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February 28th, 2014

“Right Fit Job” for the South Bay Professionals Association
Right fit job presentation with Victoria- Rosemarie 2-10-14

Finding the right fit job in the ever evolving global workplace was the topic when Rosemarie Christopher spoke to the South Bay Professionals Association.  To retain Rosemarie to speak to your group or to see powerpoint presentations about being employable no matter the state of the economy, e-mail info@meirxrs.com.

July 9th, 2013

Top 5 Retention “Carrots” (Rewards)

 

Top five “carrots” to entice employees to stay with a company, according to Career Builder’s nationwide survey of hiring managers, HR professionals and workers:

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  1. Salary increase 70%

  2. Better benefits 58%

  3. Flexible schedule 51%

  4. Employee recognition 50%

  5. Ask for employee feedback and put into action 48%

March 22nd, 2013

Get Hired and Stay Employed in a Multi-Generation Workforce

Career Workshop & Mock Interview Session

Getting Hired and Staying Employed in a Multi-Generation Workforce

Presented by Rosemarie Christopher, President/CEO of MEIRxRS

 

Are you ready?

Can you earn top dollar?

Can you showcase your skills?

Can you communicate your worth?

The workshop is an interactive session in which attendees learn to create their ‘self brand.’ In this exercise, they answer the question: “What workplace behaviors guarantee that my career will be ‘fast tracked’?

 

The Mock Interview Session simulates real life interview sessions by affording attendees the opportunity to practice interviewing techniques that will showcase their workplace skills and ‘self brand’ to Quality, Engineering, Supply Chain, R&D and other career professionals from the San Fernando Valley’s most forward moving companies in Technology (Industrial, Space and Information), Medicine, Healthcare, Military and Commerce.

 

Cost includes workshop materials and boxed dinner. Be sure to bring your resume and dress to impress! Students will receive certificates of workshop completion.

 

Agenda:

  • 5:15 pm Student Registration
  • 5:30 pm First Session:  Getting Hired and Staying Employed
  • 6:15 pm Interviewer Registration
  • 6:30 pm Dinner with Students
  • 7:15 pm Break
  • 7:30 pm Mock Interview Session
  • 8:15 pm Summary & Acknowledgements
  • 8:30 pm Adjournment

 

Mock Interviewers will receive .3 R.U. Credits for participating as a Mock Interviewer.  Interview questions and materials will be provided.

 

Register Now! http://csuncareerworkshop2013.eventbrite.com/

 

December 27th, 2012

2013 Jobs in Demand

If you’re finding it hard to find quality candidates, you’re not alone.

CIBC World Markets recently published a study reviewing the labour market and found that 30 per cent of businesses report they are facing a labour shortage. While there are various causes for the shortage, including an unwillingness on the employer’s part to pay higher wages or train entry level candidates, the study suggests that there is a real lack of skilled applicants for many industries.

In addition to a description of the current state of the labour market, the report identifies 25 job groups that have a skill shortage and that are likely to continue to experience a skill shortage in the new year.

The following job groups will be in demand in 2013:

  • Managers in engineering, architecture, science & info systems
  • Managers in health, education, social and community services
  • Managers in construction and transportation
  • Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
  • Human resources and business service professionals
  • Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
  • Physical science professionals
  • Life science professionals
  • Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
  • Other engineers
  • Professional occupations in health
  • Physicians, dentists and veterinarians
  • Optometrists, chiropractors & other health diagnosing/treating professionals
  • Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists
  • Therapy and assessment professionals
  • Nurse supervisors and registered nurses
  • Technical and related occupations in health
  • Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • Technical occupations in dental health care
  • Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)
  • Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, clergy and probation officers
  • Supervisors, mining, oil and gas
  • Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related workers
  • Supervisors in manufacturing
  • Supervisors, processing occupations

The above job groups are concentrated in health care, mining, manufacturing and business services, therefore it is these four sectors that will experience the biggest skill shortages. While the CIBC report also outlined occupations that are experiencing labour surpluses, the job groups that are experiencing shortages account for over 20 per cent of all employment, suggesting the labour market is tightening.

