SAGE ADVICE FOR RESUMES, INTERVIEWING, AND MORE!
- By bruce w clagg
‘KAIZEN.’ What is it? What does it mean? Does it apply to business, or individuals? Who cares?
Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. Kaizen was originally introduced to the West by Masaaki Imai in his book Kaizen: The Key to Japan's Competitive Success in 1986. Today, Kaizen is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization's long-term competitive strategy. No, it is not a word, yet, in the English language.
“Continuous improvement?” What a concept, huh? Think about it for a moment – if you, and /or your organization DOES NOT continuously improve, you can bet that some of your competitors definitely will! The edge that you once thought you had will be gone.
“Are You Looking For Any Good People?”
If you ask this question of any hiring decision-maker (DM) that you know, the resounding reply is “Hey, I’m always looking for good people,” even though there are no positions posted from his/her company, especially in the current energy sector. What does that mean?
It means that every manager/executive always has employees on the lower rung of performance, issues, et al that they would replace IF they found a great candidate.
"When you're green, you’re growing. When you're ripe, you rot." - Ray Kroc, Former CEO – McDonalds
Food for thought (no pun intended)? Quickly, a person considered by HR, third-party recruiters, and/or hiring decision-makers (DMs) as being “too old,” or “too young” (a relative term) might consider Mr. Kroc’s quote above. I understand this message. This is NOT about age, but about self-improvement and enabling your career to grow and open new, professional doors....
Hiring Managers & Executives – Isn’t It Time To Improve Interviewing Skills?
As a former VP/GM for more than 30 years, I’m sure that most, if not all of you can relate to our own interviewing ‘format’ and practices. We don’t actually look forward to interviewing five, or six strangers with decent resumes, do we? There are so many business items on our plate this week, but it must be done, right?
I believe that all organizations (federal government excluded) must get more done with fewer people. To accomplish this we must (A) automate whatever our budget allows, (B) reorganize where needed to meet our customers’ needs and corporate goals, and (C) surround ourselves with brilliant people. The old “80/20 Rule” can no longer be acceptable. WE MUST GET MORE ACCOMPLISHED WITH FEWER PEOPLE in order to survive and grow in this over-regulated, worldwide economy! Headcount, and the associated expenses, are generally the LARGEST company expense!
Hello! I'm Bruce Clagg,
Advanced Career Solutions
Advanced Career Solutions (ACS) is a professional resume writing services firm also providing unique, job interview training, LinkedIn Profile rebuilding, career counseling & coaching from the ONLY certified professional* in Texas. - Bruce W. Clagg, Rapid Employment & Career Management Coach
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