 p.m. I grab some tacos before heading home. I mean, it’s not a Tuesday without Taco Tuesday, right? All in all, it’s been a great day. After a busy-busy day, I hop in a Lyft line to head back to the Presidio for a nice relaxing evening in. I’ve got to rest up; we’ve got an event tomorrow night in Palo Alto and it’s going to be a late one.

 

Over and out!

Hayley 

Back to Basics: Save Time With This Comprehensive Resume Hack

Use this Job Hunting Tool to Send Tailored Resumes & Save Time

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 - Dana P. Hundley

In an ideal world, you will send a thoughtful, tailored resume to each and every job you are applying to, speaking to every specific point of that job description.

Back in the real world, we know people might not actually have time for that.

What’s an easy way to combat the lack of time versus the need to be tailored? Well, we like to call it a ‘Master Resume.’ This may be self-explanatory, but here are some quick tips to create yours:

  • A ‘Master Resume’ is an insanely comprehensive overview of everything you’ve ever done at every job you have ever worked. Use discretion here; if you have five years of professional experience, there is no need to have that high-school babysitting gig listed.
  • Why? It’s easier and faster to delete content than create content when you are tailoring your resume for that perfect job that just popped up on your LinkedIn feed.
  • Take some time to include under each job EVERYTHING you did in that role. Don’t worry about the length of your resume right now – you aren’t going to send out this long version, you just want all the content ready to go!
  • Include even what you consider the obvious. Never assume anyone knows what you did in that role except for you!
  • Spell out not only what you did, but also how you did it. Did you streamline the way your company booked conference rooms? Awesome: how did you do it?
  • Edit your bullet points – and I specifically say bullet points, because your resume should have bullet points, as it’s the easiest way for the reader to digest the info. Each bullet should be ‘employer ready,’ or in other words, perfectly edited. Remember, the point here is to ultimately save time!

Cool. Your ‘Master Resume’ is complete – AND bonus, I hope this helped you realize ALL of the amazing things you have done throughout your work experience! Sometimes it’s hard to remember how much you actually do, and it’s good practice to run through it all before your interviews. (Plus, it’s great just to remind yourself how awesome you are!)

Now it is time to cut the fat according to the particular role you are applying for. Compare your ‘Master Resume’ to the job description. Does the JD specifically say you will own the conference room calendars? Thank goodness you built out those bullet points about how you streamlined the way your old company booked rooms! But you probably only need one of the five bullet points you prepared about the marketing materials you created since there is no mention of marketing in the JD – get the drift?

Happy Applying!

How to Get the Right Kind of Feedback in Your New Job (Because Your Success Depends on It)

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 - Jessica Vann, CEO & Founder (ORIGINALLY SEEN on THE MUSE)

The first 90 days of your new job are crucial to set yourself up for long-term career success. It’s where you make good on the promises you touted during your interview and set the stage for how people perceive you.

That’s why asking for feedback during this time is so, so important. It quickly demonstrates to your new boss that you’re invested, you’re committed to excellence, and that you’re in this for the long haul.

Plus, if done well, you can earn major brownie points that may help you get recognized later for opportunities to work on interesting projects or even advance more quickly.

Easy enough, right? Now that you know just how important your first 90 days are, here are some guidelines for how to ask for feedback to ensure you’re on the right path (or how to get on it).

When Should You Ask?

Eliciting feedback in these crucial first few days is a balance between giving your new manager and co-workers enough time to form concrete thoughts and opinions of you, while also being proactive in prompting feedback that will help you as you get onboarded.

Rule of thumb: Don’t expect a formal review by the end of week one. After that, it’s all a judgement call. How much real work have you actually had a chance to do? If you’ve just completed a big project or finished a tougher assignment, now may be the perfect time to ask for some input on how you did. Regardless of the above, don’t let three weeks go by without making the big ask.

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A good rhythm for how frequently you continue to check-in will hinge on the volume and involvement of your work. That said, a good best practice is no more than once a week, but no less than once a month.

How Should You Ask?

Don’t pounce at the water cooler or in the bathroom while your boss is washing her hands. Reach out to your manager via email or in person and request a meeting directly. Explain what the meeting is for—people will appreciate having a heads-up so they can prepare ideas ahead of time.

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Try something like, “I’d like 15 minutes of your time to talk about how you think things are going so far with me. Are you satisfied with what I’m doing, and the work I’m producing? Is there anything I can be doing differently?”

What Should You Ask?

Give your manager suggestions on what you want to hear, such as, “How am I integrating within the team?” “Am I operating at the speed you need me to?” or “How is the quality of my work? Any development areas you have already identified that I can work on?”

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This is also the time to coach your manager on what you need in terms of resources. Would you benefit from regular one-on-ones or additional training? Perhaps a tracking system that you and your manager have access to to share what you’re working on?

Who Should You Ask?

Besides your boss, co-workers are also a great resource for feedback. While it doesn’t need to be as formal as with a manager, try crafting an email along the lines of, Hey, I’m loving it here so far, and would love to get some feedback from you to make sure I’m setting myself up for long term success. It’s really important to me I’m doing a good job and making a good impression.

