Thursday, October 22, 2015

Relocating for a Job? Here’s What You Need to Know!

In the unmanned and robotics field, one thing we all know is that your next job may not exactly be where your current one is. Relocation is huge in our industry, and while the vast majority of work takes place in a few specific areas – it isn’t uncommon at all to transition between those areas every few years.
Which means that moving for a job is kind of the norm for those committed to this field.
But even given that, there can be a lot of anxiety for those who are taking the relocation route for the first time. So here’s what you need to know if you’ve just been job offered a position that will have you leaving home.
  • Commit to Nothing Sight Unseen: Sure, you’re committed to your career and willing to do what it takes to move to the next level. That’s admirable, and I fully support you in that drive. But I still encourage you not to accept any job before visiting the area and having a real face to face with those you will be working with. Because the reality is, no matter how committed you may be, you also have to be happy in order to be productive – and not everyone will be happy in every location. Even beyond that, you don’t know what you are getting into with a corporation until you actually walk through their offices and get a true feel for their corporate culture. Hopefully they want to bring you in for an in-person interview before extending that final offer anyway. But if not, book your own ticket and commit at least a few days to getting to know the place that could be your new home.
  • You Can Negotiate: Because relocation is so common in our industry, most corporations have some sort of relocation benefit program to help you with your move. Relocation expenses can cover anything from movers to a down payment on a new home. Some companies remain flexible, giving you a stipend and allowing you to spend it on whatever you want, while others may be more rigid in how they extend those benefits. Either way, don’t be afraid to ask for what you need in order to make that transition as smooth as possible – up to and including an extra week or two to settle in, or assistance in finding temporary housing. Remember to keep your requests reasonable, though. Most companies don’t offer a “Cadillac Relo Plan” anymore. They won’t come in and take over your mortgage payments, make your down payment and pack your stuff with white gloves on. Yes, you can negotiate, but always keep your expectations in line with the position you are being offered and the current business climate.
  • Map out Your Logistics: Even with great relocation benefits, there is likely a lot to do on your end as you prepare for your move. At the very least, you will have to find new housing. And pack. And deal with all the tiny details of moving, like filing for a change of address with the post office and dealing with travel arrangements. You may also need to sell a house, get rid of excess “stuff” and hire movers. Before you get too overwhelmed, write down all your to-do’s and then list them in order of priority. Having that list will keep you on track as you prepare and organize.

    Click here to receive future advice, tips, and trends on hiring and retaining employees in the unmanned and robotics industry.  

    Are we connected? 

    li photo LI_zps6d91cea8.giffb photo fb_zps2dfe0d2d.giftw photo twitter_zps7ee4486a.gif

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Making the Hire and Still Doing Your Job



Turnover is brutal. Every hiring manager knows this simple truth. When positions are unfilled, productivity goes down throughout entire departments. And when it is your responsibility to find the right candidates for those roles, your own productivity goes down as well because this isn’t your only job.  You have other responsibilities and the running of a business to focus on. And now you’re distracted by going through the hiring process, looking for the right candidate, and training that person so that your business can get back up and running as normal.
How do you prioritize those tasks, while ensuring you aren’t losing focus on your operational duties in the process?
·         Know What You’re Looking For: The most important thing you can do to prevent the hiring process from taking up too much of your time is making sure you accurately define what you are looking for before ever beginning that search. What was the best thing the incumbent did in this role? What could have been improved upon? What level of education is required (truly required, not just desired) to fulfill this role? And how much experience do you want the right candidate to have? Knowing what you are looking for up front will make your life so much easier when it comes to sifting through those resumes later on.  
·         Don’t Waste Time: Some hiring managers are so afraid of making a wrong choice that they overcorrect by examining every resume with a fine-tooth comb. Don’t do that to yourself. Stick to your list of requirements and don’t waste time on candidates who don’t seem to measure up. Be selective about who you interview as well. Interviews take time, after all, so only bring in those candidates who absolutely meet those realistic requirements.
·         Understand the Value of a Recruiter: Ultimately, this isn’t your sole responsibility. And it may not even be your core competency. Smart business owners know the value of outsourcing. In this case, a good recruiter can cut down on a lot of wasted time in the hiring process for you. Their core competency is in reaching out to that top talent, and in sifting through the resumes to present you with only the best of the best. You have a job to do, and the best way to continue making that a priority (while still ensuring all the roles are filled in your organization) is to allow a recruiter to take on the early stages of hiring for you, leaving you with just the final decision to make between two or three ideally qualified candidates. 


Click here to receive future advice, tips, and trends on hiring and retaining employees in the unmanned and robotics industry.  

Are we connected? 

li photo LI_zps6d91cea8.giffb photo fb_zps2dfe0d2d.giftw photo twitter_zps7ee4486a.gif