Archive for October, 2015

How To Keep Your Crew and Make The Company Happy

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Every managers problem is how to keep their crew from transferring to other company. The harsh reality is that they don’t like you anymore that’s why they transfer. But what if you can find a way to keep them, would you spend a few minutes reading further?

Every time an employee transfer to another company, you will hear the reason the salary is higher than the previous. But it is never the same to others. Not all will agree that it is always about the salary. A good manager is being able to keep the retention of the employee on its high level. Motivation is one factor that makes them stay. A motivated crew or employee is a happy employee.

Another reason for their stay is friendship. They already build the relationship that they never get from their previous or other company they’ve worked with. If you manage to be their friends, you’ve gained a loyal employee in your company. Let’s find out what else you need…

Employee Retention Reflects A Successful Business

Minimizing hiring the wrong people helps in fixing 50% of the retention problem. During the hiring process you must detect early the qualities that you are looking in an employee.

Do they have the right attitude? Do they have the right skills? Are they willing to improve their career through your programs (if you have career programs)? And, do they plan on working with you for long term (5 to 10 yrs.) or temporary. If you can detect it early, your chance of getting higher retention rate increases.

What if your hiring process is good but still retention is poor? Then you have to look within yourself as a manager. Sometimes it is poor employee or crew relationship that causes people to leave the company. Poor management is a very serious problem and must be addressed immediately. Otherwise it will be a continuous disease in your company and the more it last longer the more you loose employee.

If you keep up both proper hiring and good employee relation and you want to extend further your successful retention program; include employee engagement. Motivate your employee, change your behavior from good to awesome.

Directly ask your employee what will make them happy. Why they want to stay? Why would they want to leave (in case they want to)? Do they know the purpose of their role in their team and the company? How do they want to be treated? What do you need in your workplace.

These are simple but effective way of knowing your employee. The information you’ll get is enough to fire up ideas on how you can improve yourself, and introduce programs for your company.

Keep Their Morale High

Showing to your crew that you care is one of the best way to reward them. And, extending that care to the people that matters to them (their family) is the best gesture that you care. Provide health benefits for your employee and their family. Livelihood projects and other small business ventures that will involved your employee makes them proud to be part of your company. Think of building a community within your company. A happy and satisfied community of employee or crew.

Whenever a crew or employee goes above and beyond expectations, recognize them. It is the proudest joy of your employee to be recognized and that their managers know them.

If a customer provide a positive comment to your employee or crew, inform them about it. This means that their hard work pays off and a satisfied customer is a sign that their doing their job the right way and inline with the company’s goal.

Build Friendship While Working

Allow yourself to be available and approachable. Taking time to hear your employees concerns and ideas builds better relationship and friendship. Remember that time is a very rare commodity for managers, so if you go an extra effort in giving them just a couple of your time to listen, it is enough to make their day worthwhile.

If they make a mistake, take necessary action according to the company’s guidelines and move on. Don’t entertain grudges. Recover from your anger quickly and move on. Or better yet, don’t get angry. There are other ways to face a work related problem. Anger never resolves a problem, it actually adds up to the problem.

Also, be gentle to yourself and acquire only positive things. Negative thoughts and ideas adds to your stress. Always think that there is a way to to be positive, and you’ll find out that your actions can help improve your relationship with your employees.

In order for your employee to care, you must first show them that you care. Your action transcends to your employee. If they see that you are good to them, they return the favor as well. Treat them the way you would treat your CEO or customers.

Everything you’ve read will not be enough if you don’t take action. And besides, it is very simple to remember what to do. Just remember to keep employee engagement open, keep their morale high, and allow to build up friendship. If you can do that, then you have solve half of your employee retention problem.

How about you, what else can you add to these. Write it in the comment below and let us discuss about it.

Practical Advice In Applying For A Job As A Seafarer

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Getting noticed among other applicants is never easy. Giving a good impression is how you wanted to be noticed, it is a better way rather than getting a short attention, and then shift to other applicants.

You must be able to stand out among the other applicants. But isn’t it hard to do? Aside from that you must be able to show that you are unique among the others who are also applying for the position. But what about your own skills? Maybe you are not selling the skills that you already have. Have you tried focusing on that before trying to impress your future employer on the skills that you still don’t have?

Here are practical ways you can use to improve your job application.

Get Attention And Be Noticed

Your resume is your first step to the hiring managers desk. Make sure you put the right details and related to the job you are applying for. We tend to copy other resume and often those resumes are not applicable to our profession.

Whenever you write your resume, think of the information that your employer needs. Provide it in your resume. You cannot impress your employer by your schools and achievements. They need tangible information that you have what it takes and that you will stick with the company if in case they hire you.

Prove that you are skilled. They don’t just need certificates. They need proof that you have attended on the job trainings that makes you qualified on the position they are looking for. Include this in the section “Job Skills and Competencies” of your resume. Remember the saying “Experience is the best teacher”? The more tangible that you have experienced the job, the better your chance of getting hired.

Think like the employer whenever you read your resume. Is it boring, too many cluttered words, or not enough information related to the job you are applying for? By doing this, you get the feel of your resume.

You must understand that not all hiring manager have enough time to read your resume. Try keeping your resume in one page, or maximum of two pages. All the important information must be on the first page, and the less important in the last. Keep it direct to the point. Don’t add unnecessary words in writing your resume.

Job Interview Tips and Interview Preparation

Show Them That You Are A Valuable Asset

Preparation is a big factor in every job application. Do a personal check up. List down all the skills and qualifications that you have that can be of value to the company that you are applying. Your qualifications must include your skills, certificates, licenses, etc. These are work related and focused only on the job you are applying for.

Examine what the employer is specifically looking for. Ask other applicants who previously passed or failed their interview. You’ll get the information you need and you can prepare yourself before the set date of your interview. It is sometimes good not to be the first group of applicants. You get information and makes it easier for you to prepare for the big day.

Know what you have to offer and align it to the needs of the company you are applying for a job. This helps in building your confidence to better answer the questions that may be ask of you. Take time to develop your pitch.

Know Yourself And Use It To Your Advantage

If you are applying for a certain position that you don’t have an experience yet, it is a good idea to ask a person or friend who has an experience on that job. This gives you on hand information on what the job would be. Also, the information that you’ll get can be of good use in case questions will be ask of you related to that job.

If you think like the employer for a minute you’ll be able to know what they may want in case they have that conversation with you. Employers don’t decide with their emotions whenever they are hiring people. They rely on facts. Vivid facts that they can back up with tangible evidence of your skills.

Remember what I told you about knowing what you have to offer? Once you identify your skills and what you have to offer, it is easier for you to write your resume and highlight those strengths that you have. It makes you credible and easier for you to fill out your resume.

Preparation is the key to success. Coming on time during an interview, preparing all your documents needed, and communicating well during an interview makes you a better applicant than the other. Aside from that, it lessens the stress of feeling nervous because you already prepared for it.

It will take time and it is subject to change, but in general, it gives you an edge from the rest.

Remember that you need to get the attention of the employer, and you can only get that if you stand out from the crowd. You can get the attention that you want if you can show them your strong points and the assets that you can offer. So you must know very well your strengths and use it to your advantage.

How about you? Do you have any past experience during your interview or job application that you like to share to us? Write it in the comment below and tell us about it.



Job Interview Tips and Interview Preparation