Time for a Job Change?

June 6th, 2013

Having been within a few organizations for several years I personally know it is often hard to leave due to friendships you have made, the routines you have established, and familiar environment you have been accustom to.  Other times you just know it is time to seek other opportunities because of issues within the workplace.  This 3-part series will examine some of reasons you might be ready for a change in careers.

Part One – Work Environment Factors

Here we will explore three factors, which certainly can cause undue day-to-day stress in your working environment.

Negative Issues with Your Boss

If you stay at any job long enough you are likely to get a new boss or two.  The person who hired you may have moved up or moved on, and you just might not click with the new boss for a number of reasons.  You may feel that your boss does not do their job as well as they could, or you do not like the direction they insist on leading the organization. Or you may have clashing personalities making every conversation tense and filled with second-guessing and distrust.

You Don’t Fit into the Company’s Culture

A company’s culture will determine whether employees are happy or not. Often executives are too busy managing finances and launching marketing campaigns and do not spend the time to create the company’s culture. Without leadership involvement, a culture will emerge and typically it’s a negative culture.  Creating and managing the organization’s culture is imperative to keeping the best employees.

If you find yourself in a work environment where the culture is not conducive to your productivity, happiness or comfort, determine root cause of the discomfort.  If you find that the cause is something nonthreatening, such as the group’s love of football, for example, perhaps you can find other co-workers who share your outsider interests.

If you find however that the culture is based on unhealthy themes, such as sexual discrimination or the use of drugs and alcohol you must make a decision on whether you want to be part of that culture or find a new job where the culture suits you.

The Company is About to Fail

Companies fail for many reasons, but the end result is the same: the company shuts its doors and stops providing much-needed services and paychecks.  If you can see that your company is in trouble or on its way to failure, it’s probably a good time to find a new job.  Some of the warning signs you should watch for are:

    • Cutting down operational expenses.
    • Hiring freeze.
    • Hours cut at work
    • Downsizing: lay-offs
    • The company is cutting back on staff perks

If you find yourself looking to move on from your current career, The Symicor Group can help.  At The Symicor Group, we know you’ve worked hard to get where you are.  And we know a job is about much more than the skill set.  It’s about the person who does it.  So we’ll take the time to find out about you—where you are and where you want to go.  And we’ll find you the positions that will help you get there.

We recognize that you have unique skills and experience that shape what kind of employee you are.  And we believe that cultural fit is one of the best indicators of success for both employee and employer. So we take measures to ensure that every employee is placed in a work environment where they can succeed and thrive.

Contact us today and let us work for you to find your dream position.

Next time in Part-Two of our three-part series we will explore personal factors in the “Time for a Job Change?” series. 

Banking Salary Report – How do you rate?

November 24th, 2012

As they say “knowledge is power”.  Knowing what the average banking positions pay can help you determine how you rank among your peers.  We have taken information supplied by Salary.com created a list of common banking position along with the U.S. average salaries including bonuses, compared to those banking positions in the Chicago area.

                             Position       U.S.  Chicago
Branch Manager I  (Small Bank) $   55,021 $  58,451
Branch Manager II (Medium Bank) $   63,438 $  67,392
Branch Manager III (Large Bank) $   70,598 $  75,000
Chief Credit Officer $ 187,191 $ 199,631
Chief Retail Banking Executive $ 292,706 $ 310,953
Commercial Loan Officer (Sr. Level) $ 104,611 $ 111,132
Commercial Loan Workout Officer (Sr. Level) $ 103,173 $ 109,604
Compliance Coordinator $   46,147 $   49,024
Group Branch Manager III (Sr. Level) $ 129,036 $ 137,080
Head Teller $   32,056 $   34,054
Loan Workout Officer III (Sr. Level) $ 108,861 $ 115,648
Mortgage Closer $   42,820 $   45,489
Mortgage Loan Processor III (Sr. Level) $   45,417 $   48,249
Mortgage Underwriter III (Sr. Level) $   68,057 $   72,300
Private Banker III (Sr. Level) $ 114,999 $ 122,168
Regional Retail Banking President $ 190,179 $ 202,035
Relationship Manager III (Sr. Level, Business) $ 112,716 $ 202,035
SBA Banking Manager $ 138,586 $ 147,226
Teller III (Sr. Level) $   29,103 $   30,922

 

Now that you know some of the average banking salaries, are you happy with your current salary?  Do you enjoy current working environment?  Do you love going to work every day?  If you answered “No” to any of these questions contact The Symicor Group and discuss your situation and your options.  Let one of our banking recruiters (former banking executives) work with you to find that perfect position that matches your unique experience, skills and personality.  Submit your resume today to get things started.

