Always Be Ready (for New Opportunities)

Are you ready for the next awesome job in your career playbook? Or are you indefinitely committed to your current position for better or worse? What if you could land happily somewhere in the middle – not actively searching but also not closed-off to amazing opportunities either? You’d always be ready for good fortune when it comes knocking. What a beautiful compromise.

Always have your mind (and your resume) ready for opportunities
Always have your mind (and your resume) ready for opportunities

Ditching the Old Paradigm  

Some employees hold an antiquated belief that if you remain open to new opportunities, you’re either disloyal, ungrateful, or ambivalent about your current success. Meanwhile, opportunities for growth; advancement; and yes, sometimes a career change, are passing you by. What many employees don’t think about is the internal opportunities that can also slide right past when you aren’t ready to grow. Being stagnant isn’t doing you any favors, even when the tentative plan is to stay in your current position.

Keep a Growth Mindset and Always Be Ready

Networking is Good for Internal and External Mobility

Staying on-top of training opportunities and news only gets you so far. It’s also important to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market and know how your skills translate to other positions by building and maintaining social connections.

Networking with leaders, influencers, and peers inside and outside your organization can help put your background and experience in perspective and help you understand where your company fits in relation to its competitors and customers. That’s both practical and valuable information for employers who count on employees for insightful input and ideas.

Keeping a Polished Resume Helps You Notice and Fill Gaps

Say what you will about list making, but few things help us uncover our strengths and weaknesses like a comprehensive list. Keeping an updated resume that includes your current position is like keeping a master list of your skills. It can help you think critically about your position and responsibilities and discover areas for growth and development.

Read your resume as if you were actively searching for a new job, what’s impressive about your background? What could you do now, in your current position, to make yourself more attractive to future employers? Start filling in those gaps while you have the chance. It will only make you more impressive, regardless of where you work.

Even if You Aren’t Looking Now, You May Be in The Future

Few things contribute as much to future success as preparation. After all, very few big wins in life (both personal or professional) come without first laying the groundwork. You may not be searching for a new position right now. However, if the perfect job came along or your plans with this current company change, it’s better to be prepared.

Yes, the market is tight and employers are competing fiercely for candidates, but keep in mind, the best jobs with truly competitive offers do still elicit a strong and immediate response. You’ll need to be more than a stand out candidate – you’ll also have to act fast.

Don’t miss out on worthwhile opportunities. Connect and network with our team at Coppertree Staffing to stay on top of employment trends, learn what employers are looking for, and stay competitive in a candidate-driven job market.

What to do When Your Company Announces a Merger

Feeling blindsided by a merger announcement? You’re in good company. Getting the news that your employer is merging with another business can terrify even the most competent employee.

Should you be worried if you company announces a merger?

Instead of letting fear take over, try something a little different. A little more radical. Embrace the power of change (and be prepared for all possible scenarios)! Follow our guide to what you should do now, and we promise, the fear might not go away completely, but you will feel more in control.

Revamp Your Resume

First things first, break out your resume and look it over. When was the last time you updated it? What about your LinkedIn? Now is the time to refresh your bio, add your current work experience to your resume, and take the time to think about what you might want to do if you weren’t where you are now.

Note: This is not a time to panic and start sending your resume out. It’s just a chance to refresh it so you’re ready if you need it. Think of it as being proactive so you can avoid being reactive later.

Touch Base with Your Network

Staying in touch with your network is just good business, regardless of what your employment situation is. Your connections can act as a lifeline, but they do have to be nurtured for the best results. Now that you’ve got a little pep in your step (thanks, fear-inspired adrenaline), reach out to those people you’ve been putting off.

Don’t make it about the merger; just check in. Go out for coffee or lunch. Follow up and see how they’re doing. You can talk about the merger, but don’t bring it up first thing and don’t make it the central focus. Listen for pain points when the person talks. Is there something you can do to help them? If there is, and it’s within your capabilities, do it.

