The Value of Research In Executive Recruiting

January 20, 2016

By Adam Ulmen, Researcher, DRI

The executive recruiting industry is faced with the ever-growing challenge of identifying and securing top talent across industries. The ability to allocate sufficient time toward appropriate tasks has plagued talent search professionals for years. A common set of questions facing recruiters looks something like: “How much time to spend looking for qualified candidates, how best to search for said candidates, how many candidates should be identified to make placements, how many hours should I spend on the phones each day to be successful…” and so on. There never seems to be enough time in the day to finish everything that needs to be done, however this problem can be alleviated with the development of a sort of support structure; a proper research team.

The value of investing in research cannot be overstated. Implementing a dedicated team of research specialists into an organization is an exceptional way to take your firm to new heights. Many recruiters in the industry find themselves juggling candidate sourcing, research, business intelligence, and new business development on a daily basis, just to name a few. A major value that dedicated researchers bring to a team is that the researcher can take a massive burden off of the recruiter’s shoulders. Research teams can take on all of the candidate sourcing, database building, and other related activities for a team of recruiters, thus freeing up substantial time for the recruiter to focus on the primary activities that result in providing a superior recruitment experience for all parties involved.

The amount of time saved on the recruiter’s end is significant when a research support structure is in place. Conservative estimates might place overall time saved between 1-2 hours per day, per recruiter, as the researcher is dedicated to taking on those time-intensive activities that the recruiter used to have to do on their own. Researchers may also conduct a lot of the legwork involved in the day to day operations of a recruiting team from something as simple as keeping updated records all the way to helping with new business development and new technology management and implementation. Taken together, these research activities time-savings translate into the recruiters being able to invest more time in building relationships with clients, providing employment and business solutions, and generating direct revenue activities which, in turn, results in a more successful practice.

What Are Some Skills it Takes to be a Successful Researcher?

Excellent Communication: In order to be a successful researcher, excellent communication skills are paramount. You need to know what is going on with your team and be able to react accordingly to ever-changing priorities. If you don’t know what is going on, how can you be an effective part of the team?

Creative Thinking: Many of the tasks a researcher undertakes require a great deal of consideration and thought. Oftentimes, you will have to get creative when trying to accomplish goals, such as when a search is especially difficult. There is always an avenue to your goal, you just have to be able to think outside of the box sometimes to find it.

Perseverance: Sometimes things get exceptionally difficult and there seems to be no clear end in sight. It is these times where being able to rise up against adversity will set your levels above your competition in this industry.

Ability to Dig Deep: In recruiting research, the bulk of the job is to find the best candidates to fill job searches. It is also your job not to simply plug in some keywords and throw resumes on the recruiter’s desks. It is a far more difficult task than that. A researcher needs to dig deep and go through the process of utilizing all of the resources in order to uncover the cream of the crop. This gives your team the best chance of completing the search.

Understanding of Research Methodology/Technology: A good recruiting firm will have extensive resources available to their team. These resources include technologies to help find candidates as well as training to develop the research skill set. Being able to understand how to best approach research and utilize technologies/established methods is invaluable to your success as a researcher.

Independence: While researchers are assigned searches to work on, there can be a large degree of independence required of you to carry out those searches. Micro-management aside, you will need to be able to establish a work regimen that is organized and goal-oriented in order to be the best researcher you can. You need to be able to work alone with little guidance, as well as with your team.

Expert Knowledge: Perhaps the most important thing a researcher can do to ensure success is to develop exceptional knowledge of their field. Knowledge truly is power, and being more than conversant in your field will set you leagues above the competition when it comes fulfilling your responsibilities.

If you find the career of researcher interesting, let us know.             We always look for top talent to join our companies of DRI & DCA.