November 14th, 2012

Technical and scientific skills aren’t enough in today’s workforce

 

Show Your Softer Side

by Rosemarie Christopher

As a whole, most experienced professionals value their technical mastery highly, and rightfully so. After all, look at the marvel of scientific achievement that is Curiosity, the robot the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory just put on Mars. Currently, it’s beaming back to its earth-bound creators terabytes of information that will propel mankind forward in many not-yet-imagined arenas of astronomy, space exploration, medicine, chemistry, microbiology, botany and zoology for decades to come.

It is the dedication to excellence in scientific and technical endeavors that makes everyday life on planet Earth richer, safer and physically less demanding than ever before in the history of humankind. Having recently undergone major surgery, I am astounded at how the combination of engineering and chemistry restored me to my normally high-speed functioning self in less than two weeks after an operation that in the past required a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Yet, as amazing is the technology and science that brought about a smoothly executed procedure and almost painless recovery, what is more significant was how the surgeon deftly combined his technical skills with his developed softer skills of empathy, intuition and in-person communication. This brings me to this month’s topic: how to power up our professional lives through the perfect blend of hard and soft skills.

Transformation

Until relatively recently, there has been little attention and importance placed on softer skills. In fact, it is difficult to quantify soft skills. But more companies are realizing that while an individual’s hard (technical or scientific) skills will move them ahead quickly, it is the dearth of soft skills that can derail an individual’s advancement.

If out of alignment with a department or organization, a lack of soft skills will result in the employee being sidelined or even eliminated. In part, this new focus on the balanced professional is due to the transformed workplace.

The pressures of globalization, swift and chaotic economic changes, exponential growth in technology advances and the presence of at least four generations with four different styles and philosophies of work have forced workers to accept some hard truths. Perhaps the most important is that while they cannot control external forces, to survive and thrive professionally, they must deal with diminishing personal power and productivity by proactively managing and directing these changes to their own benefit.

Empowerment

To direct their career destiny, experienced professionals must take preemptive action. Using their well-developed critical thinking skills, they must realize their final frontier is the mastery of the soft skills that ensure they gel with the increasingly diverse workforce.

Soft skills are abilities used to function effectively in the workplace. Among these are your unique work personality, behaviors (such as actions and interactions) and attitudes. Soft skills are not inborn. They are, as the term indicates, abilities and skills that can be acquired through observation, training, education, reading, experience, practice and other means.

There are empowerment tools to capitalize on the development and fine tuning of soft skills. Here are two suggestions that are useful no matter where you are in your career at the moment:

1. Create an online work personality profile. In my organization’s work of identifying and placing midsenior-level technical and scientific subject matter experts (SME), we have found that a dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance assessment helps us determine an individual’s dominant work style; their influencing behaviors; their steadiness, or response to work pace and consistency; and their response to procedures and compliance.

There are no right or wrong answers. The assessment helps our clients, our candidates and us determine a right fit for a position at a particular moment in time.

For example, if an individual’s work style is best-suited for constant new challenges, greater responsibility and leading their team with a high level of autonomy, we would assess whether a proposed position met all or at least most of that individual’s personal work style preferences and abilities. This might mean the individual would contribute at the highest level in a start-up or even as an SME consultant.

2. Get certified. One of the more enduring and valuable benefits of ASQ are its 17 certifications. Though being certified would certainly be considered a hard skill, having a certification in your industry engenders confidence in you and those you would benefit.

The implied message is you are strategic about your career, you recognize how to build trust, and you know how to make informed choices that benefit both internal (within the organization or consultancy) and external customers (clients). The express benefit to the certificate holder is increased ability to control his or her workplace destiny.


Rosemarie Christopher is President and CEO of MEIRxRS, a search firm for scientific and technical professionals in pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, diagnostics and biotech companies in Glendale, CA. She has a master’s degree in communication management from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Christopher is an ASQ member and the chair of the ASQ Food, Drug and Cosmetic Division.

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