Stay Focused on the Current Workload

It’s hard, and sometimes it feels near impossible, but the last thing you want to do right now is start neglecting your work. Ever heard the saying ‘fake it til you make it’? That’s your new motto. You might not feel excited to go to work anymore. You might be full of dread some days. But you can get through it.

Keep your energy up and continue to do your job with positivity and passion. It’s only going to make you look better. People with the power to change your career trajectory might not notice how great you’re doing, but they will notice if your job starts to suffer. Look like an asset by staying the course and doing great work.

Practice Patience

Waiting for the other shoe to drop is tough, and sometimes, it never does. Instead of imagining the worst, try to imagine the best possible outcome. Maybe, thanks to this merger, your company will finally have the capacity to add more leadership positions. And perhaps you’ll have the chance to advance. Maybe you will get a new boss, one who’s even better than the last, and your old boss will get promoted. 

You just never know what’s going to happen after a merger. As scary as that can be, it’s also an opportunity for growth. Challenge yourself to remain patient, find the silver linings, and keep a positive attitude. It will pay off one way or another. 

Want a little extra security? Contact us to find out who is looking for your skill set and what other job opportunities may be available.

How to Evaluate Competing Job Offers

Being a highly desirable candidate is always a good thing. And staying active in your job search and interviewing with multiple companies can yield the best chance of getting an offer. But it can also mean you find yourself in the position of receiving multiple, competing job offers at the same time.

Exciting? Of course! Nerve-wracking? You bet.

Having a decision to make is a good thing, but how do you make the right one?

No one wants to make the wrong choice and miss out on a better opportunity. As a recruiter working with skilled tech professionals, I see this scenario all the time. The key to getting it right is to make sure you weigh ALL the important aspects of every offer and potential job. Here’s a top-level overview of what you should be looking at.

When evaluating competing job offers pay attention to:

  • Salary
  • Benefits
  • Time-off & Work/Life Balance
  • Corporate Culture
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Stability & Layoff History


Most people know to look at base salary, and they usually make it the very first thing they check out. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a crucial detail, but it’s not as high a priority as many candidates think at first look and it certainly doesn’t have to be a deal breaker.

Think of it this way… If someone offered you $100,000 a year to take a job with minimal time off, basic benefits, no chance to grow or advance, and doing something that you’re good at but don’t enjoy would you take it over a job that paid $80,000 but had outstanding benefits, generous vacation and sick time allowances, and offered lots of opportunities to advance? The choice becomes a little clearer when you look at more information.

Also, make sure to count typical bonuses, the commission structure, and the likelihood of earning them if your job makes you eligible for either.


Ah yes, insurance and retirement plans. Two complex aspects of an employment package that can greatly influence the appeal of an otherwise mediocre job offer.

Health insurance is the elephant in the room for many of us. We know it’s important, but just like all forms of insurance, it’s one of those things that you don’t really use until you need it. But when you DO need it, the quality of your healthcare plan will make a huge difference. You may or may not be given a full insurance package with your offer. If you aren’t, you should be able to ask for it.

You should also ask for details on the monthly cost to you for a plan that is comparable to the one you currently have.  I see such a wide range of costs from employers.  A few offer a top shelf plan and pay 100% of the single employee cost or even a family plan.  Most offer a mid- to top-tier plan, but the amount that the employer covers varies widely.  The cost to you could be from $200 to $1000 per month, which makes a big difference in your net income.

Things to consider about employer-sponsored health insurance:

What is your required monthly contribution to the plan?

Who does it cover (you, you and your spouse, or you and your whole family)?

What does it cover and what doesn’t it cover?

What is the deductible?

What is the out-of-pocket maximum?

Does the company offer any assistance with deductible costs?

Retirement plans are equally abstract. These days, most companies offer a standard 401(k) savings plan, but employer matching amounts are a great way to boost your savings for retirement without taking it out of your paycheck.  Ask about the matching percentage and any criteria that the company has for eligibility.

