Career Accelerator 5/14/2013
How job seekers can better gauge job expectations vs job realities, why attending your school reunion could help advance your career and the psycholog...
May 14, 2013
How job seekers can better gauge job expectations vs job realities, why attending your school reunion could help advance your career and the psycholog...
May 14, 2013
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In -- -- accelerated Tuesday and Lawrence and in any good morning and thank you for joining us our rights got to -- He's joining us now to true may explain why so many people are gone on that -- -- and they get the job drag it right -- think you know.
They agreed to -- -- long awaited goal but unfortunately.
More often and not gotten that job does really live up so -- always explained.
To them up on the interview how Mario welcome.
And thank you -- I'm doing well and then you are right basically.
A glass or we found some new survey results -- what we found primarily was that six in ten employees I'm so that's a lot actually see that job realities.
Differ from the expectations said during their hiring process.
Yeah that is will -- the full screen it says is that 61%.
And employees say they've found aspects of the new job different.
An expectation so what are some of the reasons that that happens what's the problem here.
Well basically it in the hiring process some of the two way street so you've got the hiring manager on one and and you've actually got yourself the job Canada on the other -- and basically what's happening.
Is there is a disconnect between both parties won the hiring manager may not be really giving a very clear depiction of what the company culture is like and what the job expectations are really are and just where the company is headed or -- trinity is.
Conversely for the job seeker the job candidates they're not always asking all the questions we.
We we want to know so if you want the job -- it is on you on your shoulders as well to really find out everything you need to know what is quite a -- -- I do that we've -- -- what are some of those ways what are questions that people out there should be asking their potential future employer on that interview.
That is a great question I'm wolf first before you go into an interview you really need to identify.
What is most important to you -- in your job I mean it's different for for all of us -- Is work life balance really important you do you have children.
Do not want to work fourteen hour days perhaps flexible.
Work schedule or even free food -- -- that's important some people say.
-- first identify what's -- audio.
Once you've done that.
Seeing as you hit your interview you know go through the regular interview and sprinkle in these questions throughout the interview and and it is on your shoulders.
To ask all the questions all the information you need it's really gonna benefit you in your company months.
-- I totally get that but I think that so many people -- Unemployed for a long time or -- unit -- -- have been very challenged in the job seeking process that they finally get a commitment from an employer and they did say OK it's about time won't.
We'll take his job and they don't -- they don't want to know all the instances questions they're expected to ask.
You know that is that's a great point you -- -- I mean you know it is a reality if you've been unemployed six months and you've got a job offer you may wanna pounce at the opportunity.
And depending on your situation.
Perhaps you -- however.
If this is something you need to evaluate before you head into that job interview if you've been unemployed six months do you have kids do you have a wife that you need to support on -- husband who knows.
Take all of this into account evaluate the company the job offer what's the -- compensation that is the number one.
Think the top candidates about -- -- before accepting a job offer.
All these things come into play because you don't want to take a job you don't want and then be unemployed yet again.
Al -- work tasks to be another area of differentiation.
Between employee and employer -- Excuse me -- that is coming hours you're expected to work on the I'm assuming that's an area where the -- and that.
And a worker have different expectations.
It is actually actually -- hours expected to work are among.
The top three factors where employees save the job realities differ most from expectations set.
That is a tricky one you know we're all working longer hours these days work broader mobile phones attached to work fifteen sometimes 24/7 and so.
This is a very important one especially if you have a lot of obligations -- are things outside of working and work life balance is important to you.
Identify that this is one of the top factors and really try to get a clear picture of what are the hours are gonna work and and win.
Yet you know my my dad actually obviously he's a senior employee he just Tikka.
High level of job that a company and he was like I'm not sure I really want to do this at this stage in my life I like having my Sundays free and except your -- And he told his employer you good luck I'll do all -- this but on blamed on the ground -- I'm not available for calls after this time on Saturday and do not call me on Sunday what do you make of that.
-- -- Oh yeah that is Smart.
-- -- so -- that is Smart you know he's Smart and this is why he's Smart.
He set a realistic expectation before he took the job it sounds like and so he communicated this to his hiring manager perhaps a potential boss.
Obviously they said okay because they found great talent in him.
And they said you know it we're gonna respect that come aboard and that is a perfect example -- clear expectations set so.
I would love the follow up with the UNC if the -- show.
-- -- I say I admire him for -- -- letting you know because in this age and level he might be in a different situation but do you think -- -- -- -- thirty somethings.