6 Hot Jobs in 2016

January 6, 2016

What jobs will be hot in 2016? Which occupations are going to increase in demand and are worth your time and investment? These are the questions you should be asking yourself if you’re selecting a college or switching careers.  Here are 6 jobs that have great potential and are worth considering:

Chief Risk Officer (CRO): If your company doesn’t already have a CRO, chances are they will soon. Recent massive security lapses have left companies vulnerable. In addition, the ever-expanding convergence of web, cloud, social, and mobile technology makes possible breaches of information even greater.  Therefore, cybersecurity has become a top priority for company leaders and hiring managers find themselves on a mission to locate and land CRO’s. Typically, CRO’s are concerned with assessing and mitigating significant competitive, regulatory and technological risks across the enterprise. The average CRO has a post-graduate degree and 10 to 20 years of business-related experience, usually in economics, accounting, or legal affairs.

Software Application Developers: Considered as the brains behind new technologies, Software Application Developers are credited for creating technological advances that you now can’t live without including social media, a plethora of apps, and checking your bank balance using your phone. In fact, software surrounds us every minute of our lives and that’s why software application developers are in high demand. In addition, the ongoing revolution in the mobile device industry guarantees stable growth in this specialty and The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects this job is going to experience a 23% growth in the next 10 years. For this job, a bachelor’s degree in computer science is preferred but a rock star coder with or without a degree is very desirable.

Registered Nurses (RNs): The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that RNs are growing in demand and the job market for them is rapidly expanding. In fact, RNs are one of the fastest growing occupations with an increase of 26% projected through 2020. This means a whopping 3.45 million jobs.  Additionally, the demand for traveling nurses hit a 20 year high in 2015. This spike in growth can be attributed to the Baby Boomer generation aging and in need of additional healthcare as well as Baby Boomer nurses retiring.  Currently, the US is experiencing a nursing shortage and there’s no relief in sight.  If you have a love for nursing and are willing to earn your BSN, there’s never been a better time to enter this field.

Web Designers: Employment for Web Designers is expected to grow more than 20% in the next 10 years especially with a surge due to the need for mobile friendly websites. In addition, their jobs have expanded to include such things as e-mail marketing.  In fact, designers now have a seat at the business table due to the need for SEO, metrics, click through rates, conversations and analytics. If the designer works as part of an in-house team, they will have access to these business intelligence tools. Today’s highly creative and tech savvy web designers can expect to make top dollar.

Sustainability Professionals:  Whether you are a Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, Corporate Responsibility Professional, Green Building Professional, or Agriculture Food Scientist, you are in great demand.  Sustainability is a hot field and growing so quickly that jobs we haven’t even thought of yet may be the careers of the future.  A broad sustainability education is a great preparation for a career in this industry, but it is recommended that you focus on one of the specialties above that employers can’t find enough of these days.

Personal Financial Advisors: Helping people with investments, taxes and insurance decisions are the main duties of a Personal Financial Advisor. The employment in this field is expected to have much faster growth than the average for all occupations over the next few years. The demand can be attributed to the aging population wanting to retire comfortably and an increase in life expectancies. However, there is a shortage of younger advisors coming into the industry. Only 6% of advisors are under the age of 30 and only 90 universities offer degree programs in financial planning. What the profession needs is much more advertising and informing students at the high school level that this is a rewarding career and booming profession.

What other “hot jobs” can you add to our list? Please comment below.

mHealth Summit Recap

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November 18, 2015

By Norm Volsky, Director of Mobile Healthcare IT Practice

Last week, I attended the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. for the third consecutive year. There is always a lot of excitement leading up to the show with emerging companies eager to show off their innovative technology. This year there were mostly young, high growth companies in attendance although large companies like Qualcomm Life and IBM had a strong presence at the show (which is a good sign for the industry as a whole). Of the many companies that were in attendance, the following caught my eye:

