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Remote-Friendly and Startup Companies That are Hiring

Remote-Friendly and Startup Companies That are HiringWant to work remotely or at least find potential companies that are open to it? Here is a list of 23 remote-friendly companies that are hiring.

Grove is AngelList’s Startup of the Week. They are in the financial planning space and are hiring. Learn more about Grove here.

TIP: A rise in hiring for lower level roles often indicates need at the executive level as well. Learn how to go direct with energy, confidence, and aplomb and tap into the hidden job market here.

ATS Scam Notice

There is a scam currently circulating on the internet.

Clients, please be cautious if you are approached by a “recruiting” firm and told you are being considered for an executive job. Here is what they will do:

  1. They will ask you to send your resume (and most likely, sign a non-disclosure agreement).
  1. You’ll get back an email stating that although they were able to open your resume, it could not be loaded properly into their ATS.
  1. They will send you a link to “score” your resume (or straight to a site to “fix” your resume for a fee).
  1. You’ll load your resume (with NO job announcement) to be scored. It will fail.
  1. You are sent to a website that will “fix” your resume for a fee.

This company changes names often to evade authorities.

Start of 2018 Sees Steady Job Growth & Highest % Wage Increase Since 2009

“The faster pace of wage gains indicates that the labor market is tightening, with employers having to pay higher wages to get the workers they want.” For more, read NPR article, U.S. Economy Added 200,000 Jobs In January; Wages Rose.

Outlook is Bright for Services Sector Employment in 2018

As the economy gains momentum in 2018, employment in the services sector reaches a record high. For more, read Reuters article, U.S. Services Sector Activity Jumps to 12½-Year High.

Mary Elizabeth Bradford Appointed as Judge for 2018 TORI Resume Writing Competition

Mary Elizabeth Bradford to Judge TORI Resume Writing CompetitionFor the second year in a row, Mary Elizabeth Bradford has been appointed to serve as a Top Tier Finalist Judge for Career Director International’s 2018 TORI Awards.

The CDI Toast of the Resume Industry Awards are regarded as the gold standard for best content/visual resume representation the industry has to offer. Top resume writers from all over the world compete for first, second or third place in their respective categories ranging from Executive to Healthcare, Finance, Sales, and Entry-Level.

According to CDI President, Laura DeCarlo, “The Toast of the Resume Industry (TORI) award winners represent the epitome of excellence for job seekers to stand out from the competition for the 60-80% of all jobs that are found through networking and the hidden job market.”  TORI award winners are considered to be the top resume writers in the resume writing/careers industry.

Check out past TORI winners here.

5 Industries with a Promising Future for Small Business Startups

What do healthcare, medical marijuana and e-commerce have in common?

They are all listed as one of the best industries in which to start a small business. For more, read The 5 Best Industries for Starting a Business.

Growth in the US

Nice recent acquisition of $32B specialty chemical and ingredient distribution industry. Read William Reed article, Private investment firm LeBaronBrown Industries acquires majority interest in AIC to learn more.

US Services Sector Expected to Expand in 2018

Good news for VP and C-Level executives with their eye on the services industry: US Services sector is expected to expand in 2018.

Details here.

4 Areas Where Communication Etiquette is Key

I really like and admire recruiter friend, Ardith Rademacher. She has given me the thumbs up to repost one of her latest articles here – it’s on communication etiquette. Enjoy these great tips!

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Guest Post by Ardith Rademacher

In today’s society, instant gratification has infiltrated the workplace in all areas of communication. This has changed how colleagues and management interact. However, this change is not necessarily for the better. We have moved from submitting meeting requests on paper or via the phone, to emails, and now on to instant messages or texts. The expected response time has decreased dramatically from a business day to several hours, and in some cases down to just several minutes or even seconds.

There are some people who do not even employ these types of communication. They simply walk right into their colleague’s office and begin discussing whatever topic is on their mind. This is very disrupting to the other person’s productivity. They have not only been interrupted from their train of thought and have to find it again, but are now expected to remember a meeting, for example, that they have only heard about verbally, versus through at least an email for reference.

Communication etiquette does not need to remain a lost art. Here are a few examples of places where the most common etiquette pitfalls occur and how to resolve these issues.

Email

An email is essentially a business letter that is delivered to the recipient in minutes versus days. Email is considered a standard form of communication in the workplace. However, many treat it too causally.  All emails should be kept formal. The use of emoticons and excessive punctuation would never happen in a formal business letter. Therefore, they should not appear in emails sent from your work email address. An easy way to make sure that you are on track with proper email etiquette is to ask yourself, “If there was ever an issue that my boss needed to get involved with, and this email had to be pulled out as part of the resolution, is it something that I want my boss to see?”

Meetings

It is very tempting to walk up to a team member’s desk for a quick meeting, especially in open office settings. This is not only distracting, but considered rude by the staff member and others working near them. You can set an example of how to properly set up a meeting by showing your subordinates what to do. Next time you want to meet with someone in your office, even if it is urgent, do not say,”Come to my office right now”. Instead, show that person proper etiquette by sending a message stating, “I need to meet with you in my office immediately. Please finish what you are doing and come see me”. This tells the person that even though you have something urgent to discuss, you respect the fact that he is in the middle of something and are willing for him to complete his thought or his task before meeting with you. When you do meet, do so in your office or an empty conference room (i.e. behind closed doors) so others are not disturbed. When you extend this sort of respect, your subordinates will begin to extend this behavior as well.

Cell Phones, Tablets, etc. in Meetings

It is a myth that multitasking makes us more productive and efficient. If you look in on most meetings, you will see a few people with their heads down checking their email or social media accounts. This is disrespectful to the person speaking or presenting. Set the standard by employing a universal rule that cell phones, tablets, computers, etc. are not allowed in meetings of any sort, unless otherwise stated. Ensure that you follow this rule too, so that even if you are not conducting the meeting, you are showing your subordinates that you respect the presenter and what he has to say.

Conversations with Colleagues

Humans are social creatures by nature. Having a conversation about your weekend with colleagues at lunch is perfectly acceptable.  Walking from office to office, or cubicle to cubicle, and striking up conversations while others are working is not acceptable. It is also important to remember the necessary separation between work life and personal life. Sharing too much personal information can negatively impact your image.  The rule of thumb is to stick to neutral topics, maintain a more neutral position, and always keep the conversation light and positive.

It is important to practice proper etiquette when utilizing all forms of communication. Doing so shows respect to your clients, customers, and coworkers.


Ardith Rademacher & Associates is proud to introduce our newly designed website, www.strathire.com. For 25 years, Ardith Rademacher has excelled at strategic hiring solutions for construction and engineering organizations nationwide. Following the feedback from our clients and candidates, we designed a website to continue in that tradition. We know that you prefer simplicity which is why our website is simple and clean. We have created a menu which invites you to find information you need about ARA, Inc. and our strategic hiring services. If you are an organization looking for a construction recruiter or if you are a candidate investigating a new construction job, come visit us at www.strathire.com.  As always, I encourage you to respond to this email with your thoughts on the discussion, our new website or how Ardith Rademacher & Associates can be a solution for you.

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be…

Here is a wise idea for Christmas gifts for your little ones….

Karleen Tauszik was nice enough to send me her new book and I wish I had this when I was growing up – check it out here – a great stocking stuffer!

https://www.amazon.com/When-Grow-Up-Want-Possibility/dp/0990489914

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