How to Leverage Your Career Growth

What if there was a surefire method not only to advance but to maximize, your career?

You know how when you start a new job, you’re super excited? Your brain is a sponge, and you’re just trying to soak up everything about the company, position, and industry that you can. That’s the honeymoon phase, and it lasts for six to twelve months. During this period, you’re highly engaged and gaining terrific experience.

After the honeymoon phase, you continue to gain experience and stay engaged. However, after two or three years in a role, the novelty and excitement that you once felt level off. In other words, what was once new, interesting, and challenging becomes just another Wednesday at the office. Once you hit this phase, it’s time to push for either a promotion or a new opportunity with a new company.

The graph below provides a visual of how you can maximize both your experience and your engagement by picking the best time to leave one opportunity for another. To get the most out of this method, timing is critical. Two to three years in a position is ideal. Four to five years is too long.

You might be thinking that two or three years is too often to change positions. Isn’t that the kind of “job hopping” that you’ve been warned against? You’re exactly right, this is “job-hopping”. However, if your career trajectory continues to rise, and if you’re putting yourself in a position to maximize your experience and engagement, you won’t need to explain yourself to a hiring manager. You will have made yourself so valuable that they won’t question you about much of anything. “Job hopping” or not, they will want you on their team.

So, where does your career fall on this graph? Is your career trajectory trending in the right direction?

 

10 Things to Know About Recruiters | Client Edition

Our mission at PromoPlacement is to connect supplier and distributor clients with great promotional products industry talent. Our team brings over 50 years of promotional products and recruiting experience to every search we undertake. Understanding your business, the function of various positions in your business, and the unique business challenges you face help us to deliver on our brand promise.

Below are best practices that will allow you to get the maximum value when working with a recruiter:

#1

As a contingency recruiting firm, we work exclusively with promotional products firms to help you find the talent you need to succeed. We treat each client relationship as a true partnership with the goal of hiring the best possible candidate for your firm.

#2

We take confidentiality very seriously. The name of your business is not shared until you agree to interview a candidate. Confidentiality is critical to protecting both clients and candidates and ensuring the integrity of the search.

#3

Each candidate search is unique. We conduct a thorough search for candidates for every opportunity we’re presented with. PromoPlacement targets only the individuals who fit your profile for the ideal candidate.

We won’t send you a big pile of resumes to review. Our work is done with a laser, not a shotgun. Our goal is to provide you with two to four excellent candidates for your to choose from.

Searches are extensive and time-consuming. During a search, we utilize email, social media, phone, and thousands of industry contacts to develop the talent pool from which your new team member will emerge. We don’t run ads. The highly successful candidates we want don’t read ads. They become aware of a great opportunity with your company because we contact them and present the opportunity to them directly.

#4

We work exclusively with promotional product suppliers and distributors and provide only experienced promotional product industry talent. Our exclusive focus on the promo industry allows us to keep our finger on the pulse of the national talent market.

#5

Due to the nature and thoroughness of our searches, it can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to complete your search. Planning your staffing needs in advance is critical.

#6

We don’t recruit distributor sales reps. During our first year in business, we had strong success in this highly competitive and challenging field. We now focus solely on salaried positions and can assist you with any role from mailroom clerk to CEO.

#7

Our days are pretty jammed packed. We’re busy but will always make time for our clients. Even if this means working nights and weekends. Our clients are our number one priority and for you, we are always on the clock. We’re on the phone most of the day, so email is often the best way to get a quick response.

#8

If we present a candidate who doesn’t quite fit your needs, don’t hesitate to say so. You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, and you’ll help us to find better candidates for you in the near future. We do ask for clear, thorough feedback on where the candidate misses the mark.

#9

Prompt communication is critical when is comes to discussing job candidates. The faster we communicate, the faster we can fill your position. Slow communication can cost us candidates who accept other positions with companies who respond more quickly.

#10

PromoPlacement wants to earn your business. By working together in partnership, we can take recruiting off your plate and find you the best industry talent available.

To read more about how recruiters work read our candidate edition on this topic.

Contact us today to get started with PromoPlacement!

 

10 Things to Know About Recruiters | Candidate Edition

Every recruiting firm works a little bit differently. Each company has varying areas of specialization, unique candidate databases, and different services that they provide for their clients. However, one thing that all recruiting firms have in common is their commitment to finding great opportunities for great people and great people for great opportunities. There are plenty of challenges along the way, but we, at PromoPlacement, have spent years perfecting our process and getting terrific results.

Below are ten things to keep in mind when working with a recruiter:

#1

We’re a recruiting firm, not a placement or employment agency. Our business is client-driven, rather than candidate-driven. That being said, we pride ourselves on doing everything we possibly can to assist job seekers.

#2

Our days are pretty jammed-packed. We’re busy but will make as much time as possible to connect with you and to get to know you and your career goals. Even if this means working nights and weekends. Our candidates and clients are our number one priority. We’re on the phone most of the day, so email is often the best way to get a quick response.

#3

When we connect, be sure to highlight your strengths. It is achievements, successful projects, and accomplishments that help us sum up your background to the hiring managers that we work with.

#4

Don’t hesitate to share your career goals with us. What position do you aspire to hold one day? Do you have a plan about how to get there?

#5

Double-check your resume. Then, send it to two close friends and have them review it as well. Hiring managers hate resume mistakes.

#6

If we present an opportunity that isn’t quite up your alley, don’t hesitate to say so. You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, and you’ll help us to better target opportunities for you in the future.

#7

If you suddenly can’t make an interview, please let all parties know as soon as possible.

#8

If we’re unable to identify the right opportunity for you at the moment, be patient. There are several ways that we can create the right opportunity for you. It just takes time and patience. Be sure to stay in touch and keep us posted on your job search so that we can best assist you.

#9

If we’re able to help you find the right opportunity, the best way to say “thank you” is with referrals.

#10

The way to build the best possible relationship with your recruiter is to be completely honest and transparent. The more candid you are about your career goals and your hopes for the future, the more likely it is that our relationship with bring you the career success you deserve.

To read more about how recruiters work read our client edition on this topic.

What has your experience been with recruiters? How can we improve to better serve you?