Month: July 2018

An Open Letter to Busy Parents about Motivating your Kids

Dear exhausted-busy-parents,

It’s hard. Raising a human (or multiple humans) seems like an insurmountable task, mostly because it cannot be done in just one sitting AND you have to do it while tackling your job and your personal physical and mental health.

You know, I get it. You have something going well for yourself: a personal business, your job, your social life, and it seems like you jip your kids of “learning opportunities” or time spent with family because you’re just so busy. And when you realize that you are doing this (some are lucky to catch it) you just feel awfully guilty. I’ve been there. Multiple times.

Let me tell you: I’m right there with you. I’ve been a parent for 22 years and I feel like I am still am not giving enough. It’s a feeling that eats me up when my head hits the pillow and I want to know how to get rid of it.

Luckily, I had a conversation with some of my friends who are also parents facing the same struggles of preparation and motivation.

To listen to the full podcast, click here.

I was able to get some good takeaways that I think would be good to share with you, the stays-up-asking-“I’m I really giving 100% to my children to ensure they are prepared for the future?-question-parent”

Here is how to combat the following situations:

When you’re not with them

Desire (you want this for them): You want your kid(s) to thrive when they are “set-free” into the big world (whether that’s college or the workforce). You want them to succeed when they are independent of you because they choose to be responsible and not fall to the pressure of their peers or environment.

Action: Stop weeping for yourself about the time you are not with them. If we could all quit our jobs and still get money, we would, but we can’t. Instead, start focusing on who your children are spending time with beyond you. If you take note of who they are spending time with and if they (friends/ family) encourage your kids to do better, to do more, this will help achieve your desire of responsible, independent young adults. It is good to “train them up” to make a decision by themselves and to surround themselves with positive people.

Hear Preston Stuckey, son of Alex Stuckey, and rising sophomore at Florida State University, talk more about taking on independence and responsibility in the full conversation here.

When you are with them

Desire (you want that for them): You want them to be a good human. And by “good,” I mean you want for them: good self-discipline, the power to choose to do the right thing in the situation, and the courage to fight for what’s right. You want them to help whenever they can, even when they don’t want to. AND most importantly, you want them to be happy.

Action: When you are around them, the quantity of time does not matter, so long as it is quality time where they can witness those good traits in you. Be the example of what you want your kids to be in the future, today.

Stop telling and start doing.

If you want them to realize that family is important, then make time for family. If you want them to be successful, show them persistence, responsibility, and motivation propels you to finish. If you want them to clean their room, wash your dishes after dinner. These small ripples can make lasting waves in their minds. You must understand that you cannot control them or order them; you can only lead by example and show them that there are certain principles that you won’t compromise.

So, parents, my friend-who-stays-up-wondering-about-the-future-of-your-child(ren)’s-life, stop thinking and start doing.

As my good friend, Tom Nolan says,

“Everything you do is a reflection and your kids are watching.”

Or I like to sum it up like these: kids are sponges. (Not as eloquent, but you get the point.)

So, to the busy parent, my challenge for you, right now, is to talk through your child(ren)’s goals. Why? To make yourself aware of them, to make yourself available when you can, and to motivate them until they make it.

Until then, parents, keep workin’ hard, for this is the best way to prepare your kids!

Connect more:

Connect with Tom Nolan on LinkedIn!

To listen to the full conversation, go to the Pete the job Guy Podcast here. Thanks for reading!

Certified Hard Worker | July: Jay Gutierrez

Jay was nominated by Christian La Rosa:

“Jay has been a model of consistency and excellence in an ever-changing market. He achieves this through his client relationships. If you ever get the pleasure of accompanying Jay to meet one of his clients you will see their eyes light up, they are surely in for a treat. Jay has built a bond with his clients that is unmatched. They know without a doubt that Jay has their best interest in mind every time and that he will deliver when called upon. He is not just another vendor, he is a trusted partner and in many cases close friends with the clients he services.

More than his own success I have witnessed his inner office “locker room” presence where he really shines. His daily cheerful nature is contagious to the office and energizes the entire team. He is known to provide excellent coaching and apprenticeships to newcomers so that they are best prepared to tackle the daily tasks and communicate with each client with the utmost professionalism. Jay’s personal touch with his team members through the years has been nothing short of remarkable. Jay always makes himself available to lend a helping hand.