Six Reasons Why Job Seekers Should Work With a Recruiter

November 8th, 2012

An article we recently found on Yahoo! Voices, submitted by Lisa Ann Burke, lays out several reasons why working with a recruiter during your jobs search can be beneficial to your job hunting success. Listed below are just some things a recruiter may be able to do for you that you are unable to do by yourself in securing employment.

1. Chance to Apply for Un-Advertised Jobs.

Often companies choose not advertise job openings but rather use the services of staffing professionals to locate suitable and pre-screened candidates for them. Many times, their openings are listed with recruiters before they even appear on the company website. The job seeker may be missing out on a number of available positions by simply searching the job boards and applying to companies directly rather than working with a recruiter.

2. Recruiters Market Candidates.

Recruiters take the time to get to know the candidate’s work experience, personality, and other factors in order to match them with positions. When an ideal match is found by a recruiter, they will actively sell the candidates to the employers by highlighting their experience and accomplishments. The relationship that a recruiter has with the employer is a large benefit when presenting a candidate for consideration.

3. Assistance with Your Resume.

Recruiters can assist you with highlighting your most relevant accomplishments and marketable qualities so that your resume will set you apart from the crowd of other candidates. Often employers use software to pre-screen candidates by searching for keywords within your resume. Resumes submitted directly to employers from a recruiter are considered as being pre-screened and are almost sure to get into the hands of the hiring managers.

4. Assist with Targeted Job Search.

As stated above, an effective recruiter takes time to get to know the candidates. In doing so, the recruiter will submit your resume for those openings that most closely match your qualification, greatly increasing your changes for interviews and job offers. Recruiters may also send your resume to employers who are not actively looking for employees to see if they might have an interest in someone with your unique qualifications.

5. Interview Feedback.

In many cases, due to the relationship between the recruiter and hiring manager, the recruiter can obtain feedback and insight regarding your interview that you could not obtain. This information is valuable as it may prepare you for your second interview with that company or with the next company.

6. Offer Negotiation.

When it comes to the subject of compensation, it is generally not wise to bring it up during early-round interviews. However, the recruiter will often know the compensation range for the position and will share that with you unless the employer requested that they do not. The recruiter is also there to help if you receive an offer below your expectations. The recruiter can step in and help you negotiate the terms of your offer.

These are just a few of the many things a good recruiter can do to help you land your perfect job. Choosing the right recruiter is important. We suggest you start by seeking out recruiters who specialize in placing people in industries that interest you.

The Symicor Group specializes banking and finance positions. Our goal is to find you that perfect position that matches your unique experience, skills and personality. The Symicor Group includes former bank executives who truly understand the unique demands of this evolving industry and have deep connections within the industry.

If you have any questions about The Symicor Group, contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our recruiters.

Hey Job Candidate…Are You a Crystal Ball?

October 22nd, 2012

Is your past performance transparent to your interviewer?  I’ll get back to this question a bit later.

During your interview, you are on the receiving end of a bevy of questions designed to predict the future…based your real past performance.  As a candidate, do you fully understand behavior-based interviewing?

You see, the whole idea behind behavior-based interviewing is to authenticate your ability to do the job.  So many candidates don’t get this! Good interviewers who use this questioning style will ask a series of past performance questions.  Then, they will ask the questions again and again until you offer them detailed examples of how you did it.  The definition of ‘it’ is up to you.  What do you want them to remember about you?  That’s the real secret, standing out among the ocean of other candidates.

So, what are examples of behavior-based interview questions?  Try these on for size:

  • tell me about a time when…,
  • give me an example of what you mean…,
  • give me another example of…
  • tell me more about that…,
  • what were the specific results and how did you achieve them…,
  • could you be more specific…
  • and this is one of my favorites… please give me another example of when…
  • Not to worry, if this happens, someone is very interested in your story.  Just remember, the story you tell needs to have legs. The answers you give should be rooted in your own actual experiences.

So, do you want to nail that interview?  Here are a few musts:

Be prepared… no I mean really prepared. 

Go on the internet and find a list of behavior-based interviewing questions.  Then, print them off and ask someone (with experience) to interview you.  If you cannot find these important questions, call any one of our Symicor Group recruiters for help.  Your interview partner should insist that you provide specific behaviors and results about how you did it and how you could do it again for the company you are dying to join.

Be Truthful. 

Behavior-based interviewing is designed to catch you puffing or exaggerating. Try to avoid this.  Your clarity and facts will leave the right taste in your interviewer’s mouth.  Think about three to five work related stories that showcase your skills.  Remember to include those failures that taught to you the best lessons. As you recall these examples, try to remember all the important details.  The secret sauce is embedded in those details.

