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Everyone has a point in their lives where they realize they need a change. Many times that change comes in the form of a new career, position or company. However, for most people this need for change doesn’t happen out of the blue. Over a course of months, or even years, you may notice yourself looking at moments in your career and wishing things had gone differently or your needs were not being met.

Would you like to work from home one day a week? Would you like to travel less? Or more? Is that cubicle just not the productive work environment you hoped for? Do you just find your day-to-day activities monotonous? Over a period of time these needs and concerns can begin to wear on us and lead us down the road of searching for a new position. The unhappiness, or stress, or annoyance continues to build until it has reached that “tipping point” which forces you into action.

I think the important message here is that you don’t have to live with this building aggravation. Knowing what will make you a more happy and productive employee, as well as communicating that to those above, will give you back that control over the direction your life it taking. If you’re current work environment is unable to meet those needs, you now know you have reached that “tipping point”. There are many other resources out there, such as job boards, networking events and recruiters who can help you redirect and find that new position that is better suited for your needs.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in Sales and Marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the oficiogroup.com website.

When the recession hit, many people were forced out of their current jobs and were left looking for a new career. Even though things are currently on the rise, many are still left scratching their heads, wondering why they attend interview after interview but have yet to land that ideal position. Often, excuses get in the way and prevent you from seeing the real (and sometimes very obvious) reason why you’re not receiving that call back. Take a look at our list of some easy things you should ask yourself before heading out to that next interview.

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1. Are you passionate about the job you are applying for? If you don’t feel that passion – or excitement – for your potential career, it’s going to be impossible to relay to the hiring manager why they should hire you. Take some time to really think about the following: a) what industry – or segment within your industry – you want to be in; & b) desired level and even what city you would like to work in. Pinpointing exactly not only what you would be good at, but also what would make you happy, will raise the stakes and help you relay your enthusiasm to your potential employers.

2. Are you committing enough time to your job search? With everything happening in daily life, it’s easy to put off the work that goes into a job search. It’s easy to fall into a pattern of canned resumes and cover letters, or applying for jobs before you’ve fully read the descriptions. Look at your calendar and schedule in chunks of time dedicated to your job search. Spending a few more minutes crafting a cover letter customized for your desired position can make all the difference.

3. Are you aggressive enough? Many, especially in upper level management, are used to recruiters pounding down their door with a basket full of job openings. While this still may be true to an extent, this new economy has forced candidates to be more aggressive when going after that new job. Don’t be afraid to “hunt” that new position by appealing to the hiring manager, and continuing to follow up until you get that answer. Show that potential employer why you deserve to be hired.

4. Are you meeting the hiring managers needs? This one may seem the most obvious, but make sure you’re meeting some of the most basic needs of the company. Correct spelling and grammar, good communication, high energy and being on time are just some of the positive attributes employers look for. Especially for those who have been in their previous position for a long time, it’s easy to forget the small details.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in Sales and Marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the oficiogroup.com website.

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Recruiters often only come to mind when an important employee unexpectedly leaves or a company decides to expand. They are now left with a position (or a few positions) that need to be filled immediately to keep things running smoothly. Often times a recruiter is called in a panic, as hiring managers struggle to find the best employee in the shortest amount of time possible. For a company to truly spend the time curating top talent, this reactionary form of recruitment must be changed.

The top priority of most CEO’s is to grow their company to reach new markets, surpass the competition and maximizing efficiency while continuing to innovate new products and services. In order to effectively achieve all of these, companies must rely heavily on their employees. It’s by seeking and sourcing top talent that a company can ensure these employees are moving the company along in the right direction.

When a company makes the conscious decision to be proactive about sourcing new talent, there are a few things that must be kept in mind to make sure this strategy is successful. Traditional recruitment avenues, while still necessary, are only a piece of the recruitment puzzle.

Sourcing from the competition is a critical way to find those candidates who may be the perfect fit. Studies show that about 20% of top talent will not respond to traditional marketing. It is up to your recruiter to make direct connections with employees at competitive companies so they can establish relationships that may be beneficial in the future.

Connect with these candidates on their own terms. Although our core practice is old school recruiting on the phone for in depth analysis of a potential candidate, nowadays, in some particular cases utilizing alternative websites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can be an excellent way to talk to a potential employee in ways they are comfortable with. Utilizing a direct approach and personal techniques can remove roadblocks while helping companies and recruiters proactively pursue that ideal candidate.

Measuring various sourcing techniques can help you find valuable talent and what sources may be better left alone. Recruiting that perfect candidate can get expensive, so measuring your ROI on where your spending money can prove valuable. Recruiting is not about following dead ends and reinventing the wheel. Evaluating and finding those ideal sources that bring in the correct candidates will prove invaluable.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in Sales and Marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the oficiogroup.com website.

Engineers are the brilliant minds behind the technology, ideals, and companies that progress the world into the future. They are the problem-solvers and curious bunch that make it much easier on the rest of us. Everyday technologies like the inner workings of refrigerators or the construction of bridges are created and monitored by engineers behind the scenes. It is an absolutely necessary field for us to continue moving forward.

