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Why You Want to Work for a Company With a Passion for People

Why You Want to Work for a Company That Has a Passion for People

Why You Want to Work for a Company With a Passion for People

There’s no doubt that volunteer policies and community involvement affect your decision to work at a company. A passion for people is becoming increasingly important to today’s workforce. In fact, according to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, one-third of Millennials surveyed said that their companies’ volunteer policies affected their decision to apply for a job, 39% said that it influenced their decision to interview, and 55% said that such policies played into their decision to accept an offer. And let you feel that your generation is not represented in these trends, the data extends beyond just the younger generation. 53% of people believe that Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part of an employer’s brand.

Something amazing happens when you work for a company that prioritizes community involvement. Whatever your reasons for initially getting involved, (looking good to your boss, promoting your brand, taking a break from the cube life) the reward usually ends up being so much more. When our organization first decided to get involved with the Arc of Spokane, we were expecting opportunities to continue growing our brand and making someone’s day a little brighter. What we didn’t expect was the significant impact that these great people would have on our corporate team and ourselves individually.

Why You Want to Work for a Company With a Passion for People

Through this experience, we have met the most warm-hearted, encouraging people. Partnering with the Arc for activities such as local sporting events, cooking lessons, and serving Thanksgiving dinner has not only taught us lessons in life, it has made us more productive in our day-to-day work tasks. When I think about the members of the Arc that have had to overcome tremendous odds to acquire and hold a long-term job, it makes my looming stack of Monday-morning tasks look a little less daunting.

How often do you have the opportunity to add tremendous value to your community just by showing up at work? I’m beyond thankful that I get to experience this in my position. Our partnership with The Arc of Spokane constantly reminds us the true value of having a passion for people. The ability to align ourselves with this internal strength is the best life branding one could ever achieve.

When you consider what’s most important in a position, be sure to consider factors outside the typical job description. A company’s dedication to their community not only shows their commitment to the world around them, but also their commitment to your “work-soul balance.”

To learn more about the Arc, click here.

11 Job Search Strategies You Can Steal From Shark Tank

Many of you are probably familiar with the hit show Shark Tank on ABC. We love the show for the entertainment and business savvy it offers, but did you know it’s also full of great strategies for job seekers? With everything from crafting a great pitch to keeping your options open, we’ve gathered our favorite job search strategies from the show.

Tipsy Elves on Shark Tank

Photo from Shark Tank Blog

1 | Have an engaging open pitch

The best sales pitches are the ones that start out with a bang! Same goes for resumes and cover letters. You want your reader to be hooked from the get go. Many people opt to open with a personal yet professional anecdote, using creativity or humor. Here are some great examples.

2 | Dress for success

Will Rogers nailed it when he said, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In the Tank, here’s what the Sharks notice first: your branding, your product packaging, and how you’re dressed. When you apply for a job, here’s what hiring managers notice first: your resume, your contact information, and you guessed it – how you’re dressed. To knock your first impression out of the park, you must eliminate any spelling errors or weird formatting on your resume, use a professional email (not cutiepie123), and dress to the occasion. This usually means matching the style of the company you’re interviewing with, like how Tipsy Elves donned their festive product during their pitch in the photo above.

Kodiak Cakes on Shark Tank (ABC/Kelsey McNeal) MARK CUBAN, BARBARA CORCORAN, KEVIN O’LEARY, LORI GREINER, ROBERT HERJAVEC, CAMERON SMITH, JOEL CLARK (KODIAK CAKES)

Photo From Kodiak Cakes

3 | Personalize your presentation

When watching the show, you’ll notice that many entrepreneurs customize their sample product or anecdote to reflect the different Sharks’ personalities or preferences. This is genius because a) it shows they’ve done their research and b) it shows they care about the customer experience. When you tailor your job search to each company you apply to, it shows dedication to the company, the job, and the process. Do this by customizing your resume and cover letter to each position and doing research on the company and interviewers prior to meeting.

4 | Don’t be afraid to show personality

Time after time, the Sharks are convinced to invest in a company because the person behind it is just so darn inspiring. In the hiring world, this is what we call hiring for character, not skill. People buy into you as much or more than your skills and experience, so don’t be afraid to show tasteful personality and style in your job application and interview. After all, companies would much rather employ a human being than a resume-making robot.

Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

Photo From Tech.Co

5 | Know your stuff!

