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Anthony Bourdain, born in June 1956, was one of the world’s most celebrated celebrity chefs, travel documentarian and book author. He had a passion for exploring the world and making the most out of his life. His strong personality would make you believe that growing up, he had it all served on a silver platter. But there is a lot more to his life than most people know. And his life remains an inspiration to many diverse groups of people, most importantly, job seekers.
Below we offer 5 insights job seekers learn by studying the life of Anthony Bourdain:
Stray from the Beaten Path
One thing that has a negative bearing on the job hunting pursuits of most job seekers is lack of deviating from the norm. And the root cause of this is the inclination of the human mind to follow the success of other people. This occurs with job seekers to such an extent that they forget they also have their own path to pursue.
For Job Seekers, Uniqueness is Key
One common and yet ludicrous line of thought is that job seekers have to wait for someone to employ them or wait for the perfect opportunity. Life has no guarantees! What if the perfect opportunity never comes? And what if they never get called for an interview? Life requires one to move out of the ordinary, shun mediocrity and aim for a higher goal. If a person is called for an interview, they should move away from common responses and find a unique way of catching the interviewer’s attention.
Keep on Truckin’
Growing up, Anthony’s life was at some point an awful life of drug addiction and many other bad choices. However, as he grew older, he refused to be defined by his past mistakes. Anthony moved from one restaurant to another trying to pursue his ambition of becoming a chef, but in most cases, he got turned down. That, however, did not stop him from trying to bring his dream to life.
As a job seeker, being turned down does not mean you are not good enough. It simply means you are being given a chance to move on to the next level, a chance to improve yourself and equip yourself for a better tomorrow.
In one of his writings, he is quoted:
“If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”
This refers to traveling, but is equally applying to jobseekers in interviews and in continuous learning.
Poke Your Nose Where it Doesn’t Belong
Curiosity has a unique way of making one stand out in the crowd. Inquisitive people are most likely to grow their careers faster than those who sit and wait for things to happen. As a job seeker, go out more often; mingle with people, volunteer just to establish your circle of like-minded people who will be willing to work with you in future.
Anthony was well traveled and knowledgeable. His curiosity saw him travel the world, making documentaries and creating a web of followers, fans and business associates who helped grow his career. He mingled with people and always sought to understand other people’s cultures.
Being inquisitive is probably the best thing any job seeker can do for themselves. Always be eager to learn, be open-minded and ask questions where you do not understand.
What would you do if you walked into an office for an interview and you discover that one of the interviewers in the panel is the guy whom you told off at the reception? The worst thing you could do as a job seeker is to criticize a person because they are different from you or hold different opinions or attitudes. Always respect other people!
Often, job seekers feel obliged to put on a show to please others especially those who are potential employers. Employers are not hard to please. They just want to see the real you, the one they would be interacting with on a daily basis. Putting on a show not only defeats the purpose of the interview, but it is bound to betray you one way or the other during the interview. Like Anthony Bourdain, be yourself and always strive to be a better version of yourself. Authenticity is character and like Anthony Bourdain said in one of his writings, “Skills can be taught. The character you either have, or you don’t have.”
Final Thoughts for Job Seekers
In your search, reach for the stars. Remain curious and respectful. Adapt to each interview environment. And take pleasure from every meeting whether it yields an offer or not. If you could use support and advice in your job pursuit, call Flexicrew today!
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If you want to win a solid job you have to study the traits of successful job seekers. Becoming a successful job seeker is not hard when you follow the right guidance. We are going to let you know about five traits of successful job seekers so you just can get the results you want.
From research to endearing yourself to a wide array of potential peers, we have you covered. Finding your dream job might be easier than you think, but along with guidance you just have to put in the effort to get results.
Traits Of Successful Job Seekers
1. Continually Network
There are two sides to networking: Looking for a job and in the job itself.
The best source of potential jobs comes from networking. The way to successful networking is to throw the net out broadly to people who might be able to help the job search. Do this through letters, emails, phone calls and some in-person meetings. Talk to anyone who appears close to being relevant – sometimes if only to learn and figure out how to ask better questions. Substantial outreach is the top means to uncover opportunities.
The second part to networking is using the skill developed in job search on the actual job.