Can say that to us I mean what gives us that took -- You know -- it all depends I mean if you're 2030 year old software engineer in Silicon Valley perhaps an.
And boy you can really set your own schedule and you -- wanted by so many companies do perhaps you can get away with that yes not around -- -- got it in other words on that interview make it yeah.
Make your own contract Tom you know for the -- -- really really want really know what's what's what's realistic for you if it's your first job out of college.
Yes and no surprises you may be putting in some time long hours during our -- living -- 15 season.
-- any problem great.
I and we discuss this so many times before with technology and blackberries and iphones and ipads we're connected even -- or not president.
Sometimes we're connected more than we ever imagine being in you lined -- working when.
You should be relaxing break catching up -- thinking well is on the couch -- Yet the TV shows are in -- on the couch at times and and they actually they really are there have been various studies that actually say you know on your productivity.
I work during the day can increase when you actually free your mind for a few hours at night.
And again this is really on you.
The employee to set boundaries what you are gonna do what you're not gonna do.
You know in working in the tech sector myself.
Constantly getting emails literally you know every minute throughout the day but I do set boundaries.
Before I go to work when I come home from work and then try to have that work life balance the best account.
Right and usually -- have a problem with your boundary -- like a survey that was released earlier this week from the national women's law center.
Working women make just about half a million dollars less then men workers over the course of a lifetime -- in career speak that's forty years.
So I want to ask you Scott about some of the differences among genders that we're noticing between the failed expectations from interview to job.
-- -- -- Since you're talking now salary compensation and it was really interesting that actually in in our survey on glass store -- more men than women.
Found job reality is when it came to salary compensation.
Different than the expectations set so what that indicates is that.
Don't have have the great understanding or really didn't get it quite right compared to women so kudos to women in that corner however as we talked about before -- expected to work.
More women found that job reality different compared -- -- so that's one area that perhaps more women -- gotten it really need to nail it down.
Any reasons behind that.
You know the serving and partially didn't take into account the exact reasons -- One can speculate but -- it's just something that.
Both -- need to be aware of and then again based on on what you want just -- -- wait for yourself and ask for hiring manager.
Scott to breast -- thank you so much for coming nine Buick last story joining us from San Francisco we have -- -- on the screen and they go to quick chat right now.
From Fox News.
US and CVT.
Learn raises a good point thinking about long term unemployed it's a catch 22.
If you have to support a family bite the bullet in feed them link.
More often and not in the hiring managers are not educated well enough to hire for that position.
Also the job seeker needs to be honest with himself or herself.
And as an employer as well about the job description and the culture thank you for writing -- Thanks for the compliment right we are going to go to a break we'll be back and with more from -- -- there.
Welcome back everybody I'm Lawrence amenity and I just went my high school reunion first reunion I've ever went to.
-- faith joining handset now.
You say he's -- go to your school reading in any school reading you should doubt absolutely any school reunion I think if you have a chance to go you should -- absolutely awesome you actually get there.
Well I think overall you want -- have fun.
But it's good to be memorable in a good way to thank Tom and I think a lot of people.
You know people go through transitions and they might be trying to drum up business or looking for a new job.
And a reunion is going to be fantastic opportunity to network for either of those purpose as all people who might do you a favor casino area exactly right they know union that they don't know you have something in common -- it right if you go to networking event probably the first thing you're trying to do is is -- -- You go to school reunion military reunion.
You're at least alumni have the same institution a -- you have something to talk about -- in a -- -- this trip -- -- a good half.
So we we made a list of why you should go always go to reunions and new business side dance.
Well one reason I mean when -- had a reunion and you really and it talks out.
Well it depends I don't Smart I think entrepreneurs and business owners they're probably never a 100% off the clock -- -- and I know I talked to a lot of entrepreneurs for the writing that I do I talked to one guy in particular went to his high school reunion.
Wound up going to dinner with -- an old friend and you've been -- food that -- never tried before and two years later he had his -- Cuban Cuban restaurant so it was a new business like they -- bottom before how do you look at that what are some of the -- place that's what are some success stories that that you notice there is absolutely and well I talked to a lot of people for an article I did for ink dot com about us.
And one of the most interesting ones I found was a young guy who is in college looking for his first job.
And he won -- going out to his high school reunion but to his mother's high school reunion and walk around with her name tag on and of course that's memorable who's this guy -- -- Like I asked a lot of people.