Be Convincing. 

With the same detail, convince the interviewer that no one will add more value to the company then you.  Remember, you are on the field of battle with other formidable foes.  Transform the interviewer into a believer…a believer in you!  Your potential employer must believe that you can and will duplicate your past success

So, do your homework. 

Find out what is important to your new company.  Using your new behavior-based interviewing skills, make it your mission to learn about this company’s priorities.  If I had a nickel for every interview I sat through with candidates who only knew what was important to them…not me (or my firm).

This research requires an innovative spirit.  I had a candidate once tell me that she called other employees of my company to discover:  if they liked working for my company and why, what were the top issues or priorities, or what are the top challenges facing my company.  Don’t press them for company secrets, just a few high level themes.  Now indeed, many employees may not be able to clearly outline these priorities or challenges.  You will get the idea as you gently nudge them for their thoughts (employees enjoy offering opinions – don’t you?).

Remember that crystal ball question?  If your interviewer can clearly see that you enjoyed previous success, you can clearly describe how you did it, and he/she clearly believes that you can do it again, you become their clear choice.

10 Time Management Tips That Work

October 18th, 2012

Everything you ever learned about managing time is a complete waste of time because it doesn’t work.  A bold statement, yes, but one that is made clear in an article found in Entrepreneur.com.  The article provides 10 techniques to become a master of your own time.  Click on the link below to read the entire article.

10 Time Management Tips That Work

We at The Symicor Group use our time wisely as we work with you to find that perfect position that matches your unique experience, skills and personality.  Whatever role suits you, from administrative assistants to CEOs and everything in between, contact The Symicor Group.  We would be honored to help.

Resume Writing Tips Every Job Seekers Needs to Read

October 9th, 2012

Every job seeker wants to present to prospective employers a resume that is both professional and effective in hopes of getting noticed in a positive way.  Often resumes fall short of that goal and the job seeker is passed over not because they don’t have the qualification for the position, but because the way they information is presented.  The folks at DailyWritingTips.com have pulled together 44 resume writing tip that can help anyone prepare a resume that will help them get noticed.

44 Resume Writing Tips

Now that you have read this informative article and have put together that great resume, let The Symicor Group help you in your job search.  If you are looking for a new career opportunity send us your resume and let us help.  We also can have your resume professionally written if needed.  Click here to learn about our Comprehensive Resume Service

10 Things Employees Want Most

October 3rd, 2012

It should come as no surprise that the most successful businesses are the ones that work the hardest to please their employees.  Employees want more than pay and benefits, the want things like responsibility, autonomy, flexibility and more.  This article from Inc.com provides insight into 10 things to make your employees happy and more productive.

10 Things Employees Want Most

Many employers today strive to make sure that their employees are happy and eager to come to work, however, some do fall short.  If you find yourself in this situation, let us help you find a position that meets your expectations and your personality.  Contact us today and start the ball rolling.

 

10 Tips on Getting the Best Out of Networking

September 25th, 2012

Networking is about making connections and building mutually beneficial, enduring relationships. At the end of the day, it is not just about who you know, but more importantly who knows you.  In this short article from Entrepreneurs.my you will gain some valuable insights into networking.  Click link below to read the article.

10 Tips on Getting the Best Out of Networking

With nearly 30 years of banking and finance experience, The Symicor Group has a vast network of contacts and relationships at our ready, ready to assist you in locating and securing your dream position.  Let us start today reaching out to our contacts on your behalf.  Submit your resume to get the ball rolling.

10 Ways To Make Your Boss Laugh

September 20th, 2012

People like and trust someone with a good sense of humor.  A good sense of humor shows the boss that you are happy and like your job.  A sense of humor is good for job security.  This article from Humor Power gives great advice for humor in the workplace.  Click on the link below to view the article.

10 Ways To Make Your Boss Laugh

We all like a good laugh now and then.  It easier to laugh when you are happily employed doing something you love.  If you are not in that situation, let The Symicor Group help you get there.  Submit your resume and let’s get started.

 

So You Want to be a Bank Branch Manager!

September 18th, 2012

In this short YouTube video a Bank Branch Manager discusses his typical day at work, the qualifications needed for the job, the best and worst parts of the job, as well as advice that can be used by students and others considering this line of work.  Click link below to watch video.

So You Want to be a Bank Branch Manager!

As you can see a Bank Branch Manager does not sit in his office all day crunching numbers, but is out and about working with customers and the community.  If you have a desire to pursue a Banking position such as this, let’s start a dialog to explore your options.  Simply contact The Symicor Group to get started.