  • Edamam- A unique platform to help any person eat healthier. With over 1 Million recipes in their database, it allows someone to customize their meal choices depending on their goals/needs. Not only does it help people with food allergies, it also helps people trying to fight a chronic condition or even someone who is simply trying to eat healthier. Edamam has had significant traction and has grown its user base 15X in the past year.
  • CareSync- Chronic Disease Management/Care Coordination solution with over 100,000 patients using their solution/service. Their goal is to allow collaboration between every stakeholder in the care continuum and help get the right information to the right care team member at the right time. In helping their patients navigate their way through the Health System, they improve the quality of care and patient experience drastically. In 2015, the White House recognized CareSync’s chief operating officer, Amy Gleason RN, as one of nine “Champions of Change” for its national precision medicine initiative.
  • io- HIPAA compliant cloud computing vendor that enables innovative mHealth partners to scale appropriately. Its hosting and managed services encourage interoperability and allows its customers to save significant dollars. A “Last Mile Provider” that enables many companies to thrive affordably.
  • CareClix- Healthcare specific Telemedicine platform with over 3.5 Million members that is geared towards both primary and specialty care. This software connects with devices and shares biometric patient data, enabling patients in remote/rural markets to get high quality care while keeping costs low.
  • rimidi- Diabetes management platform to help patients manage their chronic condition. Allows patients to meet their glucose targets and create a more efficient cycle of care by encouraging communication. Tracks glucose, weight, exercise, etc. and using this data predicts glucose readings.
  • VisualDx- The name of the game is reducing errors in diagnosis. Using their unique clinical decision support tools that leverages medical images, they help their customers get the diagnosis correct. Although the company originated in the dermatology market (followed by ophthalmology and oral medicine), recently the company launched an innovative solution to address general medicine. VisualDx is also making a strong push into the international market.
  • PokitDok– API platform that helps enable mHealth apps to function better. This solution allows its customers to do transactions easier and have access to powerful data.
  • MDLIVE- Announced an expansion of their virtual care collaboration with Walgreens to an additional 20 states. The Telemedicine vendor has also have been making waves in the behavioral health market recently.
  • Doc Halo- Mobile Health Platform that enables HIPAA compliant communication, clinical alarms management, nurse call, scheduling, care coordination and more. Company has been expanding its footprint drastically in some prominent accounts.
  • Science 37- Groundbreaking vendor simplifying the process of participating in clinical trials and giving patients access to the world’s best scientists. Their mobile platform allows a clinical trial to reach rural/underprivileged participants (which has huge advantages for rare disease research). Shifts the care setting from the hospital to the patient’s home which improves patient experience while reducing cost significantly. Increases speed of the trial and results are the highest data quality.
  • Validic- Digital Health Platform that allows accessibility and integration to patient recorded data from mHealth apps, devices and wearables. Getting a lot of traction recently into the pharma and clinical trials market along with international markets. They doubled in size last year.
  • iVEDiX– Mobile Business Intelligence platform that enables the flow of bidirectional data. Secured business with the United Nations and has gotten some significant traction with healthcare providers.
  • Saturn Care- Chronic Disease Management program that enables providers to care for their patients remotely and get reimbursed for it. This program allows the care team to be in control and educate patients properly.

Overall, I came back from the mHealth Summit energized to get back to work in this great industry. Based on the impressive technology I saw last week, I am confident the mobile HIT space is thriving and poised for more growth. I feel so lucky to be able to work in a space where people are so passionate about improving patient care and hospital efficiency.

The next trade show I am planning on attending is HIMSS in Las Vegas…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

All the Best

Norm

Why Consider a Career in Recruiting?

November 4, 2015

By Danielle Ketterer, Project Manager, DRI’s Healthcare IT Practice 

When you are younger, no one wakes up and tells their parents that they want to be a recruiter. Young kids might say they want to be a firefighter or a teacher when they grow-up because those are exciting jobs. There isn’t a major in college that teaches you to be a recruiter, “Recruiting 101” or “Qualifying Candidates” are not choices in your school’s catalog of classes. So what makes you want to be a recruiter? Is it the idea of sitting at a desk all day making sixty phone calls to maybe get one resume sent to you or is it the opportunity to make another sixty phone calls where all you do is leave voicemails? To the common eye these might not be intriguing aspects to accept a job, but the end result is what is getting more people to consider a job in the recruiting industry.