But it turned into a Java turned into an internship first at that later turned into a job as a marketing director of -- company in Ohio tells us the sun.
He was what you know what are you at the end of your junior high school early twenties and this is his mother's twenties and -- -- and and well they did and the story was that his mom had moved to Florida in between the time she'd.
I don't think he did battle that would be memorable all right and I suppose it's a good thing to be memorable but.
You know I always say.
Be memorable for a good thing you know be the organizer.
Or you know if there's a party you know the person who was having a lot of fun on the dance floor but.
Not the guy who did ten keg stand in the corner.
And Larry it's -- name tags dealing son now.
Well it turned into a job actually -- he did at the right way he'd be turned into an internship first -- -- you're still in college that turned into a full time job.
And now he's marketing director for a company called all American clothing and Ohio.
Look at yeah it works very -- that's -- else can bring -- career opportunities I guess -- you can discuss with someone maybe.
What they've done since you've graduated and perhaps -- -- yeah I mean I think whether you.
Remember people correctly or not and memories -- right but you you start talking in it it's.
You know you've changed since you're in school right -- that you remember each other the way you were when you were eighteen and when he -- And put him back -- right.
And -- but it's amazing to find out whether other people have done sometimes and sometimes.
It you know it's -- walked in with a goal I wanna leave here with you know -- when he -- contacts.
I don't think that's the most fun way to accomplish and I think a better way is just be open and talk to everybody have a good time and down.
It -- you never know what comes out of it you're not pointing out the obvious here most people who go to their reunion oftentimes we can -- certain.
-- nearly never pay attention to it has been knowing the haren and years later yeah my.
The reason I and so interest and and reunions now -- I have to my twenty year.
College being asked here Fairfield University I got back together with my college girlfriend after a long absence and we're getting married.
Do you know that if I keep an automatic he had been -- and unions for some reason you know I series thank you very much -- -- Thank INS RL -- -- I can't shares a minute but you know.
Bill Murphy thank you so much -- -- article was designed ink dot com up on the screen.
And that really appreciate your time to go to your high school -- college -- Military or whenever union just because your website as well is on the -- Phil thank you so let's thanks for having a bargaining and a break now will be back -- -- -- -- and sending any end this is our final set -- career accelerator we have doctor -- for the first time on the new set he says he likes it.
And asked -- -- -- and like this isn't new anymore act I agree owes it to you bring with us a lot of these that the spirit.
Hello hello welcome -- love having you bodies can still a lot of people are stressed stressed out about.
You know the all of this action what's next just the thought that your stress tests yeah and it -- keep in mind we're still seven point 6% unemployment which.
Is still high even though it's down it still high and when you look at places like California Nevada.
They're well over 9% so.
That coupled with the fact we've got college kids coming out of school right now means that there's a lot of war is when it comes unemployment underemployment -- -- to -- a -- long term and then long term it.
On top of that I didn't.
When you look at a report from the American Psychological Association just pointed out that those who are unemployed or underemployed.
Tended field is -- symptoms of anxiety depression stress two times more than those who are employed so.
That the psychological challenges are real and they're there and we got to pay attention to.
Psychological challenges of being -- -- of being -- important and how can you beat that that's what I did my article on this week on fox business's yes find ways to beat this psychological challenges not just the treadmill activities of things you can do.
-- and losing confidence.
That's an obvious one else happens ecologically that work well there's the issue of uncertainty so we all know like.
Think about it right now we're in the midst of the NBA conference semifinals and any time -- coach is gonna feel the team monitor what sport it is but particularly during any kind of playoffs -- They've got a plane.
And they're thinking in terms of how to -- help.
The -- some of the fears and anxiety and show us where we're going.
Afraid they'll have a -- let's -- the championship they want to win but -- got to find a way to get there in the way you rally your troops in your.
Players around that is to say here's the way we're gonna get there so it takes anxiety -- if you just walk out on the court.
Have no idea I don't know what you're gonna do you know what I'm gonna do we're just kind of like shoot the ball around I would be pretty -- about that I don't know where I'm going same thing if you get -- car.
In your -- road map and GP SCI -- outline your plan but what happens when you plan it doesn't work.
And you don't have been the new plant you don't have a plan and that's the keys so first of all.
To take away some of the anxiety you know -- preach all the time but it is true you need to really lay out a plan was set.
Goals in time frames directions and then contingencies but -- also stepped back and ask yourself.