When you stop and realize the importance of engineering, you would assume that we have plenty for years to come and that colleges are filling up with engineering applicants. Surprising, however, only 4% of U.S. college undergraduates are studying engineering, which is roughly 1/6 of the percentage of engineering undergrads in Asia. More than half of U.S. engineers are over the age of 45, which means within the next 10-20 years, there will be a greater amount of retirees versus the new employees straight out of college. The need for engineers is predicted to rise 11% over the next decade alone. It is, in fact, the perfect time to graduate with a degree in engineering.

Along with its job reliability, valuable contributions to the world, and above-average salaries, engineering also benefits from being a wide-range and diverse field. Students studying engineering can graduate with a civil, mechanical, architectural, electrical, or industrial engineering degree. It is one of the only studies in the entire world that is specific enough to appeal to almost every single person. The fact that is it so diverse also solidifies its necessity in society. Especially in the near future, advances in biotechnology, embedded software, sustainability and energy efficient design, advanced manufacturing, automation and robotics, and 3D and Imaging technology will rely on engineers. The bandwagon is quickly filling up and we will all be thankful for it!

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing in the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached at 401.519.6683 or at oficiogroup.com.

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A successful company isn’t just one that looks good on paper; One under-appreciated aspect is company culture. Company culture is the set of values and practices among all of the employers and employees which define the integrity of the community. Determining the personnel in the work space directly affects the overall culture which makes proper hiring that much more necessary. For lack of a less-cliche line, a “company is only as good as its workers”.

There are several ideals and motivations that can define a company’s culture and reflect its conscience and character. For instance, the business can proudly proclaim that autonomous workers produce the greatest amount of success. With this mentality, the company trusts each employee to accept responsibility and work accordingly, without the managers having to ride or smother them. A potential employee would have to prove within the application process that he/she can be fruitful in this environment. Though that person may be an intelligent and capable employee, he/she might not fit into the desired company culture. Other examples of company culture are a high degree of adaptability, customer-focused versus seller-focused, and an emphasis on recruiting and retaining outstanding employees.

Establishing a company culture accesses an abundance of advantages over owners who don’t realize its importance. Employees who adhere to the company culture help form a sense of uniformity and trust within the business. Messages and intentions become clearer and centered, in turn saving time and internal opposition. One well-oiled machine works more efficiently than various, rusty parts “trying” to work together. Certain company cultures will also attracted like-minded customers that can relate. A truly successful business can utilize it’s business culture to create a prosperous, enjoyable workplace for employees and customers alike

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the  oficiogroup.com website.

In an effort to cut costs, many employers are resistant to hiring a recruiter. They think, and rightly so, for less money they can post their open position to a job board and receive a pool of candidates looking to work for them. While this is usually accurate, for a company looking for a very specific skill set and candidate, a job positing may either have trouble finding the right employee, or your company may end up spending more time and money in the long run sifting through applicants that don’t fit the bill. Below is a list of 5 benefits employers can reap when using a recruiting firm:

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Money and Time – We all know time equals money. Without a recruiter finding, researching and sifting through a variety of qualified candidates, this process is left to your managers and human resources team. Taking away their attention from other projects will cost your company time and money, which is never a good thing.

Candidate Screening – On the topic of researching and screening a variety of candidates, Peter Trombetti of Oficio Group in East Greenwich, knows how important your company culture is, and how critical it is for your new employee to be the perfect fit. “Too often, recruiters approach this business with their own agendas which makes for a self-serving connection to a candidate. Any candidate that will tolerate that selfishness typically has some degree of desperation in their motive. On the other hand, rock star candidates need to be approached on a different level. They have their heads down and are making contributions that are on them. They need communication probing their agendas. The difference in the oficio group is we target a thinner slice of quality on top of the performance scale. A process so candidate centric from the high performance candidate perspective, that ruth and honesty dominate the relationship between recruiter and candidate.”

Accessing All Candidates – While posting to a job board may be a great way to access those actively seeking a new position, the perfect candidate for your open position may not know they are ready for a change. By working with a recruiter, you can reach some of those passive candidates who were previously unaware of your company or job opportunities.

Specialization – Choosing a recruiting firm that specializes in your industry can help provide your company with valuable insight on your available positions, qualified candidates in your field and competitive compensation packages. These firms possess a wealth of information in relationship to that specific industry, and understand the language, company culture and how a new hire will fit in.

Help beyond finding candidates – Not only will a recruiter find and screen potential candidates, but highly experienced recruiters will be there through the entire negotiating and hiring process. They intimately engage both parties (hiring company and potential candidate), and ensure both the company and the employee are presented with a win-win scenario that will result in a long term fit and placement.

Working with the right recruiting team can not only save you time, money and frustration, but can help you build successful teams for your organizations through finding candidates that actually fit companies’ needs.

Peter Trombetti is the owner of Oficio Group, located in East Greenwich, RI. Specializing in sales and marketing within the specialty chemicals industry, Peter can be reached through the  oficiogroup.com website.

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