Is a bird in the hand worth two in the bush?

Several years ago, I had a brand-new client who told me he would only be considering opportunities in Atlanta or Florida. A few days later he bounded into my office to say he’d accepted a position in St. Louis. Huh? 

Hopefully things worked out okay for him and his family despite the hasty decision.

☑ One bird or two? 
Sometimes a bird in the hand isn’t worth two in the bush. I’ve had several new clients tell me they knew they’d made a mistake before they even started their most recent position. Yet here they are, terminated less than a year after they began their ill-fated job. 

Don’t panic. Don’t jump at the first thing that comes along. 

Stick to your guns and find an opportunity that is a good match for you.

☑ Trade-offs? 
When you get right down to it, you probably will have to make some trade-offs. Your finances, the length and difficulty of your search, and other factors might indicate pragmatism over an ideal job.

Separate the things you “have to have” from things that would be “nice to have.” If all the essential elements are present, then it may be advisable to move forward.

☑ How much am I worth?
One question that comes up for nearly every job seeker concerns #compensation. Although base #salary is what everyone seems to key in on, compensation entails a lot more than that.

One reliable site is www.salary.com. View this screen snip of the rich data you get about the comp and #benefits

Basically, this shows you earn $7K per month in comp and $3K per month in benefits.

☑ It’s the benefits, baby.
Oh my goodness, there’s never been a time when benefits from one company to another were so disparate. Healthcare costs might range from $40 to $400 every two weeks. And commuting expenses have never been higher, so #WFH saves boatloads of money.

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#salary #negotiation #compensation #benefits #careers #careercoach #jobseekers #linkedin

Dave O’Farrell helps his clients shorten their search, earn more money, and get better results. He helps employers soften the blow when they have to let employees go by offering the very best outplacement service on the planet. Reach out to Dave through his LinkedIn page.

U.S. added 390,000 jobs in May; wages are UP! (kinda)

A recent article from IndustryWeek indicates that the U.S. added 390,000 jobs to the economy in May. And the pay rate for these new jobs is 5.2% higher than it was in May 2021. 

What that pay increase statistic does not take into consideration however is how that increase compares to the rate of inflation. And according to the U.S. Inflation Rate Calculator, the inflation rate for the 12 months ending May of 2022 is 8.6%.

Number of long-term unemployed down.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of long-term unemployed accounted for 23.2 percent of all unemployed persons in May 2022. In March 2021, the long-term unemployed were 43.2 percent of total unemployment. Long-term unemployed is defined as those who are jobless for 27 weeks or more. 

Leisure and hospitality are still going strong.

Not surprising, the leisure and hospitality industries—which are still rebounding from closures and high unemployment in 2020—provided a healthy percentage of the surge in new jobs in May 2022.  According to the BLS, 84,000—or about 21% of the total jobs added—belonged to this industry.

Professional and business services gained 75,000 jobs in May. Within the industry, “job gains occurred in accounting and bookkeeping services (+16,000), computer systems design and related services (+13,000), and scientific research and development services (+6,000).” And get this: Employment in professional and business services is 821,000 higher than in February 2020. 

Healthcare, manufacturing, and wholesale trade also continue to be strong industries in the job growth area, combining for 60,000 jobs added last month.

Teleworking actually continues to go down. 

While it’s true that the number of companies that offer remote working and work from home is up from the period pre-pandemic, the actual number of teleworkers is down from 7.7% to 7.4%. Please note this number represents those who telework because of the coronavirus pandemic. That does not represent the number of companies who decided to shift their workforce, shrink their office real estate, and encourage work-from-home for other reasons.

What will June bring? With the recent economic news, what trends do you expect in terms of employment, new jobs, industry, and remote working?

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#jobgrowth #inflation #economy #resilience #careers #careercoach #jobseekers

Dave O’Farrell helps his clients shorten their search, earn more money, and get better results. He helps employers soften the blow when they have to let employees go by offering the very best outplacement service on the planet. Reach out to Dave through his LinkedIn page.

Procurement Manager

Position Profile

Our client is a manufacturing company on the I-75 corridor south of Atlanta. The company has a great culture and awesome benefits. We are seeking a great candidate to replace someone who is retiring.

Similar titles: Materials Manager, Procurement Director, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Director, Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Supervisor, Senior Buyer, Strategic Sourcing Director, Supply Chain Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the department. This includes purchased goods supply chain, contracts/leases, supplier negotiations, budgets, and direct reports.
  • Collaborate with other departments and company entities (domestic and abroad) to identify needs and assist in developing solutions / synergies for equipment, materials, products, and acceptable substitutions.
  • Assess current material availability; reasonably predicts future availability based on the market, delivery systems, and other variables.
  • Prepare and processes purchase orders and requisitions for materials, supplies, and equipment.
  • Draft, explain, and implement instructions, policies, and procedures for purchasing and contract management.
  • Evaluate and approve conditions for issuing and awarding bids.
  • Resolve grievances with vendors, contractors, and suppliers.
  • Validate and correct month end raw material and packaging inventory for onsite and external warehouses.
  • Act as the company’s representative in negotiations with suppliers to determine the most total cost-effective products and services.
  • Manage contracts / leases for various services (cell phones, car rentals, car leases, warehouses).

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and at least three years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with international purchasing, shipping terms, and tracking.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Reply / EEOC

  • Send résumé and cover letter with salary history to: dave@ofarrellcm.com.
  • Must be free and clear to work in the USA for an indefinite period.
  • Equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

Referral Bonus!
Who do you know who is qualified? Are you qualified? Want to learn more? Please email me. We award a $250 Amazon gift certificate to those who refer a successful candidate. Thank you!