Things to consider about employer-sponsored retirement plans:

What kind of plan is it?

What is their annual maximum contribution or match?

Do they have a history of changing the plan? For better or worse?

When will you be able to start contributing?

Work/Life Balance

Take a look at the number of paid vacation days and sick leave. Check if the paid time off is the same every year or if you earn more the longer you work there. Many companies have a graduating plan that gives senior employees more paid time off. Some companies also allow flex time and multiple schedule choices like 9-80 or 10-80 that would give you more days off each month in exchange for longer work days.

Your daily commute also has a big impact on your job satisfaction and your work/life balance.  Accepting a lower salary in exchange for a 15 minute commute (versus 90 minutes, which can be common around New York City) could be a great tradeoff for you.

Corporate Culture

How you feel about going to work is like the gas in the engine. And, sticking with the metaphor, corporate culture can determine the quality of that fuel. No one wants to say “yes” to 40+ hours per week in a toxic work environment.  Checking out sites like can he helpful, but take the reviews with a grain of salt.  Remember that disgruntled employees are much more likely to post a review than someone who is happily working at the company currently.

Pay attention to the training plan the company offers for new employees and how they onboard. If they take the time to train and properly onboard new staff, it’s a good sign. Also keep an eye out during your in-person visits to the company and observe how employees act and treat one another.

Advancement Opportunities

The ability and opportunity to advance within a company can also contribute to the overall corporate culture. Most people want room to grow and recognition for thriving and taking the initiative to go above and beyond.

If there’s no chance or limited chance for advancement, it can create an air of stagnation that drives the company culture down and increases resentment and an attitude of doing ‘just enough’.

As a go-getter, you’ll want to know you can grow with a company and be rewarded for your contributions in the future. A clear path to advancement is a good sign. Ask how long people typically stay in the position you’re being offered before they are eligible for advancement and what sort of jobs might be available to you once you’re ready to advance.

Stability & Layoff History

Lastly, even if you feel like you’ve found the perfect position don’t forget to consider the company’s reputation for stability and their layoff history. Is the turnover high for the industry average? Do they spend a lot of time and money to train people and then make a concerted effort to keep their employees happy and on board?

Long-tenured employees are a good sign. If it’s a startup, that may not be something that’s as easy to evaluate but you can consider if you’ll be working for a serial entrepreneur and how their previous ventures worked out.

This list should be seen as a solid starting point for evaluating competing job offers. There may be aspects of a position that are important to you but not mentioned above. Or you may be wondering how someone gets all the information they need to make an informed decision – not every company supplies all the details. The answer is, you work with a qualified recruiter. Someone who knows the company, knows what you’re looking for, and can help find the right match and help you evaluate multiple worthwhile offers.

If you’re a skilled IT professional looking for the next awesome job and you want to be considered by quality companies with good reputations, contact our team at Coppertree Staffing today. We have advertised and non-advertised positions with some of the best companies in the industry and chances are, we’ve got a match for you.  

Now’s the Time to Act; The Tech Industry Is Booming (And so Are the Salaries)

If you haven’t taken the market’s pulse lately, now is a good time to do it. In spite of where we were just eight years ago, it’s made huge positive gains and the tech sector, in particular, continues to thrive and outpace analyst expectations. And yet, there are simply not enough qualified applicants actively exploring the employment market to meet demand. 

There are not enough candidates in today’s market

Don’t let fear (or anything else) keep you from finding the job of your dreams

Soapbox time; I want to encourage anyone who’s been sitting on the sidelines and staying in a job that’s not the right fit or has no room for growth to consider making the leap and start actively looking. The job market has changed dramatically in the past eight years – even in the past few years – and continues to rebound steadily.

I understand that many people, including highly-qualified and well-liked employees, lost their jobs during the recession. It was the toughest employment market many of us will ever experience in our lifetime. And it can be tempting to stay put, especially if you’re someone who experienced a long period of unemployment during the downturn. However, there’s never been a better time to get out there than now.  