Most positions don’t work alone and most jobs will require that the applicant is great at networking. Hiring managers need to be looking for a person who is great at networking as such persons will not only make good team players but will also not be afraid to ask for help. While it might seem that the best workers are highly intelligent persons that can handle every situation and problem thrown at them, this is not the case. The best performers typically know how to utilize their networks to get help when they need it. Developing networks does not only refer to having contacts outside the company but also inside it. In most industries, having such contacts is a plus as they can get you information on the happenings in the industry. People talk and information from another company whether aggressive competitor or friendly foe can come in handy. As such, what you should be listening for is confirmation that the job seeker has acquaintances, colleagues, and friends in the industry.
Researching the target companies is also paramount for any job seeker to succeed in the marketplace. This is the time to know what the employers want. Go to Glassdoor.com page to truly understand what potential employers need. You will discover a lot of questions that these companies tend to ask a potential employee. This will just allow you to get the advantage you need right away.
3. Obvious Fit
Making yourself an obvious fit for the job is paramount if you just want to succeed. You have to understand that an application tracking system might also be used before a human takes a look at your resume. You just have to make sure that you are what your potential employer needs. It means that you just have to write in such a way that your potential employer finds it easy to discover what you just can do for the company.
The best employees are decisive and take opportunities when they are presented despite the risks. In the modern competitive arena, companies should be looking to hire persons that can take every little opportunity presented to gain the organization a competitive advantage. The best job searchers need to demonstrate to the interviewer that they can and have taken tough decisions when they believed that the payoff was greater than the downside. Nonetheless, it can be a delicate balance determining the line between a candidate that is opportunistic and one that is reckless. In this regard, you need to be straight up in asking the job seeker to provide every detail of the situation that they are providing as an example. They need to show the circumstances under which they were presented with an opportunity, analyzed the options and quickly made a decision that resulted in positive outcomes. As the hiring manager, you need to know how they dealt with any pitfalls when implementing their decisions. A successful outcome after taking that decision is what you need to be looking at in determining whether the candidate meets the mark.
5. Seek Answers to Things and Study Why Things Work
Successful job searchers tend to be ones that are curious about issues and are flexible and adaptable in finding solutions to challenges at work. Interviewers should be looking for a job seeker who can display that they have creativity, innovation, and reasoning that they have used to find solutions. A great candidate is not one that has complaints about terrible work conditions but one that resolves problems, complaints and comes up with workable solutions. Hiring managers should be interviewing for a person that will bring improvement and innovation to the company by taking whatever they are offered and making it better. While the employees are expected to work within certain strictures, the company needs a person that goes out of their way to efficiently complete tasks in creative ways. That improves productivity.
Successful job searching is more than just writing the perfect cover letter or CV ad there are many other things that the interviewer should be looking for. While certain jobs place a premium on particular training, there are several other important qualities that interviewers should be looking for.
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Looking for a job can be very stressful and time consuming. Going to a job interview can be a nerve-racking process, even to the most confident person.
Meeting with job seekers on a daily basis, we are incredibly surprised to see how many people have not considered specific aspects of their daily life that would be beneficial in their job search. When looking for employment or looking to change your career path, there are specific steps that can be taken to assist with landing your dream job.
Start with a self-assessment. The outcome of this assessment will help you better understand and nail down your interests, strengths, skill set and what specific needs you are trying to meet.
Take time to understand what you are genuinely interested in or passionate about. For example, if you are passionate about helping senior citizens or giving back to the community, it would be a great idea to look into non-profit organizations. Start to research companies in your area that are active in their local communities and giving back. If you enjoy being active and working with your hands, research warehouse and assembly positions in your community, which will allow you to be hands-on.
Don’t Forget! It is also important to understand what your weaknesses and dislikes are. Every person has areas in life that need improvement and we all have things we do not like or enjoy. Understanding and being aware of these areas can help you in your career.
Before stepping foot in an interview, research the company you are applying to work. Read and fully understand all aspects of the job description. Make sure that after the interview is scheduled, you have taken the research the company and its reputation. This can be done on company website and social media pages. Read company reviews. (There are numerous websites out there to assist with this research, such as Glassdoor.com) This is especially important when you are applying to a company you are not familiar with.
As with any research, be sure you use more than one source or website. The company’s social media pages will help you learn more about the work culture and work environment. Most companies post fun company pictures and community events to their social media sites. It is also a good idea to do a little research on the job title or industry if you are new to the field.
Practice, practice, and practice! Do not skip this step!! This will build confidence and work out any kinks you might have or be feeling. I have found it is more beneficial to do a real practice interview with a family member or a trusted friend. Limit the practice to just you and the other person so you are more relaxed and focused. Make sure you ask them to have some questions prepared for the practice interview. Once the two of you are finished, ask for feedback on your performance. This will give you a good idea of how the interview went and what kind of questions you need to work on. Also ask for constructive feedback about your facial expressions, body language and anything else they noticed that a professional interviewer or hiring manager could view as negative. Practice, Practice, Practice!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — You probably cost your boss a lot more than you think you do.