The end of your senior year of college means a time for fun with friends, but also is a time to figure out your next step. Some might be continuing their education, serving in the armed forces or even traveling before making any decisions. For others, like myself, spring time senior year meant interviewing with numerous amounts of companies just to find one person or company that saw something in you and was willing to give you a chance.  I went into my interview with Direct Recruiters viewing it as just another interview and I left thinking this is something I can actually see myself doing long term. Here is why:

  1. Helping Others: Recruiting is more than just filling job order after job order. Work is where a majority of people spend most of their day and you are here to help them make a decision on what is going to be the best next step for them. You may call someone who hates their job and you are there to help them find something that they love. The job order that you are currently working on might be life changing for someone on your list of people you have to call. The feeling of knowing you made a difference in someone’s life just by picking up the phone and giving them a call is a great feeling.
  1. Meeting People: As a recruiter, most of your day is spent talking on the phone to people all around the country. You learn about what they have done in their career, what they are looking to do and you might get a little glimpse of their personal life along with that. People come from all different walks of life and you get to learn about many different people. Learning about others’ experiences and their goals in life teaches you so much about what else is out there and can help you find direction in your life.
  1. Control: You have control over your success in this industry. Every day that you come into the office, your approach on the day is going to make a difference in your final outcome. There is so much upward mobility in recruiting, achieving that is up to you. Being able to determine your success is hard to find in a job. If you want to make $100,000 this year, if you come in and have that goal and are willing to do what it takes to make that happen, you can achieve that.

Helping others, meeting people, and control of your destiny are why I pursued recruiting as a career. You may ask other recruiters and they could tell you three completely different reasons. The bottom line is there is a lot of value behind being a recruiter. While I never thought of this as something I was going to be doing after college, others shouldn’t overlook it when considering a new opportunity

Importance of Cross Training in the Workplace

October 21, 2015

By John Yurkschatt, Director of IT for DCA

While cross training is popular in sports and a great way of developing fitness, there’s another type of cross training that has become popular in business that is beneficial to the fitness and overall health of both companies and employees.

Businesses should think of cross training as a disaster recovery plan.  Implemented correctly, it will help a business to run smoothly in the event there is an absence of one or more key players.  Whereas, employees should think of cross training as a way to become more valuable to the company.

Let’s look closer at the cross training benefits for employers as well as employees:

For Employers:

Mitigate risk.  With cross training, organizations are better equipped to recover quickly from disruptions and handle transitions gracefully.  To be specific, employees will be able to easily step into other roles to make sure the job gets done especially in the event that a key employee leaves.

Discover leaders.  Cross training can uncover some people’s hidden talents.  Companies may see an employee not only be able to learn and perform new duties but emerge as a leader and motivator to others.

Enhance teamwork & boost morale.  Cross training helps employees to appreciate each other’s jobs and recognize all the duties of their co-workers that they may have overlooked before.

Higher efficiency & productivity. Cross training forces teams to refine processes by making them take a hard look at the way they do things as they train others.

Recruiting tool. Today’s young workers want greater satisfaction from their work. They are geared toward seeking employment that allows them to learn new skills. Therefore, employers are more likely to attract and keep good employees.

Derive Cost Savings.  Depending upon the business, once employees have been cross trained, a company may not need to hire as many workers.  Additionally, employees hone and increase skills enabling them to work in multiple areas. The business should see costs go down and efficiency go up.

For Employees:

Growth opportunity.  Cross trained employees may be considered for a promotion faster than others.  Employers may find that an employee has a special talent in a different role.

Increase employee satisfaction.  Employers that cross train have noticed a decrease in employee boredom and stagnation and an increase in productivity and value.

Develop new skills. Cross training allows your employees to build their professional, technical, and soft skills. By building their skill sets they feel more confident and valuable to the organization.

Build teams & relationships.  Cross training gives employees a chance to build new relationships with people they might otherwise never have contact with. These relationships will help with teamwork and gain a better understanding of the bigger picture.