It’s a great time for tech candidates to test the market

Overall, tech industry salaries are booming and well-qualified candidates are receiving multiple offers. The number of qualified tech workers is expected to grow an average of 3.4% a year. Yet companies are still clamoring for top talent especially in the niche pockets of the tech world where qualified applicants and expert resources are extremely limited.

The takeaway from almost every tech employment study done this year is that salaries are climbing nationwide – not solely in larger cities like San Francisco and San Jose.

That means regardless of where you reside, chances are high that your local job market is experiencing growth too.

Most companies have fully recovered from the recession and are meeting or exceeding growth expectations. Corporations are back to striving to add services and products and increase market share instead of just maintaining the status quo. And historically, the first step to achieving corporate success is by bringing on talented and ambitious employees that share that vision. It could be you!  

Take advantage of trusted resources to streamline your job search

If you’re feeling rusty or unsure about branching out and exploring the job market, there are companies like Coppertree available and ready to help you. Not only can we connect you to opportunities that aren’t publicly advertised but we can also walk you through the local market stats and how your background and experience can benefit you.

Contact our team at Coppertree Staffing to learn more about the current market and how you can make the most of it. 


Why am I not getting any response to my resume?

Why is my resume not getting responses?

I’ve talked to a multitude of candidates about a recurring issue that seems to affect most professionals at some point in their career: the dreaded radio silence that follows after you’ve submitted your resume to a new company. Candidates ask; why is this happening? What’s wrong with me? Am I not good enough?

The truth is; you might be getting zero response to your resume for a number of very valid reasons. And it’s usually nothing personal.

As a recruiter, I work with executives eager to fill open positions in their companies every day. In my experience, three reasons come up again and again for candidates who aren’t getting any nibbles when they apply.

Three Reasons Your Resume Isn’t Getting a Response

  • You’re applying for positions outside your core competencies
  • There’s a staggering number of other candidates
  • Your resume needs some work

You’re branching out a little (or a lot) too far

There’s nothing wrong with trying to land a job that’s not quite like anything else on your resume. However, you have to accept going into it that your application will be viewed alongside those from candidates with more direct experience, and that may put you at a disadvantage.

It’s not that companies don’t give candidates who haven’t held the exact position they’re applying for a chance. It’s that you have to do a really good job of showing the recruiter how the experience you do have will translate to success in the position they’re looking to fill.

In my experience, companies are looking for good matches along the axes of experience, industry, and level. If your core competencies don’t complement the job duties, chances are you aren’t getting an interview.

You’re one of many

I know it’s tough, but put yourself in the recruiter’s position. Some jobs are more popular than others, which means many people are going to apply. And if the company is known as a great place to work, you can bet any open position is going to attract a lot of attention in the employment market.

Of course, I would encourage you to apply for the jobs you want, especially if you’re a good fit and regardless of how many applicants may be applying. Just remember that it’s common to get no response. There are a ton of people vying for an interview, and only a fraction of the applicants will get one. Try not to take it personally; sometimes recruiters can’t get back to every candidate, even the good ones.

Your resume isn’t sending the right message

Before you assume the lack of response is due to reasons #1 or #2, consider your resume.

  • Is it well written?
  • Does it flow nicely?
  • Is it easy to read and comprehend?
  • Is it easy to skim?

Be brutally honest with yourself. If your resume doesn’t read well or present you as the best candidate for the job, you aren’t going to get a call.

The good news is; your resume is something completely in your control. You can revise, tweak, and re-write it to your heart’s content. Obviously, you’re limited to the positions, education, and experience you have, but you can polish and refine all that information to present yourself in the best possible light.

If you’re not updating your resume to read well for the position you’re applying for, you’re missing a huge opportunity to stand out.

