Thursday, September 29, 2016

Size Does Matter, And Smaller Might Just Be Your Perfect Fit

I’ve worked as a recruiter in the unmanned and robotics industry for many years now—enough years to see a few patterns in the way people think as they enter this industry. You see, most job seekers are fully aware of the  pioneering nature of what we do. They understand that very little is set in stone when it comes to the potential for growth within this industry, and they know there is good and bad to come from that.

On the good side, no one really knows where the technology will take us over the next few years; and that alone is incredibly exciting. It’s invigorating to be a part of an industry that is quite literally on the cusp of changing the world as we know it. Everyone wants to be a part of that.

But the bad side of that uncertainty is that we also don’t know how the laws and regulations are going to change over the next few years, and how those shifts might potentially inhibit the growth that could otherwise be possible.
We don’t know which unmanned companies will have the technology to lead them to the top of the pack, or which ones might be left in the dust by ever-evolving rules and regulations that not all will be able to keep up with.

And that can be scary. Because when a job seeker bites that bullet and accepts an offer within this industry, they are taking a leap of faith that the company they are signing on with will be one of those to rise to the top.
Because of this dynamic, a lot of job seekers come to me wanting interviews at the biggest and best names within the unmanned and robotics industry. They already have their eyes set on the big dogs—assuming that the brightest within the industry today will still be at the head of the race tomorrow; a year from now; ten years from now.

The reality of how things pan out isn’t always as easy to predict.
I understand that drive; the desire to be with a company that is already established within this field. But I can tell you from experience, I’ve also seen the huge benefits that await job seekers willing to take a risk on lesser-known corporations within this industry.
The smaller startup may not be able to boast the same prestige as the bigger names in this field, but they can offer employees something those bigger names can’t; room to grow within the corporation, and to contribute to where that corporation goes.

Employees at smaller firms often have more flexibility in their work schedules, and even in their day-to-day tasks, than they would ever be granted at a bigger organization. They are given ownership over their work, and provided with opportunities for innovation that are harder to come by at more established firms.
Perhaps most importantly, they’re granted the opportunity to get their foot in the door at the ground level, potentially being a part of something that could become huge in the years to come. And being a part of growing that can be a risk with ample rewards for those wiling to give a smaller startup a chance.

The truth is, even if you take a job on with a company that doesn’t go where you had hoped it might, the extra freedom and flexibility afforded to you by working for a smaller startup provides you with room to grow your experience and expertise in a way you might not have been able to at a larger firm. In the end, working for a smaller organization can provide more meat to your resume than a position somewhere more established ever could.
Obviously, taking on a role at a smaller organization isn’t for everyone, and you have to be willing to evaluate what it is you really want and need out of a job and your career. But for some, smaller startups can absolutely provide a more fulfilling work life than any position at a larger organization.

It’s all about knowing what you want, but you might come to find that smaller is exactly what you’re looking for.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

When Your Dream Candidate Swipes Left

It happened. You went through the entire hiring process, interviewed countless applicants, came up with your top three list, and then realized you had found the one—the perfect fit for the job you were hoping to fill.
When you extended that offer, you did so already envisioning this person in that role. So when they said “no,” essentially swiping left on your offer, the letdown was real.
Now what? 


Is There Room for Negotiation? 

First things first: why did they say “no?” Rejection always hurts, and human instinct is to just back away and let it go—but if you can find out why your dream candidate turned this offer down, you might have a chance to turn things around.  Or, at the very least, to gain some insight into how to prevent being rejected by the next candidate you offer to.
If it’s about money, or benefits, or if they’ve simply received a better offer from someone else—you might be able to salvage this. Especially if you still have a bit of wiggle room in your budget. Ask the candidate to come up with a counteroffer, and then go from there.
But even if they are adamant in their decision, listen to what they are saying when they explain why they’re turning your offer down. Perhaps your budget isn’t in line with industry standards. Or maybe your company’s reputation isn’t what you thought it was.
It’s also possible their rejection has nothing to do with the job itself, and everything to do with personal reasons—maybe they’ve just decided to move out of state, for instance. But if there is something about the company and offer itself that has this candidate holding back, knowing what that is can put you in a position to better anticipate and prevent a similar offer rejection in the future. 


Was There a Close Runner-Up? 

So, your first candidate turned you down. How did you feel about the runner-up? Were they equally qualified and just barely edged out by your first choice? Or would you forever lament everything they don’t bring to the table if you were to extend an offer to them?  If the answer is the latter, don’t extend that offer. No matter how much you need to fill that role, settling on an applicant that isn’t quite right is only going to mean you’re back in this same position, with a role that needs to be filled, not too far down the line. 
If you have a close runner-up, by all means, extend the offer to them—but short of that, get back to the drawing board. 


Is it Time to Enlist the Help of a Recruiter? 

Of course, returning to that drawing board can be especially frustrating after weeks (months?) of trying to fill this role. And if you feel like you’ve already exhausted all your best resources in trying to get eyes on this opening, it might be time to enlist the help of a recruiter.  Remember, a strong recruiter often has a network and reach far beyond your wildest dreams—and in most cases, can likely even bring you candidates who surpass the qualities of that perfect applicant you already loved and lost.
Don’t waste too much time spinning your wheels in trying to fill a role that seems impossible to fill. If you’re starting over, bring in a professional who can help.  ManUP today for success tomorrow…



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