And I would say you look in the mirror is what is it.
That I'm doing it's working what hasn't been doing that's not working in is that whole stress.
Taking itself from me can I see it -- -- it.
If you can look at yourself take a hard look at I don't want to sound like I'm blaming the victim but it's up to individuals first to step back and say I am more -- And I am more short tempered and bomb I am kind of running in circles -- shotgun blasting resonates everywhere and it's not working for me.
Ask yourself that hard question if you struggle -- that.
I lost a spouse a close friend family members to give you feedback and don't respond just to listen to it.
And think about.
What doing did you different because people get caught in the -- the following.
And always -- coaches and -- connoisseur like do this do that you know right -- this planner.
Did its networking and it's like this Stein and only get stuck and caught in the right we get angry and we try to blame everything and everybody the system -- -- -- -- -- us.
-- -- to blame but apart like literally he's had to say except that criticism take -- suggestions don't say anything and just try to change in any.
And one thing that we know is a protective factor against stress and anxiety is support -- and what a lot of people don't do enough of is reach out to those friends and family.
To get their support not just for referrals and but feedback on what they can be doing differently.
Where they should be looking and again like this that we've known as a psychology forever when you have a better support group -- stronger group of folks behind you.
You more protected against those factors of depression fear anxiety.
But you have to be the one to reach out and do it for yourself.
We've got to know to do that dance.
Then there -- a recent.
Some preliminary data I should say out from occur our group that does a quarterly survey.
Of job seekers and they found that a third of job seekers say that their most important.
Element in their search nowadays is -- personal connections -- friends are reaching out to it should be a 100%.
Not just they're definitely seek to.
Just say here thinking about putting -- that.
You gotta be willing to change.
To -- exactly what we just discuss a lot of what we just discuss the economy is constantly changing and great entrepreneurs are always looking around the corner trying to figure out how to switch it up.
So I was -- Do you look try to do one thing differently.
-- change something.
Look at a certain.
Type of industry look in a different about type of profession go to it and street group you'd never would have gone do you do something completely.
Outside your new worm or like previous guest go to -- reunion -- you don't like going to reunions go -- hundred dollar the purpose go with a purpose to change it up.
It seems like it's a bunch of short term goals they have to set.
Absolutely and they don't have to be accomplished in the community change.
We gotta be deliberate like you said that all -- -- that goes back to an eight cent to generic about it but it's up to every individual to look at what you're doing and say.
I'm gonna take some dramatic drastic measure I'm gonna take a risk try something different than I normally -- -- And he set up your segment saying that unemployment at seven and half percent and were cheering that number because it's the lowest number since the president's been president -- However is still on its diet and it doesn't taking -- -- under employment.
Record of recent college graduates are under and -- they're doing jobs.
Nothing to do it the degree that they paid for.
So it's things like this and -- -- all those folks who just dropped out of our ports -- the unemployment problem is bigger than we thank and it didn't take a long time to get better.
-- -- report this morning came from the journal.
They surveyed about 52 economists and they essentially said look at the economy creates let's say a 180000.
Jobs a month which -- -- -- do you.
We -- every year.
Will gain back the two and a half million jobs lost during the recession by next July July 2014.
And you have to laugh because is that supposed to be good news.
But we want is we keep up with growth is that we won't keep the growth is number one and number two is kind of jobs -- and it.
Half the -- they have of whether session.
And that's the big challenge that's why talk about being nimble and thinking about how do you take your skill sets and -- -- -- different industries different places but the only way -- gonna learn that and it's talking to friends and Stanley reaching out to people you normally wouldn't reach out to those -- you don't think.
Our connections that are of value but they might because they can give you different kind of feedback.
Our biggest challenges our networks these -- tend to be very -- awful so we -- network can be around people who are very similar to us.
And so all around too many people who are too similar.
We close off opportunities and and so the more we branch out and breaks away from our networks in the other types of networks.
The more we learn about other opportunities we otherwise wouldn't know we're there now and that's a really big challenge even if you looked at linked in networks.
Your -- -- networks they're very close typically they're not very open because we tend to affiliate and be attracted to people who are similar to us.
Whether it's career -- social economic status where we live our jobs whenever -- get to break out of that.
Let's say that there.
Edwards and -- we'll look here article doctor woody.
The psychology of -- unemployment on foxbusiness.com.
Thank you so months.
And thank you everybody for -- wants you back here tomorrow small business plan -- alliance -- -- have a great day.
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