Many candidates – even top-level executives – will send a generic resume. However, marketing 101 says if you want to persuade someone to do something (like give you an interview), you have to speak in a way that appeals to them. Knowing your audience is key.

Check out the job listing and pick out keywords the company uses to describe the position and the person they’re looking for and revise your resume & cover letter using those keywords and supporting information that directly reflects how your experience and expertise will meet their needs.

Ready to find your dream job? Contact our team to learn more about open positions, what skills are in top demand, and how you can get noticed in a crowded employment marketplace.

Three Things You Should Always Include in Your Cover Letter

As a candidate in the marketplace, chances are you’ve seen or applied to job postings that require a cover letter along with your resume and other pertinent information.  Or maybe you are just trying to figure out the best way to stand out from the crowd when applying to positions.

What you might not realize is that the traditional cover letter is changing a lot – and it’s still important.  And while you may have even written a cover letter (or ten), chances are you, like many other candidates, have missed one or more of the most crucial parts of a standout cover letter.

But before we get into the top three elements you should include in your cover letters, the first thing you need to recognize about 21st-century job listings is they won’t always be formal.  And the growth of “Apply with LinkedIn” or Facebook postings means that you may have to get creative with when and where you include cover letter details.

You still need the right cover letter to stand out

For example, if you apply for a position through a platform like LinkedIn, there is usually a section for “comments.” That is the space where you must introduce yourself and include elements of your cover letter if the posting didn’t include a place to attach one.

Never, ever send your resume without an introduction. It doesn’t matter how polished the content in it is, if you don’t take the time to set the stage, your resume will be overlooked.

Now that we’ve got the disclaimers out of the way, we can jump into exploring the three crucial things you need to include in your cover letters.

The Top Three Things EVERY Cover Letter Should Include

#1 How Your Unique Experiences & Expertise Apply

It doesn’t matter if it seems crystal clear to you how your past positions have made you into the ideal candidate for an open position, you need to connect the dots for the reader. Even if you’ve had the same position with another company, think: What kind of progress and outcomes might they expect as a result of your experiences?

If you can clearly and succinctly make a case for why you’re the most qualified and well-prepared candidate in their sights, you will have a much better chance of getting an interview.

#2 Hard Numbers

It’s not enough to narrate your previous duties that make you a good fit for the position. You need to (humbly) brag a little bit. Including hard numbers in your cover letter is like creating spark notes for your resume.

What are the most impressive (and applicable) achievements in your career to date?

Did you increase your territory revenue by 30% month over month for a year? Were you able to streamline accounting processes to improve efficiency by 10%? These are the things future employers will want to know about you and what you’re going to bring to the table when you come on board.

#3 A Personal Touch

Throughout any cover letter, you should sprinkle a bit of your personal touch. Ideally, you’re going to weave a dialogue for the recruiter that allows them to get to know you a little and, hopefully, even begin to like you. One powerful technique for accomplishing this is to tell a part of your story.

What has happened to you in your life or career that set you on the path to becoming a rock star candidate?

If you’re applying to be an analyst; have you loved tackling complex calculations since college and known since then that you’d dedicate your life to helping companies unravel their greatest financial challenges? If you’re looking to lead an agricultural company’s development unit; did you grow up on a working farm and realize you have a natural talent for agriculture and land management?

Let the recruiter have a peek behind the curtain so they can see why you’re not only a qualified candidate but also the best person for the job.  In the end, people still hire people they like, so be enthusiastic and friendly!

Ready to streamline your job search? Contact our team to learn more about open positions, standing out in a sea of applicants, and finding your dream job.

5 Things to Remember After Your Interview

There’s a common theme in the recruiting process that gives job seekers cold sweats and anxiety. It’s not sending out resumes or even preparing for the interview. It’s what happens afterward.