For Jim Garland, who owns a corporate aircraft cleaning and support services company, a $14 per hour worker has a true cost of $19.63 per hour, or about 40% more than base pay. This so-called “loaded rate” includes fixed expenses — federal and state taxes, health insurance, workman’s compensation, uniforms, and paid time off — along with soft costs like the time spent training a new hire.
Washington’s lawmakers are throwing a lot of ammo at reducing the jobless rate, tax breaks for hiring the unemployed. But no matter what incentives the government offers, it’s hard to convince business owners to hire until they’re absolutely certain they need to. Employees are often the most expensive investment a business makes.
“Our entire existence revolves around two numbers: revenue and payroll,” Garland said of Sharp Details, in Dulles, Va., which he launched out of his car trunk in 1991. Payroll for 60 workers accounts for around 70% of his firm’s operating costs.
Garland outsources his entire human resource department. Joe Sherrier, director of human resources for Employment Enterprises — the company that manages Garland’s HR — said that as a general rule, business owners should to expect an employee to cost an additional 25% to 30% on top of base salary each year.
Breaking down the numbers: Hilda Kernc has been running a Lebanese food production company out of her home kitchen near Chicago for a bit more than a year. Her vegetarian cooking is so popular that she works as many as 20 hours a day keeping up with demand for her hummus and other Middle Eastern fare.
Kernc is applying for a Illinois state business license and is about to start renting out a commercial kitchen part-time. Previously distributed under the name Hilda’s Homemade Appetizers, Kernc’s snacks will now be branded “Deleez Appetizers,” a combination of the word “delicious” and the Arabic word that means the same.
Kernc thinks it might be time to bring on her first employee. “My husband is helping me, and we were thinking we need to hire somebody,” she said. “It will kill me if I am going to work like this.”
To prepare, Kernc began researching the costs.
State income taxes vary significantly, but federal taxes are standard: Social Security tax is 12.4% on the first $106,800 of earnings, and Medicare taxes run another 2.9% of all wages. The employer and employee each pay half. (The self-employed pay the full cost of both taxes themselves.)
Employers also have to pay a federal unemployment insurance tax of 6.2% on the first $7,000 of each employee’s wages. Illinois adds on a state unemployment tax that’s currently 3.9% for new companies on the first $12,520 of wages. (Existing companies have their rates adjusted up or down depending on how many former workers file unemployment claims.) Part of the state unemployment tax is deductible from the federal, but that still leaves employers on the hook for a tax bite.
“I can’t afford it,” Kernc concluded. “When I saw the price to hire somebody, at this point I can’t do it.”
But Kernc she also knows she can’t put it off indefinitely if demand stays high. “I can’t work 24 hours per day,” she said.
Hidden costs: The little perks that employees come to expect, from free coffee to daycare services to group life insurance, factor into the price tag of a new worker.
“All of a sudden, by hiring a new employee, adding up all the fringe benefits, it can be costly,” said Tom Ochsenschlager, a senior manager at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Sam Meisler owns two animal hospitals and a vaccination clinic in Knoxville and Alcoa, Tenn. He’d like to hire another one or two full-time assistants to work in his My Pet’s Animal Hospital clinics. His company’s business is growing, but still, timing the staff expansion is tricky: “What we have to try to do is anticipate the recovery,” he said. “It is difficult to know when to hire.”
A new hire can actually decrease sales in the short term as they learn the job. As new assistants train on their computer system, Meisler expects occasional missed charges.
“You may even lose a client or two just from miscommunication, because of the veterinarian assistant not knowing how to talk to them on the phone,” he said. But on the flip side, extra administrative help gives the veterinarian more time to talk to each client and potentially sell additional services, such as grooming and dental cleaning.
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A bad hiring decision can be a big hit to a company’s bottom line.
“The cost of hiring the wrong person becomes incrementally more expensive the shorter period of time they have been with you. The first 90 days are typically the most expensive to have them on board,” said Sherrier of Employment Enterprises. “If they stay, that is cost you can recover.”
The cost of losing an employee and hiring a replacement throws complicates the “loaded rate” calculation of what a worker costs each specific business.
Excerpted from CNN Money – By Catherine Clifford, First Published: March 26, 2010