Higher motivation.  Recognition in the form of training and development works wonders for employee motivation because it’s proof the company is investing the necessary time and resources for employees to acquire new skills. An employee who believes their employer is genuinely concerned about their career development, is likely to exhibit an increased level of job satisfaction and motivation.

Cross training can be used in almost any position in almost any industry.  If you have cross training experience or story, please comment below.

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

By Sydney Arnett, Marketing Specialist for DRI & DCA

Congratulations! You just accepted a new job. You’re so excited about your new opportunity and feel like you are on cloud nine. But suddenly it hits you…now you have to quit your current job.

The last impression is the one people often remember. A graceful exit can keep your reputation fully intact and preserve valuable relationships. A bad one can do the exact opposite and cause serious damage.

In fact, we have worked with candidates whose ungraceful exit came back to bite them in the rear 20 years later! This prevented them from getting their dream two decades later. Moral of the story: leave with your reputation and relationships intact and don’t burn any bridges.

Don’t worry—follow these ten steps to exit your current job in a graceful manner that is professional and will leave your reputation and relationships intact:

  1. Write your resignation letter. It’s always preferable to put your resignation in writing. Think of your resignation letter as a short thank you note. Keep it simple and positive. Thank your employer for the job they gave you, and state that you’re moving on to a new opportunity.
  2. Determine your “story.” Think carefully about how you will explain your departure to your manager and coworkers. When asked why you are leaving, give general reasons, such as a better opportunity or a better fit for your family.
  3. Give adequate notice. Providing at least a two-week notice is the norm. Depending on your role and how many people you oversee, it may be more appropriate to give three to four weeks’ notice.
  4. Plan how you’ll transfer your responsibilities. Don’t leave your boss swamped with unfinished work. A well-documented transition plan signals that you care about leaving the company in a good place.
  5. Tell your manager first. Your manager deserves to be told before anyone else, so refrain from saying anything to coworkers until you’ve met with your boss. Reach an agreement with your boss on how others will be told.
  6. Quit in person and bring your resignation letter with you. It’s always best and most respectful if you resign in person and can provide closure.
  7. Be prepared to be escorted out by security. About 15% to 20% of employers do so occasionally depending on the circumstances—i.e. if your new employer happens to be a direct competitor of the company where you currently work.
  8. Be prepared for the exit interview. The exit interview isn’t an opportunity to take jabs at anyone or to vent years of frustration. In exit interviews, give more positive than negative feedback. However, it’s fine to share constructive criticism.
  9. Follow up with colleagues. You might write notes or email messages to former coworkers to say that you enjoyed working with them. Considering setting a lunch date one or two months in the figure with four or five colleagues you value most.
  10. Work hard until your last day is over. The best way to ensure you leave on a positive note is to work hard at your job and at ensuring a smooth transition right up until the time you’re walking out the door. You don’t want your last few days to leave a bad impression on your coworkers; that may come back to haunt you later.

The most important thing to keep in mind when quitting your job is to remain professional throughout the process. Be on your best behavior so you’ll leave the company on a positive note, keeping intact your reputation and relationships and leaving the door open for future employment and ensuring a good job reference.

Volunteering Can be a Path to a New Job or Career

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By John Yurkschatt, Director of IT, DCA

There are a number of obvious benefits to volunteering including feeling good, giving back, and making a difference in your community.  But volunteering is a great way for you to find a job or new career.  Here’s how it can help:

Volunteers are desirable to employers. Employers like to hire people who can demonstrate that they are committed and hard-working even though they did not get paid for their efforts.

Volunteering can expand your professional network. If you can find a volunteer position within your field, you will have the opportunity to network with people already working in your target field. As you probably already know, networking is the #1 way to land a job these days.

Volunteering lifts your spirits. Taking time to help others increases your sense of usefulness and well-being. It’s keep you healthier as well. In turn, you’ll gain a positive mindset which is extremely critical for finding work.

