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Pete Davis from Impact Management joins Murray Feldman in the Fox 2 Job Shop.

IMPACT MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Recent surveys show that Michigan companies are hiring once more and looking to invest in great talent. According to a survey of Michigan business owners conducted by PNC Financial Group Inc., 17% of business owners are planning to hire this spring (compared to just 9% last fall, and 13% last spring) and 25% of business owners are planning to give employees a raise (up from 15% last fall). This is obviously GREAT news for local folks looking for a job, but it's only the first step in what many know is a tough process. One local business leader specializes in guiding people through the process, and has some interesting, provocative insight into how it all works--different than what we're used to hearing.

Pete Davis, founder and CEO of Southfield, Mich.-based Impact Management Services, a leader in premium staff management solutions, has  insightful and timely information about what job seekers can expect to see as they interview and search for their next opportunity in 20214. He discussed his "secrets" for landing a job with FOX 2'S Murray Feldman.


1) The job starts even before you submit your resume to the hiring manager.

 -- One of the most important things to do right out of the gate is to make sure you are a fit for the company-technically AND culturally.
 -- In the rush to secure a new job and paycheck, people tend to overlook it when their skills don’t match what the company is requesting, or their beliefs and values differ from the company’s culture.
 -- This is completely understandable, especially if you need to find work ASAP, but in order to ensure long-term success and fit, you need to investigate the company and do your best to disqualify the opportunity before you even apply.
 -- Ask yourself: Do my skills match what the position needs? Will my unique abilities help strengthen this company? Do my beliefs and attitude match the core values of the company?
 -- One of the biggest things companies are looking for right now is a culture fit-Does this person have a positive attitude? Do their core values match our core values? I know when I’m hiring at Impact, that is the most important thing to me. Technical skills can usually be taught, but culture cannot. Keep that in mind as you’re searching.
 -- If you can answer yes to these questions, it’s time to apply. If not, keep on looking-the right opportunity is out there for you.  

2) There are some important things to remember to do, like bringing extra copies of your resume, dressing for the role you want, and more. What other, maybe less talked about, things should job seekers be paying attention to when they go in?

 -- You need to pay close attention to your body language and posture when you go in for the interview.
 -- Sit up straight, look the interviewer in the eye, and project your voice with confidence.
 -- You’re selling yourself to the interviewer-you need to know how to confidently highlight your skills and experiences, and demonstrate to them why you’re a fit.
 -- You’re also showing them you can go out and sell the company when you need to, that you’ll be a strong company ambassador. Communicating with confidence is the first step.

3) During the interview, one of the most common but tricky questions asks interviewers to share their strengths and weaknesses. How do you recommend folks answer this question?

 -- With complete clarity and honesty. Know your strengths and weaknesses, and own up to them. Accountability is important.
 -- A-players will know themselves well enough to know what they’re great at-what their unique ability is that sets them apart from other candidates-and what they aren’t so great at, but are working on. And they will be honest about it.
 -- B-players on the other hand either don’t know their strengths and weaknesses, or they say that “being a workaholic” is their weakness.
 -- In today’s world, we’re on call around the clock-the Internet and smartphones ensure we’re always plugged in and accessible. Being engaged and working hard is the expectation, not the exception or weakness-you don’t want to tout it as such.

4) You hear a lot about what you SHOULD do during and in the interview-is there anything folks absolutely should NOT do during the interview?

 -- Never inflate your resume. There’s a fine line between showcasing your accomplishments and embellishing to the point of lying-don’t cross over into embellishment territory.
 -- Be realistic, and stick to sharing what you’ve done. Bring in specific examples that demonstrate your skills and experiences, and rely on those to sell you.
 -- You might be able to get through the interview and land the job by inflating your resume, but at some point the rubber will meet the road-it will eventually come out that you’re not a fit, and at that point it will have been a waste of time for both you and your employer.

5) JOB S OPEN NOW

 -- Right now, I’m looking for a director of service delivery for my professional placement service, and another director for commercial recruiting service.
 -- We’re also looking for sales leaders. I’d take up to four if I could find them today.

For more information on Impact Management Services, visit www.theimpactanswer.com or call 248-262-5200.


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