The reality of soliciting feedback is that it may not always be 100% positive. So, prepare yourself mentally. All your good intentions will immediately be nullified if you go into “defensive” mode. Keep your ego out of this conversation and stay open and non-judgmental.

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Then, send a follow-up email thanking your manager or colleague for their time and candor, and briefly outline your takeaways and any next steps you plan to take. Implement any areas of improvement right away and follow-up with your boss to make sure the adjustments you’re making are correct and noticed.

We know there’s a lot to learn in your first 90 days. You’ve got new systems, technologies, faces, and names to remember, and so much more. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Incorporating this advice displays maturity and commitment on your part, and will also give you a good indication of whether you’re doing well, or need to make some adjustments before its too late. Regardless of what you learn, it will empower you to excel in your new role.

A Quick Guide to Key Motivators in Your Job

What do you really want out of your next role?

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-by Dana P. Hundley

Dear Candidates,

As recruiters, we want to help you find your next dream job.

How do we do this?

Well, we start by getting to know you. What did you do in your last job? What did you like about it, what didn’t you like about it? What we really want to know isn’t spelled out on your resume. What allows us to be successful in finding you a role and company that will bring you long-term fulfillment is knowing what motivates you!

Do you know what your key motivations are in finding your next role? If you take the time and care to really uncover and identify what your key job motivators are, it can help you weed out the roles that just aren’t going to cut it and thoughtfully navigate choosing the perfect job for you.

So let’s talk about some job motivators:

·         Compensation – What is your cost of living? Crunch the numbers, and understand that range between what your bottom line is AND where you would like to be. Pair this with a healthy dose of understanding the market for your position/industry/region.

·         Work-Life Integration – This a big one, and personal one, because only you can decide what work/life balance means to you. Think about what you have going on outside of work, and how your job can affect that. This is the bucket where you also decide what schedule and commute is going to make sense for you.

·         Company Culture – How do you want to feel at work, what is a good working environment for you, what type of people do you want to work with, what you want to wear to work? Try picturing yourself in different scenarios. Does a quiet, heads-down office help you produce your best work? Or do you feed off the buzz of a boisterous office teeming with energy?

·         Learning & Development – This one is simple: do you want to learn and develop in your job and career? It’s a yes or no question, with absolutely no judgment. If your main motivation is to make enough money to support your lifestyle and not take any work home, you may not care about things like training programs. If you are someone who needs to feel like they are growing and learning in order to be fulfilled, and your five-year-plan involves switching industries or climbing to a certain job title, you are likely going to seek out roles that ensure you are afforded those opportunities to develop.

·         Opportunities for Advancement – Tying in nicely to ‘Learning & Development,’ what was that five-year-plan again? Are there going to be opportunities to advance in the next company you land in?

·         Meaningful Work – What we tend to find when we are looking at key job motivators is that many candidates want, above all else, to do meaningful work. This makes perfect sense: people want to feel good about what they are doing 40, 50, 60 hours a week, sometimes at the expense of time with their family and friends. But what does meaningful work really mean to YOU? Only you can answer that! It can be helpful to take some time to free-write, or brainstorm with family, friends or mentors you trust.

Motivations provide invaluable insight when thinking about your next role. We encourage you to reflect and understand what is important to you in ALL of these buckets, and here’s the trick – do this before you start interviewing.

You know what else is fun? Rank the buckets – most important to least important. This will help you determine what we at Maven like to call your ‘non-negotiables.’ 

And give yourself permission to change your mind during the process. Knowing what’s most important to you will empower you to make strategic and thoughtful decisions about the roles you are considering and ultimately decide to take!

 

Sincerely,

Your Neighborhood Recruiters,

Maven Recruiting Group

Back to Basics: Job Hunting Email Blunders to Avoid

Your interview starts with the first email you send. Use care and edit accordingly!

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 - Dana P. Hundley

There are many ways to ‘submit your resume’ for a job. For the sake of this post, let’s focus on the good old fashioned sending an email with your resume. Here is a quick, and very basic, checklist to make sure ‘phase one’ of your interview goes smoothly:

  1. Is your email address professional? (I know, seems like outdated advice, right? It’s not….)
  2. Do you know who you are addressing the email to? Cool, check the spelling of their name three times!
  3. Now here is the BIG ONE: You have crafted a nice little intro email that explains what you are applying for,  briefly why you are applying, and has a nice little call to action for your potential new employer. Awesome. This checklist isn’t about content (that’s a whole other post which we will get to later), so the basic check here is: have you EDITED your email with a fine-tooth comb?! I am talking spelling, grammar, punctuation and style! This is not the time for shorthand, abbreviations, slang or the wrong ‘there.’ This stuff matters! Your future employer cares about attention to detail, and if you can’t take the time to edit this very important email, they can go ahead and assume you are going to take the same care with their biggest client.
  4. Have you attached your resume? The correct one? Named something appropriate like “First Name Last Name_Resume,” right?
  5. Answer yes to all four? YEA! Send away!

Bonus Check Point:

* I bet you are applying to more than just one role…keep track: an Excel grid, an email folder just for submissions, or handwritten in your favorite journal/planner - just somewhere so that when you get that call back because you nailed the intro email you can quickly recall the basic, who, what, when, where!

Happy Hunting!