Archive for December, 2011

Hiring in December

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Hiring in December

There seem to be a lot of strange ideas that because of the recession, companies will not be hiriing this holiday season. You may hear some job seekers mumbling that “hiring will be worse this December”.

You know what?

That is complete bunk… It isn’t true!

Most individuals in the employment field : Recruiters, Hiring managers, HR personnel, are totally aware that this December is not going to be any different than the rest of the year. Yes we have a recession, but the outlook for next year is that it will definitely be a better year all around.  Employers are looking for new employees that can start immediately after New Years.

Let’s get rid of these pesky holiday job search rumors:

Rumor Number 1: Companies don’t hire during the holidays.

Truth: Yes the Holidays are extra busy and stressful but companies hire ( big time) in December:  Why?

(A) Companies need to use up the funds in their budget or they lose it next year.
(B) Hiring managers need to tie up loose ends with unfilled positions before the end of the year.
(C) Some Employees tend to quit their jobs  around the holidays.  Why?

They have job offers but don’t want to quit before they get their…yes…you got it …BONUS!
This means end-of-year job openings that must be filled fast.

Rumor Number 2: There aren’t any good jobs available During the Holidays.

Truth: (Reread Truth number 1 above) Your chances of finding a job in December are as good as in any other month. Hiring is the end result of a need; not time of year!  In fact waiting until after the 1st of January can set you back.

Rumor Number 3:  Don’t bother looking for a job the middle of December.

Truth: The interview process does not stop because of the Holidays. You may need to be more flexible,but the more available you make yourself the better your chances . Other candidates will make the mistake of thinking they should wait until after the first of the year and so you can stroll on in, show your initiative and personal drive and land the job of your dreams.

Truth: At the risk of repeating myself, it is a perfect time to send out your Resume. With job seekers going on vacation and employees quitting their jobs, Recruiters hiring managers and employers are under the gun trying to find qualified employees. Take advantage of this scenario and send out your professional resume in volume.

Padilla is looking to hire a Director of Research and Insights.

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Padilla is looking to hire a Director of Research and Insights.

Director of Research and Insights, Minneapolis
Padilla Speer Beardsley, an integrated communications firm based in Minneapolis with an office in New York, is seeking an experienced research director to lead our in-house research team.
Candidates must have:
• Expertise in market research, opinion research and/or account planning.
• Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.
• Business development skills, including the ability to write proposals, manage client relationships and present our research capabilities.
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in a research-related field, and an advanced degree with research or related emphasis.
• Demonstrated ability to manage and execute all phases and types of research, using primary and secondary methods, and qualitative and quantitative techniques.
• Experience supervising and managing a research team.
• A working knowledge of descriptive and multivariate statistical techniques, and experience with analytical software such as SPSS and Excel.

Key responsibilities include:
• Actively managing research projects, including selection of research and analytical methods, study design, data analysis and preparation of strategic recommendations.
• Building strong relationships with internal partners and external clients.
• Managing project budgets and work quality.
• Seeking new business and networking opportunities.
• Analyzing data and generating insights to represent the voice of the target customer to drive positioning, marketing strategies and branding.
• Participating in new business pitches.

To be successful in this position, the candidate must be able to prioritize multiple demands on his/her time, while effectively managing staff and leading clients.

This leader will be expected to grow and support existing research clients by consistently delivering excellent client service, and meeting research challenges on time and within budget. We measure progress by client retention, revenue growth and business development.

Padilla is a multispecialty firm with experts in integrated marketing communications, corporate reputation, investor relations, employee communications and crisis/critical issues management. We serve clients from a variety of industries, including agriculture, consumer products, financial services, health care, manufacturing, retail and technology. All areas of the firm draw upon the capabilities of our research team.

The Professional Experience Section: Tell me more about that…..

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Your resume (or CV) can either help you greatly increase your salary or hinder your career advancement. Here’s how to achieve the former with your resume.

First, focus on the structure. An ideal structure consists of Name and Contact Information, Career Summary, Computer Skills, Professional Experience, Education.

Then, consider the length. For entry-level purchasing positions, a one-page resume is appropriate. However, “If you have more than five to seven years of experience, then you want to have a two-page resume,” according to Tonia Deal, President of Tonia Deal Consulting, a leading supply chain recruiting firm. “I will not submit a resume over three pages.”

Next, ensure that the Professional Experience section is done well. List experience from most recent to oldest.

Within the Professional Experience section, have headings listing each company and the years you’ve worked for those companies. But an additional commonly ignored item that employers and recruiters like to see is a short description of those companies.


“Who is this company? What do they do? I want the annual sales,” says Deal of company descriptions on the resume. She explains that employers like to “know the type of organization that [candidates] are coming from.”

Underneath each company heading, you should include subheadings for each position you’ve held accompanied by dates you’ve held those positions. Under the position subheadings, include your responsibilities and achievements in bullet point or paragraph form. For responsibilities, Deal indicates that she finds the following information helpful:

* The categories you’re responsible for buying
* The annual spend you’re responsible for
* The type of supply base you’ve dealt with
* The number of team members you’ve supervised
* The purchasing organization’s structure (e.g., centralized), particularly if “the individual [has] been part of restructuring the company,” she says.

For achievements, Deal admits “The first thing that I will look for is numbers,” such as “Improved delivery performance by 50%” and “Initiated structured cross-functional global sourcing process to accelerate $20 million of annual savings.”

“I love it,” Deal exclaims when asked about a candidate including credentials such as the SPSM Certification on a resume. “I like to see it right under Education.”

Including a certification on a resume “is really critical,” in Deal’s opinion. “I really want to see that because that should be highlighted.”

Job Lead Ideas…

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Q: What is a good website to find job leads?

A: MANY of my clients have used for a good place to start.