Thursday, January 17, 2019

Yes, We Do That!

Having technical insight and understanding has been vital to our success in the recruiting of top talent for Information Technology roles for the the past 5 years.  The recent year or 2 has presented the PR Team with an opportunity to translate our technical acumen across other technical disciplines.

Recent successful staffing and recruiting engagements include:

Logistics Manager
Director of HR
Manufacturing QA Manager
Purchasing Manager
WMS Implementation Manager
Industrial Process Engineer
Electrical Engineer

Automotive and other related manufacturing firms utilize a wide variety of technically minded specialists across the entire footprint of their business models.  So, if you're looking for help filling contract or direct-hire positions that require a level of technical expertise - give us a call!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

4 Ways to get Noticed and Advance your Career

I came across an article by LaRae Quy that struck a chord.  She provided 4 ideas on career advancement that seemed overly simplistic to me at first, but the more a read the more I understood her wisdom.

Quy joined the FBI to make a difference, but soon learned that she'd need to get noticed by leadership before important cases would be assigned to her. Otherwise, she'd be relegated to second tier on the squad. 
Here are 4 simple ways she found were the most effective to getting noticed by leadership:

1. Find a mentor you admire
There are many different kinds of mentor relationships. Some of them are formal and you meet at regular intervals to discuss your career goals or assess your progress. Quy found mentors helpful to some degree, but the most effective mentors were the ones whose leadership style she emulated.

2. Focus on your likability
This one isn't always as simple as it sounds.  Smile, be happy, be likable.  Make friends.
All it takes are straightforward gestures to make colleagues, and leadership, feel more comfortable with you. But don’t overdo it.

3. Become a team player
There are times when you’re the star of the show, and other times when you work the backstage props. Become alert to the needs of your colleagues and offer to help them. By the way, be careful with criticism and snarky comments. Stay above the fray at all times.

4. Add value to the bottom line
Leadership looks for people who create maximum workplace impact. Self-promoters tend to oversell themselves, and their talents, to get noticed by leadership. Often, they are unprepared when an obstacle rears its ugly head.
Quy says, "To add value, you need to look at your job description as the place to start, not to end."  Amen!
Tom Colton

Monday, December 10, 2018

Manage your Brand!

I came across a salient article by Kate Lopaze of about staying in touch with Internet content about you.  That's right - Do you know what's being "said" about you across social media outlets, and the Internet in general?  Apparently, it's something we all should be aware of.

Ms. Lopaze suggests that we Google ourselves regularly.  Negative information (remember that political rant you did on Facebook 10 years ago!?) can be "pushed" to the bottom of the pile by virtue of adding new, positive content (or get others to add it for you).

She goes on to say to do the same thing on all social media outlets that we frequent.  So, go ahead and take a look at your Brand.  I'm about to take a look a mine...

Tom Colton

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Country of Quitters?

Are we in a quitters economy? 

As unemployment nears a 50-year low, employees are quitting at unprecedented rates - almost 3% every month.  The lesson?  Don’t ignore a great candidate just because they’ve recently started a new job. The data says they might surprise you with their decision to move on within the first 90 days.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

What is Quantum Computing!?

IBM’s Jerry Denman presented “Quantum Computers” for UWIT’s November meeting.  In addition to learning about this futuristic topic, we had a great time #social #networking and making new friends.  We couldn’t decide which was cooler: quantum computers or Jerry’s blockchain socks and skull cufflinks?  #tech #science #ibm #quantumcomputing #physics #yeahTHATgreenville

Be sure to follow us on social media and mark your calendars for our holiday party and gift exchange on December 13! 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Using LinkedIn to Find a Job

I read an article by Kate Lopaze yesterday that I found interesting.  My conclusion after reading it is that using LinkedIn can be somewhat counter-intuitive at times.  Or another way to put it, a user of the medium needs to understand what LinkedIn can and canNOT do in order to effectively leverage it.

Additionally, here are my main take-ways from the article:

  • Keep your content current - seems like a "no-brainer", but it's tougher than you think!
  • Ensure your profile settings are consistent with your objectives
  • Make your profile stand out!
  • Use your connections to make new connections
  • Target specific companies/industries, and don't be afraid to reach out
We use LinkedIn every day here at PR to find candidates, so you should be using it to find a job if you're in the market.  Good luck!  TC

Friday, November 2, 2018

The PR Team Welcomes Sarah Parmelee!

We are happy to welcome our newest Head Huntress, Sarah Parmelee to the Perceptive Recruiting Team!  Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University, and comes to us with several years of Human Resource experience. 

Sarah enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, camping, scuba diving, and adventuring.  

FUN FACTS: She was bit by a sting ray and still has the scar to prove it, was almost robbed by a monkey in Costa Rica, and she is obsessed with her cat, Arya #gameofthrones.

Welcome, Sarah!

@clemsonworld @clemsonuniv @ClemsonAlumni #gotigers #clemsonpride #techtalent #recruiting #yeahTHATgreenville