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Why companies are staffing for “resilience”

A recent Forbes article on workplace trends examined an increasingly recognized need for employers … staffing for resilience. Before the pandemic hit, the focus of organizations was to hire workers who create “efficient organizations.”

Think about the power of efficiency when the world is turned upside down, businesses are forced to close, and the masses are working from home. It’s hard to be efficient when, what you’re efficient at, has changed drastically or is no longer a reality.

As the Forbes article states…

“Ensuring a workforce is healthy enough to keep a business running is clearly a critical element of resilience, but it also covers the implementation of processes that are more flexible, with built-in redundancies to provide cover when disaster strikes, resulting in operational efficiency becoming compromised.”

This is why companies appear to be, according to uschamber.com, focusing on soft skills and knowing the right questions to ask while interviewing. These are just a couple ways they look to hire employees that are easily adaptable and open to change.

Now more than ever, job seekers need to be able to answer the “flexibility” questions in interviews.

  • Please describe how you led your team during COVID.
  • Tell us about a task or project that you took on in the past couple of years that was outside of your scope of work.
  • Give us an example of how you were especially creative in solving a problem that was unique to the pandemic.
  • Tell us about a time when you made a sacrifice to achieve an important goal during the lockdown.
  • Now tell us about a time when you were unwilling or unable to make the necessary sacrifice to achieve a goal.
    No business wants to become obsolete, nor do they want to hire staff that will help them get to that obsolescence more quickly.
  • How have you become more flexible, and more adaptable, in the last couple years? What have you done to make yourself more personally resilient?

How can you demonstrate your flexibility and resilience to prospective employers?

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#flexibility #resilience #jobinterviews #interviewing #interviewtips #careercoach #jobseekers

Dave O’Farrell helps his clients shorten their search, earn more money, and get better results. He helps employers soften the blow when they have to let employees go by offering the very best outplacement service on the planet. Reach out to Dave through his LinkedIn page.

Staff Accountant

Position Profile

We have a client in search of a growth-oriented staff accountant. He loves working at this company; they have an award-winning culture, flexible hours, hybrid work, and amazing benefits.

The company in south metro Atlanta along the I-85 corridor. They are growing by leaps and bounds. I toured the facility recently and was really impressed by the operation and the nice people.

Similar titles: Accountant, Accounting Manager, Audit Partner, Cost Accountant, Financial Auditor, Internal Auditor, Senior Accountant, Staff Accountant.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Consolidate financials from multiple entities. Prepare financial statements. Identify trends.
  • Optimize and accurately report inventory levels to ensure efficient operations.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
  • Report to management regarding the finances of establishment.
  • Develop, maintain, or analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Prepare, analyze, or verify annual reports, financial statements, and other records, using accepted accounting and statistical procedures to assess financial condition and facilitate financial planning.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or similar.
  • Two-plus years’ experience in the accounting department of a manufacturing company.
  • Proficiency with a major ERP such as SAP, NetSuite, or MS Dynamics.
  • Excellent Microsoft skills: Project, Word, PowerPoint, Excel (pivot tables, macros, formulas, charts, graphs).
  • Must be innovative, collaborative, customer-centric, flexible, and business savvy.

Reply / EEOC

  • Send résumé and cover letter with salary history to: dave@ofarrellcm.com.
  • Must be free and clear to work in the USA for an indefinite period.
  • Equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

Referral Bonus!
Who do you know who is qualified? Are you qualified? Want to learn more? Please email me. We award a $250 Amazon gift certificate to those who refer a successful candidate. Thank you!

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Cost Accountant

Position Profile

We have a client in search of an awesome cost accountant. He loves working at this company; they have an award-winning culture, flexible hours, hybrid work, and amazing benefits.

The company in south metro Atlanta along the I-85 corridor. They are growing by leaps and bounds. I toured the facility recently and was really impressed by the operation and the nice people.

Similar titles: Accountant, Audit Partner, Financial Auditor, Internal Auditor, Senior Accountant, Staff Accountant.

Responsibilities

  • Perform cost accounting on the plant’s inventory of raw materials, work-in-process, and finished goods.
  • Capture, generate, process, and report the relevant data involved in valuing the results of its Fabrication and Assembly operations, as well as purchased goods, materials, and services.
  • Optimize and accurately report inventory levels to ensure efficient operations.
  • Prepare, examine, or analyze accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
  • Analyze business operations, trends, costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations to project future revenues and expenses or to provide advice.
  • Develop, maintain, or analyze budgets, preparing periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual costs.
  • Prepare, analyze, or verify annual reports, financial statements, and other records, using accepted accounting and statistical procedures to assess financial condition and facilitate financial planning.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or similar.
  • Two-plus years’ experience in the accounting department of a manufacturing company.
  • Proficiency with a major ERP such as SAP, NetSuite, or MS Dynamics.
  • Excellent Microsoft skills: Project, Word, PowerPoint, Excel (pivot tables, macros, formulas, charts, graphs).
  • Must be innovative, collaborative, customer-centric, flexible, and business savvy.

Reply / EEOC

  • Send résumé and cover letter with salary history to: dave@ofarrellcm.com.
  • Must be free and clear to work in the USA for an indefinite period.
  • Equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.

Referral Bonus!
Who do you know who is qualified? Are you qualified? Want to learn more? Please email me. We award a $250 Amazon gift certificate to those who refer a successful candidate. Thank you!

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