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5 Ways To Help Keep Your Employees Motivated
Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by Lucas Professional Search Group

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Quite often, the major motivating factor for better performance is higher pay; but almost everyone responds positively to praise and recognition.  Since not all businesses can afford to hand out regular bonuses, here are 5 other ways to help employees stay motivated and productive at work:

1.Provide supportive leadership

Leadership is one of the key factors in employee motivation. Supportive leaders work closely with employees – trust and a sympathetic ear are powerful incentives for keeping employees focused and for developing new talent.  Good leaders act as role models, holding themselves to high standards of accountability that set an example for all.

2.Empower employees

Every employee needs to know that he or she is valued as an individual. No one wants to feel like a faceless, interchangeable pawn in some larger game, so make sure all the members of your workforce are given opportunities to express themselves.

3.Create a positive environment

Since many working professionals spend the majority of their waking hours at the office, the work environment should be a place that puts employees at ease while encouraging productivity. An important step toward creating a happy and productive workspace is to encourage employees to share the information and knowledge, which for a supportive leader usually means more listening than talking. People should be allowed to admit their mistakes without fearing humiliation. Employees can also benefit from being given new and more challenging assignments that take them out of their comfort zones.

4.Encourage teamwork

Nothing is better at keeping an individual focused and responsive than belonging a team. Through teamwork, employees learn to trust each other and to look beyond themselves. And healthy competition in a team setting, both in the office and after hours, can increase creativity as well as productivity.

5.Recognition and rewards

It doesn’t take much–an employee of the month plaque, a coupon for a Starbucks latte–to create real motivation, especially when recognition takes place in front of the group. Recognition and reward on a regular basis remind employees that they are appreciated, and help them to balance short- and long-term goals.

 

 

Falling Back In Love With Your Job
Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by Lucas Professional Search Group

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What do you do when you have a job you don’t love?

Plenty of people work jobs they don’t care for to get a paycheck they really needed. But after a while there comes a point when you need to get excited again or find a new job.

When you’re happy with your job, you’re a more productive worker. It’s also in your best interest for work-life balance that you come to terms with what you do for a living. Fortunately, you don’t have to get a new job to feel excited again. Instead, you can take action and keep the spark alive with these three tips:

Adjust your attitude

It’s human nature to overlook the good and focus on the bad. If you want to be happier with your job, you need to make an effort to think positively about it. Start an “I Love My Job” journal and make a list of three things you like about your job at the beginning of the day.

Include small things like a coworker opening the door for you and large things like the steady paycheck. Try to think of new things each day. It’s OK to overlap from week to week as long as you are listing things you’re genuinely grateful for.

Reinvest yourself

Often a lack of love is about a lack of investment. You can work on feeling more invested in the work you do by learning more about your field through professional development, meeting new people within your company for lunch or adding new responsibilities to your job. Approaching the same work from these new angles can help you feel a larger depth of attachment to what you do.

Appreciate your alternatives

While some people are motivated by positive attitude changes, others are motivated by thinking of worst case scenarios. If this sounds like you, consider spending some time each day thinking about the downside of not working your job.

This could include thinking about a past job you liked even less, the stress you would be feeling financially if you didn’t have this income coming in or how much worse things could be if your boss, CEO or coworkers were toxic.

Of course, if your boss, CEO or coworkers are toxic, you’re better off planning for a career change!

Don’t quit your job because you think the passion’s gone. Quit your job when you’ve outgrown the skills you need for the position. Until then, use these tips to fall back in love with a job that’s just waiting for you to rediscover it.

3 Steps to Spring Clean Your Resume
Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by Lucas Professional Search Group

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You’ve cleaned out your closet, donated your old clothes and re-arranged your furniture.  But spring cleaning doesn’t have to stop there.  There’s still time to dust off your resume and polish up the edges.

