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With 2012 rapidly winding down, it’s a good time to take stock of your career in 2012.  Did you — stay in a job, lose a job, look for a job, and acquire new skills for a job you wished … Continue reading

Aquarius Forecast

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) 

Aquarius is an air sign and ruled by planets Uranus and Saturn. Aquarians are known as masters of manipulation and can charm their way through many situations. They embrace change and are drawn to the unconventional. 

If you are searching: Though you can act as an expert on any topic, it doesn’t make you one. Do your research! Go into an interview knowing the facts about the company and the position first. Then use your creativity and personality to your advantage. 

If you are hiring: Trust your knowledge and intuition to make the right decision. Don’t hesitate when the right candidate comes along. 

Business Compatibility: Gemini, Capricorn and Cancer

2012 Predictions…Retention Challenges

Part One of Our Three-Part Series…

Most companies that hired employees in 2011 put significant time and energy into interviewing and hiring qualified people for their jobs.

Hiring can be a lot like dating – you have to kiss a few frogs before finding your prince.  But once you do find your prince, it’s storybook magic.

With 2011 fading into the background, the buzz is that 2012 will present a unique challenge for companies to retain those employees they worked so hard to hire.  This will be the year to pay close attention to not only hiring practices, but strategies to keep people engaged in the workplace. After all, you didn’t go through all that work to find a prince to have him hop away.

So why are some companies failing to retain their best talent?

According to a recent Forbes.com article, companies, especially large ones, may lose valuable talent due to company bureaucracy, lack of career development and the ability to understand what motivates their employees.

So what steps can a manager take to engage their team?

  • Be sure to align an employee’s strengths with the job at hand to ensure that they are the best person for the job.  Trying to “fit” someone into a position is not a good idea. An employee should be challenged in a good way, engaging their strengths to the fullest potential. Forcing a “fit” that is not meant to be could lead to issues in the work being produced as well as the dynamics of the team.
  • Connect with your team through regular communication, lead by example and find creative ways to motivate your team. If you rarely communicate with your employees, they are not going to connect with you or the company. Speak with your staff to determine where they envision their careers in the future. Discussing this can help you to guide and motivate team members.
  • Create an upbeat environment. From the physical workspace to the office vibe, employees want to work in a positive, cool environment. Let’s face it, no one wants to come into the office each day dreading negativity and a boring atmosphere.

Remember that teams are comprised of people who are doing jobs to ensure a company’s success.  The company won’t thrive without engaged, accomplished employees.

Stay tuned for our next prediction –“2012’s Must-Have Skills”

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Wrapping Up the Old Year and Welcoming the New The Start to Our Series on 2012 Hiring Predictions

As we wrap up 2011, let’s look back on what was an interesting (think Charlie Sheen and “tiger blood”) and promising year.

We had the good fortune to meet and work with some of the Boston area’s brightest creative talent.  We saw clients make steady increases in hiring, and job seekers going above and beyond, working with us to refine their professional personas, sharpen their skills, and take their marketability to the next level.  Finding a new career (or maintaining one) was very much a priority for most of us in 2011.  The determination and spirit we witnessed was admirable.

Companies faced challenges as well.  We worked with innovative clients in the New England area who realized that business still needs to get done in challenging times.  Companies are ready to strengthen their brands utilizing top-notch talent, contributing to a more positive economic outlook.

With our experience in the creative industry, we see trends come and go in the blink of an eye (kind of like Kim Kardashian’s much-hyped nuptials) but there are some recent hiring trends that look like they’ll stay as we move into 2012.

As you put down the bottle of champagne after mumbling the lines of “Auld Lang Syne” (does anyone really know all the words?), make sure you tune in for our upcoming series featuring the latest job market predictions for 2012 with valuable insights you won’t want to miss.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season and everyone at CM Access wishes you a prosperous and successful New Year!