The waiting is the hardest part…

You probably know the feeling. You’ve just had a great interview, and you’re elated. You were well prepared, and it showed. They seemed to like you and even asked key questions like “when could you start?” Everything feels like it’s going your way as you high-step back to your car and head home.  You remembered to get the hiring manager’s card when you interviewed and you sent a professional thank you note the day after the interview.  At this point, you’re certain you’re going to hear from the company very soon.

But then you don’t. Instead, uninterrupted radio silence ensues for days or weeks (sometimes longer), and you start to doubt yourself. You begin to wonder what to do next.

Don’t stress. This article is for you. Here are the four things to keep in mind next time you find yourself in interview limbo.

Five Key Things to Remember After the Interview:

  1. Whatever you do; don’t panic
  2. Be polite, enthusiastic, and positive
  3. Recognize that hiring managers are busy
  4. Keep up your job search
  5. You might be a good match, but not a perfect fit

Don’t Panic

Hiring managers can sense self-doubt and fear. Desperation is not a good negotiation tactic, and when you sound stressed or frazzled, it won’t make a good impression. Instead of panicking, remind yourself of how well the interview went and then keep your mind occupied with whatever distracts and relaxes you.  Put your energies into reinforcing that positive image you projected during the interview instead.

There is a really good chance that the delay has nothing to do with you exactly and instead is being driven by business factors and management decisions inside the company.

Stay Positive and Friendly

Remember how you felt when you had just left the interview? Channel that upbeat and positive feeling into polite, professional follow-ups. It’s ok to leave a voicemail or send an email once a week. But that’s about it. Don’t overdo it, no matter how polite or enthusiastic you are.

Use language like:

“I’m just calling to check on the status…”

“I’m still very excited about the opportunity…”

“I know you’re busy and appreciate your time…”

Don’t say things like:

“I have left several messages already…”

“I expected a decision by now…”

Recognize that Hiring is Not the Manager’s Only Job

It can feel like the only important aspect of a hiring manager’s job is to hire people (and by that, we mean immediately call and recruit top candidates), but it’s not. Hiring managers have a great many duties, and even when it comes to recruiting there are usually multiple steps.

Try to remember that your interviewer may be busy doing any number of important things like reviewing resumes, conducting interviews, and probably covering for some of the responsibilities that you are hoping to cover.  The company is probably hiring because they are short staffed in some way, so that might put a strain on everyone in the department including the manager.

Keep up with your job search and interviewing

Not only should you never put all your eggs in one basket, but there are positive psychological and functional reasons for pursuing other opportunities, even if this was your ‘dream job’.  You might find an even better job in the process, but in any case, the interviewing practice will benefit you in the long run.

If you do get another offer in the meantime, but you still prefer this first job, you might be able to TACTFULLY use it to move the process along.  Don’t ever do this if you don’t have another offer.  You can call or email the hiring manager to let them know that you are still very interested in their position, but that want to give them a heads up that you have another offer that you are considering right now.  Don’t overtly try to ‘put the squeeze on them’, but if they are interested and have the ability to move forward, this should at least restart the conversation.

You Might Not be a Perfect Fit (but You May Be Able to Overcome It)

This last one is a little tricky. It might be a case of the truth hurts, but it doesn’t have to mean the door is closed. Companies frequently hire people who are a good fit, but not quite a great fit. And why do they decide to pull the trigger? Usually, it’s because that person shows them that they are capable of filling the position and adding value to the team, even if they aren’t an ideal match.

If you find yourself in this predicament and facing objections from an employer that you really want to work for, put in a little effort.

For example, if it’s a sales job, put together a sales presentation and pitch them. Or send a technical article based on something you discussed during the interview and try to weave a friendly conversation around it (to show that you’re always learning and advancing). Or, select key points from your resume that are a perfect fit for the position and expand on them in a brief email and sell why those skills do, in fact, make you a great fit (even if they can’t see it yet). Just remember to be polite and upbeat and not argumentative.

Ready to get in front of your dream employer? Contact CopperTree Staffing to learn about open positions at exceptional companies or visit our blog to learn more about interviewing, onboarding, and job market trends.

