We originally wrote this blog almost THREE years ago when OIAM hit the ground running. Wow, time flies when you’re finding great talent! We decided to unleash this gem again since our clients, colleagues, and candidates keep asking for it. Of course, since we are always learning and evolving, we’ve updated this post to reflect that!
So, we all know working remotely is like living the dream. But what happens when that laundry in the corner starts calling your name? Your comfy armchair is beckoning, and that #1 New York Times Best Seller won’t read itself? Or, worst of all, what about the incredibly enticing, horribly made (excluding Ellen of course) but can’t look away, day time television draw? How are you supposed to get anything done?! Well, don’t fret. There is not only a solution, but a way to incorporate business development, marketing, and networking all in one. What am I referring to?
The Co-Working Space.
It is the best way to take working remotely to the next level. Sure, you can work from a noisy coffee shop, where the blender always seems to start right as you answer an important call -or- you can work from the motivating environment of a co-working location. There are usually several different tiers to choose from (day pass, monthly desk pass, dedicated desk, and personal office), so make sure you are choosing the most fiscally responsible option for your company at that time. And most importantly, there are several things you need to be sure to do, to get the most bang for your buck.
1. Get to know the Community Manager - Networking ✓
First step in maximizing your time at the co-working space? Seek out the Community Manager and become their friend! Depending on the location, you may need to schedule this in advance, but make sure you ask for the full tour. This gives you the keys to the kingdom- aka, one on one time with the individual who not only knows the space and the printer password, but is the person who has connections with every company and worker in the space. Managers can give insight to what what each company does, who they are and what they may be looking for. Networking key number one.
Community Managers also have a finger on the pulse of all events that may be happening in the office and the area. This can be anything from ‘Free Lunch Wednesdays’, a speaker series at the office, or even large networking events that shouldn’t be missed. Be sure to mention your interest in all of the above and get the inside scoop of what to attend and how you might be able to get involved. Networking key number two.
2. Check Out Your Surroundings- Networking ✓ Marketing ✓
This may sound silly, but deciding where you sit is very important! If you are paying for a day in the office, make it count! Get an idea for the flow of the space, where people are moving, what are the louder areas, and especially if you are going to be on calls throughout the day, find the telephone approved spots. Also, look out for the kitchen; this is a great place to of course grab a cup of joe, but to also gather around the proverbial water cooler. Chat a bit! Get to know some of the fellow workers and how you might all be connected. (Be sure and look up when that free lunch is offered… can’t hurt right?) Lastly, position yourself next to companies and individuals you would hope to converse and share ideas with. This is a great way to start an open dialogue, and maybe one day, even partnerships.
3. Wear Your Company Gear- Marketing ✓ Business Development ✓
This is such a great marketing technique. It is a conversation starter and promotes a positive image of your organization. If I wear my company colors IRL, then I must come off as culturally happy! Every time I am on the move, I try and wear a OIAM t-shirt, especially if I am going to a networking event or fun spot where I know I will find like minded peeps.
4. Leave Company Swag Behind (Always Have Business Cards!)- Business Development ✓ Marketing ✓
Why stop the business development and marketing just because you left the space? By leaving behind a sticker, a postcard or other company “swag”, you are keeping the lines of communication open. You never know who may see the logo and be inspired to take a look online and learn more. This can lead to a greater candidate interest, promote a positive team culture, and of course, hopefully lead to new sales and clients. How many places can you plant the seed of your organization’s mission?
As an individual or an organization, if you can only justify even one day per week in a co-working space, it is highly recommended. The networking, business development and marketing alone, can be a quick return on that initial investment. Along the way, you will gain new friends and acquaintances, and who knows what else. Take that random desk and make it your own!
Also, if you happen to be local here to Charleston or are just stopping in for a quick trip,
Conquering one new work space at a time,
PS- if you have any other insights or advice on how to make the best of a day at the remote office, I would love to hear it! Please feel free to give me a shout: email@example.com
Also, if you happen to be local here to Charleston or are just stopping in for a quick trip, check out the Launch Pad! It's the best co-working space in town! Recruiting
When you start a job search you need to know what you are getting yourself into and what to expect along the way. One of the very first steps in the interview process is the dreaded phone screen and we want to help you master this part of the process. The purpose of this phone call is to start the culture assessment process and to cover some practicalities (salary, location, skills/experience, etc). This is your time to shine, your moment in the spotlight, your big opening act. First impressions are HUGE when you are looking for a job and this call can be the start of a beautiful relationship with your recruiter, so don’t screw this up.
Here are 4 quick tips to help you maximize this initial interaction with a recruiter.
Do your homework
Before our call, I’ll do some research on you by reviewing your resume and looking at your LinkedIn profile to assess your skills and experience. I’ll also try to get a feel for what type of corporate culture you have gravitated towards. We are a culture driven recruiting firm, so that is particularly key for us. We highly suggest that you do a little snooping on your recruiter too, we like to call this phase “cyber stalking.” Take a look at our website, be sure to review the job posting that you applied for and also check out all of the current openings that the recruiter has. This is particularly important in case you are interested (and qualified) for multiple openings. Don't stop your “cyber stalking” there, check out the recruiters’ social media footprint (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn) to see what roles they’re highlighting and what events they have coming up in the community. Extra points get awarded to applicants for liking us and following us on social media too! Start thinking of questions for me about anything you see, this first call is so much more productive when both parties have some idea of each other and are actively engaged.
Ditch the ringback tone and be ready for our call
Ring, ring, buzz, buzz … that’s the recruiter calling you at our scheduled time, are you in a quiet place where you can focus on our conversation? I sure hope so, if not, try to hustle and get to one, we don’t want to waste any time. It’s also important to note that life happens, so if something comes up, we get it, we are human too, just let us know and we can reschedule. One more piece of advice ... ring back tones are not a thing anymore so if you still have one, ditch it fast, recruiters don’t want to listen to Mozart or Sir Mix A Lot while we wait for you to answer. The bottom line is be ready for this call and give us your undivided attention.
Don’t be shy, have an elevator pitch
Be prepared for me to ask you to tell me a little bit about yourself and what you are looking for. This is your time to market yourself, so give me your elevator pitch! I want to hear about the great work you have been doing and what you are looking for out of your next professional opportunity. Highlight your achievements, what you love doing and what you want to do in your next opportunity, but PLEASE remember, this is a musical not a symphony, try to keep it to 5 minutes or less! I have your resume in front of me so you don’t have to dive too deep. I like to call this one the 50,000 foot overview of your career, keep it short, but keep me engaged. The goal of this call is to figure out what you have done and how the recruiter can help you on our career journey.
Be ready to answers these questions
Here are a few of the questions you should be prepared for, take note and be prepared to answer them.
What type of corporate culture makes your heart sing? Startup junkie or corporate warrior?
Are you open to relocation?
Can you give me an idea of what salary you are looking for?
Why are open to a new professional opportunity at this time?
Describe your dream job- what do you want to do?
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be?
Now you are armed with a little bit of ammunition for your phone interviews, good luck in your search! Also, if you are interested in any of the positions we have open at OneinaMil, feel free to email our recruiting team at firstname.lastname@example.org and to learn more about our culture driven approach to recruiting and what makes us truly “OneinaMil,” check out our website www.oneinamil.com!