Onboarding and Orientation
A company goes to all the trouble of finding great employees, but then doesn't have a good process for getting them started. Within a month they are gone because they are feeling lost, unsupported, and confused. There must be a clearly defined path that makes sure that they're engaged and enthusiastic before they are released into the wild.
What does a Dallas Staffing Agency do for you? Everything that counts!
Once upon a time we all found jobs by virtue of our contacts. For "professionals" it was a Master/Apprentice relationship; for itinerants it was food and shelter, and sometimes, items in barter.
Then along came the Industrial Revolution. Society advanced, towns and cities grew; many people learned how to read, and the "Help Wanted" sign was invented. That made life a lot easier.
Centuries needed to pass before newspapers evolved and eventually carried job advertisements. That facet persisted for about one hundred years, and then began its steady decline which has almost reached its inevitable conclusion—the end of the printed newspaper.
In the middle of the last century the Internet was invented. Far from ubiquitous, it was the domain of universities, researchers, and the government. Essentially most of us didn't know about it until the 1990s when the World Wide Web entered the public consciousness.
Job Boards and Employment Agencies gave way to increasingly sophisticated online listings. Companies, realizing the potential, embraced this system but were soon inundated with hundreds or thousands of résumés for every position that they offered. What to do?
So have you recently graduated from college, completed a coding boot camp, or won a Raspberry Pi coding contest, and are completely self-taught? Do you lack a network to draw upon to get your foot in the door of your perfect career?
Maybe you're mid-career, thoroughly skilled, but looking to climb the corporate ladder? Are you seeking a place where your years of carefully acquired talent will be appreciated?
Are you an older more experienced worker who was downsized and now need something to keep you occupied for a few more years until you want to retire? You may have heard that there is a flood of candidates, but they lack one thing you have in abundance—experience.
The first cohort of Baby Boomers has already retired. The second cohort is just about to join them. Due to inadequate planning, many employers are now finding themselves in the unenviable position of losing all their best people simultaneously.
You should—and here's why…Interviewers will ask you about it
If you're currently on the hunt for a job you'll be encountering interviewers. What is one of their most traditional questions? "Where do you see yourself five years from now?"
Yes, granted, we all color our answers a little bit for the particular job, especially if we're interested in it. The difference is that the interviewer can tell if you're "making it up as you go along", or whether you have given it some legitimate, sustained thought.
Breaking into the business
According to IT staffing companies in Dallas the hiring market is in no danger of slowing down. National studies and surveys of Human Resources (HR) departments, firms, and independent agents have revealed a major flaw in the planning of most contemporary companies.
Some were smart enough to take note when the first cohort of Baby Boomers decided to retire. But, by and large, companies have remained oblivious to the fact that their top people, the ones that they have depended on for years, are just about to retire; and those selfsame companies don't have enough new workers hired or trained and ready to take over.
The answer is: Both and Neither
When evaluating the key differences between new talent and experienced workers you'll find that they both offer their own benefits and drawbacks. It's important to consider the beneficial dynamic of having different kinds of people on your team and understand the issues with being too quick to choose one over the other.
In truth, there are so many naturally occurring ways in which a situation can go sideways that it certainly doesn't need our help. For the most part we're focused on keeping things on track. However, every once in a while it seems like we make a special effort to sabotage ourselves.
We've all heard about the assorted teenagers that have tweeted thoughtless things about their jobs. A few of them have even made it to the mainstream media.
One young lady spoke of obtaining a job at a pizzeria and being faced with a long daily commute, and hating the work, despite the good paycheck. Another complained about how getting a job was going to "ruin her summer", and the place she was working was "colorfully described" as unpleasant.
In both cases the tweets were read by the employers that were following up on their "new hires". Neither gal got to work even one day at their new jobs.
But that's just Kids, you say…
How hard could it be?
More and more companies are turning to the telephone interview. What used to be a simple "Yes, this is Bob Smith. […] Certainly! I would be delighted to see you on Thursday at 2 p.m. […] Thanks for your call!" has turned into an integral part of the interview process.
Sometimes they call because you cannot attend the in-person interview; sometimes they call to see if you'll eliminate yourself by saying something stupid. But, in some cases, the entire interview process may be conducted by telephone, particularly if you're going to be a remote worker that never comes into the office.
Lies the Internet told us
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Some things simply aren't true
Maybe Dustin Hoffman as Rain Man could learn to program in that length of time, but certainly not ordinary citizens. It takes months to get a good grasp on programming in even the easiest languages, and years to become proficient. TANSTAAFL, as the expression goes.
Dallas IT staffing agencies easily acknowledge that programmers certainly deserve respect for investing the time and effort to learn such a complex skill. It takes a particular mind set—one that is very task-oriented—in order to be a great programmer. Often, however, it is that very skill that works to prevent you from advancing in your IT career.