Three Tips to Help You Write an Eye-Catching Bulleted Resume

If you’re active in the job market, chances are you’ve come across an article or two promoting bulleted resumes as the latest way to get noticed by hiring managers. And, for good reason.

Bulleted resumes make skimming easier, and we know recruiters skim read; they help key points stand out instead of getting lost in a block of text; and when done well they’re usually more concise than the traditional, multi-paragraph styles.

Ready to get in on the trend and try a bulleted resume but not sure where to start? Follow these tips to make the most of bulleted formatting and get noticed by interested employers.

A well written resume can get you the interview

Three Tips For Nailing Your Bulleted Resume:

  • Focus on achievements and measurable results
  • Limit bullet points to 3-5 of your most impressive stats and stories
  • Write in an active voice

Focus On Achievements & Measurable Results

If you’re in a field where you’re expected to meet measurable goals, then this aspect of creating a bulleted resume will be easy for you. Share details like what percent of your performance goal you met regularly or the ROI on ideas you implemented or projects you were in charge of. Focus on your best work.

If some of your roles have been less goal-focused and centered more around daily or repetitive tasks (think admin and customer-service heavy positions), then it might take a little more finesse to write interesting bullet points.

Think about all the challenges you overcame in your position and how you improved your work environment, even if you can’t measure the results with hard numbers. Did you organize an entire department? Create forms that streamlined procedures? Revamp the training program to make it more efficient and effective? Share how you’ve made your mark at every job.

Keep It Relevant, Impressive, and Concise

Generally speaking, you should aim to share no less than three bullet points per position and no more than five. The easiest way to keep your bulleted resume from getting too long is to remember the goal is to concentrate on achievements, not duties.

Each bullet should highlight one of your most impressive job stats or victories. If there are too many to choose from, then force yourself to pick the top five that are also the most relevant to the position you’re applying for and list only those. You can always share additional stats in your interview.

Make Sure You Write in an Active Voice

One thing not many recruiters talk about is writing in an active voice. Using an active voice is more powerful and helps future employers to see you as the catalyst to generating positive results. And luckily, switching from a passive voice to an active voice is easier than you might think when you follow these simple active writing tricks.

 Visit our blog to learn how to stand out in the job market, what employers and recruiters are looking for, interview tips, and more.

What Does the Employee Marketplace Mean for Job Seekers and Employers?  

It’s official: we’re living in an employee-driven marketplace. During the recession and until recently, employers had the upper hand. The market was flooded with talented, experienced job seekers eager to get their foot in the door at companies across the nation. You didn’t have to look far for a pool of top-tier candidates.

And let’s be honest, lots of companies benefited greatly from that sudden influx of driven, highly qualified applicants. After all, there’s a big difference between selecting the best person for the job when they’re clearly the standout and taking your pick from a group of superstar talent.

Great candidates are harder to find today

But those days are over. Now the tables have turned, and the best and brightest employees are a hot commodity. Not only do you have to attract and engage star candidates, but you also have to keep employees engaged or risk losing your best people to a better, more appealing opportunities.

Human capital has the potential for the highest ROI of any investment your company makes.

In January the Execu|Search Group released their 2017 Hiring Outlook report that puts the new marketplace conditions into perspective. Understanding how employees and candidates view your hiring and onboarding systems as well as what they’re looking for in terms of job experience could be the difference between keeping your most talented employees or losing them to the open market.