Volunteering can help hone your skills and offer new ones. If you’re a seasoned professional, you can put your skills to good use.  You can also use this opportunity to develop new skills like project management, time management, leadership, strategic planning, etc.  The organization gets the benefit of your unique abilities and you’ll have a list of new accomplishments to talk about during your next job interview, which might lead to an offer.

Volunteering can fill in employment gaps. If you have suffered from long-term unemployment, volunteering fills the gap on your resume and shows you’re committed to the community. It can also earn you references, which could be key to getting back to work after a long absence.

Volunteering gives you a track record for a cause. Non-profit organizations value their volunteers. If you demonstrate hard work and commitment to their specific cause, they may take notice and hire you. Keep in mind that non-profit organizations are potential employers.

If you found a job through volunteering, let us know your story.

What to Consider Before Changing Jobs

By Matthew Cohen, Energy Management Practice Leader

Today’s companies are as aggressive as ever to recruit and retain strong individuals and they are shelling out big bucks and signing bonuses to get the best talent on their teams.  For even a passive candidate, there is certainly a wide range of opportunities to choose from, but what I have seen as a disturbing trend are candidates who take positions that they think will be the right fit and then leave two, three or six months later for a better position.

There is nothing wrong with upward mobility and there are those organizations that don’t put much stock in employee tenure.  However, many candidates who take positions just because it is in front of them may not be fully exploring their options or asking the right questions during the hiring process.  This can lead to poor tenure and a reputation for being a “job hopper” which in most industries is looked upon as a negative when reviewing a resume.

If you are considering a new position or are interested in exploring new opportunities, these are the five questions you must ask yourself before making a decision.

Am I just chasing Money?- In the war for talent, companies are doing what they need to in order to get the best people, which includes pay much high than the market rate.  There is nothing wrong with making more money, but compensation should be only one aspect of considering a position.  If it’s just about the money, it’s possible to simply ask your boss for a raise and if you are a valuable member of the team, you just might get it.  Also, if money is the only factor for changing jobs, the next position that comes along that offers you a higher salary will be very appealing. However, it might not be the best fit.

Have I told my boss I’m unhappy? For some reason, employees have a difficult time discussing their frustrations with their current employer.  In many cases once an employee shares their issues, they can be worked out or solved.  If a boss hears your grievances and does not solve them that would be a good time to start looking.

Am I leaving my job just to leave?  Often times when someone finds a new position that they are interested and they are fed up with their current employer, they will simply take a new position just so they can leave their old one, this can be a recipe for disaster if the new position they took does not fully meet their expectations or a better opportunity comes along.  This can cause your resume to have brief employer history which can have negative long-term effects on your career.

Will I be happy every day to go to work?  It may sound odd but happiness is and should be the determining factor when taking on a new position.  If there is any, even a small amount of hesitation on whether someone will be happy in a position, it may be time re-evaluate.

Have I seen all that is out there?  There are a plethora of different avenues for discovering new opportunities.  LinkedIn, job boards, recruiters, industry events and personal network can all lead to job opportunities.  Before pulling the trigger on a new position, it is important to exhaust all resources.

Before you rush to change jobs and accept a job offer, take some time to really evaluate the situation. You need to determine if leaving your current company is the best decision and if the next role is going to be the right fit for you.

Please post your thoughts and comments below.

Transitioning From College To Career

By Matt Weisman, Intern at DRI & Senior at Indiana University

So you’ve just graduated from college. Congratulations—and welcome to the real world. Now it’s time for your first job. Whether it’s your dream job or a job your father’s friend found for you at a company you’ve never heard of, you’re in for a shock. Going from rolling out of bed at 11:50 a.m. for your 12:00 p.m. class to having a 9 to 5 job isn’t easy. So how does one properly make the transition?

Internships can provide an opportunity to show you how to be more professional, but old habits are resurrected upon returning to school. The reality of the situation is that there is no “right” way to transfer from college life to work life. But there are some helpful tips to help the transition a little smoother.