As important as work is, however, there is a lot more to life. Much of Jay’s professional success is attributed to his unwavering optimistic outlook on life as a whole. Jay Gutierrez is a one of kind individual and I am proud to call him a friend.”

About Jay

Jay Gutierrez is Division Director at Accounting Now, a division of SNI Companies, with 15+ years emphasis in the Staffing industry. He has worked in the Staffing, Construction and Accounting sector with proficiency in sourcing and marketing. Jay is an Accountant by trade with hands-on experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and reconciliations which gives him insight as to the ideal candidate companies seek. He meets with exceptional professionals on a daily basis with unique skill sets that add value to any organization. Jay is always looking forward to earning the opportunity to compete for your business and become a seamless extension of your company.

 

Congratulations, Jay! Thanks for your dedication and your example!

Four Things You Didn’t Know that Recruiters Do For You

1. Guide you before, through, and after the interview process

Patricia: So, what’s really important for them to do is I try to provide as much information about the company and about the job description and they need to do their homework. Everybody’s got to do their homework. I can’t do it for them. So, when I mean homework, it’s more like going to the website of the company, figuring out information about the company. Who’s the president? How long has the company been? You know, what’s their mission says and then not only that, but the expectations of the job.

Patricia: So, we would give tips on what to mention or what questions to ask. A little bit of a mock interview. [For example,] what would you like, what are some questions that you’ve thought of to ask the company afterwards? Because when an a company interviews you, a lot of times at the end they’ll say, ‘so do you have any questions for us?’ Your answer should always be yes, here are a few good ones, you know, and because they want to know that you’re invested in that, you’ve thought about it. So, I like to ask them, ‘what would you ask them?’

I actually had one person say, ‘oh, well I went online, I went online, and, and notice that you had a couple of bad reviews. What are some things that you as a company are going to do to improve your reviews online?’

I said, ’that is not a question. [laughs] So, I’m so glad that I asked you what you’re going to ask them.’

So, that it’s important for us to know what they’re going in. I don’t want anybody going rogue, you know, and asking some crazy thing.

Recruiters are your professional coaches. They give you professional tips on any and everything you need to know so that you land the job (and keep it)! They are your help before, during, and after the interview process.

Recruiters can typically help with your resume. They understand the company so they know how to make your resume more appealing to the company and they know how to highlight your strengths. Recruiters can naturally prepare you for interviews through practicing difficult to answer questions and through encouragement.

Also, our recruiters at SNI Companies go the extra mile and ensure to deliver in small ways like:

  • calling before and after the interview
  • sending reminders of the time and location of the interview as well as
  • how to dress
  • what to say
  • reminding you to write/send a thank you note.

These are all small things that you don’t have to stress about so you can focus on landing the job!

Going even further, even after you land the job, our recruiters can still help you. They can assist with orientation, questions you may have (but are not confident to ask to your employer). They are still there to assist you.

2. Help you identify our value to the company and market yourself

Patricia: Knowing how are you going to sell yourself to that company because hey, you know, not everybody’s in sales, but when you’re looking for a job, you’re in sales, let’s be real. So, you have to be able to identify with that, what you’re going for and how to market yourself. So, doing that homework, quote unquote, research on the company is, is very important.

I like to call research, “due diligence.” This is a law term but it can be applied to this situation; it means: “reasonable steps taken by a person in order to satisfy a legal requirement, especially in buying or selling something.”

Due diligence is required. Conducting this due diligence at the level companies are expecting will give you the answer on how to market yourself to the company. Understanding the background, the goals, the needs, the problems/pains of the company will propel you above the other candidates. This knowledge and your skills will form your value which is answering how you will fill the gap between their problems/pains and their goals.

3. Bargain your salary for you

Kumi:  I always, actually, advised the candidates never to discuss money in an interview. And also I always let them know like that’s what I’m here for. You don’t ever have to talk about money. That’s my job… one of the things that we’re able to do is, we would not have them go to that interview or be put in that process with that knowing the ballpark of what the range is for the position offering.