If you’ve been applying to jobs and not getting much response, your resume might be to blame.  The failure to get rid of previous years’ junk might be obscuring some of your most valuable skills and achievements.  Even if you’re not planning on applying for a new job in the immediate future, it doesn’t hurt to dust off your resume and fine tune it.  Here are some tips to help you get started:

Step #1: Remove anything dated and get rid of last year’s junk

This includes everything from an old-fashioned objective statement-a personalized tagline is more effective- to old job titles.  You can also get rid of old jobs that are no longer relevant to your desired role.  Remember, your resume is not a biography, it’s more like a sales pitch.

Start at the bottom of your experience list, assuming it’s in chronological order from most recent to least recent, and cross out all jobs and experiences more than 15 years old.  Next, look over your certifications, professional development and technical skills. Delete all software, training and development that’s no longer in use.

In other words, examine all of the content on your resume and make sure that every piece of information you’ve chosen to include demonstrates your current and most relevant values.

Step #2: Look at your job descriptions

We can list these as either notable contributions or key skills assessment. Choose ten of your descriptions that had direct, quantifiable results on the business’s key areas (i.e. client retention, marketing initiatives, revenue, workforce reduction, etc.). Pull up the numbers for these results and rewrite them into achieving statements.

Step #3: Fill in the blanks

Look at your current job or last position and see what skills, job description and professional development you’ve added to your portfolio. Did you include it in your resume? Are your most important skills and areas of expertise up to date with current keywords? These are items hiring managers look for in new applicants.

Next think about the job you want. What are the requirements? Research keywords and skills. Look for training and development matching your own. Does your old experience match these conditions? You may be surprised to find you have the skills necessary for that promotion or new job.

Spring cleaning is easier when you do monthly maintenance work around the house.  The same holds true with resumes. Don’t wait until you start looking for a job. Sometimes you may not have time to freshen up the resume before a job opportunity comes knocking.

 

Lucas Professional Search Group would like to welcome Jeff Roth to our Recruitment Team!
Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by Angela Kharboutli

jeff-rothWe are pleased to introduce Jeff Roth as the newest member of the Lucas Professional Search Group team.  Jeff has officially joined us as Regional Business Manager for the region of Southwestern Ontario and will be based out of our Kitchener office.  He will be responsible for building key customer relationships and managing new and existing business and sales opportunities.

Jeff has worked in the Staffing and Recruitment Industry for over 20 years and brings an extensive knowledge of regional market trends.  We are privileged to tap into his expertise and look forward to his contribution to the continued growth and success of Lucas Professional Search Group.

Getting The Interview But Not The Job?
Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by Angela Kharboutli

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If you’re getting interviews, your resume is doing its job. But what you do before, during, and after the interview can increase your chances of getting the offer.  So, before the interview, do your homework!
Review your target company’s website and LinkedIn profile to learn more about the key personnel, the work they do, their clients, and potential areas where you might be an asset. See what current and former employees have to say. Check your network for connections or help learning more about the targeted company. Google your potential supervisor’s name. Check out his or her LinkedIn profile and social media accounts and prepare a list of targeted questions to ask in the interview.

In the interview, listen carefully.

Your interviewer is assessing your fit with the company, and you should be doing the same. You want to make sure that this position is a match for you, too!

At the end of the executive interview, make a closing statement.

One area where executives are caught off guard in an interview is being prepared to give a “closing statement.” Be ready to summarize (in a few minutes) why you think you’d be a good fit for the position. If possible, incorporate the additional information you’ve learned in the interview itself. Prepare the key points of this closing statement in advance and review them so that they sound natural, not canned or rehearsed. Before the interview ends, ask if any other information you can provide to help with the decision.
At the end of the executive interview, always ask what the next step is.

You want to know about the next round of interviews, and when they will begin or when the hiring decision will be made. Ask if you can follow-up, and if they’d prefer phone or email. Remember to specifically express your interest in working for the company! That’s important. Many people forget to do that, leaving their potential employer to question their interest level.
Immediately after the interview, send a follow-up/thank you letter.

Send a post-interview letter to thank each person that you met. Thank you letters are always appreciated. Otherwise, an email follow up is fine. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to meet, reiterate your specific interest in both the position and the company, and confirm the next step—whether that’s information you’ve promised to provide, or what you’re expecting from the interviewer.