Change partying habits. In college, every night had the potential of being a party night. However, it’s time to curb your drinking and behavior.  It’s not going to be fun to deal with a full day of work when you have a hangover or just a few hours of sleep. Plus, this type of behavior can cost you the job.

Get social with co-workers. During your college days, you were very social. Just transition that to your career. Take time to get to know your colleagues. Find out what you might have in common with them and what they like to do after work. Perhaps they like to work out, Zumba, or simply meet at local pubs for Happy Hour. Also, if there’s a Young Professionals Group at the organization, join it. Your social life doesn’t have to end because college did.

Get enough sleep. Telling yourself that you’re going to bed at midnight doesn’t mean crawling into bed and binging on Netflix until 2 a.m. It’s hard to be productive and successful at work if you’re sleep deprived and lacking energy. So make sure that you’re getting the necessary amount of sleep. If you have to get up early, go to bed early—your body will thank you in the long-run.

Exercise. This is important to help clear your mind and release stress. Even a light workout a few times a week will help you feel better and be more productive at work. Whether you get up and exercise before work, hit the gym on your way home, or even just go for a walk at lunch, make sure you’re doing something active during the week.

Read. Even if you didn’t enjoy reading in school, it’s a good way to stimulate your mind and learn something new. The beauty of reading on your own is that if something doesn’t interest you, you don’t have to read it. Find something you enjoy—fiction or otherwise—and read when you have some downtime. You won’t be given any Scantron exams in the real world, so if you want to learn something new, read about it.

De-clutter surroundings. Sure, you don’t live with your parents anymore and it may seem trite. But avoiding clutter is just another thing that will ultimately help you clear your mind. Being able to think clearly will benefit you in every aspect of your life. Coming home from work and not being overwhelmed by finding your things strewn about will help you maintain your sanity.

Accept change. You may have your whole life planned out now that you’ve graduated. But have you accounted for any change within that plan? Sooner or later, life is going to call an audible and you’re going to need to deal with it. Do you let it knock you down and affect your performance at work or diminish your personal life? It’s great to be organized and have a plan, but don’t let it cause a crisis when something strays from that plan.

If you keep these seven things in mind, the transition should be smoother than if you were to approach it with blissful ignorance. One last thing to keep in mind is that your first job should not dictate the rest of your life. If you don’t love it, you can find a new passion. Just make sure that you put your best effort into it, even if it’s not your dream job. Having good references is always important.

Women in Business Part II

By Cherie Shepard, Director of Packaging & Material Handling, DRI

We are half way through our first year of our “Professional Women’s Organization” at DRI and DCA!

Recently, I wrote Part I about how our women’s group gives us a chance to bond and grow personally and professionally and the benefits derived.  Part II is below and about how a company can actually derive benefits as well.

Let’s explore the benefits a women’s organization has to a company.

  1. Recruiting new female employees– As someone who talks to candidates and hiring managers every day I hear from both sides “tell me about the culture” or “we have a great culture”. From a woman’s perspective, hearing about the company’s Women’s Organization and how it can benefit them as an individual is a strong indication of a forward thinking company. Let’s face it, we all know we spend a significant amount of time with our coworkers. Knowing that there is a provision for connection before walking in the door is a big selling point.
  1. Retaining female employees – There is an expense to replacing employees. Traditionally, women leave organizations at a faster rate than men. By instilling a women’s professional network companies have found that the gender gap in retention is closing. Women’s groups offer professional and personal development. It is an internal resource for education which may be available outside of a work setting but not without an expense to the individual.
  1. Developing Top Talent – Teaching employees to become great leaders and offering opportunities to further their professional and personal development offers an additional resource for developing future leaders in an organization. Women’s organizations within companies offer insight into communication skills, confidence building techniques, and negotiation tactics. These skills can translate into promoting employees within an organization rather than having to seek outside your company.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what you are experiencing in your professional women’s groups and how it is effecting your company.