Notable Findings of the 2017 Hiring Outlook Report:

  • Millennials comprise the largest share of US workers
  • A lack of advancement opportunities, salary growth potential, inadequate work-life balance, and poor corporate culture are the top four reasons employees leave a company
  • More than 60% of employees surveyed reported that they interviewed for two or more roles while interviewing for their current position
  • A whopping 50% of workers plan to stay at their current job for two years or less
  • There’s a disconnect in the hiring stage with 75% of employers reporting that their hiring process takes three or more weeks while employees feel it should take two weeks at most
  • 34% of responding employees stated that their interviewer couldn’t adequately convey the overall impact their potential role would have on reaching the company’s goals
  • Though millennials are the largest group of working professionals, more than 48% of employees across all groups stated that they don’t believe younger employees are encouraged to pursue leadership with their current employers
  • 76% of millennials surveyed said that professional development is one of the most critical aspects of company culture

If you’re an employer who’s actively hiring, you probably already know, or at least have sensed, that the marketplace is changing and these numbers only confirm what you’ve suspected. Employers are anxious to secure superstar employees and willing to put energy and effort into keeping their team happy and retaining talent. If you’re not doing the same, then you need to start right away.

Making the decision to research what employees are looking for now, or partnering with industry experts like our team at CopperTree, is crucial to engaging and retaining top talent. It’s no longer enough to try a few things here and there. You need to step up your recruiting and onboarding process across the board or risk falling behind.

Ready to partner with an expert? Contact CopperTree Staffing to learn how you can streamline your hiring and onboarding processes to attract, engage, and retain the best and brightest candidates.


Why You Should Always Take a Recruiter’s Call (Even if You Love Your Job)

The best recruiters take the time to get to know all of their contacts and connect the dots between leading companies and top talent. They’re always keeping an eye on the market and helping the two sides of the employment spectrum come together at the most opportune times.

Networking is key to success

In a sense, knowing a great recruiter is like cornering an information and marketing goldmine. They can help you in a myriad of ways, and represent a sea of opportunity – which is exactly why you should always take a recruiter’s call, even if you’re happy in your current job. But that’s not the only reason to pick up the phone.

The Top 5 Reasons You Should Answer When a Recruiter Calls:

  1. Networking is the secret to advancing your career
  2. You’ll have a chance to gain insight into your professional market value
  3. You can find out more about the current job market
  4. You might know someone who’s a perfect fit for the job, even if you aren’t
  5. They might be calling because your dream position just opened up

Talking with Recruiters is Networking 101

If you have any desire to advance in your career, then you need to embrace networking. And there’s not a more connected person to have in your contacts list than a top notch recruiter. Even if you aren’t currently looking for a new job, you may be one day. Already having a solid relationship with an experienced recruiter will take some of the stress and guesswork out of re-entering the employment market when you are ready to consider new opportunities.

Knowing Your Professional Value Gives You Power

You can’t make the best decisions if you don’t have all the information. Talking with a recruiter can help you understand how desirable your skills are in the job market and assess your current position and goals from a new perspective. If you’ve been in the same position for years and not checked out the market for someone with your background, it’s definitely worth finding out how your current job stacks up to potential opportunities.

You Can Get an Expert’s Take on the Job Market

How long has it been since you’ve had a conversation with someone knowledgeable about the current job market? So much has changed in the past eight years, but some people continue to cling to less than satisfying work because they still think the job market is operating like we’re in a recession. More opportunities are coming available every day. Remaining blind to them is only doing yourself a disservice.

You Might be able to Make a Referral

If a recruiter is calling about a particular job and it’s not something you’re interested in, it’s perfectly acceptable to decline an interview. But even if it’s not the right job for you, you might know someone who would be interested and may be a good fit. It could be your chance to help someone in your network by putting them in touch with a recruiter who might just be the catalyst for a professional change they’ve been longing to make.

They May Offer You Something Even Better than What You’re Doing Now

You might be genuinely happy with your current company and position. But if it’s not (quite literally) your dream job, then it’s always beneficial to take a recruiter’s call. They could be calling about an opportunity that is vastly superior to what you’re doing now. And that’s not information you’re going to want to miss out on.

Is it time you connected with a knowledgeable recruiter? Contact the team at CopperTree Staffing. For more information on the employment market, industry trends, and how to position yourself to advance your career, visit our blog.