There is nothing that the Sharks (and hiring managers) hate more than when you don’t know your stuff. Before you head into an interview, do your research on the company, the interviewers, the position, and the industry. This should go beyond looking at the company’s website. What conversations are they involved in on social media? How do they interact with their local community? How are they tackling major issues facing the market today?

6 | Show passion for what you do

No one wants to invest in a person who sees their company or job as a hobby. Show your passion and commitment to what you do and why you want to work for the company you are interviewing with! Hiring managers will be inspired by your enthusiasm and assume that it will continue throughout your tenure as an employee.

Scrub Daddy Pitch on Shark Tank

Photo from Business Insider

7 | Don’t pigeonhole yourself

It can be valuable to be an expert in a niche market, but you’ll be more successful if you appeal to a wider audience. The high-end product that only appeals to wealthy female fitness enthusiasts is a lot less likely to see an investment than the affordable but highly-effective cleaning product that appeals to almost everyone. (Did you know that Scrub Daddy has made over $50 million in sales since appearing on Shark Tank?) Apply this same thinking to your job search. You may be applying for a Social Media position, thinking you should only tout your excellent social media skills. Little do you know that the hiring manager could see great value in your event management experience for planning social media campaigns and presenting at annual meetings.

8 | Explain your value

There always has to be a WHY factor. WHY will people buy this product? WHY should we invest in your business? WHY should we hire you? You want to answer this questions early and often. Present the value that you will bring to the table immediately as well as in the future. How do you plan to help the company grow?

Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank

Photo from Entrepreneur

9 | Be prepared for the best, but expect the worst

When entrepreneurs enter the Tank, they are all hoping to get a deal with a Shark. However, they understand that might not happen and most people will say “I feel fortunate just to have the opportunity to come here and gain advice from these experts.” You should have the exact same mindset during your job search. Invest your time and energy into the search so you can do it the right way, but do not be heartbroken if you don’t get hired or even asked to interview. In this situation, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback! After all, how can you improve if you don’t know what went wrong? Every job application and interview you experience are opportunities to learn.

10 | Tread carefully around negotiation

Negotiation is the name of the game in the Tank, but if someone offers you what you ask for, you better take it. Understand your requirements before starting the interview process, and if a company meets or exceeds your expectations in regards to salary and benefits… it’s time to celebrate! If you keep asking for more, employers will take this as a bad sign of what’s to come from you as an employee, and they often retract the offer.

The star investors of the hit tv-show Shark Tank

11 | Keep your options open

Whether you are venturing out as an entrepreneur or job searching, it pays to keep an open mind. You may have a great product that has steady sales that are keeping your brand afloat. This does not mean you should stop innovating! Likewise, you may have a good job with steady pay and coworkers you get along with. However, staying open to new opportunities leaves you open to higher pay, awesome benefits, and new experiences.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Getting Social in 2016

Social Media Icons, job search

Social media for hiring is at an all-time high. Today, 92% of companies use some sort of social media for recruiting. LinkedIn leads the way with 93% of companies using it, followed by Facebook at 66%, and Twitter at 54%.

With that being said, job seekers need to be careful with what exactly they are posting across the internet. 3 out of 4 hiring managers and recruiters admit to checking out a candidates’ social media pages before hiring. And 1 in 3 hiring managers and recruiters admit to having rejected a candidate based on something they found.

Did you know that in the US, 14.4 million people have used social media to search for a job? In fact, 29% of job seekers admit to using social media as their primary tool for job searching.

There’s no denying that the web can be a powerful tool when it comes to finding a job. When used correctly, social media can help you find the right job, and connect you with the right individuals. Make sure that when hiring managers and recruiters are looking at your pages, they don’t react negatively to anything they see.

Here at JSG, we’ve seen it all. When it comes to social media & job searching, here are our biggest do’s and don’ts:

Do have an active LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a great way to start networking, when used correctly LinkedIn can help revamp your job search and connect you with the right people.

Do find a way to showcase your talents and interests. Social media can be a great way to help yourself stand out and shine against other candidates!

Do Google yourself. It is so important for you to see what Google pulls up when you search your name. Find and take down anything embarrassing or inappropriate before an employer does.

Don’t leave your accounts public. Keep your personal accounts, and her personal life… private.

Don’t post anything that could be interpreted in a negative light, use your best judgement and avoid anything that could draw negative attention!

Don’t let your guard down once you’ve been hired.