If you're a job seeker living in Tampa then you're in a great place to find a job. A recent report from wallethub.com ranked Tampa the 3rd best city in the U.S. to find a Job. Cities were ranked based on a variety of factors including number of job openings, industry variety, unemployment trend, hiring / staffing trends, salaries, benefits and more.
In honor of Halloween, we asked Tampa staffing managers to tell us some of the scariest things they’ve experienced in interviews. We thought we’d get a few interesting stories; however, we were flooded with responses. A few common themes appeared including outrageous outfits, crazy reasons why people left their previous jobs and improper language use during interviews.
Have you ever met with a candidate who had the perfect resume, excellent experience, perfectly-matched skills and said all of the right things in the interview but your gut still said “don’t hire them?” Recently, I was part of a team working on a high-level executive search. We had hundreds of candidates interested in the position but only a few met our hiring criteria. One candidate in particular looked perfect. The resume was a model which could have been used as our job description. In a panel-style interview, this candidate was poised, provided thoughtful answers with brevity and clarity and was completely comfortable with their surroundings. Not a single bead of sweat rolled down their face as they zapped every tough question from the committee of 7. A presentation followed. One of the best we’ve seen. A perfect performance.
Recruiting great talent is hard work. Many managers think they can post a job on a national job board, then kick back and let the amazing applications flow in. If you’ve tried a job posting recently, then you know this is far from the truth. Many of these applicants do not meet even the basic hiring criteria. Finding exceptional talent in today’s environment takes research, outreach and some ingenuity.
Is hiring part of your every day job responsibilities? If you are like most hiring managers, it's one of the most important things you do; however, not usually one of your favorite parts of the job.
In working with hiring managers across a wide range of industries we see common mistakes and share them regularly on our blog. Let's face it. As a manager, you are so incredibly busy with a never-ending workload. Hiring is probably just one of a thousand things you have to get done today. We hope that by sharing some of these insights with you from other hiring managers that it will make the hiring part of your responsibility seem a little easier.
Recently, internet content producer Marina Shifrin quit her job with a video on YouTube. So far, she’s had 13 million views of her resignation. How you quit your job is so important. In most cases, resigning with a video on the internet is probably not the best way to leave your position.
One of the brightest signs in Tampa’s economy is the continued growth in call center jobs in 2013. Traditionally, Tampa has been a southeast hub of call centers for large companies including Disney, UPS, Home Depot and United Health Care. A strong communications infrastructure, excellent weather, low taxes and a strong supply of great, customer-service minded talent make Tampa the perfect choice to host a company’s call center.
By now you’ve probably heard about Miley Cyrus’ performance Sunday night at MTV’s Video Music Awards. The former Disney “Hannah Montana” star has taken a lucrative musical, television and movie career and turned it into something...interesting. As I watched her thrust, thwart and twerk like a monkey high on a case of Red Bull, I realized there’s some hidden management gems we can learn from Ms. “I Don’t Want to Be Known As a Disney Star Anymore’s” VMA stunt.
- There’s no “I” in the word “team” – Miley performed a duet with pop star Robin Thicke along with two other guest stars. At one point, Miley was on stage with all of the other performers while Robin sang his current hit. Instead of enhancing Robin’s performance, her presentation was so distracting and disturbing, I’m not sure anyone even noticed the two other guest stars on stage. As managers, our job is to help those on our team perform at their best. We’re here to support them, not to “disturb” or upstage their performance with a personal need to feed an ego or cover for our deep insecurity. A team works together to make everyone look good.
- Watch your tongue – During the performance, Miley just couldn’t keep her tongue in her mouth. It kept popping out all over the place. You would have thought she was a dog in a park catching Frisbees on a hot day. Every time they cut to a close-up shot of Miley, there was that tongue again. It looked ridiculous. As managers, we sometimes stick out our tongues too much and quite frankly, it can make us look ridiculous too. We tend to speak too much and not listen enough. When we talk without asking questions, listening and understanding, we get ourselves into trouble too.
- Play to your strengths – At a young age, Miley earned the respect of other professionals in her business along with developing millions of fans. She was a great singer, dancer and actress living the dream of so many people. The values she portrayed early in her career, both on screen and off screen, were a huge part of her success. During her VMA performance, she played to a perceived weakness in her image, rather than standing back, evaluating her position and playing to her strengths. Instead of embracing her talents and the strong image she’s developed over the years, she put all her efforts into trying to tackle her good girl image, which she sees as a weakness. Miley is not alone. We all do this in our lives. We tend to focus on perceived weaknesses instead of appreciating our talents. (How many times have you looked in the mirror and focused on the negatives in your mind of your own image?) As managers, it’s our job to stop dwelling so much on the weaknesses and learn to appreciate the strengths of our team. Then help each employee use those talents to be more successful.
Susan just completed her fourth and final interview with the CEO of a major company in Tampa. She was extremely excited about this job opportunity to be the executive assistant for one of the area’s top CEO’s. Being a detailed executive administrative assistant for over 17 years, she knew the importance of proper follow-up. After all, she was responsible for sending out hundreds of thank you notes on behalf of her prior executives.
A perfect climate, the nation's most popular attractions, miles of warm water ocean beaches, and it's easy to see why tourists from all over the world flock to the Tampa Bay area. Full-time residents? They get to enjoy these perks all year round!